True life stories. Join Matthew Bannister, Monday to Thursday. Includes our daily history programme Witness. Or join us for the best of Outlook on Saturdays.

True life stories. Join Matthew Bannister, Monday to Thursday. Includes our daily history programme Witness. Or join us for the best of Outlook on Saturdays.
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True life stories. Join Matthew Bannister, Monday to Thursday. Includes our daily history programme Witness. Or join us for the best of Outlook on Saturdays.






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Outlook: How to Embarrass your Dad

Born in Syria, Ahmad Joudeh loved ballet dancing but it caused lots of tension with his father. Laolu Senbanjo made his dad proud by becoming a lawyer, but Laolu had bigger dreams. Image: man with his head in his hands Credit: Stockbyte/Getty Images

Duration: 00:27:23

Writing Brought Us to the Palace

Join Matthew Bannister inside the grand rooms of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition awards ceremony. It's the world's oldest schools' international writing competition and invites young people from Commonwealth countries to submit a piece of work on a particular topic. This year's theme was 'A Commonwealth for Peace'. From more than 12,000 entries, four girls have been successful. Their prize was to travel to London and receive an award from the Duchess of...

Duration: 00:40:29

The Nun Rescuing Sex-Trafficked Women

Sister Rita Giaretta is an Italian nun who has dedicated herself to helping women who have been trafficked into the sex industry. She carries out her work in the town of Caserta in the south of the country. (Photo courtesy of Sister Rita Giaretta.)

Duration: 00:14:02

Turning the Lens on My Family's Story

British film producer Jonathan Cavendish had some hit movies under his belt, including Bridget Jones' Diary, before he realised that his own life story could be a movie. He and his mother, Diana, remember life in the family home with Jonathan's father, Robin, a pioneering campaigner for disabled people. He has now made a film about their lives called Breathe. (Photo credit: BBC.)

Duration: 00:16:13

The Narcotics Officer's Dilemma

American Kevin Simmers has devoted his life to the war on drugs as a narcotics officer, but he saw addiction in a whole new light after a shock revelation from his daughter, Brooke. (Photo credit: Kevin Simmers.)

Duration: 00:19:52

Outlook Weekend: The Fix

Entering the ring with a drag queen wrestler called Cassandro and heading to North Korea with Hak-Min Kim, better known as repair boy. Image: Hand tools arranged on wooden background Credit: Neustockimages/Getty Images

Duration: 00:27:04

The Indian Nurse Held Hostage by IS

Marina Jose is an Indian nurse who has worked in different parts of the world. In 2014 she was part of a group of nurses held hostage for 23 days by militants from so-called Islamic State. It happened when they were working at Tikrit hospital in Northern Iraq. She told Matthew Bannister how they survived. Image: View of Tikrit March 2015 Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/Getty Images

Duration: 00:12:56

The Cowboy Bringing Care to Millions

Stan Brock grew up on the south coast of England, but he was always interested in adventure and ended up working as a cowboy in Guyana. He tells Matthew Bannister how falling off a horse led him to an extraordinary life flying free medical care to millions of people around the world. Image: Stan Brock Credit: Auston James

Duration: 00:13:14

I Learnt my Dad was a Murderer from TV

Elisha Rose was in Sydney, Australia watching the TV news one day only to discover that her father was wanted for murder. She was 13 years old at the time. She learned that her father had killed five people during the 1980s and 1990s and would be sent to prison for life. She talks to Outlook's Shaimaa Khalil about trying to come to terms with his actions. Image: Elisha Rose in a library Credit: Mayeta Clark

Duration: 00:17:36

Secret Life of a Chinese Cartoonist

Badiucao is one of China's most prolific and provocative political cartoonists. Much of his work champions human rights causes, for instance this year he drew a mural of his icon, the late activist Liu Xiaobo, just days before his death. Badiucao takes great pains to protect his identity, using an alias and wearing a mask at public exhibitions of his work. He tells Shaimaa Khalil why he became an artist, and the cost of keeping his personal life so secret. Image: Trump and Xi cartoon by...

Duration: 00:17:37

The Gold Lion and the Bronze Horses

How an advert about dandruff led to attempts on the life of Colombian Juan Carlos Ortiz and story of the Dutch coin collector who tracked down Hitler's lost bronze horses. Image: 'Walking Horses' by Austrian-German sculptor Josef Thorak from Hitler’s Chancellery recovered in 2015 Credit: FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Duration: 00:26:36

Goldie: Making Peace With My Mother

UK dance music pioneer Goldie turned his tough upbringing in the care system into the motivation to make a success of his music career later in life. Born Clifford Joseph Price, he was just three years old he when he was abandoned by his mother. He grew up in the care system in England, constantly moving between foster families and children's homes. Image: Musician Goldie holding his MBE medal (Credit: Yui Mok/AFP/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:15:11

The Costume Designer Behind Black Panther

Costume designer Ruth Carter has been working in theatre, film and TV for more than 25 years. She's the first black costume designer to be nominated for an Oscar and has worked on films including Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Amistad, Selma and the new superhero film Black Panther. (Photo credit: Ed Salsbury.)

Duration: 00:14:55

Surviving a Wildfire that Took my Crew

Brendan McDonough is the sole survivor of his 20-man firefighting crew. They perished during a firestorm in Yarnell, Arizona. Brendan discusses how he's coped with the loss. (Picture credit: Christopher MacKenzie.)

Duration: 00:14:48

I am Grateful for my Narcolepsy

George Church is a top scientist at Harvard University. Less well known is that he has narcolepsy, a condition that makes him nod off, very suddenly and unexpectedly and there are lots of things that can trigger it. (Photo credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images.)

Duration: 00:12:32

Outlook: After the Race is Over

American athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton was tipped for gold at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, but she crashed out of her race, and normal life, in spectacular style. Australian extreme runner Dion Leonard survived a gruelling ultra-marathon in China. But a brown-eyed mutt he met along the way presented an unexpected challenge. Image: Dion Leonard and Gobi the dog Credit: 4DESERTS.COM/OMNI CAI

Duration: 00:27:39

Helping the Homeless Find Loved Ones

Kevin Adler was a businessman before he decided to help homeless people find their long-lost families in the US. He told Matthew Bannister his story. Image and credit: Kevin Adler

Duration: 00:12:04

Rebuilding my Beloved Raqqa

It's been two weeks since US-backed forces took full control of the Syrian city of Raqqa. It ended three years of rule by the so-called Islamic State. Raqqa now lies in ruins, but residents like Mohammad Hassan have joined together to start the restoration effort. Image and credit: Mohammad Hassan

Duration: 00:11:32

Kidnapped from Prison as a Baby

Ignacio Hurban was 36 years old when he made the shocking discovery that he had been at the centre of a national scandal in Argentina without knowing it. During the military dictatorship, hundreds of babies were snatched from their imprisoned mothers and given away to people who were considered more sympathetic to the regime. Ignacio found out he was one of those stolen children and that his real surname was Montoya Carlotto. He was now faced with a new family and the kind of fame that he...

Duration: 00:16:27

Gang Life Prepared Me for the Kitchen

Tim Raue is one of the world's top chefs; he's cooked for prime ministers and presidents. As a child he grew up in a poor area of Berlin with his mum and often used to go hungry. He also spent a few turbulent years in southern Germany where he suffered abuse at the hands of his father. As a teenager he returned to Berlin and joined a notorious gang called 36 Boys and would have vicious street fights with other gangs in the city. Food became his salvation and, after focusing on a career in...

Duration: 00:19:23

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