As many of us prepare to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee over the weekend, we look at the reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second. She's less than 4 years away from surpassing Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch. Elizabeth II has reigned at a time of rapid change in Britain and the Commonwealth and she's seen the popularity of her family fluctuate over that time. But the Queen might be heartened by a recent MORI poll which found that 80% of those surveyed were in favour of the monarchy. Jenni is joined by historian Sarah Gristwood to look at the reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Trampolining has only been an Olympic sport since 2000 and since then it's been dominated by the Chinese, but 26 year old Kat Driscoll is hoping to change all that. She's currently world number one and on Saturday she'll compete in her final qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games. Reporter Caz Graham meets Kat Driscoll, along with her coach Bill Leach, in Washington, Tyne and Wear where she trains.
A father and son happy to publicly discuss the uncomfortable feelings within their own difficult relationship doesn't come along every day but that's the remit behind 'Chasing Lost Times' , a new book written by psychologist Geoff Beattie and his son Ben. They tell Jenni why their relationship broke down when Ben was in his teens and how it only got back on track because of one thing: a shared passion for distance running.
To help victims of domestic violence vets in Scotland are to be trained in spotting signs of abuse not only in pets but also their owners. The Domestic Abuse Veterinary Initiative (DAVI) has been developed by six charities including Medics Against Violence .The scheme prepares vets in how to recognise signs so that they can then help victims if concerns are identified. Former President of the British Veterinary Association, Dr Freda Scott-Park, and Founder of Medics Against Violence, Dr Christine Goodall, join Jenni to explain how the connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence can be exploited more fully to help victims.
Presented by Jenni Murray.