Woman’s Hour

It will take a few weeks, if not months, to know whether Zoë Ball will become as much of a favourite as Terry Wogan. Photo: BBC / Sarah Jeynes

Zoë Ball has the voice and warmth but not so much the chat

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Whether by accident or design, Zoë Ball took over the coveted early-morning slot on Radio 2 this week just as…

The real bloody legacy of Partition

5 August 2017 9:00 am

As Europe remembers Passchendaele, India and Pakistan recall Partition, just 70 years ago, when Britain so hastily abandoned its Indian…

When did Jane first become plain? And how did Guinevere turn into Jenny?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

‘What are you laughing at?’ asked my husband in an accusing tone on Monday morning last week as he unloaded…

Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey of Radio 4’s Woman's Hour. Photo: BBC/Amanda

Woman's Hour is depressing and retrograde

15 October 2016 9:00 am

When Jane Garvey announced to the audience who had just ‘taken part’ in the 70th birthday celebrations of Radio 4’s…

Val McDermid’s Diary: Facing 3,000 choices at the Edinburgh festival

29 August 2015 9:00 am

There are many good reasons for being in Edinburgh in August, when the population doubles and nobody looks twice if…

Listen: the gaffe from Nicola Sturgeon that everyone missed

11 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s not surprising that politicians have such an on-off relationship with the broadcast media. One slip. One casual comment. One…

A world beyond Grafton ‘Merriecolour’ beckons...

Sex, rebellion, ambition, prejudice: the story of 1950s women has it all

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Although the young women of the 1950s hovered on the cusp of change, many did not know it. Valerie Gisborn…

The next new presenter of Woman's Hour should be a man

12 July 2014 9:00 am

It seems incredible now but when the BBC’s youth station, Radio 1, was launched in 1967 there were no female…

Is a new art form being born on Woman's Hour?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

In a comic-strip cartoon, beads of water apparently radiating outward from the head of one of the characters indicate embarrassment.…

Kirstie Allsopp’s diary: Why I’m terrified of Woman’s Hour

17 August 2013 9:00 am

If you haven’t scuffled you haven’t lived, and our local scuffle is the best of the best. A scuffle is…