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She’s been making headlines for years, and now Helen Wood is speaking to people who she believes should be making headlines themselves.

From a fire breather to a porn star, a record label mogul to a reformed drug baron, the former Big Brother winner interviews a mix of real people with inspirational, fascinating, gripping and relatable stories to tell.

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She’s been making headlines for years, and now Helen Wood is speaking to people who she believes should be making headlines themselves.

From a fire breather to a porn star, a record label mogul to a reformed drug baron, the former Big Brother winner interviews a mix of real people with inspirational, fascinating, gripping and relatable stories to tell.

    Helen Wood chats to... Ava Koxxx

    Helen Wood chats to... Ava Koxxx

    Ava Koxxx, if the name doesn’t give it away, is a performer - but only for a strictly adult audience.

    She is one of the biggest names in the porn industry, working for the top adult film companies in the world, including Brazzers and DDF.

    Ava has since branched out, managing her own porn productions, hiring her own performers, photographers, editors, social media managers, and PAs.

    Helen chats to Ava about her experiences in the adult film industry.

    It goes without saying that this will contain some mature content – not for those with a sensitive nature.

    Helen Wood chats to... Ava Koxxx

    • 27 min
    Helen Wood chats to... Shaun Attwood and Peter 'Wildman' Mahoney

    Helen Wood chats to... Shaun Attwood and Peter 'Wildman' Mahoney

    From a drug kingpin to a motivational speaker, Shaun Attwood’s life has seen quite the turnaround.

    Shaun, originally from Widnes, was responsible for smuggling an estimated £4 million worth of drugs, including Ecstasy and ketamine, into Arizona in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    Shaun was caught in 2002 and faced a 200-year jail sentence. He avoided it after a plea bargain, serving six years behind bars.

    He documented the brutal conditions at the infamous Maricopa County jail in an anonymous blog, and would later become the author of a dozen books, looking at his own experiences and other true crime stories.

    He is also the host of a True Crime podcast and his YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers.

    On this week’s episode, Shaun is joined by his friend and former enforcer, Peter Mahoney, also known as Wildman. Fellow Englishman Peter served seven-and-a-half years in the Arizona prison.

    This is Helen Wood chats to… Shaun Attwood and Peter Mahoney.

    • 42 min
    Helen Wood chats to... Sophie Lee

    Helen Wood chats to... Sophie Lee

    It was a freak accident that would change Sophie Lee’s life completely.

    Performing in Chicago in 2018, the dancer and fire breather’s act went disastrously wrong when a fireball blew back at her, causing her face and chest to go up in flames.

    From being unable to look at herself in the mirror to posting her recovery photos to thousands of her Instagram followers, Sophie uses the power of social media to share her inspirational story - and show that beauty is beyond the superficial.

    Sophie chats to Helen Wood about her remarkable journey, and how she uses the horrific accident for good.

    • 26 min
    Helen Wood chats to... Denise and Stuart Fergus

    Helen Wood chats to... Denise and Stuart Fergus

    It was a crime that horrified the nation.

    In 1993, James Bulger, just two-years-old, was abducted and murdered by two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.

    Despite the horror of that day, Denise Fergus, mother of James, has committed her life to getting justice for her son – and helping other children through her charity, For James - James Bulger Memorial Trust.

    Denise and Stuart Fergus join Helen Wood to discuss their charity work and James Bulger's legacy ahead of what would have been his 30th birthday.

    • 29 min
    Helen Wood chats to... Alan McGee

    Helen Wood chats to... Alan McGee

    On this week's episode. Helen Wood chats to... Alan McGee.

    You might not necessarily recognise his name, but you will certainly recognise some of the artists and bands that Alan has worked with: Pete Doherty, The Libertines, The Charlatans, Primal Scream, Manchester legends Happy Mondays, and many more.

    And, back in 1993, Alan was the man who first signed a then-small band from Manchester to his label Creation Records. That band was called Oasis.

    Alan discusses his amazing music career, he tells some outrageous stories, and talks about the Gallagher brothers - and whether Oasis will one day get back together.

    • 32 min
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