Big Fish with Spencer Matthews

Big Fish with Spencer Matthews

By Global

From battling issues with drinking to founding the world's leading independent non-alcoholic spirits brand CleanCo, my story is one of resilience and reinvention. Now I'm on a mission to uncover the secrets of success from inspirational people who have made an incredible name for themselves. If like me you’re fascinated by how other people have developed a mindset for success, tune in each week so you can be inspired to unlock your full potential and become the best version of yourself. To contact us: For advertising opportunities, please email:


S4 E16: Richard Whitehead: The four time world champion and Paralympic athlete with no legs

Richard Whitehead is a world-class athlete. He’s a double gold and double silver Olympic medalist, a four time world champion and four time European champion. All this success with no legs.Richard runs with prosthetic legs as he has a double knee congenital amputation - but this never stopped Richard from becoming the best in the world. In 2004, aged 27, he dreamt of running a marathon and signed up for the New York Marathon having never run a mile. With pure determination and discipline, Richard has become one of the most inspirational British athletes.
18/06/2447m 3s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Make these three changes for a healthier life

We’ve reached the end of the series, and I’ve absolutely loved recording these bonus episodes with my friend and personal trainer Shaun Stafford. Our aim was always to give you a quick deep dive into popular health trends to help you understand them better or change your perspective. I wanted to take a look at some of the top facts and tips I’ve learned in this series, which can help you to make small changes to live a healthier life. In this episode, we’re looking at sleep, caffeine and alcohol - we’re debunking myths, sharing some crazy facts and giving you some top tips so you can easily create new, healthier habits.
13/06/2423m 41s

S4 E15: Paul Chowdhry: Surviving racist abuse and childhood grief to become a bestselling comic

Paul Chowdhry is an acclaimed and multi-award winning stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster, he hosts The Paul Chowdhry PudCast for Global Player. He’s renowned as the most successful British Indian stand-up comedians in history, and has sold out Wembley Arena, putting him in the top 10 bestselling comics in 2017. His comedy is known for being outspoken and sometimes shocking, tackling subjects like race, sex culture. But in this interview we see a much more serious side to Paul. He talks about the impact of losing his mother at just 5-years-old, the horrific racist abuse he and his family experienced and how he’s built a resilient mindset to become an acclaimed comedian.
11/06/2438m 55s

Big Fish Extra Catch: All you REALLY need to know about fasting, cold plunging and clean eating

We’re coming to the end of the series, and I’ve absolutely loved making these bonus episodes with Shaun. I wanted to take a look at my personal highlights from the series. So I’ve rounded up the best evidence-based tips on the most popular topics we’ve covered in this series. We’re looking at fasting, cold plunging and clean eating - it’s a quick lowdown on the benefits and drawbacks of each, plus how you can get started.
06/06/2426m 14s

S4 E14: Deborah Meaden: Confidence, self-belief and self-reliance: Becoming one of the UK's most famous businesswomen

Deborah Meaden is one of Britain’s best known business names - and I’ve been wanting her on the podcast ever since we launched. She’s a highly successful entrepreneur and has been an investor on Dragons’ Den since 2006. Her new book, Deborah Meaden Talks Money has been described as an unmissable book about money and finance for young people - and it’s out now. In this episode we talk about how to nail a Dragons’ Den pitch, whether she regrets any of her investments on the show and why money should never be your goal if you want to be successful.
04/06/2452m 59s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Understanding metabolism - what is it and can I speed it up?

Metabolism is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. This week Spencer and Shaun explore what it is and whether you can actually speed it up.
30/05/2423m 41s

S4 E13: Gordon Smart: Abuse, acid attacks and f*cked up celebrities: My time as a tabloid editor

Gordon Smart is a broadcaster and journalist. His impressive rise to one of the jobs at the Sun newspaper at such a young age is absolutely remarkable. He became the showbiz editor at just 26 years old, and was appointed editor of the Scottish Sun at just 32. But at 36 he decided to pack it all in - telling me he couldn’t handle it, could no longer sleep at night and very nearly had a nervous breakdown. After leaving newspapers, he now presents on Radio 5 Live, co-hosts the Global podcast Restless Natives with Martin Compston and is editor-at-large of Men’s Health. Listen to Restless Natives here:
28/05/2450m 30s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Is taking supplements actually worth it?

In this episode, the lowdown on supplements and whether they can really benefit your health and lifestyle. Multivitamins, omega 3, vitamin D, protein powders and creatine... Shaun and Spencer bust some of the myths that surround them.
23/05/2429m 41s

S4 E12: Angela Scanlon: How I manifested my TV career

Angela Scanlon is a presenter and author. She’s presented huge shows for the BBC including The One Show, and has just taken over Graham Norton as the weekend breakfast presenter on Virgin Radio. She’s also the co-founder of the jewellery brand frkl. In this interview we talked about how she manifested her hugely successful TV career, how being a self-confessed workaholic nearly led to burnout and the impact of battling a 15-year eating disorder.If you've been affected by anything in this episode, please see this website for more help and support:
21/05/2451m 3s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Cutting the crap and busting gut health myths

In this episode we're telling you all you need to know about the gut microbiome - and why a healthy gut is crucial for improving your physical health, mental health and immune system.
16/05/2426m 13s

S4 E11: Jax Jones: Abandoned as a baby to generating 10 billion streams

Timucin Lam, known professionally as Jax Jones, is a DJ, record producer and remixer. He rose to prominence in 2014 by featuring on Duke Dumont's number-one single "I Got U". Jax Jones is a trailblazer in the music industry - he has 8 UK Top 10 singles, 8 UK platinum singles, over 60 million single sales and a staggering 10 billion global audio streams. He’s also been honoured with multiple Grammy, Brti and Ivor Novello nominations and has worked with legends like Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Diana Ross, RAYE and Mark Ronson. I absolutely LOVED this conversation with Jax. We talked a lot about his upbringing - how being abandoned as a baby fuelled his drive to succeed and make a name for himself. But also how that’s shaped his relationships and impacted his mental health.
14/05/2444m 23s

Big Fish Extra Catch: The best ways to recover after a gruelling workout

What are the best ways to recovery after a gruelling workout or endurance training? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're looking at the best ways to maximise recovery.
09/05/2425m 38s

S4 E10: Jason Fox: 'It wasn’t the military that fucked me up, it was normal life’

Jason Fox, usually known as Foxy, is a television personality, adventurer and former UK Special Forces soldier and Royal Marine Commando. He joined the marines at just 16 - serving for ten years, after which he passed the gruelling selection process for the special forces. After leaving the military he’s become a bestselling author and is probably best known for presenting SAS: Who Dares Wins. His new book Embrace the Chaos is out now - it’s all about challenging your limits and changing your habits to transform your life. In this episode we talked about his gruelling SBS selection, his experiences of PTSD and repeatedly hitting the self-destruct button.
07/05/2453m 40s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Why women need to lift weights

Are you scared to lift weights out of fear you'll get too muscly? Do you want to give it a go but haven't a clue where to start? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we're giving the lowdown on why women should strength train: weight loss, increased metabolism, improving bone and joint health and hormonal balance. PS: You won't end up looking as big as Shaun, it's taken him 20 years to look that hench.
02/05/2426m 1s

S4 E9: TJ Power: Neuroscientist on why your phone, porn and ultra-processed food is ruining your mental health

TJ Power is a neuroscientist, co-founder of Neurify and author of The DOSE effect, which is out later this year. TJ has gained a huge following online for his groundbreaking approach to mental health - particularly in the face of the challenges posed by our modern, digitally-driven lives. In this episode, TJ breaks down how we can all optimise our brain chemistry to rewire our thinking for happier, healthier and more productive lives. DOSE stands for the four key chemicals that rule are thinking and behaviours: Dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins.
30/04/2453m 16s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Am I addicted to caffeine?

