GrownUpLand

GrownUpLand

By BBC Radio 4

Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are here to guide you through the bewildering pursuit of adulthood.

Episodes

74. Looking for hope in lockdown ft. Isy Suttie

The official GrownUpLand advice for lockdown is: Keep calm > don't lose hope > listen to podcasts. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian and writer Isy Suttie to catch up on their lockdown experiences. Sophie wrecks the myth that the virus is 'the great equaliser', Heidi brings us some much needed good news, Ned has been curating curious creativity and Dr Kat McClenaghan checks in to describe life on the forefront of the virus fight. Steve Ali pops in (virtually) to give us his perspective on the last few weeks. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
21/05/2059m 41s

73. Do I have to find 'the one'? Ft. Deborah Frances-White

Finding and keeping lifelong love is one heck of a challenge. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian, author and Guilty Feminist Deborah Frances-White to discuss whether there is such a thing as a soulmate, 'the one' and romantic fate. Sophie espouses the benefits of being alone, Heidi explains why she proposed to her fiancée with a Lord of the Rings ring, Ned puts true love to the test and Steve Ali drops by to explain how your local MP can improve your love life. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
23/04/2058m 59s

72. Do I have to like myself? Ft. Ellen Jones

Self-esteem is mysterious, fleeting and vital to every decision we make. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by activist and writer Ellen Jones to talk all things imposter syndrome, confidence, self-worth and yoyo tricks. Sophie tackles your inner (non-existent) fraudster, Heidi ponders the mysteries of confidence, Ned shows off his jingle making skills and Steve Ali puts a listener's dilemma into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
16/04/2047m 43s

71. Do I have to convince people I'm right? Ft. Grace Campbell

It's easy to get tangled in a world wide web of your own making when arguing online. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian and activist Grace Campbell to discuss trolls, the grim underbelly of internet culture and how to pick your battles. Sophie thinks we should feed the trolls, Ned chats to a meme lord, Heidi talks about how to deal with online criticism and Steve Ali solves a listener's dilemma. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
09/04/2051m 44s

70. GrownUpLand in Lockdown ft. Dr Chris Smith & Dr Kat McClenaghan

We're all stuck indoors to help protect ourselves and others. How can we stay happy, healthy and safe? Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by special guests to help us power through the pandemic. Sophie has advice for those concerned about staying productive during lockdown, Heidi busts some coronavirus myths, Ned gives us his top tips for podcasting in a time of crisis and Steve Ali gives us his perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
02/04/201h 0m

69. Do I have to party less? Ft. Michael Odewale

As we get older, going out and getting lit sinks lower on the priority list. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Michael Odewale to discuss drinking, dancing, dining and D&D. Sophie thinks we all need a release, Heidi busts some alcohol myths, Ned raps (!) and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective with tales from the Calais refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
26/03/2037m 11s

68. Do I have to be a good housemate? Ft. Alex Edelman

The gang wonders how to avoid passive aggression, fights and cheese theft in a house share. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian and veteran housemate Alex Edelman to talk about flat 'pre-nups', annoying pranks and 'friendly' notes of complaint. Sophie wants to decriminalise communal food theft, Heidi researches whether living alone is a healthy pursuit and Ned puts some newly devised house rules to his significant other. Luckily, Steve Ali is here to put everything into perspective with a sobering account of living in a refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
19/03/2052m 14s

67. Do I have to get married? Ft. Bobby Mair

The gang discuss whether they feel pressure to tie the knot, or not. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian and married man Bobby Mair to talk about the best time to get married, the weirdest weddings and how getting hitched can change you. Sophie delivers her inaugural 'kweens speech', Ned marries somebody (now that's commitment) and Heidi researches whether divorce is simply an inevitability. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
12/03/2045m 37s

We're back baby!

Series four is here and we've shaken things up a bit. Expect sillier challenges, more time with brilliant guests, fact finding fun and even a weekly 'kweens speech'. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan, Ned Sedgwick and Steve Ali want to tell you all about the series to come.
05/03/205m 15s

66. Christmas Special

Pod bless us, everyone! Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Rachel Parris to talk all things festive; the things we love, the things we can't stand and the responsibility-free times we miss. Steve Ali drops by a little earlier than usual to offer his perspective AND there's a special interview with Dame Emma Thompson. Oh, and Father Christmas makes a surprise appearance with a sack full of secret Santa gifts. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: You & Yours (10/11/2017)
25/12/191h 0m

65. Change

Life is a continuous adjustment to ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Sara Pascoe to discuss big change and small change and how best to deal with it. Sophie talks about coming out as bi, Heidi investigates how modern job insecurity make us feel uneasy, Ned interviews someone who has changed the world, Sara opens up about the changes a new puppy brings and Steve Ali drops in to put everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Four Thought (16/10/2016)
19/12/1948m 59s

64. Art

From avant-garde paint splatters to sculpture to how to chat someone up in a gallery. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by art historian and curator Katy Hessel to discuss whether art is really as inaccessible as it can sometimes seem. Sophie tries to define art better than the dictionary, Heidi wonders whether her phone is a piece of art, Ned interviews comedian and art fanatic Hannah Gadsby and Steve Ali has a solution to a listener who lost his childhood comic books. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: You & Yours (26/02/2019)
12/12/1947m 28s

