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Mhairi Black, Safe drinking, Amy Jackson, Shepherdess

With Jenni Murray. Mhairi Black MP on women's pensions. Plus how much alcohol it is safe to drink, unlikely Bollywood star Amy Jackson, and farmer and sheepdog handler Emma Gray.

When the new flat rate state pension starts in April 2016, thousands of women born in the 1950s won't be able to access the full amount. Mhairi Black, the youngest MP in 350 years has led a House of Commons backbench debate on the issue and joins Jenni to discuss her concerns.

There's no safe level of alcohol if you're pregnant according to new guidelines on drinking from Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies. Dr Sally Marlow, researcher in Addictions at King's College London and Linda Geddes, freelance science and medical journalist discuss the evidence and whether women will follow the advice.

Amy Jackson is Bollywood's unlikely superstar. Spotted aged sixteen, she's starred in a number of Indian films - but Amy is white and from Liverpool. She joins Jenni to discuss her remarkable career.

At the age of 23, Emma Gray broke up with her fiance and set off with her three dogs to become a sheep farmer in Northumberland. Reporter Sarah Falkingham went to meet her.

Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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58 minutes


  • Mhairi Black

    The youngest MP who is fighting against the new flat rate state pension

    Duration: 14:20

  • Safe Drinking

    What do the new guidelines on drinking mean for women and pregnant women?

    Duration: 11:30

  • The Shepherdess

    Emma Gray is a 23-yr-old sheep farmer in Northumberland - reported by Sarah Falki

    Duration: 08:06

  • Amy Jackson

    Bollywood's White, English unlikely superstar

    Duration: 07:42

Women and Drinking


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Mhairi Black
Interviewed Guest Sally Marlow
Interviewed Guest Linda Geddes
Interviewed Guest Amy Jackson
Interviewed Guest Emma Gray
Interviewed Guest Sarah Falkingham


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