Life, Interrupted with Simon Thomas

Life, Interrupted with Simon Thomas

By Global

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

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

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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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