Life, Interrupted with Simon Thomas

Life, Interrupted with Simon Thomas

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Simon Thomas explores human endurance through the toughest times. In a series of interviews with well-known celebrities and notable people, he discovers how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we find out that there are so many others experiencing mental anguish, who have lived through the most difficult times. We hear how many have overcome tragedy to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Episodes

Katie Price

This epsiode of Life Interrupted with Katie Price, was recorded in April 2021. Katie Price, known for many years as Jordan, her picture hung on many a bedroom wall and covering the front of tabloids and magazines. But the Katie Price you think you know, is very different in reality. Although she began her career courting fame and publicity; famously she ended up marrying Peter Andre after they fell in love on ITV's "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here", she has longed for her side of the story to be heard. Katie has felt for a long time that the media portrayal of her is unfair. In this honest chat, I discovered that instead of the hard and cold person the media sometimes paint her as, she's actually a very sensitive and caring person, not least for her son Harvey, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome. Behind the scenes is a lady who has endured years of her own battles with trauma and mental illness. Katie's story is colorful, and at times desperately sad, but her humour and hope for the future shine throughout. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
30/08/2150m 20s

Libby Scott

Libby Scott is fourteen years old. She loves hot chocolate, Taylor Swift and lives in Kent with her family. Her dad is a musician and Libby's mum is an education consultant and conference speaker. Libby is also autistic. For many years, it was a battle for her to understand herself and for her family and friends to understand her. Following an autism diagnosis, Libby was finally able to understand herself better and express how she felt. In 2018, her mum Kim, decided to share a piece of Libby's writing online. The piece went viral and was liked and retweeted thousands of times. The next year she wrote her first book with co-writer Rebecca Wescott. It is called "Can You See Me", a story about an autistic girl called Tally who tries to navigate school and her social life. Now fourteen, Libby is publishing her third book called "Ways To Be Me", which focuses on the process of getting a diagnosis. It's a brilliant and extraordinary book that not only will help many people understand autism better, but one that will give hope and perhaps more importantly, a voice to others with autism. Libby is a remarkable young lady. And it was a great honor for her and her mum Kim to join me on this episode of Life Interrupted. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
23/08/2154m 16s

Matt Hampson

Sixteen years ago, Matt Hampson was a professional rugby union player with bags of potential. He was on the books of the then formidable Leicester tigers, caps for the England Under-Eighteens and Under Twenty-Ones. Everything pointed Matt having a hugely successful playing career. But on a cold Tuesday morning in March 2005, whilse training with the England Under Twenty-Ones, everything changed in one single moment. As the forwards practice, the scrum Matt was part of collapsed and his neck took the full force of the blow. Many days later, he woke up in an intensive care unit, paralyzed from the neck down and now needing a ventilator just to stay alive. He was just twenty years old, and now a tetraplegic. For many, the road back to having any kind of life again, would have looked virtually impossible. But after seventeen long months in hospital, and many more in rehabilitation, Matt began to slowly rediscover life again. Through setting up the Matt Hampson Foundation, he's now devoted his life to helping men and women have also had to face up to life changing injuries. Matt teamed up with Author Paul Kimmage, to write the extraordinary tale of his life in his brilliant book, Engage. This is the story of a man whose world collapsed. A man who then found the strength and determination to reshape his life into one that should leave us all feeling inspired. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
16/08/211h 7m

Dilly Carter

Dilly Carter may not be a name familiar to lots of people, but to the many thousands who follow her Instagram account DeClutter Dollies, she's very well known. Her daily tips and hacks help her many followers to not just declutter their homes, but to declutter their lives. She's now not just the author of a new book Create Space, which is as much about decluttering our minds as it is our homes, but she's also one of the presenters of the BBC One show Sort Your Life Out. To everyone watching on, Dilly's life looks one of order, organization and calm but it wasn't always like this. She was born in Sri Lanka and into a chaotic world as she spent the first part of her life in an orphanage. Eventually, three years later, Dilly was adopted by a couple living in England. Dilly's story is a complex one. It's the story of a reluctant man who questioned if he could ever love someone else's daughter. It's a story of an adoptive mum who had her own battles with being bipolar and the tale of rejection by Dillys blood parents. And her story is eventually one of acceptance of a couple who came to love her as their own. Dilly's life so far has brought so much help and hope to others not just practically, but emotionally and mentally as well. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
09/08/211h 0m

