My Teenage Diary: with special guest Jan Ravens

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A special edition of the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy show

Host Rufus Hound is joined by special guest Jan Ravens, one of the UK’s most successful impressionists, star of Dead Ringers and recently described by The Observer as ‘the perfect mimic for our times’.

As with every edition of My Teenage Diary, the guest is asked to revisit their formative years by dusting off their teenage diaries and reading them out in public to provide a fascinating journey back in time. Jan's diaries date from her years growing up in Merseyside, the daughter of a depressive mother and a schizophrenic dad who both managed to keep their dark, Scouse senses of humour. But despite all the drama going on at home, Jan's diaries focus on school, her best friend Nicky, her love of pop music, and her crush on Gary with whom she used to do illicit things in the lounge while her mum was upstairs in the bath with two flannels over her bosoms. 

Jan Ravens is the long running star of the BBC's Dead Ringers and latest panellist on ITV’s The Imitation Game. Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Kirsty Wark, Fiona Bruce and Hillary Clinton are among some of her most popular impressions. She is a regular contributor across Radio 4 on programmes such as I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just A Minute. Jan was the first female president of Footlights. Alongside her work on screen and radio, Jan achieved rave reviews and broke box office records with her solo debut show 'Difficult Woman' and in 2018 has toured with Rory Bremner. Her acting credits include two series of Hebburn for BBC2, Big Bad World for Objective directed by Sandy Johnson, Sins, Love Soup, Midsomer Murders, Rory Bremner’s Coaltion Report and Janet Grimley in The Grimleys for ITV. Recent stage work includes The Intervention with The Comedians Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival directed by Braham Murray at The Royal Exchange Manchester. Theatre credits include The Children's Hour directed by Sarah Frankcom, for the Royal Exchange; RSC, Chichester and Birmingham Rep.

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Name: My Teenage Diary: with special guest Jan Ravens
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £10.00
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