To celebrate the 100th anniversary of British women securing the right to vote, UK pubcaster the BBC will showcase a diversity of women’s voices with its ‘Hear Her’ season.
The BBC1 genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? will follow Our Girl actress Michelle Keegan as she traces her family heritage, unearthing a connection to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst (pictured), as well as evidence of her great-great grandmother’s support for the movement to get women the right to vote.
Other programs include an observational documentary about Australian feminist and author Germaine Greer for BBC2, and Women’s Monologues (w/t) for BBC4; an eight-part series of monologues from celebrated female playwrights. BBC4 will also air The Many Primes of Muriel Spark with Kirsty Wark.
Meanwhile, BBC3 looks to break taboos and expectations regarding women’s bodies in the four-part series, Body Language.
A ‘Hear Her’ virtual reality experience created by BBC VR Hub with Anagram will incorporate archive interviews with suffragettes.
Previously announced programs as part of the ‘Hear Her’ season include: Anne Robinson: What Women Want (w/t) (BBC1); How Women Won The Vote with Lucy Worsley (w/t) (BBC1); a special edition of Antiques Roadshow (BBC1) and The Great Art Fightback (BBC4).
Documentary filmmaker Vanessa Engle will direct a series of short films featuring everyday women across Britain that explore the topic of being female in the UK today. Engle previously documented three generations of feminism in her series Women.