63. Heartbreak

There is little worse than heartbreak. Those who know, know. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Lauren Pattison to share stories of those loved, lost and ghosted. Sophie's just been to visit her ex, Heidi wonders how social media has warped our love lives, Ned writes the world's greatest heartbreak song and Steve Ali drops by to put everything in perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: You and Yours (11/03/2016) Word of Mouth (06/09/2016)
05/12/1954m 6s

62. Stereotypes

Download to hear a bunch of snowflakes talk about their feelings and opinions. Typical. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Evelyn Mok to discuss the surprising pros and damaging cons of stereotyping people. Sophie wonders how comedy benefits from stereotypes, Heidi investigates how even babies get stereotyped, Ned meets a muslim drag queen to create his drag alter-ego and Steve Ali swings by to dismantle the negative stereotypes of refugees. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: All in the Mind (27/04/2016) Sweet Reason (26/07/2018) I Can't Be Racist (25/02/2019)
28/11/1953m 17s

61. Hair

We've all had a bad hair day. We shall overcomb. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by actor and writer Temi Wilkey to discuss how hair can encapsulate culture and become our greatest insecurity. Sophie explores the issues society has with black hair, Heidi investigates the link between body hair and feminism, Ned gets an intimate waxing and Steve Ali discusses his hair care regime in the Calais Jungle refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Woman's Hour (31/08/2015) Woman's Hour (31/01/2019)
21/11/1948m 47s

60. Creativity

Some say the creative adult is the child who survived. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by performance artist Travis Alabanza to discuss what it means to be creative and how we can be better at it. Sophie reveals how working on a lesbian cruise inspired her, Heidi investigates how changing routine can turbo-charge the brain, Ned perfects Shakespeare and Steve Ali offers his perspective on writer's block. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Bringing Up Britain (07/08/2018)
14/11/1953m 59s

59. Anxiety

'Don't worry be happy'? It's really not as easy as that. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by actress, writer and ukulele whizz Amy Booth-Steel to talk about how feelings of anxiety can be understood and overcome. Sophie investigates imposter syndrome, Heidi looks at how we can deal with the day-to-day worries that hold us back, Ned faces his anxieties in the swimming pool and Steve Ali swings by to put everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Insecure Overachievers (26/09/2018) All in the Mind (22/04/2016) Bringing Up Britain (11/07/2019) Front Row (05/07/2018)
07/11/1947m 31s

58. Intoxication

Delving into our complicated relationships with drink and drugs. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Jacob Hawley to talk honestly about their experiences in the murky world of drugs and the lost nights spent in pubs. Sophie investigates why some people choose weed over alcohol, Heidi has been tracking her drinking habits, Ned gets drunk and records it (and this somehow constitutes entertainment) and Steve Ali examines the drinking habits of Brits. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: File on 4 (29/01/2019) Woman's Hour (27/03/2019) Four Thought (22/08/2018) Just a Minute (1/10/2019)
31/10/1953m 31s

57. Apocalypse

The world will end eventually. So what's the point of anything? Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Gemma Arrowsmith to discuss the climate crisis, asteroids and nuclear war. Sophie wonders wether we should just throw in the towel, Heidi worries if 'deepfakes' could start a third world war, Ned tries to interview an eel and Steve Ali offers a kidney to David Attenborough. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Analysis (18/06/2018) Analysis (11/03/2019) FutureProofing (24/04/2019)
24/10/1945m 56s

56. TV

We're living in the golden age of television, apparently. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Eleanor Tiernan to talk about the good, the bad and the overrated. Sophie wonders if traditional TV is dead, Ned writes 'GrownUpLand: The Sitcom' to mixed reviews, Heidi picks apart toxic reality TV and Steve Ali explains why not all superheroes wear capes. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Beyond Today (26/07/2019) Analysis (18/03/2018) John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme 29/06/2019
17/10/1942m 1s

55. Body Image

What does body image really mean and how can we develop a healthy one? Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by body positivity advocate Stephanie Yeboah to discuss their own insecurities and how we can all feel better when we look in the mirror. Sophie looks at the origin of diet fads, Ned meets a naked life model, Heidi rebuts the accusation that body positivity is rooted in narcissism, and Steve Ali gives us his top-tips for keeping fit in a refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Start the Week (18/02/2019) Woman's Hour (13/01/2014) Late Night Woman's Hour (25/08/2017)
10/10/1948m 14s

54. Politics

The political scene has never been more entertaining but the country has never been so divided. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Tez Ilyas to talk about the mess the country finds itself in and what might happen in the future. Sophie wonders whether funny politicians make good politicians, Heidi doubts everything ever thanks to malign algorithms, Ned invents his perfect country and Steve Ali solves a listener’s bedroom-related issue. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Beyond Today (25/07/2019) The Political Butterfly Effect (06/09/2019) In Defence of Politics (03/10/2011)
03/10/1940m 14s

