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Keira Knightley; Lowering Cholesterol; Staying Sane

Jane Garvey presents the programme that offers a female perspective on the world. Keira Knightley talks to Jane about her latest screen incarnation as a wannabe pop star.

Keira Knightley on her latest screen incarnation as a wannabe pop star in the rom-com Begin Again which is released this week. While politicians court the vote of working parents by making the case for childcare that 'wraps around' the school day, we discuss the arguments for and against a long day for children. How far can you really lower your cholesterol through the choices you make about what you eat? Cardiologist Dr Laura Corr on the scientific evidence about foods that influence our health. Research indicates that being empathetic is good for your mental health - we look at whether empathy can be learnt.

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  • Keira Knightley

    She swapped corsets for guitars in her latest film, Begin Again.

    Duration: 06:49

  • Wraparound Childcare

    The pros and cons of Breakfast and after-school clubs.

    Duration: 15:15

  • Empathy

    What is Empathy? Can we learn to be more empathetic? And is it always a good thing?

    Duration: 10:59

  • Can you lower cholesterol through diet?

    Over 30,000 women die from coronary heart disease each year.

    Duration: 07:17

Wraparound Childcare

Breakfast and after-school clubs allow parents to work but are they good for children and families? Catherine Carr has been to a school offering wraparound care to talk to staff and pupils. And, journalist and writer Zoe Williams and Nansi Ellis from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers  join Jane Garvey to discuss the pros and cons of a school day which starts at before breakfast and ends at six pm.

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley has swapped corsets for guitars, as she moves from costume drama to her latest role as a wannabe pop star in New York in rom-com film Begin Again. And in her personal life too, she mixes film and music, having recently married James Righton of the band the Klaxons. She speaks to Jane about singing on screen, dodging papparazzi, and her marriage in France last summer.

Begin Again is released on 11 July


As part of our Staying Sane series, we look at the role of empathy.  There’s plenty of research indicating that being empathetic and altruistic is good for our mental health.  But what exactly is empathy? Are we all capable of experiencing it and is it always a good thing? And is it possible to learn to be more empathetic? Graham Music, child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of a The Good Life: Wellbeing and the New Science of Altruism, Selfishness and Immorality, and writer Lesley Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, join Jane in the studio.

The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality by Graham Music is published by Routledge.


 Nurturing Minds

Can you lower cholesterol through diet?

Over 30,000 women die from coronary heart disease each year and according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics it’s the biggest killer of women between 65-79, killing nearly three times as many women as breast cancer. Evidence suggests that high cholesterol is linked to a risk of heart disease and that cutting down on fatty foods can help lower the risk of heart disease and strokes. But in a new book  ‘Eat your way to lower cholesterol’, Dr Laura Corr, consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital, says that creating a healthy diet that lowers cholesterol is more about adding the right foods to your diet than cutting out foods and that the latest studies have identified six food-types we should be eating more of. But what is the scientific evidence behind this and can you actually lower your cholesterol through eating more of certain foods?


Heart UK

Nordic Nutrition Recommendation

British Heart Foundation new draft guidelines

NHS Guide to Cholesterol

NHS Guide to lowering Cholesterol

NHS Guide on Statins

Self assessment for risk of heart attack and stroke



Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Keira Knightley
Interviewed Guest Laura Corr
Producer Anne Peacock


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