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2018012720190817 (BBC7)

Ever since Donald Trump dubbed Hillary Clinton a 'nasty woman' during a presidential debate, women the world over have embraced the term as a battle cry and responded not only with a viral campaign on social media but with Nasty Woman T-shirts, perfumes and cocktails. This spirited response chimes with a long tradition of feisty female comedians on the radio.

In this three-hour showcase recorded with an audience in the BBC Radio Theatre in London, Jan Ravens charts the story of female comedy.

In a sometimes frank discussion Jan and her guests - Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lauren Pattison and the BBC’s radio commissioning editor Sioned William- introduce five classic episodes to illustrate the journey from character comedy to satire, including Sarah Millican’s Support Group, Goodness Gracious Me, Bridget Christie Minds The Gap and Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Addiction.

Producer: Mohini Patel

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2018.

Jan Ravens and guests chart the journey of changing attitudes to female satire.