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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.




Emily Maitlis

The TV presenter gives her first on-air interview Emma Barnett, to tell her what it’s been like to undergo a 27-year-ordeal at the hands of a stalker. She explains the impact of the stalking on her and her family – and argues powerfully for a change in the way that the system handles cases like hers.

Duration: 00:27:08

Rebecca Loos

The woman at the centre of tabloid allegations in 2004 tells Emma Barnett what it was like once she went public with claims that she’d had an affair with David Beckham – something he’s always denied. In this interview, Rebecca talks about whether she’d be treated differently now, and reveals that Max Clifford suggested she make a sex tape.

Duration: 00:24:36

June Steenkamp

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp tells Emma Barnett about her daughter, who was killed by Oscar Pistorius in 2013 -- and how that devastating moment has changed her and her husband's lives forever.

Duration: 00:19:19

The real-life Molly’s Game

Ski-hopeful Molly Bloom tells Emma Barnett how her life was turned upside down when the FBI raided her poker business – a true-life story which inspired the Hollywood film Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

Duration: 00:26:05

Chennai Six

Nick Dunn, who was imprisoned in India for several years before having his sentence quashed on appeal in November 2017, talks honestly to Emma Barnett less than 24 hours after his return to the UK about what happened and what kept him going during his time in jail and on bail.

Duration: 00:21:40

Colin Stagg

The man wrongly accused of Rachel Nickell’s murder in 1992 tells Emma Barnett what it was like to be hounded by the tabloids – and only exonerated by the police after 10 years.

Duration: 00:26:12

Fake News Victim

Jackie Teale, a teacher, tells Emma Barnett what it was like to be on the wrong end of a column written by Katie Hopkins and published by the MailOnline. Katie Hopkins had accused her of taking her pupils to an anti-Trump demo – something which never in fact happened.

Duration: 00:20:14

Why I kept my rapist's baby

Catherine became pregnant after being raped by a man she had considered her friend. She explains to Emma why she decided to give birth to the child - and why the hardest thing for her is looking into her son's eyes.

Duration: 00:34:36

Macer Gifford

The former banker tells Emma Barnett why he gave up a lucrative career in the City to go off and fight the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Duration: 00:22:01

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

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