53. Books

Reading books can open doors to other worlds and reflect the one we live in. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Helen Bauer to discuss the books that have inspired them, the books they hate and the books they pretend to hate. Sophie talks-up choose your own adventure novels, Ned tells us why he wasn't allowed to join a bookclub, Heidi deconstructs unhelpful self-help books and Steve Ali dreams up potential titles for his autobiography. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Making History (09/02/2016) You & Yours (06/06/2017)
26/09/1946m 43s

52. Magic

Now that we're grown ups, it may seem like there's less magic in the world. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by magician Pete Firman to explore whether this is indeed the case. Sophie gets through a whole episode without a rant about Harry Potter, Ned gets tricked, Heidi investigates a ye olde magic trick involving a dead criminal's hand and Steve Ali demonstrates the magic of human memory. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Desert Island Discs (31/05/2019) The Unseen - A History of the Invisible (07/06/2016)
19/09/1941m 27s

51. Class

Misplaced and superficial perceptions of class can affect your life in important ways. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Suzie Ruffell to talk about the myths and realities of class in Britain today. Sophie talks about the importance of checking your privilege, Ned attempts to master a northern accent, Heidi explains how weird this 'class' thing seems to Aussies and Steve Ali talks about code-switching in a refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Thinking Allowed (04/02/2019) Moral Maze (29/03/2014) The Matter of the North (14/08/2018)
12/09/1946m 14s

50. University

Uni is the place to go for friendships, essays, booze and near-bankruptcy. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Joe Sutherland to share stories of their turbulent times in tertiary education. Sophie tells us about the 'weird' Oxford experience, Ned interviews a best mate who dropped out, Heidi wonders whether degrees are completely meaningless and Steve Ali gives us his top tips for surviving freshers' week. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Analysis (18/03/2018)
05/09/1940m 19s

49. Rejection

Being rejected isn't a nice feeling, but it shapes who we become. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Darren Harriott to share painful tales of rejection and to discuss the best ways to bounce back. Sophie reveals how to avoid feeling stung if someone doesn't want to kiss you, Ned has a go at stand-up, Heidi describes how years of rejection led to a career in comedy and Steve tells us why it was love at first sight when he came to the UK as a refugee. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Beyond Today (27/11/2018) A Brief History of Failure (11/02/2017)
29/08/1943m 43s

48. Stuff

In our materialistic world, we surround ourselves with shiny things to make us happy. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Rhys James to talk about the stuff we couldn't live without, the stuff we don't need and the stuff that's killing our planet. Sophie describes the eclectic contents of her room, Ned goes on a pilgrimage for a kebab, Heidi wonders whether the 'internet of things' will make us any happier and Steve Ali tells us why material possessions lost their importance the moment he became a refugee. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: A Point of View (13/01/2019) In Business (15/09/2013)
22/08/1942m 23s

47. Jealousy

Insecurities can turn even the kindest person into a green-eyed monster. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Jayde Adams to talk about the different types of jealousy and how we should deal with such an instinctive emotion. Sophie talks about the role of jealousy in an open relationship, Ned auditions for Love Island, Heidi investigates so-called 'JK Rowling envy' and Steve reminds us why we shouldn't be jealous of those younger than us. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Woman's Hour (13/05/2013) A Point of View (29/07/2007) Analysis (02/06/2019)
15/08/1952m 51s

46. Languages

Language shapes the world around us and opens doors to far-flung cultures. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by writer and broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied to talk about how languages can be really hard to learn, but can make you see the world in a wholly new light. Sophie parle Francais (elle est tres bonne!), Ned has been teaching English on the other side of the world, Heidi brings some sci-fi dystopia to the episode, and Steve Ali tells us his favourite words in the English language: 'you are welcome here'. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: FutureProofing (28/05/2016) The English We Speak (29/07/2019) Word of Mouth (27/05/2019)
08/08/1942m 36s

45. Arguments

From tiffs to barneys to blazing rows, arguments are a staple of life. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by comedian Sadia Azmat to talk about the best and worst arguments they've had and how emotions and ego can get in the way of any constructive outcome. Sophie tells us why she loves a full-blooded debate, Ned asks a debating champion how to argue better, Heidi reveals why disagreeing is a bit like fencing, and Steve Ali has a take on a norm that spans all cultures: disapproving parents. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clip: Woman's Hour (28/09/2012)
01/08/1944m 42s

44. The Brain

It's the squishy thing in our head that makes us do brilliant (and stupid) things. Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick are joined by neuroscientist Dr Hannah Critchlow to talk about your brain on drugs, the noise your thoughts make and whether free will is an illusion. Sophie wonders how we can hack the brain to make it work better, Ned gets a brain scan, Heidi investigates how dark chocolate might improve memory, and Steve Ali ponders how the brain copes with traumatic memories. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: How to Have a Better brain (20/10/2017) God on my Mind (31/03/2010)
25/07/1940m 42s

43. Hobbies

In a world that wants you to work work work, leisure time can feel elusive. Sophie, Heidi and Ned are joined by journalist and writer Yomi Adegoke to talk about the best ways to revel in precious free time. Sophie talks about the dangers and blessings of monetising your hobby, Ned reveals his inner gaming nerd, Heidi investigates whether procrastination leads to creativity and Steve Ali workshops his refugee CV. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Today (07/03/2016) iPM (25/09/2019) All in the Mind (01/10/2018)
18/07/1952m 57s