How much caffeine is too much? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we're taking a deep dive into caffeine. Is it actually bad for you? How can I optimise it for performance? And when does its overuse become too dependent?
25/04/2426m 26s

S4 E8: Christine McGuinness on autism, celibacy and her father’s heroin addiction

This episode contains discussion around suicide and eating disorders. If you are affected by anything you hear in this episode and need support, please see the suggested helpline and website links below. Christine McGuinness is a television personality, former beauty queen and most recently, an influential advocate for autism awareness. A few years ago, her three children were all diagnosed with autism and shortly after, Christine discovered she was autistic herself - being diagnosed at 33-years-old. In this episode we talk about how Christine’s autism hugely impacted her childhood. There were times where she felt suicidal and sensory issues around food resulted in an eating disorder. She also left school before she was 14 because her school didn’t know how to support her. We also talk about her relationship with her father, who has recently beaten a 40-year long heroin addiction. Samaritans helpline: 116 123 eating disorders: 0808 801 0677
23/04/2441m 54s

Big Fish Extra Catch: How I'm preparing for my toughest challenge yet

What is the secret to endurance training? I've completed multiple extreme challenges - most recently an ultra marathon in the Amazon jungle and another in the Sahara, Marathon des Sables. In this episode with Shaun Stafford are giving you the lowdown on how I train for such events and how I keep focussed. I'll also reveal how I'm currently training for my toughest challenge to date.
18/04/2432m 26s

S4 E7: Bryony Gordon: The devastating truth about alcoholism, addiction and getting sober

This episode contains discussion around addiction and mental health. If you are affected by anything you hear in this podcast, please speak to your GP.Bryony Gordon is a journalist and author. Across her Telegraph column and bestselling books, she’s spoken openly about her mental health struggles, including living with OCD, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and binge eating disorder. Her groundbreaking memoir Mad Girl was published back in 2016 and was a raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. 8 years on, she’s published her latest book Mad Women - where she reassessed everything she thought she knew about mental illness. In this episode we both talk extremely honestly about our struggles with alcohol, addiction and getting sober.If you're struggling with alcohol, Drinkline is the free national alcohol helpline. You can call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).
16/04/2449m 14s

Big Fish Extra Catch: The shocking impact of alcohol to your body and mind

What actually happens to your mind and body when you drink alcohol? In this week's episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're exploring why alcohol is so damaging for you. If you're struggling with alcohol, Drinkline is the free national alcohol helpline. You can call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).
11/04/2425m 47s

S4 E6: Robin Sharma: How to transform your mindset on money, success and happiness

Is happiness overrated? What's the secret to achieving true wealth? This week I'm joined by Robin Sharma - a bestselling author and globally celebrated leadership expert - to find out how you can transform your life. Robin's mentored sports superstars and financial titans and reveals the incredible secrets to their success. Robin's sold more than 25 million copies of his books worldwide and his latest book, The Wealth Money Can't Buy: The 8 Hidden Habits to Live Your Richest Life has just been released. This is one of my favourite interviews to date - and I know you'll learn as much as I did from this incredible guest.
09/04/2456m 5s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Clean eating: Unnecessary restriction or a gamechanger?

One of the most common questions in my direct messages is 'what do you eat?' So in this episode Shaun Stafford and I are talking about diet and clean eating. We discuss: what clean eating is, what the benefits are and whether clean it's too difficult to sustain long-term.
04/04/2423m 41s

S4 E5: Sophia Webster: The British shoe designer loved by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Rihanna

Sophia Webster is a British luxury accessories designer, who founded her label in 2012. Her instantly recognisable shoes have been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Rhianna, Taylor Swift and Oprah. She was first stocked in Brown’s after winning a shoe designer competition when studying at the Royal College of Art and is now sold in over 200 stores worldwide. Sophia turned her immense talent and strong vision into an iconic British brand, all under the age of 30.
02/04/2441m 59s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Fitness trackers: Are they worth it?

Is a fitness tracker essential for training? What does the data tell us and how can it be optimised? In this episode with Shaun Stafford, we talk you through how you can best use your tracker and whether they're worth the money.
28/03/2427m 11s

S4 E4: Amy Dowden: How a lifetime of illness and competitive dancing gave me the strength to face cancer at 32

Amy Dowden is a professional dancer, best known for being one of the pros on Strictly Come Dancing, one of the UK’s most-watched TV programmes. Amy has shown phenomenal strength and resilience throughout her whole life. As a teen she was diagnosed with Crohn’s - an inflammatory bowel disease - and in May last year, she was diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer at just 32. But last month she received the incredible news that her latest check up shows "no sign of the disease". Amy’s ill-health has never stopped her from dancing and achieving her dreams - and this interview will inspire anyone who listens. A new series of her hit show Dare to Dance is out now.
26/03/2451m 13s

Big Fish Extra Catch: The damaging effects of lack of sleep may surprise you

Sleep: why do you need it and how can you optimise it? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we talk you through why sleep is crucial to our wellbeing and we also bust some common sleep myths.
21/03/2425m 22s

S4 E3: Richard Hammond: What it’s really like to face death and how it changed me

Richard Hammond is best known as one of the presenters of Top Gear - one of the most commercially successful ever BBC shows, which was watched by more than 350 million people across the world. Along with Jeremy Clarkson and James May they presented the show from 2002 until 2015, and since 2016 presented The Grand Tour for Amazon. 18 years ago, Richard severely injured his brain after a high-speed jet-powered car he was piloting crashed at 319 mph. He was put in a coma for two weeks. In this episode, we talk about what he experienced when faced with death and how he has recovered. Now he’s on a mission to destigmatise conversations around masculinity and mental health with his brand new podcast Who We Are Now, which has launched on Global Player.
19/03/2445m 3s

Big Fish Extra Catch: Why you should cold plunge

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I LOVE ice bathing. It's a recent addition to my morning routine, but I don't think I'll ever go back. In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're talking about deliberate cold exposure: how I got into it, what the benefits are and what actually happens to your body. As always, please do your own research before trying it or speak to your GP if you have concerns.
14/03/2427m 0s

S4 E2: Aston Merrygold: The real story of what happened after the X-Factor

Aston Merrygold is best known as a member of JLS - one of the most successful ever acts from the X-Factor. JLS have achieved five number one singles and a number one album - and sold more than 10 million records, making them one of the most successful British boy bands. They disbanded in 2013, before reuniting in 2020 with a huge sellout tour. In this episode we go behind the scenes of what it was actually like auditioning and filming the X-Factor.
12/03/2447m 40s

Big Fish Extra Catch: You asked, we delivered: Fasting 101

Welcome to a brand new series of bonus episodes of Big Fish. Last series we focused on improving our mental health and resilience, but this series we're turning our focus to physical health. This year I'm training for something incredibly exciting - I'm trying to break a world record for charity and I need to be as fit as possible. I've roped in my good friend and trainer Shaun Stafford to help me.
07/03/2432m 32s

S4 E1: Romesh Ranganathan: 'I feel completely undeserving of whatever success I have'

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian and presenter. He's one of the UK's most popular and successful stand-up comics, who's about to embark on his new tour Hustle. Romesh is so honest in this interview. He talks about suffering from imposter syndrome and the impact of his world changing overnight when his dad left his mother for another woman and soon after went to prison, all when Romesh was just 12 years old.
05/03/2448m 5s

Season 4 - coming soon!

