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Jane Garvey's Makeover, Childcare Bill and Children with Disabilities, Rooney Mara, Carmen Giannattasio, Teenage Boys

November 24th, 2015

Episode 423 of 764 episodes

As part of the Appearance Series, Jane Garvey travels to a beauty salon in Liverpool for a makeover and she hears from three fourteen year old boys about the pressures to look good. The Childcare Bill has its second reading today and includes raising the amount of free childcare for 3-4year olds but a new report by the charity Contact a Family says that forty percent of parents of children with disabilities do not always use their current free childcare hours because they cannot access the special help they need. Amanda Batten from the charity explains what she hopes the new bill will include for parents of children with disabilities and Jane hears from Tara whose daughter has Down's Syndrome. Rooney Mara on her latest role starring opposite Kate Blanchett in the film Carol. Soprano Carmen Giannattasio's vocal range and dramatic ability gained her immediate critical attention and in December she plays Nedda in Leoncavallo's famous short opera Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House. What makes her career even more impressive is that she didn't have a singing lesson until she was 18 years old. Jane asks her about how she found her voice, her journey from university scholar to leading lady and her struggles with an eating disorder. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Caroline Donne.

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