42. Siblings

Siblings, the combination of a best friend and a pain in the neck. Sophie, Heidi and Ned are joined by comedian Olga Koch to talk about the special place brothers and sisters occupy in our lives as best friends, worst enemies and distant acquaintances. Sophie highlights the fun of extended families, Ned brings a brotherly rivalry to the studio, Heidi looks at telepathy in twins, and Steve Ali swings by to talk about his family dynamics after his siblings also became refugees. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: One to One (06/01/2018) Shared Experience (02/01/2017) Bringing Up Britain (25/01/2014)
11/07/1944m 58s

41. Beginnings

New series, new voices: As GrownUpLand makes a new beginning, the gang explores the idea of starting points, debuts and second chances. Sophie, Heidi and Ned are joined by comedian Sarah Keyworth to talk about everything from the early beginnings of humanity to coming out for the first time. Sophie relives how her career got kick-started, Ned decides to become an influencer, Heidi looks at the 'second chance effect', and Steve Ali stresses the importance of claiming a shelf in the fridge. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: You & Yours (12/07/2018) Living With The Gods (23/10/2017) Woman's Hour (20/03/2019)
04/07/1946m 19s

GrownUpLand is back!

It’s back! The only podcast that successfully encapsulates the fear, regret and bewilderment of an entire generation. New hosts Sophie Duker and Heidi Regan join Ned Sedgwick and Steve Ali to give a little taste of the series to come.
27/06/194m 21s

Best of... Going Through the Emotions

Some funny and frank moments from the GrownUpLand podcast. Mae Martin, Bisha K Ali and Ned Sedgwick navigate: 'emotions'. Bisha K Ali, Mae Martin, Bobby Friction, Ned Sedgwick If GrownUpLand is a place, then we got a bit lost along the way. Each week on GrownUpLand, a special guest helps to answer listener questions and candidly shares their experiences, from failed dates and bizarre confrontations to guilty pleasures and worst nightmares. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Producer: Al Riddell
06/06/1957m 6s

Best of... Adventures in GrownUpLand

Mae Martin, Bisha K Ali, Bobby Friction and Johnny Cochrane join Ned Sedgwick in this Best Of episode on ‘adventure’. If GrownUpLand is a place, then we got a bit lost along the way. Each week on GrownUpLand, a special guest helps to answer listener questions and candidly shares their experiences, from failed dates and bizarre confrontations to guilty pleasures and worst nightmares. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Producer: Al Riddell
30/05/1957m 2s

Best of... Survival in GrownUpLand

Mae Martin is joined by Bisha K Ali, Ned Sedgwick, Ed Night and Cariad Lloyd in a compilation on the theme of ‘survival’. If GrownUpLand is a place, then we got a bit lost along the way. Each week on GrownUpLand, a special guest helps to answer listener questions and candidly shares their experiences, from failed dates and bizarre confrontations to guilty pleasures and worst nightmares. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Producer: Al Riddell
23/05/1957m 39s

40. The Past

The past should teach us how to do better in the future, but it's clear not everyone got that memo. Mae, Ned and guest host Catherine Bohart are joined by quizmaster and comedian Dr Paul Sinha to rewind the VHS tape of life, the universe and everything. Ned takes on a quizmaster at his own game, Catherine looks into the world's oldest scapegoat: women, and Steve Ali relives his most cringe-worthy moment. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Making History (17/07/2018) Making History (30/01/2018) Making History (19/06/2018)
14/03/1939m 18s

39. Sleep

It usually happens in the bedroom, it's really nice to do it with a partner and we often don't get enough of it. Mae, Ned and guest host Sophie Duker are joined by comedy writer and actor Arnab Chanda to talk all things sleep! Hear a report from Ned's bed, Sophie investigates lucid dreaming, Mae just wants to be rocked to sleep by Jennifer Aniston and Steve Ali talks about life on the firefighting night shift. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon.
07/03/1937m 9s

38. School

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... it was definitely the strangest of times. Mae, Ned and guest host Athena Kugblenu are joined by comedian Desiree Burch to cast their minds back and relive the horrors and highlights of the wild ride we call the education system. Ned has been a very naughty boy, Athena educates the gang with fab facts and Steve Ali explains why algebra is useless in a combat situation. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Whodunnit? (11/09/2017) You & Yours (20/06/2018)
28/02/1937m 51s

37. Chilling Out

With buzzing phones and shiny screens all around us, true relaxation is hard to achieve. Mae, Ned and guest host Catherine Bohart are joined by comedian Elf Lyons to take a deep breath, focus the mind and dissect the stresses of modern life. Ned has brain tingles, Catherine is mindful of being mindful and Steve Ali reveals how he made a small part of the Calais Jungle a slice of interior design heaven. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: The Anatomy of Rest (13/09/2013) How to Have a Better Brain (17/10/2017) Brain Tingles (24/12/2015)
21/02/1945m 20s