Charlie Corbett

Charlie Corbett is a name that won't be familiar to many. But he has a story that should be heard by many. Charlie is a writer, journalist, public speaker, husband and father to two sons. He grew up the son of a farmer and spent his childhood living a rural life immersed in the sights and sounds of the nature around him. After university, he left his farming roots behind and spent the next twenty years as a journalist reporting on business and finance. It was about as far away from the countryside life of his youth you could get. Yet, when he was 35, Charlie's world was profoundly interrupted when after a long struggle with cancer, his mum died. As Charlie battled with the weight and despair of grief, it was the song of a skylark as he lay on the side of a lonely hill, that began to lead him on a journey of healing. It was a journey of rediscovering not just about the power of nature, but also himself. Now he's written an incredible book called 12 birds to save your life (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/442899/12-birds-to-save-your-life/9780241503331). It's a moving tale of loss, but also one of great joy and hope, as Charlie tells the tale of the amazing power of nature, and the songs of the birds around us which bring healing and joy in even the darkest of times. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
02/08/211h 2m

Richard Marson

Richard Marson maybe not a name many of you will know. For over thirty years, Richard has been an important figure within the TV industry. He's worked on some of the most recognizable programs in British television from Top of the Pops to the Paul Daniels Magic Show to Going Live. Richard is best known for the years he spent as a talented producer and then editor on the BBC his iconic children's show Blue Peter. Richard had it all, a brilliant career and a loving family. But in 2008, his life was interrupted by the unimaginable and any parent's worst nightmare. On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, Richard and his family woke up to discover that their fouteen year old son Rupert had taken his life. Just finding a reason to even carry on living was at times a daily battle. But over the past thirteen years, the color has slowly began to seep back into Richard's life. As someone who I've known for over twenty years as a friend and colleague, I can honestly say, Richard is a remarkable person. I have no doubt that his story will move you and encourage you, in equal measure. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
26/07/211h 7m

Sam Ward

Sam Ward is a British hockey player who has represented England and Great Britain scoring an incredible 72 goals in 126 caps. He's a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, and played for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics. While following his ambition is to represent his country again at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Sam's hopes of a second Olympics were dealt a hammer blow when he was struck by a ball in the face during an Olympic hockey quantifier. After extensive surgery to rebuild his injured face, Sam found out the life changing news, the damage to his left eye was irrepairable. He wouldn't be able to see out of it again. For a time, he thought his career in hockey was over. But through sheer determination, and huge strength of character, Sam has come through the dark times, overcome the many doubts and is back playing again. Sam's story is one that should inspire all of us facing life changing events, and show us that even when it feels like the end, it doesn't have to be. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
19/07/211h 4m

James Taylor

James Taylor was just 19 when he became the youngest professional cricket player to score 1000 championship runs in a season. He went on to make the move to Nottingham where he became captain, and by the age of 21, had made his debut for England. He represented his country over 30 times, but then in 2016, whilst warming up for a pre-season game against Cambridge University, James's life was interrupted in the most unexpected yet brutal of ways, as he collapsed and was left fighting for his life. A previously undetected heart condition led to the life changing news that if he ever played cricket, or exercised again, he could die. His bright cricketing career was extinguished in a moment. James's story is one that needs to be heard. It's the story of how you deal with having your dreams snatched away. It's the story of how he is faced a battle to rebuild his life. A battle more intense than anything he ever faced on the pitch. But it's also the life affirming tale of a man who has emerged from some really dark days with courage, humor, and enormous hope for the future. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
12/07/211h 7m