Season 4 of Big Fish is launching next Wednesday 6th March with Romesh Ranganathan. I cannot wait to share this next series with you - we're also launching a brand new series of bonus episodes, which I'll share with you soon.
28/02/241m 49s

Big Fish and Chip: Why you need to rethink failure

In the final episode of season 3, Chip and I discuss the importance of learning from failure for personal and professional growth. Plus why making mistakes is essential to helping achieve your goals. We also have a chat about being prepared to failure and taking risks by stepping out of comfort zones can not only lead to personal growth but most importantly some entertaining stories to share with your mates.
25/01/2421m 25s

S3 E15: Ali Abdaal: THIS is the secret to productivity

Ali Abdaal is a doctor and one of the world’s most-followed productivity experts.In 2017, during his final year at Cambridge University, Ali started posting YouTube videos about health and productivity. His channel now has 7 million monthly views and over 5 million subscribers. And his online productivity courses have hundreds of thousands of students. In addition to his work as a productivity expert, Ali is a medical school lecturer, a former junior doctor in the UK’s National Health Service and the author of ‘Feel-Good Productivity: How to Do More of What Matters to You’.
24/01/2443m 58s

Big Fish and Chip: How to go sober

We are over half way through January. But how is it going? In today's episode, with lots of people coming in to the month with plans for a whole reinvention of themselves to look healthier, be fitter and sober, Chip and I discuss all things for tackling sobriety in Dry January and beyond, plus how resilience plays a big part in our success.
18/01/2421m 55s

S3 E14: Scott Walker: What a kidnap for ransom negotiator can teach you about handling crisis

Scott Walker is one of the world’s most experienced kidnap for ransom negotiators. Over the course of his career, he’s helped resolve over 300 cases or similar crises. Scott spent 16 years as a Scotland Yard detective engaged in counter-terrorism operations and resolving kidnap for ransom cases and was also deployed to hostile environments on behalf of military intelligence to conduct covert interrogation operations. Now Scott uses his unique understanding of how people think, especially in times of adversity, to train leaders over the world in resilience, negotiation, crisis-management and communication. 

Big Fish and Chip: Is imposter syndrome real?

I'm sure you've heard of the phrase 'imposter syndrome' - but what is it? Is it real? In today's episode, Chip and I discuss why so many of us experience feeling like an imposter at work - and what the difference is between not feeling confident or competent and suffering from imposter syndrome.
11/01/2420m 33s

S3 E13: Lurata Lyon: How I survived human trafficking

This episode is suitable for over 18s only and contains details some people may find distressing. The episode includes a personal account of being trafficked, held captive, raped and abused.Lurata Lyon is a survivor of human trafficking. She grew up in former Yugoslavia and as the brutal war in Kosovo broke out, she was kidnapped by a human trafficking gang where she suffered horrific abuse. Against all odds, she managed to escape. However, in an extraordinary turn of events, after returning home, Lurata was kidnapped by Serbia's illegitimate army. She was tortured, abused and held in captivity for 6 months. This is an astonishing story of how someone can survive absolute horror, her journey of recovery and healing will absolutely inspire you.
09/01/241h 2m

Big Fish and Chip: Fasting, ice baths and conscious breathing: The top health changes I’m taking into 2024

Happy new year! Today we're talking about the health changes I made last year which I will be taking into 2024. In 2023 I found myself exploring and experimenting with a variety of different health fads, but here are the top 3 that have vastly improved my life. As always, please do your own research or consult your GP before trying any of these.
04/01/2420m 22s

S3 E12: Ovie Soko: Panic attacks and instant fame: The dark side of reality TV

This episode contains detailed discussion around panic attacks. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please speak to your GP.Ovie Soko is a TV personality and professional basketball player. He was catapulted into fame after reaching the final of Love Island in 2019. He won the public’s hearts with his wisdom and openness and in 2020 released his inspirational self-help book You Are Dope. In this conversation we talk about the impact of instant fame and Ovie tells me that after leaving Love Island, he suffered panic attacks after feeling like the world was watching his every move on social media.
02/01/2448m 36s

Big Fish and Chip: How to set goals, manage stress and identify problem drinking: My top tips from 2023

I've absolutely loved recording these bonus episodes for season 3 of Big Fish. In this episode we're releasing our top 3 tips from 2023 - how to set goals, how to manage stress and how to identify whether you're a problem drinker. If you'd like to listen to these episodes in full, please listen back to episode 1 on drinking, episode 3 on goals and episode 5 on stress.
28/12/2314m 1s

S3 E11: Inside F1: Meet Eddie Jordan, the man who gave Schumacher and Senna their first drives

Eddie Jordan is an Irish businessman, former motorsport team owner.Eddie is a champion of young talent, with a host of drivers owning their breaks to him - he even gave Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher their very first drives.Having suffered a number of major accidents while competing in racing, he retired and set up his Jordan team in the 80s.Inspired by the success of his junior drivers, Eddie set up Jordan Grand Prix in 1990 and entered Formula 1. He eventually sold Jordan Grand Prix in January 2005. This is a fascinating listen for any F1 fans.
26/12/2340m 55s

Big Fish and Chip: How to deal with FOMO, especially at Christmas

Why do we have a fear of missing out? This week Chip and I discuss the psychology behind FOMO and how we can we navigate it, especially during the festive period.This episode covers:1’00 - What is FOMO?2’00 - What’s the psychology behind it?6’00 - Times I’ve felt FOMO17’00 - How can we navigate FOMO at Christmas?
21/12/2324m 0s

S3 E10: TikTok star and entrepreneur Simon Squibb: They key to success and making money

You may know Simon for his famous street interviews asking people 'Would you ever start a business of your own?'. His videos have had over 1 billion views on social media. Simon has spent the last 30 years as an entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was homeless at 15-years-old, and he sold his last company Fluid to PwC.  His life imploded when he was 15 years old. His father died in front of him and after a fall out with his mother, he left home and was penniless, jobless and forced to sleep in a stairwell. But today Simon is the founder of the world's first Help2Earn platform - HelpBnk - which helps people learn how to start and scale a business for free. He has also invested in over 70 startups in the last 15 years. In this episode we talk about how he turned his life around from sleeping on the streets, how luck played an important part in his success story and why he thinks retirement is bullshit.
20/12/2350m 6s

