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Vanessa Kirby in The Crown

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, young women and work discrimination, living with schizophrenia, reimagining The Little Mermaid, teenagers: sexual rights and responsibilities.

She had the world's most famous sister, was forbidden to marry the man she loved and became a fashion icon for her generation. Princess Margaret is a unique role to play and one the actress Vanessa Kirby feels has been a true gift. Vanessa talks to Jenni about what it's like to play such an iconic figure and what's in store for her during season two of The Crown, released on Netflix today.

A YouGov poll has revealed the extent to which potential pregnancy can work against women when it comes to being hired. The survey found that nearly one in five male HR decision-makers, and one in ten of their female equivalents, are reluctant to hire young women who might have children. Carole Easton, chief executive of the Young Women's Trust who commissioned the survey, talks about the findings and their recommendations.

Alice is one of six people Newsbeat followed for six months as part of Radio 1 and 1Xtra's 'My Mind and Me' campaign. They wanted to share their stories to reveal what it's really like to live with a mental health condition. A 27 year old mother of two who has schizophrenia, Alice is passionate about speaking out about the condition and talks about why, with the right help and support there's no reason why you can't fulfil your potential.

This Christmas, Theatre Royal Bath presents Little Mermaid in the Egg - a reimagined version that couldn't be further away from the original Hans Christen Andersen fairy tale. This interpretation is written from a feminist perspective with a same-sex love story. Writer Bea Roberts discusses her strong female protagonist.

With sexual harassment allegations dominating the headlines, how should we be talking to our children about their sexual rights and responsibilities? In a short series with Relationships and Sex Education Specialist Rachel Fitzsimmons, we discuss how to have this conversation with children of different ages. Today Rachel discusses how to talk to teenagers.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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58 minutes


  • Vanessa Kirby

    Duration: 11:27

  • HR Decision-Makers Admit Pregnancy and Motherhood Deters Recruitment

    Duration: 07:03

  • Mum with Schizophrenia

    Duration: 10:12

  • Bea Roberts and Reimagined Little Mermaid

    Duration: 07:37

  • Sex Ed

    Duration: 07:55

Schizophrenia support


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Vanessa Kirby
Interviewed Guest Carole Easton
Interviewed Guest Alice
Interviewed Guest Bea Roberts
Interviewed Guest Rachel Fitzsimmons


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