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Apr 03, 2020
134. Corsets and Cooper's Ligaments with Lucy WorsleyApril 03, 2020
The week Fi and Jane are joined by historian, presenter and Chief Curator to Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley. Jane regales them with the story of the time Henry VIII had a chat with her on his wedding day and Fi finds out which Hollywood A-Lister Lucy's television thinks she is obsessed with. Plus the downsides to fixed plumbing, a new angle on Queen Victoria and we're going looking for a sizzle. Before that we reveal the challenge Fi has set herself for the lockdown, Jane's off on an...
Mar 27, 2020
133. Everything is Elasticated with Jonathan FreedlandMarch 27, 2020
Fi and Jane are both at home, but that doesn't stop them or their guest. This week it's the author and journalist Jonathan Freedland. The ladies manage to link up via videoconferencing and despite a few technical glitches they came together on Wednesday 25th March 2020. They compare their approaches to adjusting to life in a pandemic, there are missives from overseas and a dip into Jane's diary from this week in 1979. It's not long before a notification lights up and Jonathan Freedland joins...
Mar 20, 2020
132. On the Plus Side, Paella with Helen LewisMarch 20, 2020
Fi and Jane are back with Fortunately and taking the necessary health precautions. Their guest this week is the writer Helen Lewis. Fi and Jane met up at a safe social distance Monday 16th March to debrief on last week's episode, daydream about a certain MI6 agent with a landline and find out just what's getting Fi's goat about our new global situation. They were then joined by writer and Radio 4 host Helen Lewis, whose new book explores feminist figures through history and how they deserve...
Mar 13, 2020
Oh! What a Marrow, with Rachel Burden LIVE in SalfordMarch 13, 2020
5Live Breakfast Host Rachel Burden joins Fi, Jane and an audience of Fortunately fans for special live show at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. Fi and Jane battle trains, delays and automobiles in an attempt to get to the Lowry on time, tune in to find out if they make it! Waiting for them on stage is star of 5 Live and BBC Breakfast Rachel Burden, who shares tales of grooming, mouldy pesto jars and comparing offspring with Nicky Campbell. Before the interval Fi and Jane exchange burning...
Mar 06, 2020
130. Habsburgs and Hairy Fruit with Adam RutherfordMarch 06, 2020
Fi and Jane catch up with broadcaster and scientist Adam Rutherford, presenter of Radio 4's Inside Science and the Curious Case of Rutherford and Fry. He finds the ladies on the 4th floor of BBC NBH, fresh from reminiscing about Kevin Keegan. Adam tells them about his very special cricket team what its like to share a studio with Woman's Hour. Big issues out of the way they then delve into the light matter of genetics...Adam's new book explores the relationship between science and ideas of race...
Feb 28, 2020
129. Manageable Breaks and Verdant Bushes, with Phil WangFebruary 28, 2020
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by the comedian Phil Wang. Phil and Fi share their love of Portugal and the three of them then dive into the best way to store girders, what its like to be on a panel show, the importance of optimism, the merits of Las Vegas and much more. There's a test of Jane's incredible time guessing psychic abilities. Before Phil turns up it's gifts galore as Fi brings some goodies back from her holiday and Jane has got her a little something for her...
Feb 21, 2020
128. Two Bras and Fly-tipping with Susannah ConstantineFebruary 21, 2020
This week on Fortunately, fashion guru Susannah Constantine provides some wardrobe advice to Fi and Jane. The What Not To Wear star talks to the ladies about overcoming shyness, the issue of skirts and what clothes can tell us about ourselves. She sizes up Fi and Jane and the three of them play godchildren top trumps. Before Susannah arrives there's a sweet special delivery and an accusation about Fi's mother.
Feb 14, 2020
127. Average Sized Nuts and Curling with Claudia Winkleman and Tanya ByronFebruary 14, 2020
Strictly host Claudia Winkleman and psychologist Tanya Byron join Fortunately this week. They sit down with Fi and Jane to talk about being a parent, being a child, curling, reptiles and what Jane gets up to on the top of the number 94 bus. All of which relates to their new podcast How Did We Get Here? When not getting the lowdown from Claudia and Tanya, Fi and Jane discuss emoji use, landline voices and an interesting discovery Fi has made off the back of last week's episode.
Feb 07, 2020
126. Dodgy Molluscs and Steaming Pants with Marian KeyesFebruary 07, 2020
Fi and Jane welcome the novelist Marian Keyes around the Fortunately table to share a bag of chocolates. The bestselling author has some confessions about her bowling prowess (or lack of it). Marian also talks to Fi and Jane about appreciating the small things, generational change in Ireland and why a bad waxwork is better than a good one. In addition, the ladies have some consumer confessions, there's a bad smell in Jane's Kitchen and Fi gets dumped.
Jan 31, 2020
125. Radio 1's Clara Amfo comes to see Fi and Jane.January 31, 2020
Radio 1's Clara Amfo comes to see Fi and Jane for this week's episode of Fortunately. The presenter of the mid-morning show joins the ladies to discuss her new podcast, This City. Clara talks about semi-attempting to go vegan, teaches Fi and Jane a new way to show appreciation, goes inside the world of the uber famous and talks through the representation of African countries in the media. ...before Clara's arrival - there's a bit film reviewing, an insight into how Jane listens to disco and Fi...