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Emily Watson, Older women on screen, Christmas songs

Emily Watson on the TV adaptation of Little Women, Tracy-Ann Oberman and MaryAnn Johanson discuss the portrayal of older women on screen, Dr Who's regeneration and Christmas songs.

Emily Watson discusses her role as Marmee March, the mother of four daughters, in the new BBC TV adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, set in 1860s Massachusetts against the background of the American Civil War.

As the landmark film The Graduate turns 50 today, actress Tracy Ann Oberman and film critic MaryAnn Johanson discuss how the character of the seductress Mrs Robinson shaped the role of the older woman on screen.

Ahead of this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special which features the regeneration of the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, we ask Doctor Who: The Fan Show's Christel Dee exactly what regeneration is, how it works, and what we can expect from the Christmas Special.

With only a couple of days left before Christmas, music writer Ben Wardle breathes a sigh of relief that he won't be bombarded for much longer by those perennial Christmas songs, from Wham to Wizzard. He discusses what makes an enduring Christmas pop tune and how having one in your back catalogue can be a nice little earner.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald

Image: Marmee March (EMILY WATSON), Meg March (WILLA FITZGERALD)
Credit: BBC/Playground/Patrick Redmond.

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30 minutes


  • Emily Watson

    Duration: 08:22

  • Older women on screen

    Duration: 09:06

  • Christmas songs

    Duration: 04:51

  • Doctor Who

    Duration: 05:26

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time is on Monday 25 December 2017 at 17:30 on BBC one.
Image: The First Doctor (DAVID BRADLEY), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI), Bill (PEARL MACKIE)
Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide

Little Women

Little Women

Little Women starts on Tuesday 26 December 2017 at 20:00 on BBC one.

Image: Beth March (ANNES ELWY), Meg March (WILLA FITZGERALD), Marmee March (EMILY WATSON), Jo March (MAYA HAWKE), Amy March (KATHRYN NEWTON
Credit: BBC/Playground/Patrick Redmond


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Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Emily Watson
Interviewed Guest Tracy-Ann Oberman
Interviewed Guest MaryAnn Johanson
Interviewed Guest Christel Dee
Interviewed Guest Ben Wardle
Producer Jerome Weatherald


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