36. Movies

Everyone agrees podcasts are the best way to spend your free time, but films are good too. Mae, Ned and guest host Athena Kugblenu are joined by Radio 1's movie man Ali Plumb to talk best, worst, funniest and scariest. Ned has written an epic GrownUpLand thriller, Athena looks at the holy origins of Hollywood, Bisha is physically in Hollywood and Steve tells us how he dodged the movie ban in Syria. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Inconspicuous Consumption (19/01/2017)
14/02/1951m 31s

35. Animals

If all else fails, there will always be dogs. Mae, Ned and guest host Sophie Duker are joined by wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly to talk all things furry and feathery. Ned is feline good, Sophie wants justice for black pets and Steve Ali tells us how tourists can make refugees feel like animals in a zoo. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: You & Yours (23/03/2017) Saturday Live (30/07/2016)
07/02/1943m 58s

34. Exercise

With pressure from all angles of society to exercise frequently and obtain the perfect body, it's just impossible to live up to those expectations. Mae, Ned and guest host Daniella Isaacs are joined by comedian Kae Kurd to figure out how exercise can make us healthier without a huge cost to our self esteem or bank balance. Ned takes on Mark Wahlberg, Daniella unpicks the myths of exercise consumerism, Bisha K Ali lifts 100kgs of rock solid truth and Steve Ali gives his flirting advice. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Four Thought (07/08/2015) You & Yours (16/01/2017)
31/01/1942m 26s

33. The News

With stories of injustice and suffering beamed directly to our devices, the news can make us feel powerless to help. Mae, Ned and guest host Daniella Isaacs are joined by Chi Chi Izundu from BBC News to figure out how to consume news media in a healthy and empowering way. Ned investigates fake news, Daniella tries to escape from an echo chamber, Bisha K Ali looks at the bright side and Steve Ali just wants to watch videos of cats doing cute things. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: More or Less (16/04/2017)
24/01/1944m 28s

32. Selfishness

Selfishness is something we never want to be accused of, but without it, we might never get what we want. Mae, Ned and guest host Alison Spittle are joined by comedian Daliso Chaponda to try to figure out when selfishness is okay and when it can be damaging. Ned heads to hospital, Alison takes on selfish generations, Bisha K Ali says selfishness isn't all that bad and Steve Ali explains how a funny hat could have saved him a lot of hardship. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Morality in the 21st Century (03/09/2018) A History of Ideas (24/03/2015)
17/01/1939m 50s

31. Identity

Whether we define ourselves by nationality, religion, sexuality or circumstance, we all like to feel unique. Mae, Ned and guest host Athena Kugblenu are joined by transfeminist neuroscientist Reubs Walsh, to try to get to the heart of what identity means. Ned discovers his heritage, Athena shares her experience of having parents from countries separated by an ocean, Bisha K Ali reports from LA and the one and only Steve Ali reveals which famous 'Steve' he is named after. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: FutureProofing (22/08/2015) Four Thought (17/10/2012)
10/01/1942m 7s

30. Music

At our highest and lowest moments, in da club or on the train, music is always there for us. Mae, Ned and guest host Camille Ucan are joined by comedian Gabriel Ebulue to discuss all things music. Ned (a.k.a. DJ No Nonsense) has written his own alternative GrownUpLand theme song, Camille has been researching the healing powers of music, Bisha K Ali chimes in from LA and Steve Ali considers his dream Glastonbury line-up. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: The Rhythm of Life: The World As An Orchestra (28/08/2018) You & Yours on CD Sales (11/04/2018) Soul Music (24/08/2016)
03/01/1945m 25s

29. Trust

In a world of 'post-truth' politics and shiny Instagram lives, the GrownUpLand gang figure out who, or what, they can trust. Mae, Ned and guest host Kemah Bob are joined by impressionist Jess Robinson to discuss the difficulties of having faith in other people and believing in ourselves. Ned looks at whether we can trust politicians, Bisha K Ali beams in to share her issues around self-trust, and Steve Ali recounts the time he was labelled a 'blade wielding attacker' in a national newspaper. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Analysis (30/01/2011) You & Yours (10/09/2018) Analysis (19/11/2017)
27/12/1846m 33s

28. Christmas

Merry Podmas from your GrownUpLand pals! Mae, Ned and guest host Thanyia Moore are joined by actor and comedian Emily Lloyd-Saini, plus a very special visit from podcast legend Deborah Frances-White. In this extra-long, extra-festive, extra-silly episode, Ned has been to Santa school, Bisha K Ali is dreaming of a warm Christmas in LA, and Steve Ali wonders why we set fire to pudding on a yearly basis. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Front Row (18/12/2015) The Untold (19/12/2016) You & Yours (23/11/2017)
20/12/181h 0m

27. Spirituality

Finally, the GrownUpLand podcast attempts to solve the meaning of life. Well, sort of. Mae, Ned and guest host Alison Spittle are joined by comedian London Hughes to discuss what it means to have a spiritual connection, and this inevitably ends up with the sharing of ghost stories. Ned ventures out of the studio and bumps into the head of The Satanic Temple, Bisha K Ali beams in from across the pond with her analysis of LA's spiritual scene, and Steve Ali admits he's a devout believer in David Attenborough. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: Morality In The 21st Century (07/09/2018) The Satanic Cult That Wasn't (23/04/2015)
13/12/1849m 23s

