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Teen revision

How to help your teenager revise for exams, war photographer Linda Kitson, how alcohol affects divorce proceedings and playing a 17-year-old when you are in your 50s.

How do you motivate a teenager to revise for their exams, to learn to prioritise school work over other fun stuff and focus on learning after school, at weekends and in the holidays? Is every child different in this respect? Is it obvious when you are getting it very wrong? And how can you turn it around? Jane Garvey talks to BBC Mindset coaches 16 year old Megan and Max and their mums Louise and Lynsey, and to educational psychologist Dr Antonia Cobbald.

In Seventeen, currently playing at Lyric Hammersmith, the teenage characters are all played by actors nearer to 70 than 17. The female leads Margot Leicester, Diana Hardcastle and Sarah Ball tell Jane about turning back the clock.

A growing number of British marriages are breaking down due to allegations of wives' drinking problems. Laura Guillon, Associate Solicitor at Hall Brown Family Law in Manchester, says she is increasingly seeing women's drinking cited in the divorce cases she handles. She believes it accounts for almost one third of all the divorces put forward on the grounds of 'unreasonable behaviour'. Jane is joined by Laura, and by the GP Dr Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of, to discuss women's relationships with alcohol and its effect on marriages.

Linda Kitson was the first officially commissioned female war artist to accompany troops into combat. A new exhibition at The House of Illustration, curated by Quentin Blake, explores her work over the last 40 years, including drawings of the 1982 Falklands War. Jane speaks to Linda about her career, the exhibition and her recent obsession with making art on an iPad.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Laura Northedge.

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58 minutes


  • Women, Alcohol and Divorce

    Duration: 11:30

  • Seventeen

    Duration: 10:11

  • Parenting: Teenage Revision

    Duration: 12:59

  • Linda Kitson

    Duration: 07:48


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Antonia Cobbald
Interviewed Guest Margot Leicester
Interviewed Guest Diana Hardcastle
Interviewed Guest Sarah Ball
Interviewed Guest Laura Guillon
Interviewed Guest Sarah Jarvis
Interviewed Guest Linda Kitson
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Laura Northedge


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