Incredible Women

Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front look at the lives of some incredible women.

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0101Eleanor Fane-gore2011051620120611 (BBC7)
20120617 (BBC7)

In the first episode, Michael Rosen and Graham Norton reveal their lingering disdain for Eleanor Fane-Gore, writer of bullying children's tales and purveyor of fascist doctrines.

Children's writer and wolf enthusiast Eleanor Fane-Gore reveals her true pedigree.

0102Lauren Bone2011051720120612 (BBC7)
20120617 (BBC7)

In this episode he interviews Lauren Bone, a contemporary artist who has hit the headlines with her slogan art on great buildings.

Over the course of the 15 minute programme we discover, very much through art critic Waldemar Januszczak, something unexpected about her.

It was Waldemar who first noticed her as a student and recognised she had a real and original - though much less trendy - talent for painting beautiful tiny animal and nature portraits.

But what happens when a raw talent is waylaid by a Svengali-type person - in Lauren's case, her partner Dagmar who persuaded her to grab the headlines with her graffiti projects?

Comic portraits of five extraordinary characters.

Comic portraits of five extraordinary characters. Rebecca and Jeremy Front explore the lives and achievements of some incredible women.

0103Peggy Saville2011051820120613 (BBC7)
20120617 (BBC7)

In today's episode, Jeremy takes a look at Peggy Saville.

He speaks to 'close friend' Honor Blackman about what made Peggy such a special and loved star.

Now in her seventies, Peggy was very big in the 'Round the Back' series of saucy British comedy films: Round the Back of the Barracks, Round the Back of The Costa Brava, etc.

Peggy was always cast as the young, busty innocent in a fearsomely pointy bra.

Her father, Sheridan Saville was at The Rada with Olivier and warned his daughter that, due to her piggy eyes, she would never make it in pictures, but her beautiful voice would keep her in work.

Sheridan has remained the only significant man in her life - she has never married, though ironically she became the bigger star.

During the course of the programme, Peggy talks about her film roles in all innocence.

She genuinely doesn't seem to realise how chock full of innuendo they were.

Now an elderly woman but still a daddy's girl, she still has the same beautiful voice and it still makes her money, as Jeremy discovers when he accidentally answers Peggy's phone.

Peggy Saville was the innocent star of the Round The Back film comedies. Or was she?

Peggy Saville was the innocent star of the Round The Back film comedies. Or was she? With Rebecca and Jeremy Front.

0104Kate Wilkie2011051920120614 (BBC7)
20120617 (BBC7)

In today's episode, Jeremy meets Kate Wilkie, now aged 37, who shot to fame at the age of 12 when she accompanied her father on a polar expedition and saved his life...in a very macabre way.

Utterly driven since childhood, this programme tries to uncover the truth behind her fearless ambition.

As she talks, we discover that Kate has an extremely literal view of the world.

She can happily talk about polar equipment and preparation for the next expedition till the cows come home...

but not much else.

Music-wise, she listens to Celine Dion...but nothing else.

And we discover she's just signed up Brian Blessed for her next expedition.

However, dark rumours have spread about how her tastes have developed during her various cross-polar expeditions.

Kate Wilkie develops a taste for adventure when she rescues her father from a crevasse.

Kate Wilkie develops a taste for adventure when aged 12 she has to rescue her father from a crevasse. With Brian Blessed.

0105 LASTValerie Panther2011052020120615 (BBC7)
20120617 (BBC7)

Today Jeremy meets Valerie Panther, the doyenne of British television.

Valerie has been the genius behind almost every seminal TV programme for forty years and she has recently been asked by Number 10 to be the new broadcast integrity tzar.

But when Jeremy meets her only son Piers, he reveals there are a lot of disgruntled writers and stars who've got together in an online campaign saying she has cheated her way to the top.

This is the only time you will ever hear the nicest-man-in-the-world Barry Cryer saying anything nasty about anyone.

And boy does he make up for lost time.

Valerie Panther isn't just an unstoppable media success, she's a Media Integrity Czar.

