Woman's Hour

BBC Radio 4

Health, Kids & Family, News & Politics

The programme that offers a female perspective on the world


Black beauty pageants, Wannabe, Stepmothers, Dark fiction, Jewish salon

July 8th, 2016

Episode 626 of 985 episodes

Miss Black and Beautiful is the first major exhibition of the work of Raphael Albert, the cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in west London from the late 1960s to the 1980s. Jenni speaks to Renée Mussai, the exhibition's curator. Twenty years after its first release, the Spice Girls' hit Wannabe has been remade, with a new video calling for an end to violence against women ahead of a United Nations meeting. Jenni speaks to director of the video, MJ Delaney and BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney. What is it really like to be a step parent? Jenni speaks to four listeners who share their own experiences of taking on the role of mum. We look at the attraction of reading psychological thrillers like The Widow, Disclaimer, Stranger on A Train and Gone Girl. Why do we enjoy grappling with an unreliable narrator, being taken to a dark, corrupt, sometimes evil place. Why is it that women are so good at writing these types of books? Jenni speaks to writers Sabine Durrant and Ruth Ware. The Salon is a series from the BBC World Service looking at women's lives and identities as expressed through their relationship with their hair and their hairdressers around the world. Hiya is a member of London's Orthodox Jewish community and she spoke to reporter Charlotte Pritchard. Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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