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Eye of the Storm with Emma Barnett

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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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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

Inspiring legacy

12/13/2018
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Mike Tomlinson remembers the incredible life of his wife Jane Tomlinson, an amateur English athlete who raised £1.85 million for charity by completing a series of athletic challenges, despite suffering from terminal cancer.

Duration:00:24:46

Bataclan survivors

11/29/2018
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British couple Tony Scott and Justine Merton-Scott survived the horrific attack on the Bataclan Theatre in Paris on 13 November 2015. They tell Emma Barnett what it was like - and what it was like revisiting the city three years later.

Duration:00:21:33

'I spent 25 years in prison for a murder I didn't commit'

11/22/2018
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In January 1977, Annie Walsh was murdered in her Manchester flat. Four months later, neighbour Robert Brown was arrested. Within 36 hours he'd signed a confession - a confession which he says was beaten out of him. After spending 25 years maintaining his innocence in prison, the Appeal Court ruled his conviction was unsafe and he was released. Robert tells Emma Barnett his story, and explains why he is now trying to change the criminal justice system.

Duration:00:25:49

Karen Downes

11/2/2018
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Karen Downes, whose 14-year-old daughter went out with friends in 2003, and has never been seen since, tells Anna Foster about how she's coped with life after that moment. She describes in honest detail the impact on her and her family life - including the moment she stabbed her husband.

Duration:00:22:18

Rogue trader

11/2/2018
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Kweku Adoboli, the trader jailed for the UK's biggest financial fraud, tells Anna Foster why he's now fighting deportation to Ghana, the country of his birth which he left aged 4.

Duration:00:24:54

Mid-Staffs whistleblower

10/25/2018
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Helene Donnelly, the nurse who revealed the scandal at Stafford Hospital, tells Anna Foster what prompted her to become a whistleblower, and what it was like to face the backlash and the bullying.

Duration:00:23:06

Utøya Attack Survivor

10/18/2018
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Lisa-Marie Husby loved her summer trips to Utøya Island - until the day Anders Breivik turned the idyllic retreat into the scene of a mass murder. She tells Jim Taylor the story of her escape, as a new film is released showing how the massacre unfolded in real time.

Duration:00:21:14

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