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Frances Crook on Barbara Castle

Episode 6 of 9

Prison reformer Frances Crook proposes Labour politician, Barbara Castle. With Roy Hattersley and Matthew Parris. From 2015.

Prison reformer Frances Crook chooses campaigning Labour politician, Barbara Castle.

She was the reforming transport minister who couldn't drive, the childless woman who changed lives for mothers by paying Child Benefit directly to them, the passionate Labour cabinet minister who didn't become the first female Prime Minister but perhaps paved the way for the Conservative woman who did.

Matthew Parris explores the life of Barbara Castle with his guest Frances Crook, the Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Roy Hattersley, who worked with Barbara Castle in the 1960s, is their expert witness.

Producer Christine Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

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30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Frances Crook
Interviewed Guest Roy Hattersley
Producer Christine Hall


  • Tue 8 Sep 2015 16:30
  • Fri 11 Sep 2015 23:00
  • Last Thursday 18:30
  • Last Friday 00:30
  • Saturday 07:30
  • Saturday 17:30
  • Sunday 05:30

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