The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan

The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan

By Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan is middle-aged and unashamed. But what does it mean to be at the halfway stage of your life? Here, Gabby talks candidly to well-known faces about their own midlife challenges and expectations, drawing on the advice of experts from sleep gurus, nutritionists, and doctors specialising on hormone treatment.

Episodes

Mark Watson

Mark Watson is a comedian, author and sports pundit. Taking to the stand-up stage with his first gig in 2002, he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Competition that same year and the rest is history… well, not quite? Mark and Gabby talk candidly about his divorce, using it as material for his comedy and, at times, misjudging how much to share. He opens up about his absent dad-guilt due to touring, and why the need for validation can be pragmatic for a comedian, rather than an ego stroke. Mark turned 40 during the lockdown, giving him an opportunity to reassess his priorities when it came to his physical and mental health; which is why he started therapy and continues to run. Mel Deane, a former international rugby player and now fitness coach, joins us to speak about the benefits of adding weight training to a workout routine.
28/07/2147m 46s

Andi Osho

Andi Osho is what the cool kids of our day would call your typical "Slashie", meaning she cannot be defined by just one occupation. She is an award-winning comedian, writer, actress and on top of that she is the only person to win Celebrity Mastermind, not once, but twice.    For the past eighteen years Andi has graced our screens in a variety of ways from comedy shows such as Live at the Apollo and Mock of the Week, to dramas such as Michaela Coel's HBO/BBC, I May Destroy You and BBC 1's Line of Duty.    In this episode, we discuss everything from Andi's drive to continue to innovate herself even when the road ahead is not clear, her frustration with the comedy world as a Black woman and how she is now at peace with the idea of not having her own children.    We're also joined by dietitian Ruth Wood, who gives us some insight into the best foods and nutrients for us and why that 7pm spin class might not be the best idea after all. 
21/07/2151m 26s

Edith Bowman

International broadcaster and host of critically acclaimed podcast, Soundtracking, Edith Bowman joins The Midpoint this week. For over two decades, Edith has held court in the UK’s largest media houses. From MTV and Capital FM to Channel 4, Virgin Radio and of course Radio 1 she's lived life in the fast lane. But she was forced to slow down when BBC management altered her contract, and the course of her working life. Edith has since found a second focus in film and is riding new highs after she hosted the BAFTAs earlier this year. She's also moved to the Cotswolds, brought a gorgeous dog and rekindled her love of fitness. So how has this city-dweller adjusted to countryside living? Has she regained the work-life balance lost in lockdown? And now, at 47, what does she think of the word 'perimenopause'? Edith's family also have a long history with Cancer, so leading menopause expert and founder of the balance menopause app and The Menopause Charity, Dr. Louise Newson, is here to tell us what's really going on when it comes to HRT and the Big C.
14/07/2146m 35s

Brian O'Driscoll

The highest try scorer of all time in Ireland, and the 8th in the history of the sport he's earned his place in the Rugby Union Hall of Fame. But after retiring in 2014, Brian O'Driscoll has had to pull focus, from adoring crowds and adrenaline fuelled games to neighbour, father, husband and friend. So how has he made the switch from the self-directed sporting hero, to caring and supportive family man? What was it like to let his team mates go? How is he coping with new baby Ted at 42? And does he ever wish people would stop talking to him about Rugby? We also hear from exercise physiologist Dr Peter Herbert, who tells us why High Intensity training is best, at any age!
07/07/2146m 53s

Penny Lancaster

Penny Lancaster. Rock wife, beauty queen, photographer, TV presenter, and now, Special Constable with City of London Police. At 50, she embraced the midpoint gear shift with absolute fearlessness and tenacity. She's also an extremely kind, giving person who's grounded by family and believes strongly in supporting those in need. But Penny spent much of last year's lockdown plagued by hot sweats, mood swings, sleepless nights and a changing physique. So, in this episode we're also talking to functional nutritionist Pippa Campbell, to help us understand the menopause and midlife metabolism.
30/06/2148m 40s

Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman led British Vogue for over 25 years until stepping down in 2017. Under her direction the magazine saw its readership rise to unprecedented levels, offering women a more accessible and inclusive blueprint for what fashion could mean to them. She also championed British designers and was one of the first to feature plus-size bodies on the magazine's cover. Despite this, she never quite fit in, and was heavily criticised by tabloids and the fashion elite for her appearance and salt of the earth attitude. So what does think about Vogue's direction now? And how has she adjusted to life without it? We also speak to Sunday Times bestselling author Davinia Taylor about the vital link between gut health, mental health, weight and addiction.
23/06/211h 4m

Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas, a man who can be truly proud of who he is and where he's come from. As a former captain of the British and Irish Lions, and the second highest try scorer for Wales, Gareth is without doubt a sporting hero. But he's also one of the few British sportsman to publicly come out as gay. That was back in 2009 and it transformed his life forever. In this episode Gareth reflects on why self-acceptance was the tool that saved his life, and how he used it to overcome the loneliness that had gripped him for so many years. But in 2020, life changed once more, when he was diagnosed with HIV and was forced to face the stigma that still surrounds it. Gareth has broken sporting records, written a best-seller (with another on the way) and is a passionate advocate for LGBTQI+ awareness. These are all undoubtedly impressive, but it's his growth mindset and boundless positivity that are truly inspiring. But you'll also hear from Frances Edmonds, author of 'Repotting Your Life: Reframe Your Thinking', who'll arm you with a practical guide to tackling your midlife pivots with absolute confidence. This is one you won't want to miss.
16/06/2142m 46s

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax OBE is no stranger to change. Once the comedy queen of screen and stage, she's now more likely found reflecting on mindfulness having swapped the stand up circuit for the writer's shed. In the past decade she's graduated from Oxford university, written four best-selling books and has found a new calling, centred on helping others overcome poor mental health. But none of this has come easy. Despite grieving for a television career cut short and a battle with her own depression, Ruby has reinvented herself with fearlessness and grit, and recommends you do the same. So how does she manage her health and happiness now? And does she ever miss the glamour of her former life? Ruby also lets us in on the secret of a long and happy marriage and we find out how to overcome insomnia from Mirana Levy, who didn't sleep a wink for nearly eight years.
09/06/2144m 7s

Season 3 Trailer: The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan will not succumb to beige middle-age. And neither should you. But, as we reach the middle of our lives things are changing; emotionally, physically, mentally. And with that our expectations, priorities, ambitions, and sense of self shift too. So what's really going on when we reach the mid-point? With a little help from a host of well-known faces and brilliant experts, Gabby hopes to find some answers. In this third season you'll hear from Ruby Wax, Gareth Thomas, Andi Osho, Alex Shulman and so many more. So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to hit subscribe.
02/06/211m 17s

Russell Brand

From presenter and comedian to playwright, poet, activist, actor, thought leader, podcaster, author; Russell Brand has reinvented himself so many times his life and career defy definition. He may not always have followed the straight and narrow, but, now at 45, he's a husband and father of two living the domestic dream. So how has family living tempered the hedonist within? Does he ever miss life in the fast lane? And what makes him happy now? Well, walks with the dog are just the start. Plus, postural expert James Leinhardt explains why good sleep posture is not an optional extra.
17/03/2149m 34s

Kelly Cates

A life shaped by football, but never on the pitch,  Kelly Cates is the Sky Sports Premier League anchor who, at 45 and in lockdown, finds herself reflecting on the sliding doors moments that define our lives. What does romance look like after divorce? How does she judge the successful career she's had so far? And where would she be now if she'd only finished those maths and chemistry degrees? Plus, radio presenter and sobriety guru Janey Lee Grace joins to explain how laying off the booze could transform your life forever. 
10/03/2151m 4s

Jimmy Carr

After quitting a lucrative job, hitting the road and doing nine hundred gigs in three years, Jimmy Carr was just twenty-eight but had never felt older. Two decades down the line, there can be no doubt that the gamble paid off. Now one of the most successful in his field, this baby-faced comedian has never looked better. But botox aside, just how comfortable is Jimmy in his middle-aged skin? Is he really 'uncancellable'? And how has humour helped beat the lockdown blues? Plus, hair loss expert Steve O'Brian gives us the lowdown on Jimmy's new do and explains those wiry grey strays.   
03/03/2152m 14s

