Sirens Of Fleet Street

Three plays examining the lives and writing of three pioneering women journalists.

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01Free-minded Albion's Daughter1999060720120327 (BBC7)
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by Lavinia Murray and introduced by Kate Perry.

Bessie Parkes and her friend Barbara Bodichon were the founders of the ENGLISH Woman's Journal, the first newspaper owned, written and printed by women.

This drama tells Bessie's story.

With Amanda Root and Sarah Parks.

Director Susan Roberts

The life of Victorian journalist pioneer, feminist and campaigner, Bessie Rayner Parkes.

The life of Victorian journalist pioneer, feminist and campaigner, Bessie Rayner Parkes. Lavinia Murray's play with Sarah Parks.

02Change Of Heart1999061420120328 (BBC7)
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by Felicity Goodall.

Mea Allan (1909-1982) was the first female war correspondent to be permanently accredited to the British Forces and the first female news editor in Fleet Street.

With Siobhan Redmond and Brigit Forsyth.

Director Felicity Goodall.

The life of pioneer reporter Mea Allan and mentor May Chalmers in wartime letters.

The life of pioneer reporter Mea Allan and mentor May Chalmers in wartime letters. Felicity Goodall's play with Siobhan Redmond.

03 LASTMiss Thingummybob1999062120120329 (BBC7)
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by Janys Chambers.

Emilie Peacocke, the daughter of a respected Northern newspaper family took Edwardian Fleet Street by storm when she refused to take no for an answer in her quest to become a journalist.

She made her mark as the first female journalist on The Daily Express.

The dramatic life of Emilie Peacocke, the first woman journalist on the Daily Express.

The dramatic life of Emilie Peacocke, the first woman journalist on the Daily Express. Janys Chambers' play with Kathryn Hunt.