Tracey Morgan

It may suprise you that 60,000 women and men are stalked in the UK each year. Tracey Morgan was 22 years old, happily married and living in Hampshire. But after her and her husband became friends with a colleague at the Naval Base she worked for, Tracey's life took a sinister turn. A man she tried to help with his mental health issues soon became her nightmare. As he began to stalk her every move, she soon became frightened of seeing him wherever she went, and one day found him parked outside her home. And then the endless silent phone calls began. She told her bosses, who ordered him to stay away from her. But this was just the start of a terrifying ordeal that would last for nearly 10 years. Yet time and again, she faced disbelief and prejudice. It cost her at times her sanity. It cost Tracey her marriage, and for many years, it was a struggle to get the police and courts to bring about the justice that a decade of stalking had deserved. Tracy's story is a chilling one. But given how many other women go through this experience every year in the UK, it's one that needs to be heard. And it's now given Tracy, a powerful voice in helping others who've lived through this kind of nightmare. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
05/07/211h 7m

Jay Blades

Jay blades is the stylish star of the wonderful BBC hit show the repair shop the show where his team of talented craftsmen and women bring downtrodden family heirlooms back to life and then reunite them with their often emotional owners. Part of the show secret is Jay's charm, style, wit and warmth. A man who always shows compassion and empathy to the many who have visited the repair shop bar. But behind this calm figure is a story of an upbringing and life that was anything but serene. Growing up in northeast London, Jay's early childhood was a largely happy and innocent one, yet when he went to senior school, all that changed. He was regularly physically and verbally abused because of the color of his skin. He left school battered, emotionally scarred and with no qualifications. By the age of 21, Jay was homeless. It was only in his 30s that he began to turn his life around, heading to university and then making changes in his life that transformed him and the lives of hundreds of young people through his various community projects. Now he's written a wonderful book called "Making It" about his life, and as he admits the most impressive restoration he's carried out has been on himself. His is a challenging but wonderfully inspiring story. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
28/06/211h 2m

Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew is a name known to many who follow the world of boxing. He grew up in Wavertree in Liverpool, and by the age of just eighteen, was strapping on a bulletproof vest and working as a bouncer. His childhood had almost as many knocks as he took in the ring, with the end of his parents relationship and finding himself expelled from school at the age of fifteen. As he had heard said to him many times, he felt a waste of space and his life was at a crossroads. One direction could lead to a life of street fights and crime, the other was boxing. He chose the latter, and went on to become a world champion, but also held the British Commonwealth and European titles, and his glittering career culminated in two defining victories against David Heye. Tony Bellew's story of a chubby kid growing up in Liverpool to a world champion, is an example of willpower, incredible resilience and total dedication. After over 20 years in the ring, what you're about to hear is the tale of a man who has overcome the doubters and reached the pinnacle of his sport. Yet he is still vulnerable and honest enough to admit, he continues to face an almost daily battle with his demons. He's also just written a brilliant new book called Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Face, where he draws on the lessons he's learned from life in the ring to help others deal with the punches that life can throw all of us. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
21/06/211h 9m

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Join Simon Thomas as he explores human endurance through the toughest times in the second series of his podcast Life Interrupted. In a series of incredible interviews, with guests including Katie Price, Tony Bellew, Jay Blades and more, he discovers how the more desperate times can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we hear from names we are familiar with and some we are not. These interviews teach us that despite the most difficult challenges in our lives, we can find the strength and the narrow path through to a better life. Subscribe now!
14/06/212m 58s