Valerie Panther isn't just an unstoppable media success, she's an official Media Integrity Czar. With Rebecca and Jeremy Front.

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0201Nicky Markham20120528

In the first episode, Jeremy meets medium Nicky Markham who sells out huge theatres with her shows in which she claims to speak to your loved ones who have passed to the other side.

Jeremy admires her as an entertainer but she won't budge on his questioning of how she does it. But the sceptical Jeremy experiences something he can't explain when he stays at her house overnight.

Featuring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Richard Wiseman, Tilly Clymer and Gerard Mcdermott.

Producer: Claire Jones

0202Lucy Winterton20120529

Today he meets Lucy Winterton, rent-a-gob journalist. She churns out bestsellers, loosely based on her long-suffering husband Rollo, saying all men are useless. She has discovered a technique of punning in interviews which is handy in the world of headline-grabbing but which clearly drives interviewers, including Jeremy Paxman, absolutely mad. When Jeremy visits her home, Rollo drops a bombshell - but does Lucy react in the way one

would predict?

Featuring Jeremy Paxman, David Morrissey, Janet Street-porter, Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front.

Producer: Claire Jones

0203Marion Perez20120530

Today he meets Professor Marion Perez, a world-renowned Californian scientist who claims to have created 'the perfection gene'. On arrival in America, Professor Perez's faithful assistant Dr Wong takes Jeremy to her James Bond-style science pod where he is blinded by science.

Armed with sceptical questions provided by Professor Robert Winston, Jeremy attempts to probe Professor Perez's claims but in doing so creates pandemonium and is sent home early.

Featuring Professor Robert Winston, James Dreyfus, Gerard Mcdermott, Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front.

Producer: Claire Jones

0204Paddy Jones20120531

Today he meets Paddy Jones, photographer and former 60s wild child whose photographic projects included the Vietnam war and many rock stars. Too crazy for the wildest of rock stars though, she had a penchant for smuggling grenades home in her suitcase and using them in her next photo shoot.

Featuring Rick Wakeman, 60s photographer David Steen, Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front.

Producer: Clarie Jones

0205 LASTAndrea Wickham20120601

Today he meets Andrea Wickham, the renowned opera diva who has been making a lot of money recently with CDs of her versions of popular songs. He joins her on the eve of her latest project in which she has enlisted many A-listers to sing on a charity CD with her. But there is a 99 per cent drop out rate when they find out more about her chosen charity.

Featuring Sophie Ellis Bextor, Philip Pope, Brian Conley, Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front.

Producer: Claire Jones

02OMNI2012060220120603
0301Danielle Simmons20140421

Rebecca and Jeremy Front explore the confusing world of reality TV star Danielle Simmons.

BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (the Thick of It, Up the Women, Nighty Night, The Day Today) stars alongside her brother Jeremy Front in this series about five extraordinary women.

Each day this week Jeremy meets one of the UK's most 'incredible women'. He spends 24 hours in their company, visiting their homes and finding out what makes them tick. Plus we discover some very odd things about the real woman behind her image.

In the first programme of this series, Jeremy meets TV reality star Danielle Simmons to find out why she wants to leave the life of reality TV behind her and how she's going to do it.

Along the way, Jeremy meets Felix Porter-Wills, the Machiavellian producer of the hit reality series OMG Ongar. Jeremy unwittingly reveals his dedication to the series, and experiences some discomfort as the divide between reality TV and reality become increasingly blurred.

Featuring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Kevin Eldon, Joel McCormack and Georgie Fuller. Plus a special appearance by Mr TV himself, Eamonn Holmes.

Producer: Claire Jones.

0302Helen Mckee20140422

Jeremy meets MI5 whistleblower Helen McKee, who's holed up in a Manuellan Embassy cupboard

BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (the Thick of It, Up the Women, Nighty Night, The Day Today) stars alsongside her brother Jeremy Front in this series about five extraordinary women.

Each day this week Jeremy meets one of the UK's most 'incredible women'. He spends 24 hours in their company, visiting their homes and finding out what makes them tick. Plus we discover some very odd things about each incredible woman.

