Juliette Binoche; Victoria Coren; Lindsey Davis

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Jenni speaks to Victoria Coren Mitchell about becoming the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour with lifetime winnings of £1.5 million.

Juliette Binoche discusses playing a war photographer in her latest film A Thousand Times Goodnight.

We hear about the career opportunities open to women in John Lewis - 150 years ago.

Jenni talks to Lindsey Davis about her 27th novel and the enduring appeal of Ancient Rome as the backdrop to her popular crime stories.

And the women who take part in roller derbies - what drives them to train so hard?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts.

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Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell has made history by becoming the first two-time winner of one of poker's most prestigious tournaments – the European Poker Tour, one of the three biggest tournaments in the world. A member of the elite Team PokerStars Pro, Coren Mitchell rose from relative unknown to poker superstar in 2006 when she became the first female winner of the EPT. And now in her second victory, on Sunday night, she beat 555 competitors to win a cash prize of £391,932, and a watch worth more than £4,000, taking her lifetime winnings to £1.43million and putting her in the all-time top ten of female poker players. So what does it take to be a great poker player, and what’s it like to be a female player at the table? Victoria speaks to Jenni between tournaments to offer her views on the game.

Juliette Binoche

The Award winning French actress, nicknamed “La Binoche” by the French Press, talks to Jane Garvey about her new film, 'A Thousand Times Goodnight' where she plays one of the world’s top female photographers who has to choose between her job and family. She explains to Jane Garvey why she was interested in this latest role, how her rebellious spirit has shaped her working life and the love-hate relationship between Britain and France.

A Thousand Times Goodnight is on general release from 2nd May.

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is the author of the widely acclaimed Falco detective novels, set in the Ancient Roman world. ‘The Silver Pigs’, published in 1989, was the start of her runaway success as a writer of historical whodunnits. Since then, the Falco series has grown to include 20 novels featuring the Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco. But it’s Falco’s British-born daughter and established female investigator Flavia Albia who is the focus of Davis’ latest series. Her new book, ‘Enemies at Home’, is the second in the series. Jenny Murray talks to Lindsey Davis about the surprising choice of Ancient Rome as the setting for her successful crime novels, and the inspiration behind her indomitable female protagonist Flavia Albia. 

Enemies at Home’ is published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback and eBook on Thursday 24 April.

Roller Derby

When it started in the 1920s, roller derby was a co-ed endurance race, but things changed when it became clear that the collisions were the main draw. Then came the theatrics, the costumes and the derby names. After fizzling out in the 70s, the sport re-emerged in Austin Texas in 2001 as a women’s sport – run by and for women with a grassroots appeal. Since then a thousand leagues have sprung up worldwide, including 60 in the UK. Participants train hard and argue that they are proper athletes taking part in a proper sport. Catherine Carr went to see the ‘Romsey Roller Billies from Cambridge at their weekly Tuesday night practice, where Kirsty Buchanan – a.k.a ‘Ma Might’ started by giving her some essential safety advice.

Women in the History of John Lewis

150 years ago, ‘John Lewis’ set up shop on London’s Oxford Street. But who were the women behind the brand? How did they shape its direction in the decades after doors opened for business? Jenni talks to Judy Faraday, Manager of Heritage Services at the John Lewis Partnership.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestJuliette Binoche
Interviewed GuestLindsey Davis
Interviewed GuestVictoria Coren Mitchell
Interviewed GuestJudy Faraday
ProducerRuth Watts

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