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News, interviews, chat and opinion. Including the Phone-in

News, interviews, chat and opinion. Including the Phone-in
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News, interviews, chat and opinion. Including the Phone-in




Sarah's story

Sarah was raped by her father. She was taken into care but was later returned to him. He raped her again. She had his child... and Bradford council are paying £160,000 in compensation.

Duration: 00:23:44

'I was an honour attack victim'

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS. Victoria speaks to 'honour attack' victim Jageer Kaur, who was beaten and partially blinded by her father-in-law, while her children watched.

Duration: 00:28:46

Prisoners' children

Prisoners' children share their stories. 'Bethany' was eight when her mother went to prison, while 15 year old 'Jack' has spent his teens with both parents in jail. The charity Person Shaped Support says that if the government doesn't start funding support, more young people will end up offending and suffering from mental health problems. Around 230,000 children in the UK have a parent in jail and a recent study showed that over two thirds of boys with a father in prison go on to offend...

Duration: 00:23:21

Jack Collison

West Ham midfielder Jack Collison wrote fans a 2,800-word farewell letter to tell them how much his time at the club meant to him. The player, who wrote the letter after learning his contract would not be renewed after nine years, says he 'feels blessed' for his time at the club. Hammers' fans told Collison they didn't want him to leave.

Duration: 00:25:02

David Robb: 'Anorexia killed my wife'

Downton Abbey actor David Robb talks to Victoria about his wife’s suicide. Briony McRoberts threw herself in front of a train a year ago. She was 56. He talks about his wife’s battle with anorexia and says the condition was responsible for her death.

Duration: 00:20:38

Chairing the BBC Trust

How many days a week do you need to chair the BBC Trust? Victoria discusses the sudden change of advert for the top job at the corporation with Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, and former BBC chairman, Sir Christopher Bland.

Duration: 00:14:05

False rape accusation

A man who was jailed after his girlfriend falsely accused him of rape says it has left him emotionally scarred. Paul Fensome's accuser, Rhiannon Brooker, has now been sentenced to three and a half years in jail. Victoria speaks to Mr Fensome and to his wife Diane.

Duration: 00:22:11

Sarah's 'criminal justice' diary

A first hand account from listener Sarah Butters of how victims of crime can be treated by the criminal justice system. Her brother Paul was killed in a hit and run. Sarah recorded a diary of her experience of endless delays, barristers calling her “irrelevant” and her wheelchair bound mother being told off for having a sip of water in court.

Duration: 00:36:09

Multiple siblings in care

In the London borough of Hackney, 209 children in care were born to just 49 mothers. Some senior judges say that parents whose children keep on being taken into care should be told to use contraception. Vicotria Derbyshire discusses the problem of multiple siblings going into care with a judge, a social worker and a director of children’s services.

Duration: 00:14:58

A tribute: Rachel's battle with alcohol

Victoria Derbyshire pays tribute to Rachel, the doctor addicted to alcohol who called into the programme and inspired many others to get treatment. She died in April. Listeners tell Victoria how Rachel’s example helped them on the road to recovery.

Duration: 00:49:17

D-Day veteran Gordon

In a moving call to Victoria Derbyshire on the anniversary of the D-Day landings, 88 year old Gordon, a D-Day veteran and 5 Live listener, explains he wants to remember 'all of his comrades'.

Duration: 00:08:40

The right to be forgotten

Victoria Derbyshire talks to EU vice president Viviane Reding about the 'right to be forgotten' ruling which grants citizens the power to ask search engines to remove material about them that is no longer relevant or accurate. Critics have said it is a form of censorsip, but others insist the law will not “erase history”. Victoria also hears from Bradley, who has asked Google to remove all information about his drink driving conviction.

Duration: 00:12:32

Online romance scams

In the last year, £18m has been stolen by fraudsters in online romance scams. In our exclusive report, we hear live from a victim who lost £26,000 and from a Nigerian 'scammer' about how he does it.

Duration: 00:22:12

Dr All's mountain accident

He thought he was dead, but somehow mountaineer Dr John All crawled to safety. He describes to Victoria Derbyshire how he fell into a crevasse in the Himalayas. His arm and ribs were broken and he was bleeding, but from a small ledge he inched his way out over several hours... filming as he did so.

Duration: 00:19:14

Interview with Rani Abraham

PA Rani Abraham, who leaked sexist emails written by Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore, speaks to Victoria Derbyshire.

Duration: 00:22:20

Young carers

Under 18s forced to look after their sick parents can suffer lifelong consequences. New research shows young carers are more likely to get sick, miss school and face unemployment. Victoria Derbyshire speaks to families about the findings.

Duration: 00:25:22

Inside the Supreme Court

Broadcasting live from the Supreme Court for the first time in history, we speak to its president Lord Neuberger. He tells us he is concerned that cuts to legal aid have made it more difficult for poorer people to get access to justice, and that it is clear the system needs to be improved. Lord Neuberger also discusses the lack of diversity among Supreme Court judges, and explains how the European Courts overrule British laws and court rulings far less frequently than people might think.

Duration: 01:26:47


Pat Cooper is 77 and her entire adult life has been blighted by agoraphobia. She hasn't been to her local town Darlington since the 60s and has only managed brief visits to her local corner shop, when supported by her daughter. She's missed holidays, family weddings, Christmas shopping and many other days out. The programme speaks to Pat and her grandson Kevin - and talks to a doctor who says he's angry people like Pat haven't had the treatment they need.

Duration: 00:23:13

Revenge porn

Victoria Derbyshire speaks to Sarah, a victim of revenge porn. Her ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos of her online and she says she feels like she's been raped 30,000 times - the number of views the photos have generated.

Duration: 00:09:28

Rachel's battle with alcohol - Part 2

We talk again to 'Rachel', a doctor and recovering alcoholic whose story we've been following for the past three years. She's been telling us how she's returning to work... and you've been telling her the impact she's had on you.

Duration: 00:46:49

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