Nadiya Hussain to takeover BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour Takeover’ returns this week, where five famous women each choose the content for one edition of the ‘Woman’s Hour’ programme from Monday (July 22) to Friday (July 26).

The guest editors will share their perspective on topics important to them and join regular presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey to explain their choices.

On Monday, celebrity cook, author and TV presenter Nadiya Hussain will focus on the time pressures women face and finding ways to relax. Nadiya said: “My edition of ‘Woman’s Hour’ will focus on time, and our lack of it! Having enough ‘time’ for everything feels like a constant battle. Juggling childcare and career demands, are women more pressurised by this than ever before? And are we more time-poor than men? When we feel busier than ever, I’ll look at what can we do to relax and switch off, and what works for me!”

On Tuesday, the lawyer and founder of The Centre of Women’s Justice Harriet Wistrich will explore topics including dealing with the loss of a disabled sibling, the treatment of women in the criminal justice system, and a woman she particularly admires.

On Wednesday the teenage activist Amika George will look at access and diversity in higher education and the growing influence of hip hop and grime artists in youth politics.

On Thursday, Children’s Laureate and author of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series Cressida Cowell will delve into subjects including what should be done to make books accessible to everyone, the legacy of lost ancestors.

On Friday, retiring Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade Dany Cotton will explore mental health and the benefits of therapy dogs.

‘Woman’s Hour’ editor Karen Dalziel said: “We’re excited to have five such inspiring, leading women take control of ‘Woman’s Hour’ this week and delighted that each guest editor has been so honest and candid in discussing issues they feel are important for women today. I’m sure our audience will enjoy their personal insights, sense of fun and passion.”

‘Woman’s Hour’ launched the Takeover week in 2014 with JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence, Kelly Holmes and Naomi Alderman. Since then guest editors have included Kim Cattrall and Nimco Ali (2015), Mary Berry and Angelina Jolie (2016), Ellie Simmonds and Shirley Hughes (2017), and Katie Price and Arianna Huffington (2018).

‘Woman’s Hour’ broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 at 10am from Monday to Friday and at 4pm on Saturday. The daily podcast can be downloaded from BBC Sounds.

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