Mary Berry to take over BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ on Monday

Mary Berry is among five women chosen to guest edit an edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ from next Monday (June 13) to Friday (June 17).

She will be joined by footballer Eniola Aluko, Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay, novelist and professor Sunetra Gupta and actress, filmmaker and UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt. They will each edit an edition of the show and work closely with the production team to provide their insights into a range of issues and topics.

On Monday, food writer and television presenter Mary Berry will look at gardening as therapy, the legacy of Girl Guides, bee keeping and how you can express yourself with homemade presents and hand-written notes.

Mary Berry said: “I’ve been listening to ‘Woman’s’ Hour for as long as I can remember, so when I was asked to be a guest editor, I jumped at the chance. It is such an honour. I have chosen subjects close to my heart… like the legacy of the Girl Guides – I still have my cooking badge and wonder how guiding has changed from my day. Gardening as therapy – after a busy day recipe-testing or filming inside, I cannot wait to get into the garden. There is so much that gardening has to offer and a garden can be a quiet peaceful place.

“And I’m thinking of keeping bees – so I’d like to learn – along with the listeners – how to get started and what the important home tips for bee keepers are.”

‘Woman’s Hour’ editor Alice Feinstein said: “I’m so pleased that for the third year we’ve been able to work with such a range of brilliant women to guest edit ‘Woman’s Hour’. Each day, they will be bringing their own curiosity and unique insights, as well as sharing their personal experiences on a series of topics – from bee keeping to women’s health – with our listeners.”

Jane Garvey will present the programme on Monday and Tuesday and Jenni Murray will present from Wednesday to Friday.

‘Woman’s Hour’’ first handed over the reins for a takeover in April 2014, when JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence, Kelly Holmes and Naomi Alderman were guest editors for a week. Last September, Kim Cattrall, Nimco Ali, Bishop Rachel Treweek, Michelle Mone and Dame Jacqueline Wilson took over the programme for a week.

‘Woman’s Hour’ broadcasts Monday-Friday, 10-11am on BBC Radio 4 and online at The podcast is available to download via the BBC Radio iPlayer app.


Woman’s Hour’ presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey

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