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Patience Gray, Contraception and pregnancy risk, Yarl's Wood, Anorexia, Dating

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world. The legacy of food writer Patience Gray. Plus a new play on life inside Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.

When the food writer Patience Gray died in 2005, the BBC described her as an almost forgotten culinary star. Yet her influence has had a profound and lasting effect. She is still regarded by many as having written one of the best cookbooks of all time. Adam Federman who has written her biography 'Fasting and Feasting' and Patience's daughter Miranda Armour-Brown discuss her legacy.

A quarter of women who had an abortion at BPAS clinics in 2016 were using either a method of hormonal contraception or a long acting reversible contraceptive method. Over half were using at least one form of contraception. So how can contraceptives fail? Jenni is joined by Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Dr Tracey Masters, a Consultant in sexual and reproductive health and a vice president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

The Scar Test is a new play which explores life inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire. It's based on verbatim interviews and is critical of the immigration removal centre. Jenni speaks to the writer Hannah Khalil and Heather Jones, who has been supporting women held at Yarl's Wood.

Dani is twenty and has been living with anorexia for the last five years. Now a day patient at Huntercombe Hospital, she's been documenting her road to recovery through a scrap book, and shares her pages with Georgina Hewes.

Continuing our series, Dating with Difficulties - how much harder is it if you have a difficult personal situation that you have to explain to your prospective partner. We hear from Annie Belasco who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of twenty-five, and Clare McAfee who had premature ovarian failure in her twenties.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Dianne McGregor.

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45 minutes


  • Contraception and pregnancy risk

    Duration: 08:04

  • Patience Gray

    Duration: 09:22

  • Anorexia

    Duration: 04:59

  • Yarl's Wood

    Duration: 08:17

  • Women in One - Glasgow

    Duration: 02:24

  • Dating

    Duration: 08:58

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Dianne McGregor
Interviewed Guest Adam Federman
Interviewed Guest Miranda Armour-Brown
Interviewed Guest Ann Furedi
Interviewed Guest Tracey Masters
Interviewed Guest Hannah Khalil
Interviewed Guest Heather Jones
Interviewed Guest Georgina Hewes
Interviewed Guest Annie Belasco
Interviewed Guest Clare McAfee


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