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Each week Emma Barnett meets the person at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened and how their life changed overnight.

Each week Emma Barnett meets the person at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened and how their life changed overnight.
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United Kingdom

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Each week Emma Barnett meets the person at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened and how their life changed overnight.

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English


Episodes

Pilot accused of lying

10/11/2018
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Tracey Curtis-Taylor on being accused of being a fraud. She flies a vintage biplane around the world, but was accused of lying about flying solo. In 2013, she flew a 1940s Stearman from Cape Town to West Sussex, taking eight and half weeks, to recreate Lady Mary Heath's solo journey in 1928.

Duration:00:20:37

The first woman to accuse Larry Nassar

10/4/2018
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Rachael Denhollander on exposing the greatest sexual assault scandal in sports history. The American lawyer and former gymnast was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexual assault. Rachel's statement led to more than 260 other women coming forward with their stories and as a result, Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 125 years in jail.

Duration:00:26:25

Paul Conroy

9/13/2018
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War photographer Paul Conroy on his final assignment in Syria with reporter Marie Colvin before she was killed by an airstrike in Homs in 2012. Paul made it out alive - just - after being caught up in a rocket attack. His story is the subject of a new documentary - 'Under the Wire'.

Duration:00:22:28

Hated for 'buying' twins

9/6/2018
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In 2001 Judith Silett was branded Britain's most hated woman. She and her then husband had paid a US agency £8,200 to adopt twin girls from America. The press accused them of buying the children. Judith tells Anna what really happened - and why she still has no regrets despite the children being returned to the US.

Duration:00:26:13

Youngest person to swim the Channel

8/30/2018
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Tom Gregory on swimming the English Channel aged 11 in 1988. He became the youngest person to swim the 32-mile crossing and it took him 32 hours. He still holds the record and has written a book about his experience to mark the 30th anniversary – A Boy in the Water.

Duration:00:20:15

The Bosnian Anne Frank

8/23/2018
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Zlata Filipovic, whose childhood diary, written during the war in Sarajevo, became a bestseller. Thousands of civilians were killed as hundreds of shells bombarded the city each day. But Zlata and her family survived. And they survived thanks to her diary.

Duration:00:25:04

Tiger Mom

8/16/2018
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Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, on being a tough parent. Her memoir outlines her strict "Chinese" style of parenting which saw her daughters Sofia and Lulu follow a strict routine of studying and violin practice with no time allowed for TV or sleepovers.

Duration:00:24:00

Dancing Man: Sean O'Brien

8/9/2018
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Sean O'Brien, also known as 'Dancing Man' was fatshamed when pictures of him dancing were posted online by strangers. However his story took an unusual turn when musicians and stars turned out to support him including Moby, Pharrell Williams and Ellie Goulding.

Duration:00:17:17

Surviving jumping off a bridge

8/2/2018
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Michael Josephson on surviving his suicide attempt, where he broke nearly every bone in his body by jumping off a 60-foot high bridge. 20 years later, he has an MBE and a multi-million pound business.

Duration:00:18:34

Anne Scargill

7/26/2018
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Anne Scargill is the ex-wife of former NUM leader Arthur Scargill, and co-founded the Women Against Pit Closures. She says the miners’ strike of 1984-5 was her political awakening, and opens up about the sexism, politics and activism of that time.

Duration:00:23:35

Chloe Ayling

7/12/2018
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Model Chloe Ayling was kidnapped in Milan and held captive for six days. But doubt was cast on her story when she returned to the UK. The doubters were proved wrong when her kidnapper was jailed. Now Chloe tells Anna Foster about the distress those doubts caused as she tried to recover from her ordeal

Duration:00:24:01

Aron Ralston

6/28/2018
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It’s fifteen years since Aron Ralston set off for a few days of fun and relaxation in Utah’s Bluejohn Canyon. He became trapped by a boulder and the resulting ordeal lasted 127 hours. Aron’s remarkable survival story was turned into a film by Danny Boyle. He told Anna Foster how it happened, how he managed to survive, and how he has a 'new boulder in his life' he's trying to overcome.

Duration:00:42:24

Rebecca Black

6/7/2018
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Rebecca Black was just 13 years old in 2011, when she recorded a song and music video. ‘Friday’ became one of the biggest viral videos in YouTube history – all for being labelled possibly the worst song ever. Rebecca tells Anna Foster about the shocking abuse she faced, and how she’s rebuilt her life.

Duration:00:32:19

The Stranger on the Bridge

5/24/2018
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Neil Laybourn was heading to work, when he saw a man climbing over the railings, intending to end his life. That man was Jonny Benjamin, and Neil managed to pull him back from the brink. Anna Foster talks to both men about that moment, and their battle to end the stigma of mental illness.

Duration:00:25:30

Lee Rigby's mother

5/17/2018
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Lyn Rigby is the mother of fusilier Lee Rigby, murdered outside a barracks in Woolwich in London by two Islamic extremists. The terror attack, in May 2013, shocked the nation. Lyn tells Anna Foster what her son was really like - and reflects on the support that helped her cope with the impact of his death.

Duration:00:25:36

James Bulger's mother

5/3/2018
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The murder of James Bulger in 1993 by two 10-year-old boys shocked the nation. His mother, Denise Fergus, alongside her husband Stuart, tells Anna Foster what it was really like and how James's death changed her -- and why she doesn't want the new identity of his killers revealed.

Duration:00:24:57

Touching The Void climber

5/3/2018
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The mountain climber Simon Yates tells Anna Foster what really happened when he and fellow climber Joe Simpson attempted to climb a Peruvian mountain. Simon had to cut the rope to save his own life after Joe fell into a glacier crevasse. The story inspired the film Touching The Void.

Duration:00:17:27

Fab from Milli Vanilli

4/30/2018
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Fab Morvan was one half of iconic pop duo Milli Vanilli, alongside Rob Pilatus, who had Number Ones around the world in the late 1980s. But it all came crashing down when producer Frank Farian revealed that Fab and Rob mimed the songs. In a rare full-length interview, Fab tells Anna Foster how it all came about, how he reacted at the height of the scandal – and how he’s rebuilt his career.

Duration:00:40:34

Rhys Jones’s parents

4/19/2018
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Mel and Steve Jones talk to Anna Foster about the murder of their 11-year-old son, Rhys, which shocked the UK when he was shot dead after being caught in the crosshairs of a gang fight in Loverpool in 2007. They talk about how they fear that another child could die in the recent upsurge of gang warfare in Britain’s cities – and how they’ve coped with Rhys’s death and the rituals they have when they visit his grave.

Duration:00:26:24

Fashion designer murder

4/19/2018
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Jason Braham, formerly the director of art at Harrow School, tells Anna Foster about the brutal murder of his fashion designer daughter Lucy Braham in 2006. Lucy was stabbed to death by a former student at Harrow, William Jaggs.

Duration:00:24:34