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Sophie Grabol - Sarah Lund in The Killing; Grey Pound Marketing

Presented by Jenni Murray. Sofie Grabol on Fortitude; grey pound marketing; Lisa McKenzie on working class women; Elsie Widdowson, nutritionist during WWII; and women in prison.

Jenni Murray speaks to Sofie Grabol, star of Danish detective drama The Killing. Sophie talks about appearing in brand new television crime thriller Fortitude where she plays the governor of a small Arctic town. She talks to Jenni about filming in Iceland, taking on a marathon work load after surviving breast cancer, and whether we might see the return of that famous jumper any time soon.

Joan Didion, Jessica Lange and Yasmina Rossi have all recently signed deals to become the faces of bigs brands. As we are seeing more over 50s faces in advertising, is this a cynical marketing ploy or symptomatic of a change in attitude to age and beauty? Tiff Stevenson, a comedian whose work draws on her fear of ageing and attitudes to older women in society; Tim Pethick, CEO of Saga Publishing and Sandra Howard, former model and fashion journalist discuss.

Academic Lisa McKenzie talks about her new book Getting By about the people who live on St Ann's estate in Nottingham, and being a working class woman with a PhD.

Forgotten Women of Science: Elsie Widdowson. The Science Museum in London is commemorating this with a special exhibition focusing on Churchill's interest in science. Rachel Boon is a curator of the exhibition and has inside knowledge on the women who made their mark in science during World War Two. Elsie Widdowson may not be a household name, but she was a nutritionist who made a huge impact on life at home during the war.

The Women's Justice Minister Simon Hughes says that the number of women being sent to prison needs to be reduced. But how can this be achieved in practice? BBC presenter Rachel Burden spent a day with women at Styal prison in Cheshire.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Sofie Gråbøl

    Duration: 09:35

  • Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain

    Duration: 07:16

  • Forgotten women of science: Elsie Widdowson

    Duration: 05:04

  • Prisons

    Duration: 09:37

  • Grey Pound

    Duration: 10:47

Sofie Gråbøl

Sofie Gråbøl, star of Danish detective drama The Killing, is back on TV in crime thriller Fortitude, playing the Governor of a small Arctic town. She talks to Jenni about filming in Iceland, taking on a marathon work load after surviving breast cancer, and whether we might see the return of Sarah Lund's and her famous jumper any time soon.

Fortitude begins on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 29 January at 9pm.

Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain

Lisa McKenzie left her factory job after nine years of making tights, went to study at Nottingham University and is now a research fellow at the London School of Economics. But she doesn’t want to be middle class, she doesn’t care about opera and her new book “Getting By” is about social inequality and working class women like herself, from the St Ann’s estate in Nottingham. Lisa talks about her unique life experience which enables her to bring the academic world and her local community together.

Find out more about St Ann's Nottingham

Prisons

The Women’s Justice Minister Simon Hughes says that the number of women being sent to prison needs to be reduced. But how can this be achieved in practice? BBC Radio 5 live’s Rachel Burden spent a day with women at Styal prison in Cheshire. She talks to Jenni about her experiences.

Forgotten women of science: Elsie Widdowson

It’s been fifty years since the death of Winston Churchill, a significant character in the fight for freedom during the Second World War. The Science Museum in London is commemorating this with a special exhibition focusing on Churchill’s interest in science. But as always, where are the women? Rachel Boon is a curator of the exhibition and she tells Jenni about the women who made their mark in science during World War Two. Elsie Widdowson may not be a household name, but she was a nutritionist who made a huge impact on life at home during the war.

Grey Pound

We’re seeing more over 50s faces in advertising. Joan Didion, Jessica Lange and Yasmina Rossi have all recently signed deals to become the faces of big brands. Is this a cynical marketing ploy or symptomatic of a change in attitude to age and beauty? Jenni is joined by Comedian Tiff Stevenson, Tim Pethick, Saga Publishing, and former model and writer Sandra Howard.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Sofie Grabol
Interviewed Guest Tiffany Stevenson
Interviewed Guest Sandra Howard
Interviewed Guest Tim Pethwick
Interviewed Guest Lisa McKenzie
Interviewed Guest Rachel Boon
Interviewed Guest Rachel Burden
Producer Rebecca Myatt

Broadcast

  • Thu 29 Jan 2015 10:00

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