Fi and Jane

With over 60 years of broadcasting experience between them, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are true BBC stalwarts with too many awards to count. From the unflinching world of current affairs and investigative journalism, they’re now more often found musing on family pets, leaking hose pipes and bingo wings, in their irreverent and utterly compelling smash-hit podcast ‘Fortunately With Fi and Jane’. So how do they feel when they look back on their careers now? Does Jane ever miss Woman’s Hour? And what’s the link between 1950’s football and the fast paced news cycles of today? Plus, we ask nutrition expert Nicola Moore if yams are the key to HRT.
24/02/2150m 36s

Rio Ferdinand

An icon from the golden generation at a peak in football fever, Rio Ferdinand is known for being one of the best defenders in Premier League history, and has lived a lifestyle to match. Fast, glamorous and relentless, Rio's passion meant missed holidays, weddings - even the birth of his third child. Since then though, he's left the beautiful game behind, survived unimaginable grief, found love for the second time, and is once again a new dad. So, now, at 42, does family finally take front and centre? Has middle-age softened the edge that got him to the top? And how does he really feel about getting going grey? Plus, Dr Pixie McKenna clears up a few troublesome myths about men's health.
16/02/2146m 39s

Tess Daly

It's easy to see why Bruce Forsyth nicknamed Tess Daly 'Miss Sunshine'. With age defying beauty, a dazzling smile and a disposition to match, she's a darling of British Television. But boy, has she worked to get there. From mooching around the streets of Salford to modelling in Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo and New York, she has climbed dizzying heights to Strictly stardom. In this pre-lockdown tea break, Tess reflects on her roots, her work ethic and redefining the confines of 'age appropriate'. She reveals what it felt like to go from 'TV babe' to 'geriatric' presenter a day after hitting 40 and why beauty is always best placed on the inside. But now, at 51, what's next for Tess? How does she keep her children grounded? And how many Cadbury's Twirls does she really keep in her car? Plus, we hear tips on how to keep your teeth in shape post-menopause from dental expert, Elaine Tilling.  
09/02/2147m 14s

Richard Bacon

Richard Bacon has done a lot in his life. From Blue Peter and the Big Breakfast to 5 Live and Panorama, he's been the face of countless programmes in almost every broadcast genre imaginable. Richard has described his career as 'scattergun' and himself as high energy with a short attention span, but one thing is enduringly clear. For him, life is an adventure, and midlife will not change that. Now 44, we take a look at that near death experience, explore giving up drinking (again!) and talk calculated risk as he carves himself a brand new path in the Hollywood hills. Plus, how do you keep intimacy interesting during lockdown? Sex and Relationships expert Annabelle Knight helps us all out there!
03/02/2147m 9s

Davina McCall

It's official. Davina McCall is growing old disgracefully. After 20 years gracing our screens, Davina is a juggernaut of British television and mother to three children. Now 53, her star-power has not waned, but her personal life is transformed. She's moved on from a marriage, reclaimed her body, and has lost patience, with everything and everyone. How does she feel about ambition, sex and happiness now? And what does it mean to be comfortable in our skin? But most importantly - will she ever stop ‘flaunting’ that figure? Let’s hope not. 
27/01/2142m 2s

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan may be many things, but a quitter is not one. In his journey from local news reporter to one of Britain's most famous faces, Piers has experienced more than his fair share of success, scandal, and setbacks - each time, rising to occupy positions of ever greater influence. But now in his mid 50's, will he choose to slow things down or age disgracefully? And is he ever touched by the sting of regret? Plus, we're joined by exercise scientist and Olympian, Greg Whyte who shares his tips for keeping fit in middle age. Just a hint: relaxing isn't one of them! 
20/01/2151m 1s