26. Fashion

From London to Paris to Milan, it's the must-have podcast this season. The very fashionable Mae, Ned and guest host Kemah Bob are joined by comedian Lou Sanders to figure out why high-street shops have the most unflattering mirrors. Bisha K Ali chimes in with her theory as to why tracksuits are big in LA, and Steve Ali tackles the age old controversy of double-denim. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode; You & Yours (31/08/2018) You & Yours (09/02/2018)
06/12/1844m 19s

Introducing Life Lessons

Young UK adults talk about the issues that matter most to them - and why they should matter to all of us. A new podcast from Radio 4.
04/12/182m 27s

25. Friendship

They say friends are the family you choose, so you'd better choose wisely. Fun friends Mae, Ned and guest host Daniella Isaacs are joined by comedian Thanyia Moore to explore what being friends really means, how to make new ones and what to do when the lines between friendships and relationships get blurry. Ned asks old friends for their first impressions of him, old pal Bisha beams in from LA and Steve Ali reminisces about a memorable mate from the Calais Jungle. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Programmes featured this week: Desert Island Discs (03/01/2014) Four Thought (25/09/2013) Prayer For The Day (24/09/2018)
29/11/1843m 7s

24. Cool

It's something we'd all like to be, but the more we try, the harder it is to achieve. The very cool Mae, Ned and guest host Kemah Bob are joined by comedian Tom Allen to explore this sought-after adjective. Oh, and Steve Ali sings his favourite lullaby, it literally doesn't get cooler than that. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Clips: Thinking Allowed (23/06/2014) The Kids Who Decide What All The Other Kids Talk About (06/01/2017) The New Age Of Capitalism (11/09/2018)
21/11/1842m 24s

23. Guilt

Guilt is something that comes, goes and can hang around for a long time. Mae, Ned and guest host Athena Kugblenu are joined by comedian Dane Baptiste to explore this complex and often irrational emotion. We hear from glamorous pal Bisha K Ali all the way from Los Angeles, and Steve Ali explores the concept of guilty pleasures, with the story of his harrowing journey across the UK border. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: In Our Time (01/11/2007) The Public Philosopher (27/05/2014) The Digital Human (03/09/2018)
15/11/1837m 46s

22. Confidence

Whether we're dating, working or just trying to drag ourselves out of bed, confidence is key. Mae, Ned and guest host Daniella Isaacs are joined by comedian Zahra Barri to discuss how elusive confidence can be and how we can achieve it. We hear from Bisha K Ali all the way from Los Angeles, about the confidence needed when starting a new job in a new place, and Steve Ali reveals how confidence helped him elude German police. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: All In The Mind (24/05/2017) The Confidence Trick (01/11/2017) Woman's Hour (19/06/2017)
12/11/1841m 57s

21. Parents

From awkward sex toy discoveries to overbearing advice, Mae, Ned and guest host Kemah Bob are joined by comedian Sindhu Vee to talk about the tricky relationships we have with our parents. We hear from Bisha K Ali all the way from Los Angeles, about coping with her parents being thousands of miles away, and Steve Ali tell us why his mum is an absolute badass. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Bringing Up Britain (09/07/2017) Woman's Hour (22/07/2017)
12/11/1844m 12s

We’re coming back!

Mae and co have been sitting in the GrownUpLand studio all summer waiting for this moment. And it’s finally here. The GrownUpLand lot are back! Here’s Mae giving you a flavour of the new series to come.
12/11/1850s

20. Festivals

What makes music festivals so special for some and so loathsome for others? What's the deal with festival toilets? What is a baby jumping festival?! Join Mae, Ned, Bisha and Steve as they wrap their brilliant heads around all this. This week, Mae's been thinking outside of the box, Bisha's got some fascinating festival facts and Ned's truly in the party spirit (he's brought in pistachio nuts). Broadcaster, journalist and DJ Bobby Friction joins the gang in the studio to relive some ridiculous festival capers and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective. A fittingly silly way to end series one! Fear not, GrownUpLand will be back in the Autumn for a brand new series. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Open Country (07/04/2017) Fantasy Festival (27/08/2015)
12/11/1843m 45s

19. Anger

How do we best deal with our anger? What forms can it take? Is 'hanger' an actual thing? Join Mae, Ned, Steve and special guest Alison Spittle (sitting in for Bisha) as they wrap their cool, calm heads around all this. This week, Mae hits a pillow with a baseball bat, Alison investigates why anger is the most tweeted emotion and Ned's been getting to grips with wrestling. As always, Steve Ali puts everything into perspective with tales of the Calais Jungle refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: A Brief History of Anger (10/12/2016) The Digital Human (07/04/2017) Make It Real (23/09/2017) Woman's Hour (23/04/2018)
12/11/1835m 45s

18. Toxic Masculinity

How, and why, does masculinity turn toxic? What does it actually mean to be a man? What's the deal with big bushy beards? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve as they wrap their interesting heads around all this. This week, Mae tries to define toxic masculinity, Bisha investigates where cliché machismo intersects with mental health and Ned's been thinking about sex robots. Journalist and man Mic Wright joins the gang in the studio and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Woman's Hour (31/08/2017) The Long View 01/08/2017) The Male Room (12/12/2016)
12/11/1839m 53s

