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Joan Collins, Cathy Tyson, Misogyny Monday

October 26th, 2015

Episode 400 of 762 episodes

Award-winning screen star Joan Collins has sold more than 50 million copies of her books, translated into 30 languages. She joins Jane in the studio to talk about her sixth novel, The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, published early next month. Actor Cathy Tyson discusses why she and playwright Michelle Inniss have set up their own theatre company, attempting to redress the lack of roles for mid-career black actors, particularly women. 'Don't feed the trolls' is advice regularly handed out when people find themselves subjected to abuse on social media. Gaming presenter Julia Hardy felt silenced by this approach and instead launched Misogyny Monday to call out trolls online and respond with witty one-liners. Fleur Smithwick's novel 'How To Make A Friend' is about Alice and her imaginary friend, Sam. How common are such friends in childhood and should parents be concerned if their child suddenly develops one? Fleur and Dr Karen Majors of UCL's Institute of Education discuss. Bettany Hughes, chair of judges for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2011, champions the winning novel, The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. You can vote now for your favourite novel from the last ten winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction. The vote closes on October 30. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Anne Peacock.

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