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Tanika Gupta; Older women's style; Cook the perfect kofta

Tanika Gupta's new play explores the lives of women who worked as ayahs. Ari Seth Cohen's blog features New York women who dress flamboyantly in what he calls 'advanced style'.

Tanika Gupta's play The Empress explores the lives of ayahs brought to England. Ari Seth Cohen's blog depicts New York women dressing flamboyantly - Tamsin Smith met him and his 80 and 90 year old models. Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports on the Argentinean grandmothers looking for their grandchildren. Silvena Rowe Cooks the Perfect Kofta. Philip King and Sophie Corlett discuss the pros and cons of requiring doctors to register and refer parents with mental illness to other agencies including social services.

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  • Compulsory Referrals to Social Services

    How would compulsory referrals affect parents seeking help for mental health issues?

    Duration: 11:10

  • Sue Lloyd Roberts

    The Grandmothers of the Placa de Mayo who are being reunited with their grandchildren

    Duration: 06:39

  • New York Older Women's Style

    Tamsin Smith meets champion of "Advanced Style" photographer Ari Seth Cohen

    Duration: 08:25

  • The Role of the Ayah

    Playwright Tanika Gupta and historian Dr Elizabeth Buettner join Jenni

    Duration: 08:04

  • Cook The Perfect: Kofta

    Cook and expert on Eastern European cuisine Silvena Rowe cooks Kofta meatballs

    Duration: 07:30

Mothers, mental health issues and legal requirement to report

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are calling for doctors and specialists working with people with mental health issues to record whether they have dependent children and pass the information on. The watchdogs claim thousands of children are at risk of neglect or harm because agencies do not share information. Phillip King from the Care Quality Commission and Sophie Corlett from Mind discuss.

Argentina's Dirty War

During Argentina’s military dictatorship thousands of young women were murdered shortly after giving birth. Their babies were given to childless military couples. Now 37 years after the “Dirty War” the Grandmothers of the Placa de Mayo are finding their grandchildren and the couples who brought them up are being brought to trial. Newsnight's Sue Lloyd-Roberts has been to Argentina to report on the emotional meetings between grandmothers and their grandchildren.

New York: Older women's style

In 2008 Ari Seth Cohen began a blog called Advanced Style, showcasing photos of sartorially confident older women snapped on the streets of New York. The blog notched up 10 million hits and next month a glossy “Advanced Style” book goes on sale.

The Empress and the role of the Ayah

The Empress and the role of the Ayah

A new play by Tanika Gupta, The Empress, explores the untold stories of the  Indian Ayahs, or nannies, living and working in nineteenth century London. Tanika Gupta and Dr Elizabeth Buettner, senior lecturer in Modern British and Imperial history discuss the role of the Ayah.

Silvena Rowe Cooks the Perfect...Kofta

Silvena Rowe was born in Bulgaria on the Turkish border and her cooking reflects the many influences of the Eastern Mediterranean. She joins Jenni to Cook the Perfect Kofta, or meatballs.


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Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Tanika Gupta
Interviewed Guest Silvena Rowe


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