Season 2 Trailer: The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan will not succumb to beige middle-age. And neither should you.  But what is going on with us when we reach the middle of our lives, emotionally, physically and mentally? Speaking candidly to a host of well-known faces, Gabby hopes to find some answers. In this second season of The Mid•Point Gabby welcomes Piers Morgan, Davina McCall, Rio Ferdinand, Tess Daly and Richard Bacon to reflect on their own midlife challenges and expectations, drawing on the advice of experts - from sleep specialists and sex therapists to nutritionists and hormone consultants.  So what are you waiting for? Now’s the perfect time to hit subscribe.  
13/01/211m 25s

Mariella Frostrup

We finish this series with the legendary Mariella Frostrup. Having smashed through the career glass ceilings so many times - reinventing herself over and over when being told she can’t - her reward is being the cultural presenting icon she is today, and feeling secure in herself as she hits menopause. We’re joined by nutritionist Paul Chamberlain, who says it’s all about balance and that Omega 3 is what we need when it comes to keeping our brains tip-top and sharp.
13/10/2049m 46s

Richard Osman

From a very successful career making TV happen off camera, to becoming recognised nationwide as a TV personality on Pointless, Richard Osman's life has flipped completely and now he's a chart-topping novelist too. How does he feel about becoming unexpectedly famous and what does that mean now he's also single? Plus, we're joined by relationship expert Annabelle Knight who takes a look at what it is to keep a relationship alive, or start over anew, in the midlife.
06/10/2048m 26s

Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis had an Olympic Gold medal and three lovely children and then at the age of 46 she decided to have another baby. While caring for a toddler at 47 she also found herself taking her teenage son to a BLM march and realising that she hadn’t really had frank conversations about race with any of her children until now. Dr Pixie McKenna joins to talk about the hormonal changes we experience in midlife.
29/09/2040m 49s

Andrew Cotter

Andrew Cotter might have had one of the most successful Lockdowns of all time, using his award winning commentary skills to entertain the internet with the help of his Labrador’s Mabel and Olive. At 47 he’d had itchy feet, lockdown forced his creative comedic brain into overdrive and a new venture was born. Jim Hytner Global COO of IPG Mediabrands joins in to discuss how to get your ‘lockdown’ business idea off the ground. 
22/09/2049m 12s

Caitlin Moran

Being more than a woman is something very important to today’s guest. Caitlin Moran has chronicled her life up to now in her amazingly candid books - and is spending her midlife trying to be the very best hag she can be. We’re also joined by the superb Charlotte Green, who’s our very stylish expert. She’s talking all things wardrobe, and how to do comfortable clothes in the most age-appropriate way
15/09/2047m 52s

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson may be a retired sprinter, but his journey is far from over. From settling into a new, slightly less stress filled life (still rammed packed full of goals and challenges) to using his platform to fight systemic racism, via a stroke - Michael isn’t accepting retirement to mean that it’s time to sit back and relax. Ian Marber joins us to talk about nutrition, and how to start paying into your nutritional pension. 
08/09/2048m 14s

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman can’t wait to turn 50! The Cambridge educated Saturday night TV host will not fight ageing “grow your fringe longer” and is content “I have enough friends and I am not trying a new restaurant an hours drive across London with a ‘fun’ couple I met on holiday”. The key to a successful life for her is the ability to power nap, so Gabby and Claudia are joined by Sleep guru Nick Littlehales.
01/09/2050m 58s

John Bishop

John Bishop gave up his job as a pharmaceutical rep at 40 to become a full-time comedian, the result of one of the most successful mid-life crisis decisions ever. John and Gabby are joined briefly by the ultra challenge expert Greg Whyte who gives targeted fitness advice and delivers his theory on the middle-aged obsession for donning tight lycra and getting on a bike.
25/08/2047m 28s

Trailer: The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan is middle-aged and unashamed. But what does it mean to be at the halfway stage of your life? Here, Gabby talks candidly to well-known faces about their own midlife challenges and expectations, drawing on the advice of experts from sleep gurus, nutritionists, and doctors specialising on hormone treatment. With upcoming guests including John Bishop, Claudia Winkleman, and Denise Lewis, now’s the perfect time to press ‘subscribe’.  
12/08/201m 7s
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