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A new play about suffragette Emily Wilding Davison

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world. Jane Garvey is joined by the writers of A Necessary Woman, a new play about suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

In the new play, based on a true story, A Necessary Woman, a parliamentary maid discovers, suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison hiding in a broom cupboard on census night, 1911. What follows is the meeting of two very different minds - Emily, who vehemently believes in votes for women, and Mary, the maid, who wonders if maybe the suffragettes ought to just give it up. Co-writers Philippa Urquhart and Deborah Clair, who also play Mary and Emily, join Jane.

Hospital returns to BBC 2 on 26 March. Filmed in January and February this year, the series shows Nottingham University Hospitals, one of the UK's biggest and busiest Trusts, at an unprecedented time in its history when NHS England advise every hospital in England to suspend all routine operations. The hospital's Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Shaw talks about the challenges the health service faces with funding, staffing and an aging population who need more care.

It's 100 years since the first women were given the opportunity to join the British armed forces. Initially their roles were in cooking and mechanical work, but today they can take on the most senior roles and see active combat. Woman's Hour speaks with Lieutenant Colonel Ami Jones MBE from the Army, Captain Ellie Ablett MBE of the Navy, and the Royal Air Force's Flight Sergeant Claire Bullen to investigate their personal experience of working in the armed forces. How has the presence of women influenced the armed forces in the UK?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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58 minutes


  • Hospital

    Duration: 16:43

  • Being in The Forces

    Duration: 14:23

  • A Necessary Woman

    Duration: 07:47


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Caroline Shaw
Interviewed Guest Ellie Ablett
Interviewed Guest Ami Jones
Interviewed Guest Claire Bullen
Interviewed Guest Deborah Clair
Interviewed Guest Philippa Urquhart
Producer Kirsty Starkey


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