Big Fish and Chip: How to embrace change

Why are so many of us scared of change? In this week's bonus episode we're discussing how to get unstuck.This episode covers:2’00 - What is the cycle of change?6’00 - How can I use this cycle in my own life?9’00 - Why do we fear change?13’00 - How do I get unstuck?15’00 - How do know when you need to change your relationship 20’00 - Are men better at change than women?
14/12/2322m 43s

S3 E9: Channel 5 boss Ben Frow on reaching the top of TV: ‘I’m riddled with insecurity, doubt and fear’

Ben Frow is the definition of a big fish in the TV world. He’s Paramount’s UK content chief - he’s responsible for all of their content in the UK, including being the boss of Channel 5.He’s known as an outsider in the TV world. He doesn’t have a degree, he’s not a member of any exclusive clubs and started his career as a stylist for Richard and Judy on This Morning. He worked his way to the top without ever applying for a job.He transformed Channel 5’s reputation and boosted its audience by commissioning more history, documentaries and drama and railed against an extremely snobby industry.In this conversation we talk about his fear of rejection and why he secretly quit his job last year due to burnout. If you’ve ever wanted an insider's perspective into the multi-billion pound TV industry, this is a must-listen.
12/12/231h 2m

Big Fish and Chip: Why do Brits drink so much?

British women have recently topped a list of the world’s biggest binge drinkers. In this episode I'm asking why do Brits drink so much? It's important to note that men were found to consistently drink more heavily than women do, including in the UK where 45% of men and 26% of women are binge drinkers.This episode covers:1'00 - What is binge drinking?4'00 - What's the difference between alcohol dependency and binge-pattern drinking?7'00 - Why do Brits drink so much? 19'00 - Top tips for how you can drink less this Christmas
07/12/2327m 46s

S3 E8: Tommy Mallet: 'My dad told me I'd amount to nothing; I told him I'd be a millionaire'

Tommy Mallet is an entrepreneur and TV personality - best known for appearing in The Only Way Is Essex. He started his own affordable footwear brand Mallet London in 2015, after being bullied at school for not being able to afford the best trainers. Mallet London has gone from strength to strength - with celebrity fans like Drake, Craig David and Will.I.Am. Tommy struggled academically at school, he was diagnosed a few years ago with ADHD and his dyslexia meant he struggled to read and write. He left school without any qualifications - and found his drive to earn money after working in luxury houses. This is a fascinating conversation about drive and perseverance.Catch up with Tommy and his wife Georgia in the brand-new series of Georgia and Tommy: Baby Steps on ITVBE and ITVX, coming soon.
05/12/2348m 58s

Big Fish and Chip: How I feel about my recent ADHD diagnosis

I've recently been diagnosed with ADHD. At school I always felt different, but never knew why. In this episode, I talk to Chip about how I feel about my diagnosis, how it affects my relationships and what happens in the diagnostic test.This episode covers:0’10 - What is ADHD?1’20- Why I went for a diagnosis 3’30 - How ADHD affects me6’00 - What happens in the diagnosis test12’00 - How ADHD might impact relationships (wife, children and work)23'00 - Why it's important to get an official diagnosis
30/11/2323m 49s

S3 E7: Kelly Holmes: Self-harm, breakdown and fear of coming out: A double Olympic champion's incredible story of resilience and strength

This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health and self-harm. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please speak to your GP.Dame Kelly Holmes is a double Olympic Champion and one of the UK’s most popular athletes. She set the British records in the 800m and 1000m metres. Her memoir Unique has just been released - and it’s a beautifully brave and honest book; Kelly tells her story of coming out as gay in her 50s. This was one of my favourite interviews I've ever recorded. Kelly’s story is utterly inspirational. I know you will gain a lot from listening to this.
28/11/2353m 48s

Big Fish and Chip: How I learned to process my brother’s death

Grief - it’s something that we all will experience. In this episode Chip talks us through the grief cycle and I share my experiences of moving through each stage, including the painful denial I felt after losing my brother which lasted for a year.This episode covers:1’00 - What’s the grief process?2’45 - Stage 1: Denial7'00 - Stage 2: Bargaining9’00 - Why you should tell your loved ones how you feel11’40 - Stage 3: Anger16’00 - Stage 4: Depression 19’00 - Why I choose to use Mike’s death as a force for good21’00 - Stage 5: Acceptance
23/11/2325m 38s

S3 E6: Dean Forbes: Homeless and huge debts: How I became the UK’s top black CEO of a billion-pound company

Dean Forbes is one of the most successful black CEOs in the UK.He’s the chief executive of Forterro, a tech Unicorn - a company worth over £1bn. He goes into struggling tech businesses, turns them around and gets huge exists - often in the billions. He’s also just been named the UK’s second most influential black person in the Powerlist 2024.Dean’s story is incredible. He came from a working-class background, raised in Lewisham and his family were made homeless twice. He originally trained to become a professional footballer, but was forced to take a job in a call centre after being let go and amassing thousands in debt. I absolutely loved my conversation with Dean - he's an utter inspiration.
21/11/2349m 46s

Big Fish and Chip: Listen to this if you're feeling stressed

I'd find it difficult to admit I'm burnt out. But reading the list of commons signs of burnout made me reflect on whether it's something I've experienced when building CleanCo. This episode is all about stress and burnout; what's the difference and simple ways you can reduce your stress.In this episode:1'00 - What is burnout?4'00 - Why is it difficult to admit you're burnt out?8'00 - How does stress manifest in different people?10'00 - Ways to manage stress11'00 - Why I now do Wim Hoff's breathing method19'00 - Free ways to reduce stress if you're short of time
16/11/2323m 57s

S3 E5: The Vamps’ James Brittain-McVey: Disordered eating, anxiety and bullying: The hidden battles of a boy band star

This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to your GP.James McVey is a musician, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter of The Vamps, the hit boy band, with two-number 1 albums, multiple arena tours and their music has been streamed 6 billion times. Now James has released his first solo music, which came as an immense challenge after being forced to remain silent following surgery on his vocal chords. In this powerfully honest interview we talk about how James’ childhood shaped him, including overcoming bullying in his teens to issues around his body image.
14/11/2351m 26s

Big Fish and Chip: Why don't men talk about their mental health?

