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Fathers and Daughters

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 June 2012

A special about Fathers and Daughters. Were you brought up by your Dad? What challenges and rewards did that bring? Whether he was perfect, or far-from, how has your father influenced your view of men and relationships? Plus the author Michael Frayn and his daughter Rebecca tell us how their relationship recovered from her rebellious teens.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Jane Thurlow.

Chapters

5 items
  • Michael and Rebecca Frayn

    Writer Michael Frayn and his director daughter, Rebecca talk about the ups and downs of their relationship as she went from adored eldest daughter, to rebellious teen and great friends as adults.

  • Fathers and Daughters in Fiction

    Jenni is joined by classicist Edith Hall and novelist Rebecca Stott to discuss what father/daughter relationships, represented in myth and literature, tell us about our world?

  • How your dad shapes your view of men

    How does your father and your relationship with him shape your view of men? Jenni is joined by Chloe Madeley and Woman’s Hour listener Katy who discuss their experiences.

  • Looking after dad in old age

    Tessa Cunningham had not lived with her dad for 34 years. Then, in 2010, her father – Jim - had a nasty fall, which took away his independence. Catherine Carr went to find out what happened next.

  • Being brought up by dad

    What’s it like being brought up by a single Dad? Jane Alexander and Fay Ballard join Jenni to talk about their very different experiences.

  • Michael and Rebecca Frayn

    Writer Michael Frayn and his film director daughter, Rebecca talk about the ups and downs of their relationship as she went from adored eldest daughter, to rebellious teen and great friends as adults. Michael left the family home when Rebecca was 14 years old and she rebelled: she says it was like a volcano going off in their lives and she stopped going to school. It was a comment from her father that put her back on track and they’re good friends now.

  • Fathers and Daughters in Fiction

    Relationships between fathers and daughters have been explored for centuries in literature and myth. While the dark and difficult nature of the relationship was often depicted in Greek myths involving Electra and Myrrah, Shakespeare’s fathers and daughter relationships were frequently affectionate and redemptive. Jane Austen’s fathers tended to be weak and easy to manipulate, whereas Sylvia Plath famously used imagery of her father to explore absolute power and its abuse in society. So what does the way that father/daughter relationships are represented in myth and literature tell us about our world? Jenni is joined by classicist Edith Hall and novelist Rebecca Stott.

  • How your dad shapes your view of men

    A daughter’s relationship with her father is usually her first male-female relationship. So how does your father and your relationship with him shape your view of men? Jenni is joined by Chloe Madeley and Woman’s Hour listener Kate who discuss their experiences.

  • Being brought up by dad

    What’s it like being brought up by a single Dad? Two women join Jenni to talk about their very different experiences. When Jane Alexander was 14 her parents split up. She and her two younger sisters lived with their father. Fay Ballard’s mother died when she was 7, she and her brother and sister were brought up by their father J G Ballard.

  • Looking after dad in old age

    Tessa Cunningham had not lived with her dad since leaving for university 34 years ago, aged 19. Then, in 2010, her father – Jim - had a nasty fall, which took away his independence. Tessa, fresh from a divorce and a battle with breast cancer, visited him regularly at the rehabilitation home – where care options were being discussed. He was then 95 and she was 51, with two teenage daughters. Catherine Carr went to find out what happened next.

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