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Michelle Ryan in Cabaret, Judy Finnigan, International Day of the Girl

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First broadcast:
Thursday 11 October 2012

Michelle Ryan has been an Eastender and the Bionic Woman - her next iconic role is the legendary Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Judy Finnigan joins Jenni to talk about her first novel, Eloise. On the first ever UN International Day of The Girl we ask whether foreign aid should be targeted at the education of girls, with Marie Staunton Chief Executive of Plan UK. Presented by Jenni Murray.


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  • First International Day of the Girl

    Today is the first International Day of the Girl, designated by the United Nations. Globally, one in three girls is denied a secondary education by the daily realities of poverty, discrimination and violence. Research shows that educated girls are more likely to reinvest their knowledge and income into their family and community. So is girls’ education key to international development? Why focus on girls specifically? And how far will the benefits be felt socially and economically? Jenni is joined by Marie Staunton, Chief Executive of PLAN UK and Caroline Harper, Head of the Overseas Development Institute’s Social Development programme.

  • Judy Finnigan

    Judy Finnigan is well known as the queen of daytime TV after 21 years on screen with her husband Richard Madeley. However she is equally known as a champion of fiction with her hugely successful Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2009 she finally gave up TV, but the book club continued, and now she’s having a go at writing herself with the publication of her first novel, Eloise. In her book, the main character explores her friend’s mysterious past after she dies of breast cancer and appears as a ghost in her dreams. It’s a work of fiction, but it’s inspired by the death of the TV presenter Caron Keating, with whom she was close. Judy Finnigan joins Jenni to talk about turning author, the relationships and experiences off screen which inspired her book, and her life today away from daytime TV.

    Eloise, is published by Sphere.

  • Cook the Perfect: Bombay Potatoes

    This week is National Curry Week, and to celebrate, TV chef Anjum Anand demonstrates a recipe for Bombay potatoes from her new book,
    Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast. Dubbed ‘the Indian Nigella’, Anjum is passionate about Indian cooking and she’s on a mission to convince us that Indian food can be healthy as well as tasty.

    Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast, published by Quadrille).

    Cook the Perfect: Bombay Potatoes
  • Michelle Ryan

    Michelle Ryan found fame playing Zoe Slater in EastEnders at the age of 16, she moved on to become the Bionic Woman on network TV in America. Since then she has starred in Dr Who and Merlin on the BBC and is now appearing in the musical Cabaret in the West End. She joins Jenni to discuss playing Sally Bowles, a role made famous by Liza Minelli.

  • Australian PM Julia Gillard

    After speaker of the House Peter Slipper, a key ally to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, resigned over crude, sexist text messages sent to a staffer, Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott was quick to tie Slipper's sexism to Gillard. Gillard responded with a blistering 15 minute speech branding him a sexist and misogynist and said "he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror." Kate Green MP is no stranger to parliamentary plain speaking – she spoke out against the sale of Top Totty beer in the Westminster bar - and tells Jenni why Julia was magnificent!

    BBC News: Julia Gillard Speech


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