17. Sex

Does sex warrant the feeling of shame we often attach to it? How does society influence the way we think about sex? Will the phrase 'bumping uglies' ever catch on? (Hope not). Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve as they wrap their sexy heads around all this. This week, Mae has an impossible 'would you rather' scenario, Bisha investigates sex myths and Ned's been thinking about sex robots. Vlogger and author Hannah Witton joins the gang in the studio and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Woman's Hour (19/08/2016) Today (05/07/2017)
12/11/1837m 49s

16. Fear

How does fear shape our everyday lives? When does a worry become a fear? Are the Scream films worth the hype? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve as they wrap their lovely heads around all this. This week, Mae spooks everyone with the sound of cicadas, Bisha looks at fear as an emotional algorithm and Ned's been worrying about his life choices (as usual). Columnist and campaigner Scarlett Curtis joins the gang in the studio and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective.
12/11/1833m 35s

15. Travelling

What can travelling bring to our lives? How do we remain respectful of cultural differences while aware of inequalities? Is a hot air balloon the best method of transport ever invented? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve as they wrap their small heads around it all. This week, Mae reveals how she found herself in Nepal, Bisha investigates why taking your laptop on holiday is a no no and Ned's been on a jolly to that classic tourist destination, Armenia. The cheekiest man in Britain Adam Hess joins the gang in the studio and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Passports Please (12/02/2018) You & Yours (28/06/2017) Woman's Hour (07/04/2016)
12/11/1837m 30s

14. Activism

What kind of action can effect change? How can we do our bit? Is it okay to help people so we look good on Instagram? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve as they try to wrap their heads around all this. This week, Mae has a bone to pick with Bob Dylan, Bisha's been looking at women who've changed the world and Ned's started a blog and wants you all to know. GrownUpLand's very own Steve Ali is in the studio to discuss his experience of being both a refugee and an activist. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Woman's Hour (02/03/2018) Her Story Made History (02/01/2018) Today (12/06/2017)
12/11/1839m 45s

13. Happiness

What does it mean to be happy? What are the most reliable sources of joy? Is the world a sadder place these days? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will have a pop at working it all out. This week, Mae reveals her happiest memory (it involves a doughnut), Bisha investigates whether social media is making us feel worse and Ned tidies his room to find joy. Comedian and host of the Guilty Feminist podcast (and co-creator of GrownUpLand) Deborah Frances-White is in the studio to discuss morning coats and eyebrows, and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Woman's Hour (12/01/2016) Short Cuts (14/03/2017) The Power of Negative Thinking (25/11/2016) You & Yours (19/10/2017)
12/11/1840m 15s

12. Food

What is the future of food? How do we navigate modern wellness culture? When is it ethical to eat someone else's leftovers? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will try to figure it all out. This week, Mae discusses her hatred of activated charcoal, Bisha investigates artificial meat and Ned tries being vegan for a week. Great British Bake Off legend Tom Gilliford gives us the inside track on his time in the famous tent and helps solve your food related dilemmas, and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective by offering advice on a chicken jalfrezi crisis. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: The Food Programme (20/11/2017) Frontiers (24/11/2010)
12/11/1834m 1s

11. Lying

When is it ethical to lie to someone? How can we tell when someone is deceiving us? What are the most common lies we tell ourselves? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will try to figure it all out. This week, Mae wonders how to beat a lie detector test, Bisha investigates why children are such good liars and Ned has his mind read. Professional mentalist Philip Escoffey blows the gang's minds with his magical powers/mind reading ability/incredible magic tricks (you decide which) and Steve Ali speaks his truth, as always. It's a really good episode, honest. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: The Philosopher's Arms (07/12/2015) The Truth About Children Who Lie (Seriously Podcast) (10/10/2016)
12/11/1835m 35s

10. Going Out

Life is more stressful than ever, so how do people unwind these days? What makes for a great night out? Is raw cabbage the best way to treat a hangover? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will try to figure it all out. This week, Mae wonders if millennials are the most sensible generation ever, Bisha investigates the most popular ways to party hard and Ned has a hangover. Comedian, actor, writer and DJ Felicity Ward tries to help solve your dilemmas and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective, as always. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Analysis (13/06/2013) You & Yours (07/02/2017) Making History (02/01/2018)
12/11/1837m 10s

9. The Future

Will robots rule the earth? Is virtual reality better than actual reality? Is time an illusion?! Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will try to solve these classic quandaries. This week, Mae doesn't want immortality, Bisha reveals that she is in fact a robot (as suspected) and Ned tries his pixelated hand at VR gaming. Time transcending comedian Bec Hill tries to solve your dilemmas and Steve Ali puts our listener's failed hover-board dreams into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: The Rise of the Robots (20/02/2017) Start The Week (05/04/2017)
12/11/1832m 1s

