If shoes could talk; women and the budget; Barbara Broccoli; prostitution round the world

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Old shoes with special memories - why the largest collection of footwear heritage want to have your shoes. How the autumn budget statement will impact on women. As France changes their laws on prostitution, we look at legislation round the world, and ask who's getting it right. James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli tells Jenni about turning her hand to theatre. And author Virginia Gilbert on her first novel - a psychological thriller.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Wed 4 Dec 2013 10:00

Women & The Autumn Statement

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Autumn Statement on Thursday, Fran Bennett from the Women’s Budget Group joins us tolook at the impact of the proposed tax changes on women.

Barbara Broccoli

Taking over the family business is fraught at the best of times, with generation-to-generation comparisons, expectations, and the weight of history on your shoulders. All the more so when your family is the Broccoli dynasty, and your business is James Bond.  Barbara Broccoli OBE defied all criticism and has successfully taken over from her father ‘Cubby’ Broccoli to run the Bond empire with her brother, Michael G Wilson, and carry it triumphantly well into the 21st Century. Now she has turned her hand to theatre productions, and is currently at the helm of Strangers On A Train in the West End of London. Barbara Broccoli joins Jenni to talk about nepotism, feminism, and the dangers of talking too openly to strangers on trains.


Strangers On A Train is at the Gielgud Theatre in London

Prostitution Laws: Who’s Getting It Right?

The French National Assembly will vote today on legislation which aims to clamp down on prostitution. The most controversial article of the bill proposes to impose fines of up to 3 750 Euros on prostitutes’ customers, and was backed by the French Parliament on Saturday. Supporters of the bill hope that it will both discourage traffickers and pimps, and help those who want to leave prostitution. Opponents argue the legislation cannot be enforced and will drive prostitutes into the shadows, making their lives more dangerous. Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Birkbeck Reader in Psychology and Social Policy, and Mary Honeyball MEP join Jenni to discuss the potential impact of the new legislation and the different approaches around the world.

The Museum Of Shoes

The Shoe Collection at Northampton Museums and Art Gallery is the largest collection of footwear heritage and design in the world, covering design, fashion, manufacturing, and history. The museum is now looking to develop its vast collection using donations from the public. Their campaign, called We Want Your Shoes, is asking people to send in old shoes with special memories. Over the next weeks we’ll be hearing the unique shoe stories from three donors, and in our first report Councillor Anna King from Northampton Borough Council takes Tamsin Smith behind the scenes at the museum, where the donations are arriving.

Virginia Gilbert

The award-winning writer Virginia Gilbert joins Jenni to talk about her debut novel, Travelling Companion: a psychological thriller set on a sunny, sleepy Greek island - the story of how ordinary people commit appalling acts, and how horrific actions can grow from the most trivial of misunderstandings.


Travelling Companion by Virginia Gilbert is published by Liberties Press


Virginia Gilbert's debut feature film, A Long Way From Home - an adaption of one of her short stories – is released on 6 December


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestBarbara Broccoli
Interviewed GuestVirginia Gilbert
ProducerKirsty Starkey

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