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Cher; Women on boards in China; Chickenshed Theatre

Cher - singer, actress, campaigner. 40 years of the groundbreaking Chickenshed Theatre. Women on company boards in China. The seven flowers that changed the world. With Jenni Murray.

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45 minutes


  • Cher

    Cher joins Jenni to describe her life as a powerful female icon

    Duration: 16:13

  • Chinese Business Women

    Why are Chinese women so successful in securing top jobs in business?

    Duration: 06:27

  • Forty Years of Chickenshed

    We celebrate forty years of the ground-breaking theatre

    Duration: 10:54

  • Seven Flowers that Shaped the World

    Jenni is joined by horticultural historian and writer Jennifer Potter

    Duration: 07:43


Age 67, back after 11 years with a new album, a US number one single called Woman’s World, and as the only artist to have had a single on the Billboard pop charts in each of the last six decades, Cher joins Jenni to describe her life as a powerful female icon across these changing decades, and how her experiences as a woman have shaped her.


Cher’s first studio album of new music in over a decade, Closer To The Truth, is out this week on Warner Bros Records, and her next single, I Hope You Find It, is out on October 28

Why are Chinese women so successful in securing top jobs in business?

Five of the seven Chinese women who made it onto this year’s Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in the world are leading players in business. And according to recent research Chinese women hold 51% of senior roles – it seems an impressive figure set against the 19% held by British women. So what is behind their success and what is China doing to support the progress of women that we aren't? Jenni talks to Tania Branigan, China correspondent for the Guardian.

Forty Years of the Chickenshed Theatre

Chickenshed Theatre is celebrating its fortieth anniversary by publishing a book detailing the history of an organisation that has provided a creative outlet for tens of thousands of young people. Founding members, Jo Collins and Mary Ward tell Jenni where the inspiration for the theatre came from. They are joined by Emma Cambridge, now 29, who has been a part of Chickenshed since she was seven, to explain why this ground-breaking, inclusive company has been so important for her.


Chickenshed : An Awfully Big Adventure, written by Elizabeth Thomson and published by Elliott and Thompson, is out Oct 17th. 

Seven Flowers that Shaped the World

The horticultural historian and writer, Jennifer Potter, joins Jenni to reveal the seven flowers that have inflamed hearts and inspired minds in cultures around the world, from the lotus to the lily.  She explains her enduring fascination with the Queen of Flowers – the Rose – and why her least favourite flower, the Orchid, turned out to be the most beguiling. 


Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter, published by Atlantic Books, is out now.


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Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Cher


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