Mothers and Daughters with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Janet Ellis
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mother Janet Ellis join Jenni to discuss their relationship.
Jenni explores the nature of mother and daughter relationships. How do our mothers shape our understanding of what it means to be a woman? And how do our choices impact the lives of our daughters?
She will be joined in the studio by singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mother the broadcaster and author Janet Ellis. They discuss how their bond has developed through the years and how Sophie becoming a mother of four has affected their relationship.
Alana Kirk's mother Pat suffered a devastating stroke just four days after the birth of Alana's third child. Unable to speak or walk, Pat became dependent on carers and her family at the very point that Alana was most needed by her own children. Alana found herself in what she describes as the "sandwich years"; having to make impossible decisions about whether to prioritise her mother or her daughters. She joins Jenni to discuss her memoir The Sandwich Years: How to survive when the people in your life need you most.
And what happens when you confound your mother's expectations? Campaigner Nimco Ali discusses her decision to speak out against FGM and how it has affected her relationship with her mother. She is joined by Jackie Briggs who, despite providing a liberal and understanding environment at home, was powerless in the face of her daughter's sexual confusion.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Laura Northedge.
Janet Ellis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Mother and daughter discuss how their relationship has developed over the years
Mothers and daughters
A compilation of Woman's Hour guests on their relationships as mothers and daughters
Living up to expectations
Jackie Briggs and Nimco Ali discuss confounding expectations as parents and children
The sandwich years
Alana Kirk shares her impossible decision whether to prioritise her mother or daughters.
Role Contributor Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Laura Northedge Interviewed Guest Sophie Ellis-Bextor Interviewed Guest Janet Ellis Interviewed Guest Nimco Ali Interviewed Guest Jackie Briggs Interviewed Guest Alana Kirk