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Assignment: Breaking China’s Love Triangles
WORLD SERVICE, 8.06PM
Exploring the fact that there’s a market for pretty much any personal service you can think of somewhere in the world, this episode of Assignment looks at the emerging business of “mistress-dispelling” in China. It is the practice of separating cheating husbands from their girlfriends. Ed Butler meets the private detectives and “marriage counsellors” who see themselves as helping couples to avoid divorce, and sits in on a mistress “stakeout”, all while asking what this says about relationships in China today.
Welcome to Wherever You Are
RADIO 4, 11.00PM
Comedians are famously shy and retiring types, so this programme helps those fragile souls by allowing them to avoid all gathering in one place. Andrew Maxwell hosts this stand-up gig with a difference from London – it features comedians from all around the world, performing over the phone and internet video. Alice Fraser is live from Sydney, Storm Xu is in Shanghai and Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef in Los Angeles. Talk – slightly stilted by technology – naturally turns to Brexit and international differences.