After my incredible interview with Roman Kemp last week, I wanted to spend this week's bonus episode talking about men and their mental health. Why do men struggle to talk about what's bothering us? This episode is essential listening for all men, plus any girlfriends, wives, mothers and friends who want to find out how to support someone in their life who is struggling.This episode covers:1'20 - Why there's a stigma surrounding getting help3'00 - Do all mental health issues stem from childhood trauma?4'00 - Why are men reluctant to talk about their emotions?6'20 - How does talking help?10'10 - When is it time to go to therapy?15'00 - Why do I parent my son differently to my daughter?18'00 - Will the destigmatisation of ill-mental health lead to a weaker generation?21'00 - How do you speak to someone who is struggling?
09/11/2322m 39s

S3 E4: Holly Tucker: How the Queen of small business built her empire

Holly Tucker is the Queen of small business. Over 20 years ago she co-founded Not On The High Street - one of the first online marketplaces to exist. She started the business in her 20s and she and her co-founder had to plead the local bank manager for a loan. Not On The High Street has since made over one billion pounds for small businesses on the platform. Holly stepped away from the company a few years back, and she's now launched Holly & Co - a marketplace founded by females, championing female founders and with female shoppers in mind. It's also an advice hub for entrepreneurs. I absolutely adored my conversation with Holly. We chatted about the importance of trusting your gut, how to find your purpose and the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting out.
07/11/2354m 25s

Big Fish and Chip: Why I mapped out the next 10 years of my life

Setting goals is absolutely crucial in achieving huge success in life and business. Comfort is 100% the biggest killer of your progress. This week we're discussing how to set goals and why finding your purpose is essential for staying committed.This episode covers:1’50 - Why goals need to be set in a timeframe3’00 - Why goals have to be achievable 4’40 - Why failure helps build resilience 7’30 - Spencer’s hairy business goal9’20 - Goals have to be risky11’30 - Comfort is the biggest killer of your success13’00 - I mapped out the next 10 years of my life16’00 - How important is having purpose?
02/11/2320m 30s

S3 E3: Roman Kemp: 'What's the point if I'm not the best?'

This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to your GP.Roman Kemp is a radio and TV presenter, best known as the host of Capital Breakfast.Roman’s become an almost accidental campaigner. Since he lost his best friend and producer to suicide, Roman’s been on a mission to shine a light on the mental health crisis facing young people in the UK today.His latest documentary, The Fight For Young Lives, is out tonight - where he explores what action is needed to support young people suffering with their mental health. I got a chance to watch this documentary before our interview, and it was truly amazing. It was honest, emotional and meaningful. Do watch it tonight.I also loved talking to Roman about his mindset - and his drive to be the best at everything he does.
31/10/2347m 45s

Big Fish and Chip: Are you addicted to your phone?

Welcome to our second bonus episode of Big Fish - where each week I'm joined by my former therapist, Chip Somers, to unpack what's going on in my life and learn how we can all become the best versions of ourselves. This week we're tackling social media - and how damaging it is to our mental health and relationships. What we cover in this episode:3’00 - Why negatives comments stick5’00 - What’s the impact on young children?8’00 - Are we now struggling to communicate our feelings?12’45 - What’s the impact of technology addiction on society?18'00 - Top tips on reducing your usage
26/10/2324m 11s

S3 E2: Captain Sandy: Overcoming addiction, defying death and escaping pirates at sea

For those of you who know the show Below Deck Mediterranean - you’ll know Captain Sandy. She’s one of the first female superyacht captains in the world - with over 30 years experience in the industry.As a teenager, her life spiralled out of control and she became addicted to drugs and alcohol, resulting in multiple arrests for drink-driving. She’s now been sober for 34 years, and completely turned her life around after she was given multiple second chances by those around her. It’s something which she never takes for granted, and pays forwards to those she meets.I know you’ll be utterly inspired by Sandy’s resilience and bravery - she’s even won awards for her bravery in facing pirates off the coast of Yemen, a shocking moment she talks about in this interview.
24/10/2344m 16s

Big Fish and Chip: Meet the man who made me realise I had a drinking problem

Welcome to our first bonus episode of Big Fish - Big Fish and Chip. Each week I'm going to be joined by my former therapist, Chip Somers, to unpack what's going on in my life and discuss how we can all become the best versions of ourselves. This episode covers:1'00 - Our first meeting4'55 - How Chip got me to stop drinking8'30 - An introduction to Chip11'50 - Is the word 'alcoholic' problematic?14'30 - How do you know if you're a problem drinker?16'50 - Can you ever drink again if you're a problem drinker?17'40 - How my drinking got out of control21'30 - How can you tell a loved one that they drink too much?23'30 - What's the first step for someone who thinks they have a drinking problem?Please get in touch with us on Instagram @bigfish.pod if there are any topics you'd like us to cover.
19/10/2326m 41s

S3 E1: Danny Cipriani: Life after scandal and making peace with your past

Danny Cipriani is a former professional rugby player - but his name was on the front pages of the tabloids as often as the sports backpages.He was the youngest ever player in Premiership Rugby to make his international debut aged 20 and his undeniable talent captivated rugby fans worldwide.But off the pitch, Danny’s private life was heavily scrutinised in the press. His new book Who Am I? is his first memoir and he talks openly about his mental health challenges and brushes with the law.And in all honesty, I was taken back by how different Danny was in this interview, compared to the man I’d met over 10 years ago. You can tell he’s gone on such a journey of self-discovery and feels at peace with his past.
17/10/2353m 11s

Get ready for even MORE Big Fish...

I am so excited to announce that next week I’m launching brand new bonus episodes of Big Fish. Each week I’m going to be joined by my former therapist, Chip Somers, to unpack what’s going on in my life and discuss how we can all become the best and most successful versions of ourselves. I’m going to talk about the challenges I’m facing - but also explore what my guests are going through and what we can learn from their resilience. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sit in on one of my therapy sessions - you’re in the right place.
12/10/231m 21s

Season 3 - launching soon

I’m so excited to bring you season three of Big Fish on Wednesday, 18th October. Thank you so much for all the love from the previous two seasons, I absolutely love reading your reviews and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoy doing it. I’m also excited to announce that we’re also launching brand new bonus episodes on Fridays - and more will be revealed next week, so please stay tuned for that.
03/10/232m 0s

S2 E19: Eton College Head Master Simon Henderson: Inside the school where leaders are made

Eton College is one of the most famous boarding schools in the UK. It's educated 20 of Britain’s 57 prime ministers and has churned out many successful people over its nearly 600 year history. Eton is an easy thing to judge, but I wonder if some of your preconceptions will be challenged after hearing this week’s episode. Simon Henderson has been headmaster at Eton’s since 2015 and this interview gives you a rare insight into how things are done at one of the country’s most prestigious schools. I guarantee you’ll learn something from this episode. Simon’s views - especially on testing and extra-curricular activities - may surprise you.
08/08/2343m 50s

S2 E18: Caroline Hirons: The most powerful woman in the beauty industry

Caroline Hirons is a skincare guru and is described as the most powerful woman in the beauty industry. She started off on the shop floor, working on beauty counters at Harvey Nichols. Now she's the CEO of her own brand, Skin Rocks. She took the internet by storm after launching her blog over ten years ago, which has now been viewed more than 125 million times. That led to a Sunday Times bestselling book, which became the bestselling beauty book of all time.
01/08/2340m 57s

S2 E17: Mayor Sadiq Khan: From a London council estate to one of the top jobs in politics

Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London, one of the top jobs in British politics. He is extremely ambitious and has achieved huge success in his career, previously working as a Labour MP and a human rights solicitor. But Sadiq came from humble beginnings. He grew up on a council estate in Tooting with 7 siblings. I absolutely loved my conversation with the Mayor. We discussed how to make tough decisions, whether sacrifices are necessary for a successful career, why more CEOs aren't in politics and his new campaign to make London safer for women.
25/07/2349m 46s

