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Surrogacy in India; book club politics; Nina Conti

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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 07 June 2012

Does India's growing surrogacy industry need greater regulation? Kishwar Desai talks about the reality behind her book, Origins of Love. Book clubs: intellectually stimulating debate or full of gossip and booze? The ventriloquist, actress and comedian Nina Conti on the bereaved puppets of her mentor Ken Campbell and the appeal of alternative therapies. Queen Victoria and Albert. Presented by Jenni Murray.

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  • Kishwar Desai

    A new novel by Kishwar Desai, “Origins of Love” throws the spotlight on India, where the surrogacy industry is growing. Kishwar Desai joins Jenni to discuss the reality behind her book.

  • Book Groups

    Irene Haynes from bookgroup.info joins Jenni to discuss what really happens at book groups and they are joined by Craig Melvin who is the host of The Big Book Group show [in theatres this summer].

  • Queen Victoria

    ‘Victoria Revealed,’ has newly opened at Kensington Palace. We find out about the great love of Victoria’s life – Prince Albert. Louise Adamson reports.

  • Nina Conti and Monkey

    The ventriloquist, actress and comedian Nina Conti has sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, with her familiar favourite "Monkey". She joins Jenni to discuss her latest ventures.

  • Brenda Parker Way

    Fiona Clampin met Rob Hannah, Stuart Shurlock and Janet Davis from the Ramblers, as well as Brenda’s cousin Judith Borsay in the St Mary Bourne as they were getting ready to set off on their walk.

  • Nina Conti and Monkey

    The ventriloquist, actress and comedian Nina Conti has sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, with her familiar favourite Monkey, and host of new characters, including mischievous Granny and vodka swilling Lydia. She joins Jenni to discuss her latest ventures in which she takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to Vent Haven in Kentucky, the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. She also describes how she took Monkey along on her search for enlightenment, travelling around the world sampling alternative therapies from Shamanism to naked yoga and re-birthing.


    Nina Conti – A Ventriloquists Story: Her Master’s Voice is on BBC Four this Sunday, 10 June, at 9pm.

    Nina Conti
  • Book Groups

    What do you do at your book group? Do you drink a lot of wine? Do you talk about each other’s relationships? Or, do you actually discuss a book? Eighty percent of book group members are women and in a recent Daily Mail article it was suggested that book groups “are not meant to be about reading” that they are simply an excuse for middle class women of a certain age to escape from the family for an evening and get drunk. Irene Haynes from bookgroup.info joins Jenni to dispute the claims. They are joined by Craig Melvin who is currently the host of The Big Book Group show [in theatres this summer].

  • Queen VIctoria

    The life of Queen Victoria as told through the exhibition, ‘Victoria Revealed,’ which has newly opened at Kensington Palace. We find out about the great love of Victoria’s life – Prince Albert. The two of them met when they were just teenagers, and their romance continued until his sudden death at the age of just 42.
    As Victoria’s reign progressed, Albert played an increasing role in the cultural life of Britain – culminating in his part in organising the Great Exhibition in 1851. He was also a talented musician – and all of the music we’ll be hearing in our tour of Kensington Palace was written by him. Louise Adamson reports.

  • Brenda Parker Way

    Of the hundreds of footpaths dotted around the UK, very few are named after women – and those that are, such as Boudicca’s Way in Norfolk and Lady Anne’s Way in Yorkshire and Cumbria, tend to mark historical figures. Now there’s a long-distance trail in Hampshire, named after Brenda Parker who, as a volunteer for the Ramblers Association, campaigned for decades to keep rights of way open in the county. Brenda Parker died in 2008 and the 78-mile trail has been set up in her memory by some of her rambler friends. Fiona Clampin met Rob Hannah, Stuart Shurlock and Janet Davis from the Ramblers, as well as Brenda’s cousin Judith Borsay in the village of St Mary Bourne as they were getting ready to set off on their walk.

  • Kishwar Desai

    The issue of surrogacy is rarely far from the headlines nowadays. A new novel by Kishwar Desai throws the spotlight on India, where the surrogacy industry is growing: estimates suggest that more than 25,000 children a year are being born this way. It is thought that half of these are “commissioned” by overseas couples. As yet a regulatory bill has not been passed. Many of the women involved are economically marginalised. Kishwar Desai joins me now to talk about the reality behind her book, “Origins of Love”.

    Made in India

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