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Fearne Cotton

Presenter Fearne Cotton, Vera Baird QC and Northumbria police and crime commissioner, WH archive: female village police officer 1985, and singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram.

Fearne Cotton landed her first job presenting live TV at 15 years-old. Twenty years on, she has presented dozens of television programmes, presented the mid-morning show at Radio 1 for over five years and has had two children. Despite her achievements, Fearne's happiness has been precarious and in her book Happy, she explains why her "fast-paced, incautious" way of living has made her vulnerable to depression. She joins Jane to discuss her career and what inspired her practical guide to finding happiness.

Since January 2015 adult rape trials at Newcastle Crown Court have been observed by volunteer panellists trained to look at how complainants and witnesses are supported during the trials. Vera Baird QC, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, set up the initiative and today releases "Seeing is believing" a report on 30 rape trials. She joins Jane to discuss the key findings and recommendations.

An interview from the Woman's Hour Archive - A day in the life of local female Police Officer, Carol Price, in Shurdington, a village in Gloucestershire in May, 1985. The first feature in a week long series on women in the Police Force.

Tanita Tikaram was once called 'the bard of Basingstoke' - indeed you might remember her 1988 hit 'Twist in My Sobriety' with its deep and dark vocals. She released her debut album at the tender age of 19 and now, almost thirty years later, is back with her 9th studio album 'Closer to the People.' She talks about her varied career and performs live in the studio.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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45 minutes


  • Fearne Cotton

    Duration: 11:54

  • Vera Baird QC

    Duration: 08:39

  • Female Police bobby archive

    Duration: 10:38

  • Female innkeepers - listener

    Duration: 03:17

  • Tanita Tikaram

    Duration: 06:48


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Fearne Cotton
Interviewed Guest Vera Baird
Interviewed Guest Carol Price
Interviewed Guest Tanita Tikaram
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Kirsty Starkey


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