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Sheila Hancock, Celebrities and Politics, Young People on the Verge of Trouble

Sheila Hancock on treading the boards nightly at 85. The day after the Oscars we discuss what difference, if any, it makes when celebrities speak out about causes.

Sheila Hancock at 85 is still treading the boards nightly. She plays Maude in the latest theatre adaption of the 1970s cult classic, Harold and Maude. She talks to Jane about how she copes with the gruelling performance schedule, being the oldest person to climb a remote mountain in Scotland, and why she's excited by the MeToo movement.

At the Golden Globes the attendees wore black, at the Grammy's they wore white roses. The day after the Oscars we discuss what difference, if any, it makes when celebrities speak out about causes.

Today we begin a new series Off the Rails about young people on the verge of getting into trouble and the workers and volunteers who try to pull them back from the edge. Today we hear from Nequela. She now works in South London with young people in danger of getting into trouble. She's 29 and knows what she's talking about. Nine years ago she left prison after being jailed for drug offences.

Two women have joined together to help all women in the UK understand and maybe use menstrual cups, arguing it makes financial sense and is especially empowering for those on a lower income.

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  • Celebrity Culture And Politics

    Duration: 10:37

  • Sheila Hancock

    Duration: 11:54

  • Menstural Cups For All

    Duration: 06:18

  • Off The Rails 1 - Nequela

    Duration: 12:42

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