In today's programme, Jeremy meets MI5 whistle blower Helen McKee to find out how and why she leaked details of the British/American plans to infiltrate the newly elected government of the central American country, Manuella.

Along the way, Jeremy meets Manuellan Ambassador, Javier Fernando Francisco Marquez who explains what a heroine Helen has become to his country. At the embassy Jeremy experiences the extremely cramped conditions in which Helen is living. He finds out about her love of her two cats Pablo and Pedro and he witnesses her accident proneness first hand.

Jeremy also gets an exclusive interview with the former director of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, who gives Jeremy her thoughts on how dangerous a character Helen McKee may be.

Will Jeremy get in deeper than he means to, and become embroiled in the murky world of illegal deeds?

Featuring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Jake Canuso, Carolyn Pickles. Plus a special appearance by former director of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.

Producer: Claire Jones.

0303Rita Rayner20140423

Rebecca and Jeremy Front introduce us to singing legend Rita Rayner.

BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Up the Women, Nighty Night, The Day Today) stars alongside her brother Jeremy Front in this series about five extraordinary women.

Each day this week Jeremy meets one of the UK's most 'incredible women'. He spends 24 hours in their company, visiting their homes and finding out what makes them tick. Plus we discover some very odd things about each incredible woman.

In today's programme, Jeremy meets singing legend Rita Rayner. She and her sisters are reforming The Rayner Sisters close harmony group, to record a song for a new album of 50s hits with the likes of Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osborne.

Actor and broadcaster Nicholas Parsons recalls what the sisters were like during their early career, throwing some light on the very different personalities of the sisters.

Jeremy goes to leafy Totteridge to spend time with Rita at her home and escorts the 'girls' to Abbey Road recording studios. There he witnesses a falling out between the octogenarian sisters during their recording session and has to step in in an unexpected way to save the day.

Featuring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Barbara Windsor, Sam Spiro, Harry Jardine. Producer: Claire Jones.

0304Tish Watts20140424

BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Up the Women, Nighty Night, The Day Today) stars alongside her brother Jeremy Front in this series about five extraordinary women.

Each day this week Jeremy meets one of the UK's most 'incredible women'. He spends 24 hours in their company, visiting their homes and finding out what makes them tick. Plus we discover some very odd things about each incredible woman.

In today's programme, Jeremy meets fashion guru Tish Watts who's spearheading a campaign to clean up the modelling business. He sits in on a meeting with a newly-signed model and witnesses Tish's hard-nosed attitude as she jumps on a flight to New York to trouble shoot when the model turns out to be underage as this could be catastrophic for her image as a caring boss.

On the plane to New York Jeremy encounters Joanna Lumley who knows Tish from their former modelling days and tells Jeremy some home truths about her. But will the young model have the last laugh in the end?Featuring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Stephen Ashfield, Carolyn Pickles and Georgie Fuller. Special appearance by Joanna Lumley.

Producer: Claire Jones.

Jeremy Front meets Australian-born fashion guru Tish Watts.

0305 LASTAnnabel De Lacy20140425

Rebecca Front and Clare Balding introduce us to Olympic equestrian Annabel de Lacy.

BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Up the Women, Nighty Night, The Day Today) stars alongside her brother Jeremy Front in this series about five extraordinary women.

Each day this week Jeremy has met one of the UK's most 'incredible women'. He spends 24 hours in their company, visiting their homes and finding out what makes them tick. Plus we discover some very odd things about each incredible woman.

Today Rebecca and Jeremy Front introduce us to our final incredible woman of the week: Olympic equestrian Annabel de Lacy.

Clare Balding is on hand to explain the importance of Annabel's contribution to the 2012 Olympics and recalls her winning a gold and winning the hearts of the nation.

The only fly in the ointment is her estate manager Rob Peters who seems to have persuaded Annabel to live in the stables while he makes himself at home in her inherited Tudor mansion. A terrible accident occurs just after Jeremy's uncomfortable stay with Annabel in the stable. However this results in Jeremy getting a world exclusive of Annabel's invention 'jazzage' - anew form of dressage which she's developing for her horse Caravaggio, and with which she plans to wow the crowds in Rio 2016.

