Grace Dent, Michaela Coel, Peter Lawrence on missing daughter Claudia

Jenni Murray speaks to Peter Lawrence on the fifth anniversary of his daughter Claudia's disappearance, as police reveal new clues and appeal for anyone with information to contact them.

We hear from Grace Dent about her Guide to Growing Up a Girl and from Michaela Coel about playing a fifteen-year-old in Chewing Gum Dreams at the National Theatre.

We learn about the alternative remedies for the common cold that can be found among the plants at Kew Gardens.

And the latest in our series of neglected women from history: Juliet Gardiner talks to us about Dr Innes Pearse and her pioneering work into preventative healthcare in Peckham in the 1930s.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts.

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Thu 20 Mar 2014 10:00

Peter Lawrence

As police reveal new clues, we hear from Peter Lawrence on the fifth anniversary of his 35 year old daughter Claudia’s disappearance.

The Peckham Experiment

In 1935 two doctors, Innes Pearse and her husband George Scott Williamson, opened the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham, South London. Their aim was to conduct a huge experiment into the effect of environment on health. They concentrated on a preventative, rather than a curative, approach, and their work became known as ‘The Peckham Experiment,’ with 950 families paying one shilling a week to take part. The historian Juliet Gardiner talks about the legacy of Dr Innes Pearse and how her pioneering approach to health still has resonance today.

Kew Plant Series – Traditional Medicines

Garlic has long been one of the most popular cures for the common cold – cooked in a chicken soup or just eaten raw - but does it really work? Monique Simmonds is Deputy Keeper of the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew Gardens. Her job, using the latest DNA and gene-sequencing techniques, is to study the chemistry and biological activity of plants, and to find out the scientific basis behind traditional medicinal plants. Reporter Anna McNamee went to meet her.

Grace Dent

Messy bedrooms, friendship bracelets, and Grease sing-alongs…The writer Grace Dent looks back on her childhood and shares her Radio 4 Extra Guide To Growing Up A Girl. She reminisces about being a Brownie, learning to swim in pyjamas, and wanting to snog a boy – and she describes the audio she chose for her new radio programme to illustrate what she sees as the childhood of the typical girl.


Grace Dent’s Guide To Growing Up A Girl is on Radio 4 Extra on Sunday 23 March at 1300

Michaela Coel And Chewing Gum Dreams

Actress and poet Michaela Coel joins Jenni to talk about Tracey Gordon - the gobby, spikey, belligerent 15 year old character she is currently playing in her one woman show at the National Theatre’s Shed in London.


Chewing Gum Dreams runs until Saturday 5 April at The Shed, part of the National Theatre in London.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
ProducerRuth Watts
Interviewed GuestPeter Lawrence
Interviewed GuestGrace Dent
Interviewed GuestMichaela Coel
Interviewed GuestJuliet Gardiner

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