Weekend Woman's Hour: Vicki Wickham; Shopping with mum; Prince

As Prince causes quite a stir in London and Manchester, we look at the appeal he holds for his female fans. Does he empower women, or just use his feminine image and female collaborators just to further his success?

The National Childbirth Trust wants the government to improve the diagnosis and treatment of tongue-tie in the UK. The parenting charity says detection is patchy and means affected babies are left unable to feed properly for weeks or even months. So should professionals routinely check for and treat tongue-tie?

Vicki Wickham, music pioneer and editor of the iconic British music television show 'Ready, Steady, Go' has recieved an OBE for services to music. She talks about booking the Beatles, working with Dusty Springfield and bringing Motown to Britain.

Seven members of the Oxford grooming ring were jailed for a total of 95 years in June 2013 after an 18-week trial at the Old Bailey. They groomed, raped and prostituted girls as young as 11 in Oxford between 2004 and 2012. We hear from 'Lara', one of the young girls who survived that abuse and her mother, 'Elizabeth'.

And why a photo of the female defence ministers of Sweden, Norway caused such a fuss. Is it so controversial for a woman to be put in charge of her country's defence? The highs and lows of a shopping trip with your mother.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Katie Langton.
Programme Editor Beverley Purcell.

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Vicki Wickham

You may not be familiar with the name, but Vicki Wickham was a true music pioneer of her time. She was the editor of Ready, Steady, Go! - the iconic British music television show which was a driving force for new acts in the swinging sixties, including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles – and which introduced Britain to Motown music. Vicki later managed pop acts such as Labelle, Marc Almond, and Morrissey, but became more known for managing Dusty Springfield’s career, right up to Dusty’s death in 1999. She also co-wrote the lyrics to what became Dusty’s first number one hit You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. Jane caught up with Vicki a couple of days after receiving an OBE from Prince Charles for services to music, and asked her if she was at all surprised to receive the award.


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Tongue-tie is a birth defect that affects three per cent of newborn babies, and can cause problems with breastfeeding. A leading parenting charity – the National Childbirth Trust - is calling on the government to improve tongue-tie services across the UK. We speak to a mother who has first-hand experience of tongue-tie, and we discuss this issue with Dr Simon Newell, neonatologist and Vice President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


National Childbirth Trust

Oxford Grooming Survivor

Seven members of the Oxford grooming ring were jailed for a total of 95 years in June 2013 after an 18 week trial at the Old Bailey. They groomed, raped, and prostituted girls as young as 11 in Oxford between 2004 and 2012. Jenni went to meet Lara, one of the young girls who survived that abuse, and her mother, Elizabeth.


You can listen to more of Jenni’s conversation with Lara and Elizabeth here:

Part 1

Part 2


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Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.


NSPCC Helpline

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at help@nspcc.org.uk


Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, online or offline, you can report this at www.ceop.police.uk. You can get help, advice and support on all issues related to internet safety for young people by visiting www.clickceop.net.


Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) support the assessment and management of the most serious sexual and violent offenders.



MOSAC is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy, and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. Visit their website or call their national helpline on 0800 980 1958.  


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity committed solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. LFF’s staff work with all those affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; and victims of abuse and other family members.


The Home Office Disclosure Scheme
Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check
If you are worried about someone in your child’s life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. Find out what you need to do to get someone checked.


NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. It is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood.  


Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers whose children are or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They also offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. They were formerly known as CROP. 


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Women In Defence

Why has a picture of defence ministers from four different European countries caused a retweeting frenzy recently? They are all experienced politicians from Norway, Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands, and yet people seem to be surprised that they are in charge of their country’s armed forces. Well, the reason for the fuss is the fact that they are all women. Caroline Wyatt, the BBC’s Defence Correspondent, joins Jenni to take a look at the controversy, and to discuss what a woman brings to the role of Minister of Defence.

Prince's Women

Prince is due to perform in Manchester this weekend for the first time since 2002, following a series of secret gigs in London. The pop star has a long history of working with female artists – he famously wrote hit songs used by The Bangles and Sinead O’Connor, has championed young female singers like Lianne La Havas and Janelle Monae, and tours with an all female band. He’s also known for experimenting with our perceptions of masculinity, often appearing on stage in full makeup and lace outfits. So does Prince empower women, or does he use his feminine image and female collaborators just to further his success? Jenni speaks to Professor Sarah Niblock, lecturer at Brunel University and author of Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon.

Shopping With Mother

Do you have a significant shopping trip planned with your daughter, or your mother? Perhaps to buy a wedding dress, or baby clothes, or even an outfit for a funeral? Have you had conflict with your teenage daughter or with your ageing mother which came out through shopping, but over time you have reconciled? Maybe shopping has been the key to restoring your relationship? It’s a persistent feminine fantasy that as a mother, going clothes shopping should be one of the best shared experiences with your daughter. But is that always the case? Or does it sometimes lead to power struggles and arguments? Jenni discusses this with Elizabeth Burke, who is making a documentary, Shopping With Mother, and Daily Telegraph columnist and mother, Judith Woods.


We would like your stories for a Radio 4 programme about shopping and mother-daughter relationships. Please get in touch using our Woman's Hour online contact form - and also give us your contact details - and programme-makers Kim Normanton and Elizabeth Burke may be in touch.


Shopping with Mother will be broadcast on Radio 4 on  Wednesday, 16 April at 11am


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestVicki Wickham
Interviewed GuestElizabeth Burke
Interviewed GuestJudith Woods
Interviewed GuestKirsty Crumpton
Interviewed GuestSimon Newell
Interviewed GuestSarah Niblock
Interviewed GuestCaroline Wyatt
ProducerKatie Langton
EditorBeverley Purcell

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