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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They're joined by Cally Beaton, Emmanuel Sonubi and Christy Coysh.Cally takes inspiration from primates, Emmanuel fights his news addiction and Christy delivers a ballad to a national icon.The show was written by the cast with additional material from Catherine Brinkwort…
 
Broadband providers have been told by the regulator Ofcom to 'think carefully' before making significant price rises. Most providers of telecoms and broadband raise their prices each spring in line with inflation plus three or four percentage points. That means some firms could put up prices by 16% next year - an extra £5 a month in some cases, and…
 
The difficulties in the egg supply chain continue, with some supermarkets rationing eggs while others import them from Europe. The British Retail Consortium has been saying avian flu is disrupting supply - but farmers say it's because egg producers are losing money on every egg they sell. They say the cost of the ingredients for feed alone has rise…
 
Somalia is experiencing its worst drought for 40 years and there are warnings that millions of people need food assistance urgently. The UN body tasked with classifying levels of food security has projected a famine, although no official declaration has yet been made. We ask what data is used to formally categorise famine and explore some of the di…
 
The comedian Katherine Ryan has been in the news this week after she spoke out on a recent documentary with Louis Theroux about confronting an alleged sexual predator while making a tv show. She says this ‘star’ has sexually assaulted women she knows and despite it being an ‘open secret’ in the industry no one has managed to nail him down because h…
 
The Scottish government is currently consulting on plans to introduce licences for grouse moors, Farming today hears from people working on an estate in Perthshire, and Charlotte Smith talks to Max Wiszniewski of Revive, the coalition for grouse moor reform. The UK government should think more about timber when promoting tree planting in England ac…
 
When you think of Jimi Hendrix, you think of the guitar. Since the 1960s he’s consistently topped polls of the greatest guitarist of all time. But there are so many other remarkable layers to this man and musician. On what would have been his 80th birthday, fans from music, literature and academia weigh up all of the other things that should be cel…
 
‘We will now open a new chapter in our national story, striking free trade deals around the world’ said Boris Johnson in December 2020 after the UK struck a deal with the European Union for relations after Brexit. The government say these new deals will help level up the UK, cut red tape, provide better investment opportunities and open new digital…
 
New recordings featuring the voices of 53 species of turtle, caecilian and tuatara previously thought to be silent have illuminated the evolutionary origins of vocal communication. Gabriel Jorgevich-Cohen a PhD student at the University of Zurich has travelled the world collecting recordings and summarised his findings in Nature Communications this…
 
It’s one of the most talked-about cosmetic products but what’s the evidence that collagen supplements really do slow the visible signs of the ageing process? Listener Jo got in touch wanting to know if the collagen supplement she’s spending £53 per month on will live up to its claim of reducing wrinkles, while promoting “glossy hair and plump dewy …
 
Lady Glenconner, Anne Tennant, the eldest child of the fifth Earl of Leicester, was lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret for three decades. She says her mother brought her up to cope with a fundamental truth of her class and time: women must put up and shut up, and so had been taught to smile through life in high society despite the brutality of a …
 
Some may say that football and politics don't go together but anyone watching yesterday's matches might think otherwise. The Iranian team declined to sing their anthem & Wales fans showed their support for LGBTQ+ rights last night by wearing rainbow bucket hats. So how useful are these shows of solidarity? Laura McAllister, the ex-Wales footballer …
 
China’s President Xi Jinping says that Taiwan‘s reunification with the mainland “must and will be fulfilled.” The view from democratic Taiwan is somewhat different. It’s a threat the islanders have been hearing ever since the 1949 Chinese Civil War, when the Government of the Republic of China was forced to relocate to Taiwan allowing the Chinese C…
 
The Farming Minister, Mark Spencer, tells us the Government won't be intervening in the current dispute between egg producers and their customers - although he will be having 'robust conversations' with retailers. The comments were made as part of a wide ranging interview with Charlotte Smith, which also touches on avian flu, seasonal labour, the f…
 
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of crimes against humanity in the wake of the latest missile strikes on the country's energy network.Also on the programme tonight:We speak to the Conservative MP Tim Loughton who stumped the Home Secretary with a question about safe asylum routes into this country. And we hear from the Brit…
 
The actor Andrea Riseborough has taken on roles ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Stalin’s daughter. But now she’s playing someone quite different: Mrs Wormwood in the new Matilda the Musical film, which will be released in cinemas on Friday 25th November. The film is an adaptation of Tim Minchin’s hit West End musical of the same name, and stars E…
 
Food prices are rising at their fastest rate for more than 40 years. Figures out this week from the Office of National Statistics the price of budget food is up 17% in the 12 months to September - with big increases in the cost of basic ingredients like bread, pasta, cooking oil and tea. Add spiking transport, rent, mortgage and energy costs to tha…
 
The National Farmers Union is asking the government for an urgent investigation into the egg market, saying there should be support for egg farmers who are facing a huge rise in the cost of production which is not being met by the prices they're paid. Some supermarkets are now limiting how many eggs customers can buy, while others import eggs from …
 
Flower growers in Cornwall are warning that they'll have to leave crop to rot in January, because there won't be enough people to pick it. This year, for the first time, they were able to get seasonal staff via the Temporary Workers visa - there were 38,000 of these 6 month visas which allow workers from abroad to come onto farms, and a further 2,0…
 
Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, written between 1912 and 1922, are often considered to be one of the cornerstones of European literature in the 20th Century. Produced in a time of collapse and change, amidst political turmoil and spiritual flux, the poems grapple with what it means to be human, charting the soul’s journey through existential de…
 
Last week, the government unveiled around £30bn worth of cuts to public services as it attempts to plug a fiscal hole. Governments have attempted to rein in spending in the past and struggled to do so.Philip Coggan takes a look at why public spending tends to rise in the long run and the continuing political battle to contain it. Guests: David Gauk…
 
To mark ten years since stalking became a specific crime in England and Wales Woman's Hour has a special programme looking at what’s changed in that time. We have exclusive data on how this is being dealt with by police. The BBC's Gemma Dunstan joins Emma Barnett in the studio to go through the findings.One question we wanted to answer is what effo…
 
A 27% rise in the cost of growing fruit and veg is leaving some farmers questioning their future. The cost of things like fuel and fertiliser have been high for some time. The National Living Wage is now set to rise the April - and it's not yet sure whether seasonal workers coming in on temporary visas will have to be paid above the minimum wage, a…
 
Nathan Blakely was a popstar. But he was useless, died, and was reincarnated. The comedy about Nathan’s adventures in the afterlife returns for a third series, starring Daniel Rigby, Ashley McGuire and guest-starring Mike Wozniak.In the first episode of the new series, Nathan is brought back to life as the leader of a wolf pack. But there’s a catch…
 
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