Jan Ravens.

Nasty Women

BBC Radio 4 Extra factual about feisty female comedians. 1 episode in 2018. Features Jan Ravens, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lauren Pattison and Sioned Wiliam.

Jan Ravens.

Nasty Women

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

BBC Radio 4 Extra
Jan Ravens, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lauren Pattison and Sioned Wiliam

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 with Nasty Woman t-shirts, perfumes and cocktails. This spirited response chimes with a long tradition of feisty female comedians on the radio. From Hattie Jacques and Betty Marsden, through Meera Syal and Linda Smith to Jocelyn Jee Esien and Mae Martin there's a rich archive of programmes featuring funny, determined women.

This archive special is presented by actor, impressionist and former radio comedy producer Jan Ravens and guest stand-ups Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Lauren Pattison, and BBC Radio's Commissioning Editor for Comedy, Sioned William.

Between clips of archive programmes and excerpts Jan will chat with the panel about the story of female satire on the radio and the women who've rewritten the comedy rules on radio - from June Whitfield to Dillie Keane, Sally Phillips, Maureen Lipman, Meera Syal, Rebecca Front, Jenny Éclair, Nina Conti, Jo Brand and Sandi Toksvig.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 27th January 2018 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 9am
Episode length
180 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 26th December 2020 at 9:00am

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