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Long-distance rower Elsa Hammond; Women on boards; Fatal Attraction

Elsa Hammond who hopes to be the fastest woman to row from California to Hawaii, the latest figures on women on boards, and a new stage version of the 1980s film Fatal Attraction.

Elsa Hammond who hopes to be the fastest woman to row solo from California to Hawaii, the latest figures on women on boards, Penelope Jardine the lifelong companion of author Muriel Spark and as a new stage version of the 1980s film Fatal Attraction opens in the West End, what does the story have to say to today's audiences?

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58 minutes


  • Women on Boards

    Vince Cable and founder of The Women's Business Forum, Heather Jackson, join Jenni.

    Duration: 11:25

  • Muriel Spark

    Penelope Jardine joins Jenni to discuss Muriel Spark’s work and life.

    Duration: 05:16

  • Fatal Attraction

    What issues does a stage version of Fatal Attraction pose for a modern audience…?

    Duration: 09:13

  • Elsa Hammond

    Elsa Hammond joins Jenni to discuss rowing across the Pacific Ocean alone.

    Duration: 06:48

Women on Boards

The latest annual Female FTSE Report reveals female participation rates have risen to 20.7 per cent of board positions in the FTSE100 – up from 17.3 per cent since nearly a year ago. The report’s author, former Trade Minister, Lord Davies, originally set a target of achieving 25 per cent for 2015 which they’re on course to achieve if the current improvements continue. The report states there’s still a noticeable discrepancy between executive directorships held by women in comparison with women holding non-executive Directorships and 48 all-male boards remain.  So does the lack of increased female visibility on executive boards indicate women’s successes aren’t wide-reaching enough and what should the government do to make it happen? Could women do more to put themselves in line for leadership? Business Secretary Vince Cable – who’s responsible for the report’s launch - and founder of The Women's Business Forum, Heather Jackson, join Jenni to discuss.

Muriel Spark

Dame Muriel Spark was one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century - . The Times newspaper named her in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945". She wrote 21 novels including the “The Ballad of Peckham Rye”, “Memento Mori” and “A Far Cry from Kensington” but it was her 1961 novel “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” that was considered her masterpiece. It was made into a stage play, a TV series and a film, making her an international success. Before her death in 2006, Muriel Spark asked her long-time friend and companion Penelope Jardine to gather her previously uncollected writings and make a selection for publication. “The Golden Fleece” is the result of that work. Penelope Jardine joins Jenni to discuss why she thinks the collection “tells many things” about Muriel Spark’s life.

Fatal Attraction

A stage version of the iconic 1980’s film Fatal Attraction opened this week in London’s West End. Its creator, James Dearden, says the central character Alex Forrest - portrayed as a ‘bunny-boiler’ in the original movie - will be seen in a far more sympathetic light in the stage version. What issues does it raise for a modern audience…?

Elsa Hammond

Twenty-nine year old university student Elsa Hammond is hoping to break 2 world records by becoming both the fastest and youngest woman to row from California to Hawaii. As she makes the attempt, she will celebrate 2,400 inspirational women - one for each mile of her journey - which she wants the public to nominate and whose names will appear on the side of her boat.


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Elsa Hammond
Interviewed Guest Penelope Jardine
Producer Steven Williams


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