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Suzi Quatro, Baroness Manningham-Buller, Sue Johnston

Suzi Quatro on why she's refusing to retire; Eliza Manningham-Buller the former head of M15; Byronic heroes - what's the appeal? And Sue Johnston.

Suzi Quatro talks to Jenni Murray about her new album and why she's refusing to retire. Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, discusses terrorist threats to Britain, women spies and how her mother's role during World War II fuelled her interest in public service. As a new film of Jane Eyre comes out next week - starring Michael Fassbender in the role of Mr Rochester - what is the appeal of the silent and brooding hero? Why do many women yearn for this kind of Byronic figure, when they know that in real life someone who enjoys a chat and a cup of tea would be so much easier to live with? And she's played a range of leading women characters - from Shelia Grant in Brookside, Dr Grace Foley in Waking the Dead and Barbara in the Royle Family. Sue Johnston joins Jenni to discuss her memoir - which describes her lunchtime visits to the Cavern, experiencing Beatlemania first hand with Paul McCartney, how a rape storyline in Brookside brought back the traumatic experience of her own attack and her secret struggle with bulimia.

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  • Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller

    Former Director General of MI5 Baroness Manningham-Buller is delivering part of this year's Reith Lectures, she talks about terrorist threats to Britain+ women spies.

    Duration: 15:23

  • Suzi Quatro

    Suzi Quattro recently turned 61 but has no intention of retiring. She has just released her latest album 'In the Spotlight' and talks about her future plans.

    Duration: 08:26

  • The Appeal of the Byronic Hero

    Rowen Pelling, Daily Telegraph columnist and Lyndall Gordon, Charlotte Bronte's Biographer discuss why women yearn for Byronic figures such as Mr Rochester.

    Duration: 09:24

  • Sue Johnston

    Sue Johnston joins Jenni to discuss her memoir 'Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother', which decribes her visits to the Cavern and her sectret struggle with bulemia.

    Duration: 08:26

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