Lynsey Crombie

Lynsey Crombie is a best selling author, businesswoman, and TV personality. But behind Lindsay's success is a much darker story. She first came to prominence when by sheer chance, she landed a role on channel for obsessive compulsive cleaners, which evolved to a regular slot on ITV this morning, where she shared not just her love of cleaning, but as secrets and hacks to a cleaner house and became known as the 'Queen Of Clean'. Throughout the pandemic, Lindsay has continued to share her brilliant cleaning hacks on social media with her many followers, and it led to the release of her latest book, The 15 Minute Clean. Yet behind the successful career women, is a difficult and challenging history. Age just 24 married and expecting twins, her life was interrupted in perhaps one of the worst ways possible. In the early hours of one morning, without any warning, her husband was arrested. Shortly afterwards the stress caused by the ordeal brought about the premature birth of her twins. She had to endure living on a knife edge, watching her premature twins fighting for their lives, while not knowing why her husband had been arrested and detained. Slowly, Lindsay discovered her husband's dark secret. He was charged for pedophilia. For a time her world fell apart. She struggled to share her pain with anyone and became a compulsive cleaner as a way of coping with her trauma. Lindsey's story is both brutal and heartbreaking. But it's also one of triumph and hope. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
15/03/211h 2m

Hope Edelman

At the age of 17, Hope Edelman lost her Mom to breast cancer. After she lost her Dad later in life, she turned her pain into inspiration, as she began a journey to better understand the confusing world of grief. Her first book, "Motherless Daughters" was a number one New York Times best-seller, and now her latest book, "The After Grief", gives a brilliant insight into how we not only process grief, but how loss isn't something we just get over. The BBC Radio Five Live presenter Tony Livesey, who lost his Mum suddenly, when he was just 13 said about Hope's book, that if he'd had a roadmap like this for dealing with grief, it would have changed his childhood. So whether you're someone who's been recently bereaved, or is still struggling with loss from many years ago, or just want to understand grief a little more, than I know that Hope's story, insight and wisdom will help. This interview gives all of us a little more undserstanding about a difficult and confusing aspect of life that one day, we are all going to face. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
08/03/211h 11m

The Gandy Brothers

Of all the Life interrupted episodes, I don't think I've ever heard a story quite as shocking and heartbreaking as the one you're about to hear. In 2004, Rob and Paul Forkan, now known as the Gandy Brothers, spent the Christmas holidays in Sri Lanka with their mum, dad, and siblings. For a few days, at least, it was the perfect Christmas. But on Boxing Day, their entire world changed forever. Without any warning, on the morning of the 26th of December 2004, the resort where they were staying was hit by one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. The Boxing Day tsunami was so devastating that it claimed the lives of nearly 35,000 in Sri Lanka alone. I'll let the boys tell you the story of what happened to them. And the days, months and years that followed that dreadful day. This is a story that will at times be hard to listen to, at many points will break your heart. But I know it will also fill you with incredible joy, inspiration. And most importantly, hope. This is an episode that really does capture the power and strength and resilience of the human spirit. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
01/03/211h 17m

Dr.Emma Kavanagh

The last year has been a period of life like no other, as the Coronavirus pandemic has not only gripped the UK, but the World. For months on-end we’ve been asked to live our lives in a completely different way. For so many of us we’ve spend the last year working from home. For those of us who are parents we’ve seen our children spending most of the last few terms away from school and time with those we love, family and friends has been largely spent on screens rather than in person. And tragically for people up and down the country we've seen family and friends lost to this devastating virus. This has been a period of time when all our lives have been interrupted. Its a period when all of us have struggled with anxiety, fear, stress and loss. The loss of those we love, and the life we once had. My guest on this episode of Life Interrupted is a lady who has spent her life helping people deal with trauma. Dr. Emma Kavanagh is a police and military psychologist and also a best selling author. She’s also someone who has spend her entire life dealing with her own anxiety and mental health challenges. Throughout the pandemic, Emma’s honest posts online have been helping countless others through this strange new world we now find ourselves in. So if you, like so many, have found this past year incredibly hard, I have no doubt that Emma’s wise words will not only encourage you, but also remind you of that powerful truth. That you are not alone. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
22/02/211h 7m

