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James Cracknell & Beverley Turner; Kate Mosse; The Sapphires

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 25 October 2012

James Cracknell and Beverley Turner talk about how their lives were affected by his head injury. Equal pay for equal work: Ceri Goddard from the Fawcett Society and Kathy Gyngell from the Centre for Policy Studies discuss. Kate Mosse on her novel, Citadel. Lois Peeler, one of the four indigenous Australian women who formed the singing group, The Sapphires, talks about entertaining troops in Vietnam in the 1960's and the new film based on their story. The future of women's football - how the FA plan to capitalise on Team GB's success and the crowds that supported them.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Steven Williams.


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  • James Cracknell & Beverley Turner

    It’s been two years since the former Olympic rowing champion and endurance athlete James Cracknell suffered brain injury after being knocked off his bike while crossing America. The injury was to his frontal lobes and, as a result, had an effect on his personality and character. James and his wife, TV presenter Beverley Turner, have written a new autobiography, Touching Distance, which reflects on their lives before and after the accident and how it has changed them and their family. Bev and James join Jenni to talk about their difficult journey.


    Touching Distance by James Cracknell and Beverley Turner is published by Century



  • The Sapphires

    The Sapphires, an Australian film about four young indigenous women who went from singing together at a country mission to performing for the troops in Vietnam in the 1960’s, is about to be released in the UK. Lois Peeler, one of the four women who appeared in the original band, joins Jenni from Melbourne to talk about her experiences as a Sapphire and dealing with the prejudices they faced as young Aboriginal women.


    The Sapphires will be on general release from Wednesday 7 November

  • New Equal Pay Ruling

    On Wednesday 174 women won their fight for equal pay compensation at the Supreme Court in a ruling that has paved the way for thousands of other women to bring equal pay claims against their employers. So what are the implications for employers?  Ceri Goddard from the Fawcett Society, a group which campaigns for Women’s Equality, and Kathy Gyngell from the Centre for Policy Studies join Jenni to discuss.

  • The Future Of Women’s Football

    The Football Association has announced a new five year plan to develop women’s football in England. They want to raise the profile of the game, provide better facilities for players, and expand the very successful Women’s Super League. There is certainly a buzz about the women’s game at the moment: Team GB made their debut in an Olympic games this summer to record crowds, both in the stadiums and on TV, and the senior England women’s team has qualified for the UEFA European Championships in Sweden in 2013. The FA’s National Women’s Football Development Manager, Rachel Pavlou, joins Jenni to tell us more about the potential for the women’s game in England.

  • Kate Mosse

    The third in the hugely popular Languedoc trilogy written by Kate Mosse is published today. Citadel tells the epic story of a network of ordinary young women working in the French resistance during the Second World War. The novel starts in 1942, and as the war becomes more vicious and the Nazis are pushed back, these women ‘resistantes', codenamed Citadelle, find themselves under increasing attack. Kate Mosse joins Jenni to talk about why women’s role in the resistance was underplayed, and her determination to uncover what she refers to as “women’s hidden history.”


    Citadel by Kate Mosse is published by Orion


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