Jane Campion; Abortion in USA; Bryony Kimmings

Jane Campion talks about her latest project, the BBC 2 series Top of the Lake. Washington Post journalist Juliet Eilperin on the impact and implications of changing abortion rules in Texas and other US states. Patty Griffin performs her song Ohio. Bryony Kimmings and her nine year old niece Taylor on their Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model. The Sleep Room - F R Tallis discusses the infamous Ward 5 and sleep therapy for psychiatric illness which was the inspiration for his latest book.

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US abortion laws

The Texan senate has just passed legislation that’s expected to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics. Clinics currently operating can’t meet the new regulations outlined in the bill which also dictates when abortion pills are taken and bans abortions after 20 weeks. The bill in Texas came to the world’s attention after Democratic State senator Wendy Davis, staged a marathon filibuster by talking for 11 hours to stop the bill reaching the state governor’s desk. And it’s not just Texas - many other states across North America are planning new regulations and others are locked in legal battles over women’s access to abortion.  Juliet Eilperin from the Washington Post explains why opposition to the bill failed to stop the new legislation. 

Jane Campion

Jane Campion is the most visibly successful female director working today. Perhaps most famous for her acclaimed film The Piano. She was recently head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films sections at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  She joins Jenni to discuss her new series Top of the Lake on BBC Two.

Bryony Kimmings

Award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 9 year old niece Taylor are on a mission to launch their own pop star role model named Catherine Bennett. Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is a social campaign, documentary, theater show and education project which attempts to create an alternative pop star and take on the global tween machine at its own game. Catherine does not wear skimpy clothes or sing about boys and sex. They join Jenni to explain the idea behind the experiment, its aims, and how they created the character of Catherine Bennett. 
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is at the Almeida Theatre on 19 and 20 JulyLatitude Festival on the 21 July and at the Pleasance Dome at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for all of August.

Patty Griffin

For US folk-Americana singer songwriter Patty Griffin, her new album American Kid is a highly personal work, which has been described by one critic as “a triumph of powerful, profound songwriting.” A Grammy award winning artist, the album honors the life of her World War II veteran father, and was written when he was about to pass away in 2009. Here in the UK as she embarks on tour, Patty Griffin joins Jenni Murray to describe the very personal story of her album, and to play the track Ohio, live in the studio.

Patty Griffin’s new album American Kid is out now on Columbia, and she will be playing a string of live dates across the UK from Friday, the Cambridge Folk Festival on the 26 July, and the Royal Festival Hall in London in November.

The Sleep Room

The Sleep Room is a ghost story written by former clinical psychologist Frank Tallis. It’s based on the true events of a psychiatrist who put patients to sleep for months and gave them electric shock treatment while they were sleeping in order to help them recover from depression, schizophrenia and other mental health conditions. The hospital was in London and the majority of the patients were young women. The last real life sleeping room closed down as recently as 1972. Frank Tallis discusses why he decided to write a supernatural thriller on this subject.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestJane Campion
Interviewed GuestJuliet Eilperin
Interviewed GuestPatty Griffin
Interviewed GuestBryony Kimmings
Interviewed GuestFR Tallis
ProducerSteven Williams

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