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Eye of the Storm with Emma Barnett


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.




Sylvia Lancaster

Emma speaks to Sylvia the mother of 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster who back in the August of 2007 along with her boyfriend Rob were brutally attacked late at night by a gang in a park in Rossendale, Lancashire. So horrific was the attack that both were left in comas. Rob recovered from his injuries. Sophie very sadly did not. The two of them were attacked simply because they were dressed as goths.

Duration: 00:16:31

Rogue trader Alexis Stenfors

City trader Alexis Stenfors was sacked after losing hundreds of millions of pounds. He tells Emma Barnett why he did it and what impact it has had on his life

Duration: 00:20:57

I survived a Taliban kidnap

TV filmmaker Sean Langan was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008. He tells Emma Barnett how it all came about, and how he survived, the terrifying, gruelling ordeal.

Duration: 00:20:09

Hilda Matthews

To mark the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion, 5 live’s Emma Barnett speaks to 77 year old Hilda Matthews. She fell pregnant in her 20s when abortion was banned. She was one of thousands of women who decided her only option was an illegal backstreet abortion. In total she survived three of them.

Duration: 00:24:43

Vicky Beeching and Tim Collins

What's it like to suddenly have the world's media descend on you? In this episode Emma Barnett hears from Tim Collins and Vicky Beeching.

Duration: 00:24:37

Paddy Armstrong

In 1975, Paddy Armstrong was one of several people sent to prison after the IRA bombed a Guildford pub the year before, killing five and injuring 60. But in 1990, his conviction was quashed. Paddy tells Emma Barnett what it was like to see freedom after 15 years wrongful imprisonment.

Duration: 00:24:04

Jane Nicklinson

In August 2012, right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson, who had locked-in syndrome, lost his legal battle to choose when he died. He immediately refused food, and died a week later. Five years on, his widow, Jane, tells Emma Barnett about the battle, what family life was like before Tony’s stroke, and how she’s coped afterwards.

Duration: 00:24:45

Charlie Webster

The TV and sport presenter talks honestly and revealingly to Emma Barnett about what happened when a rare form of malaria took her close to death after an epic 3,000 mile cycle ride to Rio – and how she recovered from the ordeal.

Duration: 00:16:50

‘Gamergate’ controversy

Zoe Quinn, the video game developer who faced extreme harassment after an ex-boyfriend published details of her love life online, tells Emma Barnett how the controversial episode changed her life.

Duration: 00:19:33

Child prodigy James/Lauren Harries

Lauren Harries shot to fame as James in 1988 on TV chatshow Wogan. She tells Emma Barnett what really happened then, and how her dramatic life has changed since, including her transition to becoming a women.

Duration: 00:29:21

Mark Austin & his daughter

TV newsreader Mark Austin and his daughter Maddy tell Emma Barnett about how they coped with her struggle with anorexia

Duration: 00:24:59

Art forger

A name you may not have heard of, but you’ll recognise his work. Or the works he copied. Shaun Greenhalgh tells Emma Barnett how he created fake art masterpieces from his shed in Bolton – and went to jail when he was caught.

Duration: 00:26:21

Sharon Shoesmith

Sharon Shoesmith, the former head of Haringey Children’s Services, talks about the tragic death of baby Peter Connolly in 2007 and the impact it had on her life and her profession.

Duration: 00:25:06

Struck by lightning

Geordie Allen tells Emma Barnett the extraordinary story of how he was hit by lightning and, despite horrific injuries, went on to rebuild his life

Duration: 00:21:43

Sacked ‘anti-semitic’ columnist

Kevin Myers, sacked after writing a column making remarks about two female TV presenters that were criticised as anti-semitic, tells Emma Barnett why he regrets writing it.

Duration: 00:19:56

Tim Farron

Emma Barnett meets someone at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened. Today, the Lib Dem leader reveals why pressure over his Christian beliefs led him to step down much earlier than anyone previously knew and what he thinks the future of liberalism is in the UK.

Duration: 00:26:26

Prime Minister Theresa May

Emma Barnett meets Theresa May in the prime minister's first one-on-one, in-depth interview since the 2017 general election, and a year on from taking office.

Duration: 00:25:43

Sully's 'Miracle on the Hudson'

The incredible story of Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who tells Emma Barnett how he landed his Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in 2009, saving 155 lives.

Duration: 00:31:41

Blind Date 'hoaxer'

Undercover journo Nicola Gill tells Emma Barnett what happened when she tried to get on Blind Date as a contestant in 1997 – and how she was rumbled by Cilla Black and her team.

Duration: 00:24:36

‘My son cut off his penis’

‘Nick’ tells Emma Barnett the harrowing story of how his son cut off his penis while high on skunk – and how he and his family recovered.

Duration: 00:17:29

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