Starring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Clare Balding, Robert Daws, Sean Murray and two pairs of coconut shells.

Producer: Claire Jones.

03OMNI2014042620140427

Rebecca Front introduces listeners to five incredible women with the help of her brother.

Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Nighty Night) introduces listeners to five incredible women with the help of her brother, interviewer Jeremy Front.

0401Kirstie Clarke20151228

Meet Kirstie Clarke. She tells it like it is. No holds barred, no matter who she offends.

Meet Kirstie Clarke. She tells it like it is. No holds barred, no matter who she offends. In fact the more people she offends, the better. The next booking will just come along faster.

But when reporter Jeremy Front visits her to find out why she has just topped the new year polls, simultaneously as Britain's most hated AND most loved TV personality, he witnesses a revelation by her housekeeper which shows Kirstie's background may be more complicated than she'd always thought.

Written by Jeremy Front with additional material by Rebecca Front.

Cast: Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front, Ewan Bailey and Amelia Lowdell. Special guest appearance by Vanessa Feltz.

Produced by Claire Jones

0402Maria Webber20151229

Jeremy Front meets the government's new special adviser to schools, Maria Webber.

Meet Maria Webber. Newly-appointed as the government's new special adviser for schools, Webber divides opinion. Some admire her ability to get results. Others criticise her corporate approach to education.

Reporter Jeremy Front goes to meet her at the Leather Village Academy and Knowledge Assimilation Facility (her latest school in St Albans) and witnesses, first hand, the style and ethos which has earned her the popular name the 'Head Head'.

Written by award-winning Jeremy Front with additional material by Rebecca Front.

Cast: Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Ewan Bailey and Evie Killip.

With special guest appearances by Michael Rosen and Charles Carroll.

Produced by Claire Jones.

0403Mandy Fenwick20151230

Rebecca Front introduces us to Mandy Fenwick, the huge child star of the 1980s.

Meet Mandy Fenwick. A huge child star in the 1980s, she inspired a new generation of young actors including Outnumbered's Tyger Drew-Honey.

Thirty years on she has just written a warts and all memoir about her celebrity-filled childhood.

On his visit to her home to record this episode of Incredible Women, Jeremy Front witnesses the effect the publication of the book is having on Mandy's mother and sister.

Written by Jeremy Front, with additional material by Rebecca Front.

Cast: Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Tyger Drew-Honey, Alison Steadman, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Brian Protheroe, Hugh Kermode and Nell Peachey Gudgin.

Produced by Claire Jones.

040420151231

Crime writer Linda draws on her East End background to write her bestsellers.

Meet Linda Ridley, crime writer. A prolific writer who draws on her East End background to create bestsellers full of hardened criminals and gruesome crimes.

Reporter Jeremy Front travels to her manor house in rural Essex to find out what makes this incredible woman tick.

There's a special appearance by Val McDermid who explains Linda's appeal as she sees it, as well as divulging what she feels are her weaknesses.

But is Linda Ridley all that she seems? And is Val McDermid, for that matter?

Written by Jeremy Front with additional material by Rebecca Front.

Cast: Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Ewan Bailey and Debra Baker. Special guest appearance by Val McDermid.

Produced by Claire Jones.

0405 LASTJudi Santos20160101

Jeremy Front meets the iconic 1960s folk singer, who never sold out on her principles.

Meet Judi Santos. Famed for her 1960s anthem 'Big Beautiful House', she has never sold out on her principles.

Jeremy Front goes to San Francisco to interview this 'incredible woman' as she releases her first new album for twenty years. But is it all sunshine and flowers in the Garden of Eden?

Written by award winning writer Jeremy Front with additional material by Rebecca Front.

Cast: Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Brian Protheroe, Evie Killip, Ewan Bailey, Hugh Kermode. With special guest appearance by Bob Harris.

Produced by Claire Jones.

04OMNI2016010220160103 (BBC7)

Rebecca and Jeremy Front introduce five new monstrous but incredible women. First off, Kirstie Clarke tells it like it is.