Maureen Lipman, Scottish artist Joan Eardley, lying about your age

More than twenty five years since Maureen Lipman was Beattie in BT's long-running ad campaign, she's back to playing the role of a Jewish mother for a new play on BBC Radio 4 next month.
And in a BBC One documentary next week, Maureen tries to come to terms with her father's memory loss, embarks on a journey to find out how memory works and understand the methods that exist to keep memory sharp in to old age.

Joan Eardley is one of the most celebrated painters who lived and worked in Scotland in the last century. It's 50 years since she died and to mark the event, we look back on her life.

When Peng Liyuan accompanied her husband President Xi Jinping on their first state visit to Moscow and parts of Africa she caused a stir with her outfits. Over the last 20 years Chinese First Ladies have kept a low profile, so what role will Peng Liyuan have as First Lady?

And how many of us lie about our age?

Presented by Jenni Murray.

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Maureen Lipman

More than twenty five years since Maureen Lipman was Beattie in BT’s long-running ad campaign, she joins Jenni to tell her about again playing the role of a Jewish mother for a new play on BBC Radio 4 next month.

 

Plus a new documentary due to air next week follows Maureen as she comes to terms with her father’s memory loss. She tells Jenni about her journey to understanding how memory works and the methods that exist to keep memory sharp in to old age.

 

Lying about your age

This week saw the start of a trial in Seattle involving Junie Hoang, an actress who is sueing Amazon and its Internet Movie Database unit for publishing her age.  However, the actress herself submitted a fake Texas identification document to IMDb to age herself down several years. 

 

And she’s not the only one to lie about her age - Gerri Halliwell said she was 21 when the first Spice Girls’ album was released when she was really 25.  Nicole Scherzinger knocked 2 years off her real age whilst Jennifer Lopez once claimed that she was 10 years younger than she actually was. 

 

Aside from the rich and famous, how many women have failed to correct someone when they have suggested they were younger than they actually were?  Jenni speaks to travel writer Mary Russell and broadcaster Esther Rantzen, founder of Silverline.

China's First Lady

When Peng Liyuan accompanied her husband President Xi Jinping on their first state visit to Moscow and parts of Africa last month she caused a stir.  Not just because she is arguably as famous in China as her husband, but because of what she was wearing.  Her outfits triggered a hive of activity in the Chinese media and caused one independent fashion label’s website to crash due to heavy traffic.  Over the last 20 years Chinese First Ladies have kept a low profile, so what role will Peng Liyuan have as First Lady?  

Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley is one of the most celebrated painters who lived and worked in Scotland in the last century.  Famous for her sea and landscapes and for her depictions of slum children in Glasgow, her paintings and drawings reflect urban and rural Scotland in a unique way.   

To mark the 50th anniversary of her death, there are exhibitions of her work at the Scottish and the Portland Galleries in Edinburgh and London and the first comprehensive monograph of her work by Christopher Andreae is being published. Jenni Murray talks to Christopher Andreae and Joan Eardley’s niece, Anne Morrison.

You can read more about Joan Eardley and view some of her work here.

Image shows Catterline in Winter by Joan Eardley (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)

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PresenterJenni Murray
ProducerBernadette McConnell

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