Memoirs from Caitlin Moran, How to be a Woman (Ebury), and Pussy Riot activist Maria Alyokhina, Riot Days (Allen Lane), have been dramatised for the latest instalment of Riot Girls on BBC Radio 4.
Alyokhina's account of her activism, trial and imprisonment, as part of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot, will kick off R4's Riot Girl season at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th January, after which time it will be available in full on BBC Sounds. The autobiographical tale was dramatised by E V Crowe and stars Katie West, Kerry Gooderson and Kathryn Drysdale.
Meanwhile, adapted specifically for radio by Moran herself, the first episode of the five-part dramatisation of How to be a Woman, narrated by Moran, will air on Radio 4 at 9.45am on Monday 14th January and at the same time each day for the rest of the week. A candid reflection on womanhood, it stars Louise Brealey of "Sherlock" fame as the author's younger self as she makes her way from adolescence to adulthood. Interspersed are Moran's thoughts on subjects that range from the necessity of big knickers to the experience of giving birth and having an abortion. A boxset of all five episodes will be exclusively available after the first episode on BBC Sounds.
BBC Radio 4’s commissioning editor for Drama and Fiction Alison Hindell said: "This year Riot Girls is distinctly contemporary and centres on women with provocative views of the world we live in. Each series of Riot Girls has challenged and entertained and this year – at a time when debate sparked by women demands full attention - it seems more relevant than ever."
The Riot Girls season also features Into the Maze, an international crime drama examining sexual assault written by Ayeesha Menon. The cast for the feminist thriller includes Aysha Kala ("Indian Summers"), Maya Sondhi ("Line of Duty") and Silas Carson ("Trust").