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Rosamund Pike, Ruth Rendell, China's infant mortality, Domestic violence

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 August 2014

Ruth Rendell on her new novel and 50 years of Inspector Wexford. Rosamund Pike and her new film. China's dramatic improvement in infant mortality and how domestic violence impacts on women in the workplace.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Kirsty Starkey.


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  • Domestic Violence & Work

    In the UK, in any one year, more than 20 per cent of employed women take time off work because of domestic abuse. The violence may happen behind closed doors, but it has far reaching consequences. In February, hairdresser Hollie Gazzard was murdered by her abusive partner whilst working at a salon - a tragic case of domestic violence entering the workplace, but for many the abuse is not always so evident. In a survey released by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) 70 per cent of their respondents said they felt unable to raise their problems at work. So what’s the solution to the problem? Jenni discusses the issues with Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC, and Lindsay Harris, Policy and Training advisor at ONUS.


    Woman’s Aid

    National Centre for Domestic Violence

    Trade Union Congress

    Domestic Violence ONUS

    Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence

  • Rosamund Pike

    Actress Rosamund Pike has enjoyed a varied and impressive career since her feature film debut in the James Bond film, Die Another Day. From costume drama, to comedy, to action packed films, she quickly established herself as a leading actress, having earned international acclaim for both her stage and film roles. Rosamund joins Jenni to discuss her new role in the feel-good comedy Hector And The Search For Happiness, and reveals what makes her happy.


    Hector And The Search For Happiness is released on Friday 15 August

  • China’s Dramatic Improvement In Infant Mortality

    Latest figures show that infant mortality in China has gone from 61 deaths per 1000 in 1991, to 12 per 1000 today - exceptional progress, which has been noted by both The World Bank and the World Health Organisation. The figures reflect well in comparison to other fast developing countries like India, but China still lags behind most West European countries, where infant mortality in the under five’s is around four in every 1000. The difference has been attributed to better care at birth, plus increased access to immunisation. Tania Branigan is the China correspondent for the Guardian and joins us from Beijing.

  • Ruth Rendell: 50 Years Of Inspector Wexford

    It’s fifty years since Inspector Wexford first appeared on the pages of a Ruth Rendell crime thriller in From Doon With Death. Author of 65 novels, the ‘crime queen of suburbia’ Ruth Rendell joins Jenni to discuss the Wexford legacy and her latest book, The Girl Next Door.


Jenni Murray
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Tania Branigan
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Rosamund Pike
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Sarah Veale
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Lindsay Harris
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Ruth Rendell
Kirsty Starkey


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