Riot Girls: Riot Days 2.30pm, Ra­dio 4

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“Peo­ple who be­lieve in free­dom and democ­racy think it will ex­ist for ever. That’s a mis­take.” So ob­serves Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina (played by Katie West) at the start of this two-part drama­ti­sa­tion of her trial and im­pris­on­ment as a mem­ber of Russia’s fem­i­nist punk protest group. A com­pelling, of­ten sweetly hu­mor­ous look at grass­roots ac­tivism (neon bal­a­clavas are “quite flat­ter­ing”), it also leaves one in no doubt what these “women who dreamed of a dif­fer­ent history” were up against.

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