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Freedom of Expression and the Ban on the Burqa in France; Debbie Wiseman and the Score for Wolf Hall

Offering a female perspective on the world. Jane Garvey explores freedom of expression and the ban on the burqa in France with Myriam Francois-Cerrah and Tehmina Kazi.

Jane Garvey explores freedom of expression and the ban on the burqa in France with Myriam Francois-Cerrah and Tehmina Kazi; Kate Gross died of cancer on Christmas morning, leaving five-year-old twin boys. Her mother, Jean, joins Jane to talk about Kate and her book, Late Fragments; Composer Debbie Wiseman talks about the score she has written for the highly anticipated adaptation of Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel's novels. A new EU ruling means that parents in Britain will be able to request up to 18 weeks of unpaid leave until their child's 18th birthday (it was previously until their child's fifth birthday).
So are teen years a time when parental support is needed more? And how understanding are workplaces of requests for leave or flexible working from parents of older children?

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Freedom Of Expression In France And The Burqa

    Duration: 08:14

  • Memoir Of Kate Gross

    Duration: 12:19

  • Debbie Wiseman - Wolf Hall Music

    Duration: 10:08

  • Parental Leave And Teenagers

    Duration: 07:26

Freedom Of Expression In France And The Burqa

Following the massacre last week at the offices of the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’, commentators denounced it as an attack on democracy and the cherished values of freedom of speech and expression. But last year the European Court of Human Rights upheld the French government’s ban on the burqa which came into effect in 2011, and which many  Muslims women regard as an infringement of their right to freedom of expression. So how do we reconcile these apparent contradictions in France ? Jane is joined by Tehmina Kazi,  the director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy and by Myriam Francois-Cerrah, a writer and broadcaster on France and the Middle East. 


Memoir Of Kate Gross

Kate Gross died of cancer on Christmas morning. She was 36, and left behind a husband and five-year-old twin boys. Her mother Jean Gross is fulfilling a promise she made to Kate by joining Jane Garvey to talk about the book Kate wrote for her boys Late Fragments Everything I want to tell you (about this magnificent life).
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Debbie Wiseman - Wolf Hall Music

Debbie Wiseman is a film and television composer and trained in formal composition at Guildhall School of Music. She's written well over a hundred scores for TV and film including comedy, romance and action-thriller.  Now she’s turned her considerable talents to historical drama and has composed the music for the forthcoming and highly- anticipated BBC drama - WOLF HALL - based on the Hilary Mantel novels about Thomas Cromwell’s relationship with Henry the Eighth.  She joins Jane to talk about how crucial music is in recreating the atmosphere of Henry’s court.  

Parental Leave And Teenagers

Parents are currently allowed to take up to 18 weeks of unpaid leave up until their child’s fifth birthday – this is in addition to maternity and paternity leave. From April, the age limit will increase to 18.  So are teen years a time when parental support is needed more? And how understanding are workplaces of requests for leave or flexible working from parents of older children? Sally Brett, Senior Policy Officer at the TUC, joins Jane in the studio.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Lucinda Montefiore
Interviewed Guest Myriam Francois-Cerrah
Interviewed Guest Tehmina Kazi
Interviewed Guest Jean Gross
Interviewed Guest Debbie Wiseman
Interviewed Guest Sally Brett

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