Dawn French, Olivia Colman, Sarah Millican and Germaine Greer to join new BBC Radio 4 series Women Talking About Cars

Presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell is to interview Dawn French, Olivia Colman, Sarah Millican and Germaine Greer for a new four-part series Women Talking About Cars, starting on Radio 4 on Wednesday 30 November.

Each week Victoria will be joined by a different guest, using cars as a vehicle to share memories and take a comic look at life, love, sex, work, childhood, adulthood and adventure.

Victoria says: "I'm really looking forward to sitting down with some of the greatest women in modern British culture and talking about the pros and cons of the five-speed manual gearbox."

At the heart of the show is an exploration of what cars symbolise to women today, including freedom, power, refuge, novelty and familiarity.

Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio Theatre, members of the public will be drawn into the conversation too, encouraged to consider their own cars and the memories they’ve facilitated – be it driving to a first job, doing the school run, picnic trips in the family campervan or the rude things they’ve shouted in traffic.

Covering everything from guests’ cherished memories - perhaps of childhood holidays in a parents’ car or the people they’ve met on their travels - to the distinctive exhaust sound of a TVR Cerbera, Women Talking About Cars hopes to offer a fresh and funny new perspective on the lives of some amazing women.

Actress, writer and comedian Dawn French is the first guest to be interviewed by Victoria. She says: “It will be great to get together with Victoria for a good old girly natter about the torque stats on the BMW Luxus 850.”

Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy, BBC Radio 4, says: “No doubt there will be sparkling conversation between Victoria and her amazing line up of guests which I can’t wait to hear. She's brainy, witty and I'm reliably informed, can change a tyre in under five minutes.”

Women Talking About Cars will first air on BBC Radio 4 on 30 November at 6.30pm.

October 19, 2016 5:03am ET by BBC Radio 4  

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