Helen Fielding; Rachel Khoo; Janelle Monae

Helen Fielding on her new Bridget Jones novel. Grammy nominee Janelle Monae on being a role model for girls. Rachel Khoo Cooks the Perfect roast duck wraps. Male victims of domestic violence - when men are attacked by women, what challenges do they face in reporting the abuse and being believed? Soprano and BBC Radio 3 presenter Catherine Bott talks about the role of Violetta, one of Verdi's most complex female characters.

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Bridget Jones is back

Bridget Jones is back. She may be down but she’s certainly not out of the game. Emma Barnett talks to Helen Fielding about the now 50 something Bridget Jones and why she hopes the latest instalment of her diaries will inspire women of a certain age.
“Mad about the Boy” by Helen Fielding Published by Random House.

Male victims of domestic violence

Last year, 17 men died at the hands of their partner or ex-partner. How likely are men to report that they have been attacked by a woman? What happens when they do? How do children and adults view a male victim? And what is the profile of a typical female perpetrator? The National Conference for Men Surviving Domestic Violence is taking place in Berkshire today and two psychologists are talking about their latest research. Guests: Dr Erica Bowen, Reader in the Psychology of Intimate Partner Violence at Coventry University and Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan, Reader in the Psychology of Aggression at the University of Central Lancashire.


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Rachel Khoo Cooks The Perfect...Roast Duck Wraps

Rachel Khoo left a job in the fashion business at the age of 25 to live in Paris and learn how to a chef. She studied by day and in the evening tested out her recipes on paying guests she had invited to her tiny French kitchen. That experience led to a book which became a best seller and was quickly followed by a TV series. In her latest book she been travelling around France collecting regional recipes and giving them a modern twist. Today she is going to Cook The Perfect roast duck wraps.

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Verdi’s Women – Violetta with Catherine Bott

Verdi’s La Traviata, or ‘Fallen Women’, is one of the most frequently performed, recorded and filmed of all operas. The story centres on Violetta, a beautiful courtesan who gives up the man she loves to save his family’s reputation, before dying from tuberculosis. Emma talks to soprano and Radio 3 presenter Catherine Bott about one of Verdi’s most challenging and psychologically complex female roles.


Role Contributor
PresenterEmma Barnett
Interviewed GuestHelen Fielding
Interviewed GuestJanelle Monae
Interviewed GuestRachel Khoo
Interviewed GuestCatherine Bott
EditorAlice Feinstein

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