In November 2017, former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas lost his wife Gemma, three days after she was diagnosed with cancer.
A year on, Simon is in a new relationship. He says it’s not about replacing Gemma, but is "part of beginning to find life again".
5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake meets six spies from the UK’s three main intelligence agencies, in the first ever joint interview with officers from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. They explain what it’s like inside their agencies in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack, how they decide which friends and family members to tell about their jobs and what they think of TV shows like Bodyguard and Killing Eve.
Phil Williams hosts a special tribute to Aretha Franklin. He’s joined by "Blue" Lou Marini - the sax player from the Blues Brothers Band, fellow gospel singer and childhood friend Candi Staton, Corrine Drewery from Swing Out Sister, and David Hood - founder member of the legendary "Swampers”, who was a session musician in most of Aretha Franklin’s major recordings.
Former Al Qaeda jihadi-turned-Mi6 spy Aimen Dean talks to Nihal Arthanayake about his time in Bosnia and Afghanistan, the moment he decided he had to bring the organisation down, and living a new life under the shadow of death threats. Nine Lives: My time as MI6's top spy inside Al-Qaeda by Aimen Dean with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister is published by Oneworld.
Comedians Russell Kane and Sam Avery, co-founder of Dads Matter UK Mark Williams, parenting expert Jen Edmondson and single parent Kevin Makwilkila join Phil Williams for an honest discussion on fatherhood.
Filmmaker and gay rights activist Dustin Lance Black reveals how he and his husband, Olympic diver Tom Daley, have felt about reactions to the news that they are having a baby via a US surrogate. The Oscar-winning screenwriter explores what it is about surrogacy that makes people uncomfortable, by speaking to surrogate parents and a surrogate mother about their experiences.
Gary Burgess, a TV journalist who has ME/CFS, takes over 5 live to talk to experts and patients about why so little is still known about a potentially devastating condition that affects tens of thousands of people in the UK, and millions more around the world.
Writer for Asian Mums Network, Aisha Ali-Khan, owner of Mums Advice, Gemma Potticary, Sophie McCartney, who runs Tired 'n Tested, and founder of The Motherload, Kate Dyson, are key online influencers from the world of motherhood. In this podcast, they share their ups, downs, plus the best and worst advice they've received.
Rory Carson follows the stories of the many victims and local residents as they try to rebuild their lives following the Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017.
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