International Women's Day On 4 Extra

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Gemma Cairney's hero from the BBC archives, musician Erykah Badu.

20180308 (BBC7)

Gemma Cairney's hero from the BBC archives, musician Erykah Badu.

Angela Barnes's Hero - Linda Smith20180308 (BBC7)

Angela Barnes's hero from the BBC archives, comedian Linda Smith.

Deborah Frances-white Rolls The Dice20180308 (BBC7)
20180309 (BBC7)

Part of BBC Radio 4 Extra's line-up for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018:

Comedian Deborah Frances-White tells the true life story of her search for her birth mother.

Deborah is Australian but now living in London. With the vocal assistance of Thom Tuck, Alex Lowe, and Celia Pacquola, she ploughs through Google and Facebook to seek out her long lost family before finally hiring a private detective.

Deborah soon uncovers clues that lead her to the discovery of a genuine relative - her aunt - but not before some odd detours, including possibly being related to a one-armed champion pole dancer.

Eventually, contact is made with Deborah's real mother, Devon, and she must ask the awkward question - why was she given away?

Producer: Alan Nixon

A So Radio production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2015.

Gemma Cairney's Hero - Una Marson20180308 (BBC7)

Gemma Cairney's archives hero is Una Marson, the BBC's first black female programme maker.

Getting On Air: The Female Pioneers20180308 (BBC7)

Part of BBC Radio 4 Extra's line-up for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018:

Jane Garvey investigates the stories behind landmark moments in the history of the female voice on radio and TV.

It's 1970 and Annie Nightingale becomes the first female DJ on BBC Radio 1 and then one of the presenters of BBC TV's The Old Grey Whistle Test. The longest serving DJ on Radio 1, Annie's has been a stellar career, but what is her legacy?

Jane Garvey explores whether Annie's success has made it easier for women to be recognised as a voice of expertise in music broadcasting. We hear from Annie herself, former Radio 1 Controller Johnny Beerling and historian Professor Jean Seaton.

Producer: Jane Reck

An Alfi Media Ltd production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

Masala Fm20180308 (BBC7)

Part of BBC Radio 4 Extra's Comedy Club line-up for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018:

Maz Mazoo gets an offer from Radio Fun FM, Madoona, the Asian Madonna is intent on making her mark on Masala FM, and Shanta's sick of the pair of them.

Meera Syal's sitcom about an Asian radio station based in London.

Starring Meera Syal, Nina Wadia, Nitin Sawheny and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Music by Nitin Sawhney.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1996.

Sentimental Journey: Barbara Castle20180308 (BBC7)
20180309 (BBC7)

Part of BBC Radio 4 Extra's line-up for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018:

Arthur Smith joins political veteran, Baroness Castle of Blackburn as she returns to Pontefract - recalling the inequalities that surrounded her as a child - and the father who pointed them out.

But there's trouble for Arthur when he arrives late...

Barbara Castle (1920-2002)

Producer: Rebecca Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1998.

Shazia Mirza's Hero - Joan Rivers20180308 (BBC7)

Shazia Mirza's hero from the BBC archives, US comedian Joan Rivers.

Shazia Mirza's Hero - Kate Adie20180308 (BBC7)

Shazia Mirza's hero from the BBC archives, former chief news correspondent Kate Adie.

The Hudson And Pepperdine Show20180308 (BBC7)

Part of BBC Radio 4 Extra's Comedy Club line-up for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018:

Nostalgia is all the rage as Second World War stand-up comic Edie Trinder shares some Blitz humour - and another war hero literally drops in!

Plus tips on relaxation from the Dirty Sloanes and more from the Gory Nuns and the Goatee Beard Men's Group.

Starring Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine.

With Martin Hyder and Jim North.

Scripted by Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with additional material by Dan Tetsell, Danny Robins, Martin Hyder and Jim North.

Script Editor: Graeme Garden

Producers: Helen Williams and Clare Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.

01Her Story Made History, Monica Mcwilliams20180305 (BBC7)
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Monica McWilliams was one of only two local women who were at the table during negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet visits Belfast to hear her story. "How could we be locked out," Monica asked, "when we have been tramping the streets and the communities for 30 years and saving children from being killed... and then not to have any voice?"

This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women about the relationship between women and democracy, on the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote. Lyse travels across the globe, meeting women from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Liberia and Iceland to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world's most influential women's rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions.

Producer: Ben Carter
Researcher:: Louise Byrne.

02Her Story Made History, Madeha Al Ajroush20180306 (BBC7)
20180307 (BBC7)

Lyse Doucet travels to Saudi Arabia to meet Madeha Al Ajroush, who battled for 30 years to get women the right to drive. It's a battle she's now won, as women in the kingdom will legally be allowed to drive later this year. As a Saudi woman, she says, "you'll always be treated like a child and never like an adult. And that was a problem, and it continued till this day - but things are opening up now."

This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women about the relationship between women and democracy, on the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote. Lyse travels across the globe, meeting women from Afghanistan, Liberia, Northern Ireland and Iceland to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world's most influential women's rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions.

Producer: Ben Carter.

03Her Story Made History, Vigdis Finnbogadottir20180307 (BBC7)
20180308 (BBC7)

In 1980, the tiny country of Iceland did something no other nation had done. They elected a female head of state. BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet travels to Reykjavik to meet Vigdis Finnbogadottir. Now 87, she was president for exactly sixteen years and remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country to date. "That's what I have given to the girls of this country," she says: "If she can, I can."

This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women about the relationship between women and democracy, on the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote. Lyse travels across the globe, meeting women from Afghanistan, Liberia, Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world's most influential women's rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions.

Producers: Ben Carter and Anne Dixey
Researcher: Louise Byrne.

04Her Story Made History, Shukria Barakzai20180308 (BBC7)
20180309 (BBC7)

Part of BBC Radio 4 Extra's line-up for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018:

BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet meets the redoubtable Shukria Barakzai, Afghanistan's ambassador to Norway. Shukria was appointed a member of the 2003 loya jirga, a body of representatives from all over Afghanistan that was nominated to discuss and pass the new constitution after the fall of the Taliban. In the October 2004 elections she was elected as a member of the House of the People or Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the National Assembly of Afghanistan. She was one of only a handful of female MPs to speak up for women's rights, and faced death threats for her views. In November 2014 she was injured in a suicide attack on a convoy in which she was travelling in Kabul.

This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women about the relationship between women and democracy, on the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote. Lyse travels across the globe, meeting women from Iceland Liberia, Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world's most influential women's rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions.

Producer: Ben Carter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.

05Her Story Made History, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf20180309 (BBC7)
20180310 (BBC7)

Lyse Doucet travels to Liberia to talk to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa.

This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women about the relationship between women and democracy, on the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote. Lyse travels across the globe, meeting women from Iceland, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world's most influential women's rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions.

Producer: Ben Carter
Researcher: Louise Byrne.