8. Role Models

What qualities should we be looking for in a role model? How do we square someone’s admirable qualities with their flaws? Can it be humanly possible for Dave Grohl to be as nice as he seems? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will try to figure it all out. This week, Mae reveals why she spent hours in the rain waiting for Eddie Izzard, Bisha investigates the role of luck in success and Ned meets his very own role model (albeit over Skype). One of the brains behind (very cool) music platform Boiler Room, Gabriel Szatan, tries to help solve your dilemmas and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective, as always. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Thinking Allowed (07/12/2016) Seriously (25/01/2018)
12/11/1835m 5s

7. Generation Lonely

Are we facing a loneliness epidemic? Is loneliness the same as being alone? Is social media making us feel less social? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve who will try to figure it all out. This week, Mae wonders if you can be lonely in a crowded room, Bisha investigates the impact of loneliness on our health and Ned tries yoga and becomes at one with the universe - and his hamstrings. Comedian, writer and actor Rose Matafeo tries to help solve your dilemmas and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective with tales of firefighting in the Calais refugee camp. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: You & Yours (3010/2017) You & Yours (31/01/2017) All In The Mind (14/02/2018) Four Thought (04/05/2017)
12/11/1832m 47s

6. Swiping Right

How are dating apps changing our love lives? Is single life underrated? Which GIF is the best/worst conversation starter? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve to answer these highly complex questions. This week, the gang reveal some of their dodgiest dating stories. Comedian, actor, radio & TV presenter Johnny Cochrane tries to help solve your dilemmas and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective with tales of the Calais Jungle dating scene. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: You & Yours (03/11/2017) You & Yours (04/02/2016) You & Yours (22/05/2017)
12/11/1834m 1s

5. Money Talks

Can money buy happiness? Should we save it, spend it or just try not to think about it? How much does Ned spend on kebabs? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve to answer these highly complex questions. This week, money makes Mae feel sick, Bisha investigates the jobs of the future and Ned tries to stick to a budget. Comedian, actress and writer Cariad Lloyd joins the gang to help unpick your dilemmas and Steve Ali will be here to put everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: You & Yours (25/10/2017) Woman's Hour (25/01/2017) More or Less (28/05/2017) Money Box Live (01/06/2016)
12/11/1833m 2s

4. Living It Up

What makes for a bearable housemate? Is a houseboat the solution to all of our problems? How many bananas in a fruit bowl is passive aggressive? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve to untangle these highly complex problems. This week, Mae describes her x-rated teenage bedroom decor, Bisha investigates what makes for a z-list housemate and Ned starts a new life on the river Thames. Comedian Kemah Bob joins the gang to help unpick your dilemmas and Steve Ali will be here to put everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell. Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Thinking Allowed 20/03/2017 I Was... 20/04/2014 You and Yours 02/02/2017
12/11/1830m 40s

3. GrownUps Behaving Badly

What’s considered good manners these days? How should we behave online? Is it ever appropriate to eat an apple in a sauna? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve to untangle these highly complex problems. This week, Mae reveals her manners bugbears, Bisha gives tips on how to not get poisoned and Ned’s been talking to a Lady. Comedian Jess Fostekew joins the gang to help unpick your dilemmas and Steve Ali puts everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Producer: Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Behaving Ourselves: Mitchell on Manners (06/01/2016) Etiquette Guide (08/01/2016) The Best Exotic Etiquette Academy (08/01/2016)
12/11/1830m 46s

2. When I'm a Grown Up...

How do we keep on track with our hopes and dreams? How do we find true career fulfilment? Can saying the words 'creamy goodness' pay the bills? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve to untangle these highly complex problems. This week, Mae contemplates her alternative career as a farmer, Bisha looks at the world's most hated jobs and Ned finds out how hard it is to be a junior doctor. Comedian Ed Night joins the gang to help unpick your dilemmas and Steve Ali will be here to put everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Producer: Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this episode: Mind changers (20/07/2015) Everybody Hates Me (01/03/2017) Desert Island Discs (16/07/2010 & 05/10/1990) Is One Career Enough? (06/09/2017)
12/11/1832m 38s

1. Inking Big

How many tattoos are too many? Will they still look good when you're 78? Is tattooing someone at a drunken dinner party a good idea? Join Mae, Bisha, Ned and Steve to untangle these highly complex problems. This week, Mae confesses her biggest tattoo regrets, Bisha's been digging up a 500 year old mummy called Otzi and Ned gets a piercing - and it really suits him. Rapper and poet Roxanne joins the gang to help unpick your dilemmas and Steve Ali will be here to put everything into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Producer: Al Riddell Music by Mark Hodge and Omahrose, produced by Nick Sheldon. Featured in this programme: A Mortal Work of Art (13/11/2014) The Listening Project (01/12/2017) Saturday Live (31/07/2012)
12/11/1828m 38s

Welcome to GrownUpLand

What does it really take to be a grown up? How will you know when you are one? Comedians Mae Martin, Bisha K Ali and Ned Sedgwick consider the adult world with the help of Steve Ali and special guests. Anger, dating, cleaning, ambition – every week the panel look at a life issue they should really be on top of by now. They see what they can learn from each other - and maybe even that land where all the adults live, BBC Radio 4. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio.
12/11/183m 6s
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