S2 E16: Dan Carter: What you can learn about discipline and mindset from a rugby superstar

Dan Carter is hailed as one of the most elite and successful rugby players in the world. His new book The Art of Winning is a manual for aspiring leaders everywhere. There is so much to learn from Dan on how discipline, mindset and drive can help you achieve huge success - in sport, business or life.
18/07/2345m 31s

S2 E15: James Buckley: Everything changed after The Inbetweeners

James Buckley is an actor and YouTuber, best known for his role as Jay Cartwright in the BAFTA-nominated sitcom The Inbetweeners. The iconic show was loved and watched by millions across the UK and its first movie had the biggest ever UK opening weekend for a comedy film. But nearly a decade after the show’s final film, Jay is only just getting back into acting. In recent years he, his wife and kids have become YouTube stars and James has become the first Cameo-millionaire. It seems there’s a lot of money to be made in calling people ‘bus wankers’. This interview is absolutely fascinating: James isn’t driven by money or fame, but a pure passion to make people laugh and smile. 
11/07/2344m 20s

S2 E19: Sara Davies: Dragons’ Den star’s savage advice to aspiring entrepreneurs

Sara Davies is an entrepreneur and the youngest ever female investor on Dragons' Den. She founded her company Crafter's Companion whilst a student in 2005 - and by the time she graduated the business was turning over half a million pounds a year. This episode is absolutely jam-packed with advice for budding entrepreneurs, so if you've ever thought about starting a business - don't miss this.
05/07/2355m 40s

S2 E13: The Jungle Ultra: The truth behind completing my most gruelling challenge

In this bonus episode, I'm joined by my good friend John Belton to discuss how we completed the hardest ultra marathon known to man. We recorded this days after we returned home after taking on the gruelling challenge of a 230-kilometer self-sufficient foot race through the Amazon Jungle. I'm incredibly proud to say John came second and I third, but it was not without facing some incredible physical and emotional hurdles.
29/06/231h 9m

S2 E12: Russell Kane: Taking the biggest gamble of my life

Russell Kane is probably one of the only successful stand-up comics that doesn’t even watch stand-up comedy. He took the plunge to try his hand at comedy aged 28 after building a successful career in advertising. It was a huge gamble - which left him Googling bankruptcy over fears he couldn’t pay his mortgage. Russell grew up on a London council estate and left school at 16 with few qualifications, because in his words, he was "hell bent on being like a weed smoking bad man”. But he turned his life around through adult education and sheer graft. Russell’s drive to succeed is absolutely immense. He doesn’t accept rejection and his story of passion and grit is inspiring.

S2 E11: Beauty Pie founder Marcia Kilgore: The secrets behind building a multi-million pound beauty empire

Marcia Kilgore is a serial entrepreneur, who has successfully built and sold multiple brands. She began as a facialist to the stars - working with clients such as Paul Simon, Calvin Klein, Madonna and Oprah - and sold her first company Bliss Spa to Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, one of the biggest luxury brands, at just 30-years-old.The term ‘disrupter’ is thrown around in business, but for Marcia it’s actually true. She’s turned the whole beauty industry on its head with her latest venture Beauty Pie, the Netflix of beauty - which offers members luxury beauty products at a fraction of the price.
20/06/2346m 43s

S2 E10: Mark Wright: Driven by money and the fear of losing it all

Mark Wright is a presenter and former professional footballer, who rose to fame on the BAFTA-award winning reality TV programme The Only Way Is Essex.He has an incredible drive to succeed - which comes from his absolute fear of losing everything. As a child, his father lost his business in the 80s recession and the family went from having everything to nothing.Mark is a self-confessed workaholic and is one of my only guests who actually admits he loves money. I absolutely loved talking to Mark. We’ve had an extremely similar entry to fame, and I guess I’m the Chelsea version of him… In Mark’s words we were men that women just love to hate.
13/06/2354m 9s

What does it take to be the best?

We're having a mid-season break while I complete an ultra-marathon in the Amazon, but we're back with an amazing guest on Weds 14th June that you will not want to miss. To keep you going, here's 4 of my favourite moments from season 2 so far, where Gordon Ramsay, Elizabeth Day, Kelly Hoppen and Jay Blades discuss what drives them.
06/06/2327m 52s

S2 E9: Elizabeth Day: The queen of failure on how being bullied drove her to succeed

Elizabeth Day has absolutely revolutionised how we think about failure. Her chart-topping podcast How To Fail is currently in its 17th season, and led to a bestselling book of the same name. She's a bestselling author of 9 books and prior to podcasting, she was a writer at some of the UK’s best-known publications. Elizabeth has made so many of us rethink what failure means and show us that it’s absolutely key in achieving success. There is so much to learn from her wisdom and I know you'll love this conversation as much as I did.
30/05/2355m 13s

S2 E8: James Smith: How to quit your job, find your purpose and change your life

James Smith is a personal trainer and three-time bestselling author, who’s amassed a huge online audience of over 1 million people.At 21, he found himself broke and knocking doors as a salesman with no real direction, so decided to become a personal trainer. He’s now built a phenomenal business, training thousands of people through his online academy and his straight-talking, no-nonsense approach sees him touring the world.In this episode we talk about how finding your purpose fuels motivation to succeed, what advice he gives to people who hate their jobs and why happiness and pleasure are two separate things.
23/05/2348m 8s

S2 E7: Jay Blades: Racism, dyslexia, homelessness and severe depression: The incredible story of a TV star

Jay Blades is the BAFTA-winning presenter of the hit primetime TV show The Repair Shop - watched by 4.5 million people a week. But a TV career was never on the cards for him. He was raised in east London by a single mother, after his father ran off with all of their money. His education was stunted by undiagnosed dyslexia - he learned in adulthood he had the reading age of an 11-year-old.But this didn’t stop Jay. He dedicated his life helping his local community, and founded a charity teaching young people to restore old furniture. But when funding ran out and his marriage fell apart, he hit rock bottom: he was suicidal and homeless. He turned his life around and lifted himself from that darkness. Jay is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet - and I know you’ll love this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it.This episode is not suitable to those under 18 and contains offensive language and sensitive topic discussions including suicide, alcoholism and mental health issues. If you are affected by anything you hear in this episode and need support please see the suggested helpline and website links below. Samaritans helpline: 116 123 
16/05/2347m 18s

S2 E6: Gabby Logan: How grief drove my ambition

Gabby Logan is one of the UK's most notable sports broadcasters but before she turned her hand to presenting, Gabby was a gymnast for Wales and Great Britain - something she got into accidentally.Gabby comes from a family of professional athletes, all with incredible talent and discipline. But it wasn't this alone that motivated Gabby to achieve all that she has. Her brother Daniel - a professional footballer - died at just 15 from a congenital heart defect and his death accelerated her drive to succeed.
09/05/2348m 43s

S2 E5: David Gandy: How I got my big break on This Morning

David Gandy is one of the most successful male supermodels in the world.After winning a modelling competition on This Morning at 21, he became one of the biggest names in the industry and was an overnight sensation after his famous Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue ad campaign.In this episode we talk about rejection, the dangers of social media and how to know when you've pushed yourself too far.
02/05/2337m 59s

