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Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Frank Skinner and Suzy Klein look at the birth of 19th-century music hall, the colourful world of its entertainers and the audiences whose lives were changed by it. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Frank Skinner
Presenter:
Suzy Klein
Production Company:
Liberty Bell Productions
Executive Producer:
Jamie Isaacs
Executive Producer:
Claire Whalley
Director:
Ellen Hobson
Participant:
Paul Smith
Participant:
Vicky Butterfly
Participant:
Jimmy McWilliams
Participant:
Andy Eastwood
Sweeney Todd:
Terence Frisch
Participant:
Michael Kilgarriff
Participant:
Richard Schoch
Participant:
Fern Riddell
Participant:
Caroline Radcliffe
Participant:
Johnny Dennis
Participant:
Tony Lidington
Participant:
Louise Wingrove
Participant:
Jan Hunt
Participant:
Derek Scott
Participant:
Laurence Payne
Participant:
Tim Cockerill
Hairdresser:
Christine Vidler
Participant:
Harry Brunjes
Participant:
Lenna Cumberbatch

Front Row

Poldark screenwriter Debbie Horsfield, 150 years of HG Wells, punk activist Joe Corré

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Poldark screenwriter Debbie Horsfield, the contemporary appeal of HG Wells, punk activist and entrepreneur Joe Corre and Antarctic artist in residence Lucy Carty. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Debbie Horsfield
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Guerrier
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Corre
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Carty
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Jack Soper

A Timewatch Guide

Series 3

Episode 2: Women, Sex and Society

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Helen Castor examines how the transformation of the rights and role of women that have taken place in Great Britain over the last 100 years has been documented on television. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Helen Castor
Participant:
Krista Cowman
Participant:
Helen McCarthy
Participant:
Fern Riddell
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Editor:
Graham Cox
Production Company:
360 Production

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Victorian society is often viewed as buttoned up and prudish. Historian and author Dr Fern Riddell holds the opposite view and takes us on a journey deep into Victorian culture. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Lesley Hall
Interviewed Guest:
Tanya Kirk
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Williams
Executive Producer:
Ed Stobart
Executive Producer:
Emma Parkins
Director:
Craig Pickles

Free Thinking

Macbeth on Film, James Shapiro, Barrie Keeffe

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro on 1606, Matthew Sweet, Sonia Massai and Andrew Hilton on the new Macbeth film, and Barrie Keeffe on a revival of his 1977 play Barbarians. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
James Shapiro
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Massai
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Barrie Keeffe
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell

Free Thinking

The Piano and Love

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Historian Fern Riddell and composer Debbie Wiseman on why the piano is essentially erotic while psychologist Frank Tallis and Tiffany Watt Smith explore obsessive love. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Debbie Wiseman
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Tallis
Interviewed Guest:
Tiffany Watt Smith

Free Thinking

Nick Payne's Incognito, Penny Dreadful on TV, Helen McCarthy and Baroness Neville-Jones on Female Diplomats

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Nick Payne talks to Anne McElvoy about the man who stole Einstein's brain, we review TV's Penny Dreadful and Helen McCarthy and Pauline Neville-Jones discuss female diplomats. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Payne
Interviewed Guest:
Helen McCarthy
Interviewed Guest:
Pauline Neville-Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Jules Evans
Producer:
Georgia Catt

Free Thinking

Sex and Numbers, Nick Broomfield, The History of the Audiobook

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Matthew Sweet. With a discussion about a new survey of sexual behaviour, Nick Broomfield on his latest documentary and Matt Rubery on the history of the audiobook. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
David Spiegelhalter
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Broomfield
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Rubery

Free Thinking

New Research into the UK Women's Suffrage Movement

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Helen Pankhurst, Jane Robinson, Fern Ridell, Shahida Rahman and Miranda Garrett discuss the history of women's suffrage with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Helen Pankhurst
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Robinson
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Shahida Rahman
Interviewed Guest:
Miranda Garrett
Producer:
Fiona McLean

Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour Power List 2018: Women in Music

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Woman's Hour Power List 2018: women in music, MI6 recruiting, a profile of suffragette Kitty Marion, morality in Young Adult Fiction, sourdough baking and Vanessa Kimbell. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Annie Machon
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell
Interviewed Guest:
Candy Gourlay
Interviewed Guest:
Liz Kessler
Interviewed Guest:
Vanessa Kimbell

Free Thinking

Still Loving Victoriana Jokes and All

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Matthew Sweet. With Sarah Perry and Carol Birch on setting their novels in the 19th century, plus Victorian amusements and the 19th century in modern culture. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Perry
Interviewed Guest:
Carol Birch
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Llewellyn
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell