April 2nd, 2016
Episode 541 of 798 episodes
Why is there such a lack of options for women of colour when it comes to make-up? Florence Adepoju, founder of make-up brand MDM Flow and journalist Kuba Shand-Baptiste discuss. The storyline of Helen and Rob and his increasingly controlling behaviour has gripped The Archers audience - but how realistic is it? The programme's editor Sean O'Connor tells us why they chose to cover the issue. We also hear from Ruth, a listener who didn't see what was taking place in her own sister's relationship with an abusive but charming man. Dr Ailsa Grant Ferguson talks about the 400th anniversary of 'The Mother's Blessing' by Dorothy Leigh and its very modern message. The actress Pauline Lynch talks about her stark debut novel Armadillos and why she decided to set it in the harsh Texan landscape. The Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition begins next week and features the world's most talented players under the age of 22. This year, of the 44 violinists selected, 36 are young women and girls. We hear from the British competitor Mathilde Milwidsky and one of the competition jurors, Tasmin Little. From scarves to vests, socks and gloves military personnel have relied on knitted garments sent from home. So who were the army of knitters who provided them? Historical knitting expert Joyce Meader traces these garments across three centuries of conflicts. The horticulturist Heather Cutmore discusses her work growing succulents at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.