July 1st, 2016
Episode 621 of 763 episodes
Olivia De Havilland, Hollywood's golden age actress celebrates her 100th Birthday. BFI Southbank is screening a dozen of her films including the epic Gone with the Wind (Dir Victor Fleming). Isabel Stevens, curator at the BFI and Jennifer Smythe Professor of History at Warwick University discuss the life of the screen actor with reference to The Dark Mirror (Dir Robert Siodmak), The Snake Pit (Dir Anatole Litvak), The Heiress (Dir William Wyler), To Each His Own (Dir Mitchell Leisen). The largest ever study to sequence the whole genomes of breast cancers has uncovered five new genes associated with the disease and 13 new mutational signatures that influence tumour development. It has been described as a milestone moment. Dr Serena Nik-Zainal from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute explains what it could mean for the future of breast cancer treatment. As the nation marks the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme we find out what it was like to be a nurse on the front line during World War One. Jenni talks to Sara Robinson, the Great Niece of Edith Appleton, whose diaries from 1916 detail the day to day life in the nursing station during the battle, and Professor Alison Fell, who specialises in French and British women's experiences of World War I. And experimental composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki on electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram - co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on recreating her 'lost work' Still Life, and how she's influenced her own work. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell.