Amanda Holden; Vicky Pryce; Extraordinary women of the 'fifties

Amanda Holden on marriage, divorce, and her risky pregnancy. Vicky Pryce responds to government plans for women prisoners to serve sentences closer to home. Conservative MP Margot James and shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP discuss developments in rape cases. Journalist Rachel Cooke on the ten extraordinary characters who challenge the traditional view of women in the 1950s.

Presenter: Jane Garvey.
Producer: Ruth Watts.

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Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden - actress, singer, and Britain’s Got Talent judge - has been a fixture in the British tabloid papers for over 20 years.  They followed her career, her marriage and divorce to Les Dennis, her affair with Neil Morrissey, and her new role as a TV talent show superstar.  In her autobiography, No Holding Back, she talks about life in the public eye, the private heartbreak of miscarriage and stillbirth, and reveals how she tricked her husband into the pregnancy which nearly killed her.


No Holding Back by Amanda Holden is published by Simon & Schuster

Vicky Pryce On Women Prisoners

The Government has just announced plans for women prisoners to serve their sentences closer to their homes. The Ministry of Justice has said it is keen to keep women closer to their families as a way of cutting re-offending rates. So will it help? Jane talks to Vicky Pryce, author of Prisonomics: Behind Bars In Britain’s Failing Prisons, and to Conservative MP Margot James.


There are two stories related to rape in the news today: There is a five year low in the number of allegations passed on to prosecutors, at a time when there’s also been a 30 per cent rise in cases reported to Police.  Also,  some of the private counselling and medical records of some rape victims are being made available to defendants.   Jane discusses these issues with Conservative MP Margot James and shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry.

Extraordinary Women Of The Fifties

The journalist Rachel Cooke joins Jane to discuss ten extraordinary characters who challenged the traditional view of women in the 1950s - from a rally car driver, to a film producer, an architect, and the first woman to sit at the Old Bailey.


Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke is published by Virago on 31 October


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestAmanda Holden
Interviewed GuestVicky Pryce
Interviewed GuestMargot James
Interviewed GuestEmily Thornberry
Interviewed GuestRachel Cooke
ProducerRuth Watts

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