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Monica Galetti; Heather McGregor on power in business

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 November 2012

What impact could the death of Savita Halappanavar after a refused medical termination have on Ireland's abortion laws? Monica Galetti prepares ceviche in the studio and talks about how she manages to combine motherhood with her role as chef at two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche. Power list: Heather McGregor, who runs a head-hunting company, tells us about the women with power in the business world. The sperm donor asked by the CSA , 13 years later, to contribute to his children's upbringing: Mark Langridge says he was doing lesbian friends a favour and is disputing the claim. Flavia Coelho plays live.
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Caroline Donne.


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  • Miscarriage death in Ireland

    Savita Halappanavar went to the University Hospital Galway with severe back pains and was told she was having a miscarriage. Over the next three days and in “severe pain” according to her husband Praveen she repeatedly asked for a medical termination which was refused as there was a foetal heartbeat.  After the dead foetus was removed Savita was taken to a high dependency unit and then intenstive care where she died two days later, of septicaemia. Praveen Halppanavar claims his wife wouldn’t have died if she’d been allowed a termination earlier. There are vigils and protests taking place around Ireland, Northern Ireland and in London.
  • Sperm Donors and the CSA

    Mark Langridge thought he was helping out a lesbian friend when he agreed to become a sperm donor so that she could have children. Mark Langridge says that they agreed he would not be legally responsible for the child or be named on the birth certificate and under these circumstances he fathered two children. Thirteen years later he has been contacted by the Child Support Agency and is being asked to pay costs towards the children.  Mark Langridge talks to Jenni to tell her why he is appealing against this decision. Jenni is also joined by fertility lawyer Natalie Gamble and the Chief Executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust, Lauren Witjens to discuss the wider issues of informal donation arrangements.
  • Monica Galetti: Cook the Perfect Ceviche

    Monica Galetti’s caustic put-downs, withering facial expressions and forthright opinions on Masterchef: The Professionals have earned her a reputation as an uncompromising chef with fearsomely high standards. But as head sous chef at Le Gavroche, that goes with the territory. She will be preparing ceviche with a Samoan twist, and talking about how she manages to combine motherhood with her role as chef at two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche.


    Monica's Perfect Ceviche Recipe

  • Power List Expert Witness: Heather McGregor on Business

    Who are the most powerful women in business in the UK today and what does having power in the business world actually mean?  Is there a difference between power in the public sector and power in the private sector?  What does it take to achieve power in business?  Heather McGregor runs a head-hunting company, is a  columnist for the Financial Times  and author of  Mrs Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women.

  • Flavia Coelho

    Singer Flavia Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro and moved to Paris six years ago.  It was there she developed her musical sound, which is a mixture of samba, bossa nova and ragamuffin.  Her album is called Bossa Muffin, which she describes it as a spontaneous musical movement and a celebration of cultural blending.  Flavia and her band will perform as part of the London Jazz Festival at the South Bank Centre and join Jenni to perform the single Sunshine.


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