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Toni Morrison's Beloved; Loneliness

Jenni Murray presents discussion on loneliness, including who suffers and what can be done about it.

Loneliness- who suffers and what can be done; with Sue Bourne whose new documentary, The Age of Loneliness, is on BBC One on Thursday evening; Kylie Taylor, a young woman who is lonely despite a busy job surrounded by people and Isabella Goldie of the Mental Health Foundation.

The 15 minute Drama this week is Beloved by Toni Morrison. To discuss Morrison's work and the new writers following in her footsteps we are joined by Patricia Cumper who adapted the book for radio, Dr Tessa Roynon - Teaching and Research Fellow, University of Oxford and writer and journalist, Irenosen Okojie whose debut novel Butterfly Fish was published in 2015.

Each year BBC Radio 1's Sound Of poll invites over 100 music industry experts to vote for their favourite emerging artists who they think should be the ones to watch for the new year. The top five names of the Sound Of 2016 poll are being announced on Radio 1 each day this week, and today they named number three: NAO - a 28 year old East London singer-songwriter and producer. She sings 'it's You' live on the programme.

As Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet is unveiled, we look at who's in and who's out and what it means for the women in the Labour Party with Ayesha Hazarika, former special advisor to Harriet Harman.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Eleanor Garland.

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54 minutes

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Wed 6 Jan 2016 10:00


  • Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

    As Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet is unveiled, we look at its effect on female MPs.

    Duration: 06:56

  • The Age of Loneliness

    Sue Bourne talks about her new BBC1 documentary, with Isabella Goldie and Kylie Taylor.

    Duration: 10:26

  • Nao

    Placed at no.3 on Radio 1's Sound of 2016 poll, the emerging artist performs live.

    Duration: 07:38

  • Toni Morrison's Beloved and Black Women Writers

    Patricia Cumper, Irenosen Okojie and Dr Tessa Roynon on the influence of the 1987 novel.

    Duration: 12:57

The Age of Loneliness

Sue Bourne's BBC 1 documentary on loneliness, which will be broadcast at 10.35pm on Thursday 7th January 2015.

Campaign To End Loneliness

A national campaign launched in 2011 to combat loneliness in the UK.


A UK-based charity providing advice and support for people with mental health issues.

Mental Health Foundation

Charity improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning disabilities. 

Get Connected

A free, confidential and multi-issue helpline service for young people under 25.

The Silver Line

The free, 24 hour, confidential helpline for older people.


A charity helpline providing confidential emotional support for people of all ages.

Contact The Elderly

non-profit organization which matches frail, elderly people who live alone with volunteers who take them to tea one Sunday every month.

BBC Radio 1: Sound of 2016

To find out about all the Sound Of 2016 acts, watch the show on BBC iPlayer or Red Button now and check out the website:


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Sue Bourne
Interviewed Guest Kylie Taylor
Interviewed Guest Isabella Goldie
Interviewed Guest Patricia Cumper
Interviewed Guest Tessa Roynon
Interviewed Guest Irenosen Okojie
Interviewed Guest NAO
Interviewed Guest Ayesha Hazarika
Producer Eleanor Garland


  • Wed 6 Jan 2016 10:00

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