Sally Challen, with her son David: her first radio interview
After years of being controlled and humiliated by him in 2011 Sally Challen was jailed for 22 years for the murder of her husband, Richard. The sentence was reduced to 18 years but in June of this year she walked out of the Old Bailey a free woman. The introduction of coercive control as a crime meant her sentence was reduced to manslaughter. In her first radio interview Sally joins Jane Garvey to reflect on her marriage, her sentence and how it feels to be a ‘free woman’ and a new grandma.
As part of Radio 4, Four Seasons Poetry Day the award-winning poet Fiona Benson reads from her collection to mark the autumn equinox .
BBC Music Day is on Thursday – an annual celebration across the BBC of the power of music to change lives. On Woman’s Hour we’ll be hearing from women about the importance of music in their dementia care. Today - Teresa Davies. She’s from Mold in North Wales and is creating a digital book about her life so future carers can find out what particular pieces of music mean to her.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Sally Challen
Interviewed Guest: Fiona Benson
Reporter: Henrietta Harrison
Shirley Ballas, Flexible working, Lesley Manville
The magic of dance with Shirley Ballas, head judge on BBC series Strictly, Curtis Pritchard, Love Island participant and professional ballroom dancer, and Theresa Buckland, Professor of Dance History at Roehampton University.
Vicky Phelan exposed a medical scandal which affected her, and over 200 other Irish women. She found out that cervical smear tests, including hers, were mistakenly given the all clear when they were in fact abnormal. Women didn't get the treatment that might have prevented, or halted cancer. Vicky who is now living with a terminal diagnosis took her case to court and she was awarded 2.5 million Euros in compensation. Her book is called Overcoming: A Memoir.
The reality of searching for part time or flexible work. How hard is it to find good jobs that make use of your skills and abilities part-time? We hear from Karen Mattison, Joint CEO of Timewise about their new research. And listener Sarah who is looking for part-time work.
The actor Lesley Manville on her role in the BBC's new Sunday night wartime drama World on Fire.
In the city of St Louis, Missouri, the number of children who’ve been killed by a gun is rising. Most of them were caught in the cross fire, doing normal things like playing outside their house. Mothers, some who’ve lost a child, marched in the City last weekend to express their anger. Reporter Siobhann Tighe met the organiser, the Reverend Traci Blackmon.
Two decades ago, a public health official exposed how contaminated blood and plasma had led to tens of thousands of impoverished villagers and hospital patients being infected with hepatitis and HIV in Henan province, China. Today that story is told in a new production called ‘The King of Hell's Palace’ at The Hampstead Theatre, London. The Chinese whistleblower, Dr Shuping Wang and playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig discuss.
British-born Mauritian cook Selina Periampillai describes the diverse cuisine of Mauritius and its neighbouring islands in her first cookbook, The Island Kitchen. She Cooks the Perfect... Tuna Curry.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Dianne McGregor
Edited by Jane Thurlow
Shirley Ballas, Curtis Pritchard, Sujata Banerjee
Strictly’s back! It’s the 17th series and Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have rolled out the red carpet for the class of 2019. To celebrate, Woman’s Hour dedicates a programme to dance with Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas, Love Island participant and professional ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard, Professor of Dance History Theresa Buckland from Roehampton University, Sujata Banerjee, a Kathak artist and educator and Ingrid Mackinnon, a choreographer who teaches jazz, ballet, modern & African dance. Jane asks whether it is ever too late to learn to dance, why dance can make you feel so good… and hosts a dancing lesson, live on air, accompanied by the musician Joe Stilgoe.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Shirley Ballas
Interviewed guest: Curtis Pritchard
Interviewed guest: Theresa Buckland
Interviewed guest: Sujata Banerjee
Interviewed guest: Ingrid Mackinnon
Interviewed guest: Joe Stilgoe
Dr Shuping Wang, Cecelia Ahern, Selina Periampillai
Two decades ago, a public health official exposed how contaminated blood and plasma had led to tens of thousands of impoverished villagers and hospital patients being infected with hepatitis and HIV in Henan province, China. Today that story is told in a new production called ‘The King of Hell's Palace’ at the Hampstead Theatre. Jenni hears about that production and the story behind it from Chinese whistleblower, Dr Shuping Wang and playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Author Cecelia Ahern talks about her new book Postscript; The Sequel to PS I Love You. British-born Mauritian cook Selina Periampillai describes the diverse cuisine of Mauritius and its neighbouring islands in her first cookbook, The Island Kitchen. And, we discuss the stigma that surrounds childhood sexual abuse.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts
Parenting: How to successfully integrate a family into an established community
Listener Wandja Kimani emailed the programme to ask us to discuss carving out a life in a community when you find yourself in a minority. Jenni speaks to Wandja and to the author Rachel Edwards, who moved from London to a small hamlet in Oxfordshire over 20-years ago.