Woman's Hour

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Sixth form transition, Cilla Black tribute, Cook the Perfect

August 20th, 2015

Episode 336 of 721 episodes

GCSE results are out today and the landscape post-16 is varied and competitive. Many argue it's becoming increasingly selective, meaning even if you've been at your school since the age of 11 you're by no means guaranteed a place. Jenni is joined by Dan Abramson, Head Teacher of King's College London Mathematics School, Patsy Kane, Executive Head Teacher at Whalley Range, an all-girl state school, and David Igoe, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges' Association. Flower festivals have become big business and are mainly run by female volunteers. Jenni speaks to Angela Turner, designer of Salisbury Cathedral's forthcoming Magna Flora exhibition (celebrating 800 years since Magna Carta), and Letitia Rivett-Old, organiser of the Falmouth Flower Festival which celebrates the 350th anniversary of the church of King Charles the Martyr. Claire Thomson is a chef and mother of three who is on a mission to inspire parents who feel they have to cook separate meals for the kids. Every day she makes a proper tea for the whole family, tweeting it at 5pm, hence the title of her book 'The Five O'Clock Apron'. Claire exlores how to deal with children who don't want to eat vegetables, and prepares a broccoli pesto pasta. Today Cilla Black's funeral takes place in Liverpool, we pay our own tribute with a 2003 interview from the Woman's Hour archives, where Cilla talks to Martha Kearney about her life and career. We're halfway through our Queens of Crime season and this week it's the turn of Josephine Tey. Famously private, Tey refused all interviews about her work, but has fans all over the world. Crime writers Val McDermid and Nicola Upson delve into the life and work of Josephine Tey.