Relationship education; Sophie Turner Laing

Yesterday MPs voted against amending the teaching of sex education to include relationships and sexual consent. Labour Shadow MP Stella Creasy joins Jenni Murray to talk about why she is disappointed at the defeat to the Children and Families Bill amendment. Sophie Turner Laing on the stellar TV career that led to her place in the Woman's Hour Power List. Why your home may not be private if it contains teenagers, smart phones and access to the internet. What Othello reveals about women, fidelity and equality. The history of women in the workhouse in the 20th century.

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Sex Education – amendment to children and families bill

P’s voted in the Commons yesterday on the new Clause 20 of the Children and Families Bill – an amendment which would have made sex and relationship education a statutory part of the National Curriculum.  It failed – there were 219 votes for and  303  against. The shadow home affairs minister, Stella Creasey was one of three MP’s proposing the amendment.  She joins Jenni to discuss her  reaction to the vote and what happens next.

Power List Interview: Sophie Turner Laing

Sophie Turner Laing is the Managing Director, Content of BskyB.  She’s responsible for their entertainment and news channels including  the likes of Sky 1 and Atlantic.   As one of the 100 most powerful women on the Woman’s Hour Power List - she joins Jenni to talk about  what it’s really like working in TV,  the myth of the work-life balance, and why it’s important to realise that you don’t need to know everything.

Cervical Cancer Screening - Listener Feedback

Response to our item about falling rates of uptake for cervical cancer screening. 

Infidelity in Othello

Actress Lyndsey Marshal and Professor Lisa Jardine join Jenni to discuss infidelity in Othello:

“have not we affections,

Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have”

OTHELLO is in repertory at the National Theatre until the autumn and will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 26 September 2013.

Women and the Workhouse

The image of the workhouse is usually that of a harsh Victorian institution made deliberately tough in order to discourage the so-called ‘undeserving poor’ from taking advantage of their shelter.  But a new exhibition at the workhouse at Southwell in Nottinghamshire explores life for women there in the Twentieth century when the building was used as a hospital, a children’s home, and accommodation for elderly women and homeless families.

The Workhouse, Southwell

Your home isn’t private any more if you’ve got kids…

Social networking and mobile phones have become a huge part of  children’s everyday lives -  but how much does this invade home privacy? David Laud, Managing partner of i2i business solutions and Ruth James, who runs a Surviving Teenagers programme, join Jenni to discuss the issues.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestStella Creasy
Interviewed GuestSophie Turner Laing
EditorEleanor Garland

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