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Office parties, Lilya Brik, The Fix: Women and Addiction

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world. Christmas parties, Russian muse Lilya Brik and getting through addiction. Presented by Jenni Murray.

What's the point of an office Christmas party? New figures show that 1 out of 5 people have a romantic encounter at one, but besides finding love, they can be team-bonding experiences, an opportunity to network, or just plain awkward. Freelance journalist Helen Nianias and former managing director Jackie Fast discuss how to navigate festive work events.

One in five young people are obese at age 14 says a new report from the Millennium Cohort Study. The director of the study, Professor Emla Fitzsimons and Dr Ronny Cheung, spokesperson for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health discuss the reasons behind such high rates and the ramifications for the health of the next generation.

In the second of our series about Russian revolutionary women, writer Viv Groskop talks about Lilya Brik who was born in 1891 and trained as an architect in Moscow. Married to one poet and the lover and muse of another, she was so admired for her beauty that artists such as Matisse or Chagall queued to paint her.

In the latest in our series The Fix about women and addiction, 'Sam' describes being introduced to drugs by her husband - a joint habit she later supported through prostitution - what got her through it, her life in recovery and being hopeful about the future, no longer in a toxic relationship.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Anne Peacock
Reporter: Milly Chowles.

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58 minutes


  • Child obesity

    Duration: 10:04

  • Lilya Brik

    Duration: 08:14

  • The Fix: Women and Addiction

    Duration: 15:26

  • Office parties

    Duration: 08:12


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Helen Nianias
Interviewed Guest Jackie Fast
Interviewed Guest Emla Fitzsimons
Interviewed Guest Ronny Cheung
Interviewed Guest Viv Groskop
Producer Anne Peacock


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