S2 E4: Kelly Hoppen: Building a multi-million pound brand from aged 16

Kelly Hoppen is one of the most sought-after interior designers of her generation. After quitting school at just 16, she took on her first client and built her design empire from there. She’s gone on to design the homes of A-listers such as the Beckhams, as well as yachts, five-star hotels and restaurants around the world. In this incredible conversation we talk about her successes and failures as an investor on Dragons' Den, how she works with A-list clients and what happened when she met the leader of a religious cult which her ex-husband had joined.
25/04/2345m 57s

S2 E3: Giovanni Pernice: Addicted to winning

Giovanni Pernice is a highly decorated performer, best known for being one of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing, one of the UK’s most watched programmes.He’s a BAFTA winner, Guinness World Record holder and world champion.Gio left home at just 14 to pursue his ambitions of becoming a professional dancer - and came to the UK to take part in Strictly Coming Dancing speaking no English.His determination and drive to succeed is palpable. He’s a self-confessed workaholic who's addicted to winning - this episode is utterly inspirational.
18/04/2343m 16s

Filthy Ritual - Trailer - Filthy Ritual

This is a story about a scam. But this isn’t any old scam. There's shamanism, a 'tree of life' in the jungle of Suriname, a bathing ritual in a dark rusty red lake, voodoo dolls, black magic and envelopes jammed full of sacrificial cash. There's even a wild capuchin monkey called Joey.At the turn of the 21st century, set in one of London's most wealthy suburbs, Hampstead, Juliette D'Souza wreaked havoc on a number of people's lives. Described by her neighbours as 'a knife in a velvet glove', D'Souza claimed to have a special connection to an ancient source of power and wisdom, deep in the Amazonian jungle. She became filthy rich, and one of the most prolific con women in British history. Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala, the soulmates behind the hit true crime podcast, Redhanded, are on the case. They speak to the reporters who travelled to Suriname to track Juliette down, one of Britain's leading shamans and the victims who came together in search of justice.This is a true story so bizarre, you might not believe your ears.All 6 episodes will be available from April 19th on Global Player. Download it now from the App Store or go to
11/04/233m 40s

S2 E2: Chelcee Grimes: Grammy-nominated songwriter to the world’s biggest stars

Chelcee Grimes is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and professional footballer. She’s written songs for Dua Lipa, Kylie Minogue, Olly Murs and the Saturdays.She began playing football at the age of 10 and went on to play professionally for Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. But at 16, she decided to pursue a music career and signed an album deal at just 18. After getting dropped from her label and money running out, she got signed as a songwriter and now travels the world working with some of the world's biggest stars.
11/04/2339m 49s

S2 E1: Gordon Ramsay: Failed footballer to pot washer to multi-Michelin starred chef

Gordon Ramsay needs no introduction. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock, he’s an internationally renowned chef, restaurateur and TV personality. His restaurant group, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, now has 72 restaurants across the world and has been awarded a whopping 17 Michelin stars overall.Gordon’s drive to succeed came from his need to provide a new life for himself. He grew up on multiple council estates and his mother worked three jobs to support him and his siblings. His footballer career ended after a serious knee injury, so Gordon decided to enrol on a foundation course in hotel management. He worked as a pot washer before taking the plunge to call Marco Pierre White out of the blue and ask for a job. And the rest is history.
04/04/2343m 51s

Season 2 - launching 5th April

I'm beyond excited to bring you season 2 of Big Fish - launching Wednesday 5th April with Gordon Ramsay! Make sure you're following the feed so you don't miss an episode.

S1 E17: Dave Rodney: Retracing Michael Matthews’ last steps

Dave Rodney, simply known as California Dave or Sherpa Dave - despite the fact that he's from Canmore in Canada - joins me for this bonus interview on Big Fish. He's one of Canada's most accomplished climbers - and the only Canadian to summit Everest twice - he's a politician, businessman and philanthropist, but most importantly, he was my brother Michael’s climbing partner on his Everest expedition in 1999. Dave was one of the last people to see Mike alive. Their dream was to reach the summit together, but unfortunately fate had other plans. Dave takes me back to the day they reached the top of the world - and Mike became the youngest Briton to reach the summit - and what happened when he realised my brother had not come back down.
09/03/2329m 18s

S1 E16: Bear Grylls: Breaking my back made me face my fears

Before Bear Grylls climbed mountains, he needed to learn how to climb the stairs again after breaking his back in three places. In this bonus episode he reveals how he built himself back up after catastrophic injury, plus why he was so inspired to produce Spencer's film Finding Michael.
08/03/2346m 37s

S1 E15: Tom Grennan: Why I gave up football for a music career

At 21 years old, Tom Grennan shot to fame after appearing on the Chase and Status hit, All Gone Wrong. He's gone on to land a number one album, four UK top 10 singles and sell out a nation-wide tour. But Tom's journey to become one of the UK's most exciting musicians hasn't been a straightforward one. He first caught the eye as a talented footballer but turned down a scholarship in America when he was a teenager. We talk about Tom's struggle with imposter syndrome and how being attacked and left with a broken jaw, provided the material that would open up his songwriting passion. For Tom, success is about loving and appreciating what you do, but his own competitive nature doesn't allow him to enjoy the successes he's had for long.
14/02/2336m 59s

S1 E14: Vogue Williams: The secret to her success

This is the first time I've ever interviewed my wife about her incredible career. Vogue has become one of Ireland’s most sought-after media stars. Since landing her big break, she has presented documentaries and live shows, performed DJ sets for thousands of fans and collaborated with big UK brands like Little Mistress. She also runs a highly successful tanning brand, Bare By Vogue and hosts two chart-topping podcasts, My Therapist Ghosted Me and Spencer & Vogue which are listened to by millions of people every month. We talk about the importance of being an authentic influencer, how Vogue changed my mind about anxiety and what's been the proudest moment of her career so far.
08/02/2340m 54s

S1 E13: Jake Humphrey: From flipping burgers to Premier League presenter

Jake Humphrey wasn’t born a high performer. In fact, he failed his A levels and was sacked from McDonalds when he was just a teenager. But Jake became determined to make something of himself. He’s gone on to become one of the UK’s best-known sports broadcasters and host of his own hugely successful podcast, High Performance. Jake’s work ethic is incredible. Now at the top of his game, he’s determined to stay there and enjoy every second of it.
01/02/2353m 39s

S1 E12: Piers Morgan: Uncancellable?

