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Herman German Friendship Cake

Why a German friendship cake is so popular, the Tate and Lyle sugar girls tell their story, and the film director who brought an Oscar home to Pakistan. Presented by Jenni Murray.

On the trail of the Herman the German Friendship cake. Where's he come from and why is he becoming so popular? Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on her Oscar winning documentary 'Saving Face' - and the impact it's had in Pakistan. And we hear from some of the women who made up such a large part of the workforce of Tate and Lyle's factory in the East End of London: the so-called "sugar girls".

Presenter Jenni Murray.Producer Jane Thurlow.

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58 minutes


  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    Jenni talks to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy about her film and the effect it has had in Pakistan.

    Duration: 08:27

  • Herman the German friendship cake

    Sharmini Selvarajah has been hot on the trail of Herman.

    Duration: 09:29

  • The Sugar Girls

    Jenni is joined by Nuala Calvi the co-author of 'The Sugar Girls' and two of the sugar girls: Eva Rodwell and Gladys Hudgell.

    Duration: 08:07

  • Beauty feedback

    Your reaction to our discussion on grooming - do women really need make-up?

    Duration: 04:11

  • Homesickness

    Jenni talks to chartered pyschologist Dr Carie Schuster and James Turner from Camp Beaumont.

    Duration: 07:42

  • Womb cancer

    Jenni talks to Dr Kat Arney, Science Information Manager with Cancer Research UK.

    Duration: 03:22


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