Tara Howell

Tara Howell may not be a name known to many, but her story is one that should be. She grew up in Yorkshire and Saudi Arbia, and had a successful career in advertising, spanning over 20 years. The one constant in her life was horse riding, which she had enjoyed since childhood. In 2014, when she was just 43 years old, her life was suddenly interrupted when she was out riding on her horse Victor Out of the blue, her horse threw her to the ground, breaking her neck and instantly paralysing her. Discovered lying in a field 5 hours later, and subsequently airlifted to hospital, she began her fight against adversity. A story that is sure to humble and empower many. She's a remarkable women who over the past six years has not only had to rebuild her body, but her life as well. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
15/02/211h 15m

Dan Walker

For nearly 20 years, Dan Walker has been on our screens for BBC Sport, where he still presents football focus every Saturday. For the past four years, he's also been waking us up every morning as the host of BBC Breakfast. Throughout his career, Dan has been lucky to chat to not just some of the biggest names in politics, sport and entertainment, but also some truly extraordinary people. People who may not be household names, but the stories of whom have touched millions. Now Dan has decided to tell some of these stories in his brilliant new book, 'Remarkable People'. Of the year where all of us have faced such profound uncertainty and worry, these tales will undoubtedly shine a ray of light and hope into one of this country's darkest hours. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
08/02/211h 11m

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard is someone known to many. She's been a comedian for over three decades, whose unique and a time surreal style has made her a household name. But Eddie is art is much more than a comedian. She's also an actor who's made appearances in Hollywood movies, an activist and a Labor Party official. But in recent years, Eddie has become almost as well known for her extraordinary running exploits. In 2009, with only five weeks training, Eddie ran an amazing 43 marathons in just 51 days to raise money for the BBC Sport Relief. In 2016 she ran again for Sport Relief, and the start of 2021, she began the challenge of running 31 marathons and performing 31 stand up comedy shows to raise money for a number of different charities. The reason this episode is a bit different, is because I spoke to Eddie while she was running marathon number 18 on a treadmill. Despite this herculean effort, this is an honest and humbling insight into the life of a young boy who lost his mother when he was just six years of age, and who knew from childhood, she was gender fluid. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the Samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
01/02/2135m 29s

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss, is one of England's most successful cricket captains. He led his country to victory in the Ashes at home in 2009, before going on in the winter of 2010/11, to retain the Ashes down under, and in doing so became only the third England Captain to win a test series against Australia both home and away. But in December 2018, Andrew's life was interrupted in a life changing way. His wife Ruth died of lung cancer, only one year after she was diagnosed, leaving him and their two sons behind. Since that huge loss, Andrew has gone on to set up the Ruth Strauss foundation, which funds research into non-smoking lung cancer and provides emotional support for families facing the loss of a parent. He inspired many as a cricketer, now, he's inspiring many more. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
25/01/211h 25m

Paul McKenna

For many years, Paul McKenna worked a broadcaster, working for the likes of capital radio and BBC Radio One, that after having a hypnotist on as a guest on one of his radio shows, his life headed in a very different direction. For the past nearly 30 years, Paul McKenna has been one of the country's most successful hypnotists and the author of a number of self help and personal development books. To date, he has sold over 12 million books in more than 35 countries, making him one of the country's biggest non-fiction authors. But during 2020, a year when COVID-19 interrupted everybody's lives, Paul has been using his years of experience aiding others to help people cope with the mental challenges of lockdown. Through his hugely successful Positivity Podcast, he has been helping so many to try and remain positive in the face of one of the biggest challenges we've all had to face. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
18/01/211h 3m

Philip Schofield

Philip Schofield joins Simon Thomas to talk about his four decade career on our television screens. his broadcasting journey began on the other side of the world in New Zealand, after his family emigrated from Cornwall, but it was his time in the broom cupboard on Children's BBC where he really made his name. Since then, Philip Schofield has gone on to present some of the UK his biggest shows performed in the West End. And for the past 18 years, he's presented it these daytime show this morning. In the early part of 2020, Philip made a decision that would change his life. He announced on live television, that after much soul searching and struggles with huge guilt, he was gay. He talks to Simon about his new book, 'Life's what you make it'. He charts his childhood, his rise to fame, and the near forty years of life in front of the camera and on stage. More than that, it's an honest account of his struggles to accept his sexuality, and the huge impact that had on his family. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
11/01/211h 18m

Life Interrupted with Simon Thomas, Season 2 Coming Soon! Subscribe Now!