He’s on a personal mission to cancel ‘cancel culture’. Piers Morgan is one of the most prominent broadcasters of his generation. After studying journalism, he went to Fleet Street and quickly rose to become one of the youngest newspaper editors in Britain at just 28 years old. Since then, he’s presented prime time TV programmes in the UK and America and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the world. With a Twitter following of over 8 million, Piers has made a name for himself with his straight-talking opinions. Love him or hate him, when he talks, people listen.
25/01/2340m 53s

S1 E11: Harry Stebbings: How I turned $50 into a $140m fund

At 18 years-old, Harry Stebbings started the Twenty Minute VC podcast with fifty dollars and not a single contact in venture capital. He’s the first person to turn a podcast into a multi-million pound fund. Across several vehicles, he’s raised over $400 million. And he’s only 26.Harry is seriously impressive. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll learn exactly what Harry looks for when he invests. But this episode isn’t just for those in business. He’s overcome bulimia and is now sober, and has tonnes of advice for those who want to take their life to the next level.
17/01/2336m 34s

S1 E10: Dirtea: Making mushrooms mainstream

Would you replace your morning coffee with a cup of mushroom powder?Andy and Simon Salter think you should. The brothers co-founded Dirtea 18 months in 2021, as part of a movement to make functional mushrooms accessible to the masses. Their business is now the market leader in its field and they’re working to destigmatise and educate people on the health benefits. Thousands of people all over the UK are now drinking their products, which are consumed like tea or coffee, on a daily basis. Dirtea is said to sharpen your focus, strengthen your immune system, improve your sleep and soothe stress, amongst many other benefits.The co-founders of Dirtea say the health benefits and claims contained in this episode can be supported by research papers found on PubMed and, which is a curated list of references relevant to scientists who are curious about the effects of mushrooms. If you have any further questions, we recommend you speak to your nutritionist or GP.Please see some links:
10/01/2339m 59s

S1 E9: Jamie Laing: What happens when the cameras stop rolling

This is the most open, honest and serious conversation I’ve ever had with Jamie. You might know him as a reality star. But Jamie is a hugely successful entrepreneur. He co-founded Candy Kittens in 2012, the fastest growing confectionary brand in Europe which turns over more than ten million pounds a year.He’s also the founder of JamPot productions, which produces chart-topping podcasts like Nearly Weds.We talk about how reality TV fuelled Jamie’s crippling anxiety, whether being on Made in Chelsea helped or hindered the success of Candy Kittens and why achieving success isn’t just about making bucket loads of cash.
03/01/231h 2m

S1 E8: Jo Malone: From a London council estate to fragrance pioneer

Jo Malone’s name is synonymous with luxury, but Jo didn’t grow up with wealth. She was raised on a council estate in South East London and left school without any qualifications. Jo built the luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone London with her husband, Gary, and sold the company in 1999 to Estee Lauder. She left the business a few years later, after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and was given only 9 months to live. As part of the Lauder deal, she wasn’t allowed to enter the industry for 5 years. Jo felt utterly lost, so she started a new brand, Jo Loves. Jo is so honest in this episode and tells me about the mistakes she made building her second company, after the huge success of the first.
20/12/2240m 21s

S1 E7: Dan Murray-Serter: How entrepreneurship wrecked my mental health

Dan Murray-Serter is a serial entrepreneur. He’s the co-founder of Heights, a braincare company. His previous company Grabble was the UK’s top fashion app. They had 30,000 new users a day, but the company failed. Dan then suffered from crippling insomnia, but couldn't see that he was mentally unwell. He thought he was just being productive; committed to building his business. Heights was born as a remedy for that insomnia and the debilitating anxiety and panic attacks he experienced. This episode is a fascinating listen for anyone who’s interested in mental health and entrepreneurship: how to stay mentally resilient while riding the storm of building a company from the ground up.
13/12/2242m 16s

S1 E6: Joanne McNally: From battling bulimia to sell-out stand-up

Joanne McNally exploded onto the comedy scene as one of the most popular and up-and-coming female comedians in the country. She’s recently sold out Ireland’s leading comedy venue - Vicar Street - with a whopping 66 shows, more than any other comedian. That's after being told she’d never sell a single show. Her chart-topping podcast with my wife Vogue Williams brings in over 3 million listeners a month. Joanne's resilience is inspiring; she was determined to succeed in a male-dominated industry whilst battling bulimia.If you've been affected by anything in this episode, contact Beat for information or help: 0808 801 0677.
06/12/2239m 52s

S1 E5: Henry Holland: The success of a fashion ‘it boy’

The rise of Henry Holland was incredible. As a young journalism graduate, he designed some t-shirts, just for fun. Within six months he went from selling them via his Myspace account to his brand, House of Holland, being sold in luxury department stores all over the world. Then along came the pandemic. His company went into administration and Henry had to weather the storm of parting with the company he built. In this episode we talk about the pressures of building a brand and how to deal with your own company going under.
29/11/2241m 48s

S1 E4: Eddie Hearn: Revolutionising British boxing

Even if you’re not a fan of boxing, you’ve heard of Eddie Hearn. He’s the chairman of Matchroom sport, the sporting events company which last year signed a 100 million pound five-year deal with Dazn as it aims to become the Netflix of sport. Eddie also represents boxing beasts like Anthony Joshua, Canelo Álvarez and formerly Oleksandr Usyk. He took over the business from his father, but started by printing the posters himself and sending out tweets to promote his fights. Now, he’s one of the most powerful men in boxing.
22/11/2233m 53s

S1 E3: Ursula Burns: The powerhouse CEO

Ursula Burns is an American success story. From growing up in a deprived and dangerous area of New York, she became the first black woman to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Xerox, later becoming its president and chairwoman. She’s sat on the Board of Directors of Diageo, Uber, American Express and ExxonMobil and even advised President Obama. You don’t want to miss this episode.
15/11/2241m 20s

S1 E2: DJ Fat Tony: Abuse, addiction and recovering from rock bottom

DJ Fat Tony is one of the most notorious hell raisers and leading figures in dance music. Raised on a council estate in South London, he ended up working in the most famous clubs in both London and New York. He’s now the official DJ to the Beckhams and Versace and best friends with Boy George and Kate Moss. But Tony’s rise to the top has been fraught with tragedy and pain. After the AIDS crisis hit London, Tony’s boyfriend was diagnosed with HIV and died shortly after and his addiction to alcohol, drugs and sex spiralled out of control. Tony is now 16 years sober and his road to recovery is utterly inspirational.If you’ve been affected by anything discuss in this episode, the following organisations may be of help:Samaritans: 116 123Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212
08/11/2244m 35s

S1 E1: Ant Middleton: The extreme adventurer who has no limits

Ant Middleton doesn’t sit still for long. He’s a former marine and sniper, perhaps best known for his role as chief instructor in SAS Who Dares Wins. In 2019 he conquered one of the biggest challenges known to man - climbing Mount Everest. This year he attempted a dangerous climb up K2, one of the world’s most treacherous mountains. He's a perfect example of someone who never gives up, even if the odds are against him. But in this episode, he reveals just how close he came to quitting his climb of K2 - something he’s never admitted before.
08/11/2239m 1s

Introducing: Big Fish with Spencer Matthews

For years I was trapped in a cycle of excessive drinking. I became subdued, a half-version of myself and began to realise the damage alcohol was doing to my relationships and career. In 2019, I became sober. It's the best decision I’ve ever made and inspired me to start my own business. CleanCo is now the largest independent non-alcoholic brand in the UK. Building a business has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and I’ve become fascinated by how other people have developed a mindset for success. Each week I’ll be speaking to leading CEOs, inspiring entrepreneurs, incredible designers and other famous faces to find out what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles and be the best at what they do.
31/10/221m 45s
Heart UK