Join Simon Thomas as he explores human endurance through the toughest times in the second series of his podcast Life Interrupted. In a series of incredible interviews, he discovers how the more desperate times can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we hear from names we are familiar with and some we are not. These interviews teach us that despite the most difficult challenges in our lives, we can find the strength and the narrow path through to a better life. Subscribe now! Twitter @SimonThomasSky
07/01/2128s

Billy Billingham

Simon talks to star of the TV programme SAS: Who Dares Wins, Billy Billingham. After a near-miss during a knife-right in his youth and strong advice from a boxing coach, Billy decided that he needed a life-direction and joined the Military. There he found like-minded people and thrived on the mental and physical challenge. As he grew, he discovered how capable he was and became a bodyguard to film stars including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Now on TV, Billy reflects on his past and how he understands life very differently now. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
20/04/201h 13m

Luke Sutton

Simon talks to former Cricket Captain Luke Sutton about his competitive attitude to life and how this led to valuing winning at all costs. Luke struggled with finding a release from the pressures of needing to win and found calm in using alcohol. He also endured the sudden loss of his long-term partner. Things spiralled out of control, and after a period in rehab and a near-fatal diagnosis in hospital, Luke found a way to approach life differently. Today he says that he is learning to live with his past and carry life forward into the future. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
13/04/201h 19m

Jo Roberts

Simon talks to the CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, Jo Roberts. Jo founded the charity to help young people from difficult, abusive and impoverished backgrounds. She guides them to find solice, courage and understanding in the wilderness of nature. In this episode, she reveals how these young people come to her broken and closed, and how her wilderness trails make a lasting impact in their lives. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
06/04/201h 7m

Bill Turnbull

Simon talks to journalist and presenter, Bill Turnbull who currently works as a presenter for the radio station Classic FM, following many years as a presenter with the BBC. In March 2018, Bill publicly revealed his diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer. His decision to talk openly about his illness has led to many other men having their health checked and has undoubtably saved lives. It's a bitter-sweet joy for Bill, who still has to find strength and courage to meet this challenge head on each day. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
30/03/201h 4m

Dave Clark

Simon talks to broadcast legend, Dave Clark. He tells us how he fell into live broadcasting and loved it. Through a rich and revered career, he has been a familiar face of sport, especially darts. Since 2011, Dave has been living with Parkinson’s disease. His public battle with the disease has brought timely awareness to those who struggle with Parkinson's and has proved a huge challenge for Dave. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
23/03/201h 4m

Andrea Corr

Simon talks to Andrea Corr. To hear her painful journey through tragic times, to acceptance, to peace and ultimately to a deeper understanding of simple joys and taking each moment lightly and thoughtfully. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
16/03/201h 16m

Steve Bland

Simon talks to widower Steve Bland who describes his life before meeting his wife, Rachel Bland and the difficult journey to a new normal after her death. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
09/03/201h 3m

Duncan Slater

Simon talks to Duncan Slater about his time in Afghanistan. From an young age Duncan endured difficult times, none more challenging than his experience during military service when a bomb exploded underneath him. Duncan explains how despite losing both of his legs, he went on to run ultra marathons in the desert and ride a bike from Lands End to John O Groats. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
02/03/201h 22m

Fearne Cotton

In this heartfelt interview, Fearne Cotton explains to Simon how life events took away her ability to feel joy and comfort. How a veil of anxiety and panic-attacks robbed her of happiness. Simon hears how she was forced to began a brave and difficult journey back to a normal life. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
24/02/2058m 3s

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Simon Thomas explores human endurance through the toughest times. In a series of interviews with well-known celebrities and notable people, he discovers how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we find out that there are so many others experiencing mental anguish, who have lived through the most difficult times. We hear how many have overcome tragedy to live happy and fulfilling lives. Twitter @SimonThomasSky
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