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How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things in life that haven’t gone right and what we might learn from them along the way. Every week, Elizabeth’s guest explores three failures, and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth to share your failures, problems or questions - anonymously or otherwise. She'll go through these each week with the help of her very special guests. And remember: a fail shared is a fail halved. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/how-to-fail-uk-2023/ An Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Original Production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastsales@sonymusic.com

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day How to Fail

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 220 Ratings

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How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things in life that haven’t gone right and what we might learn from them along the way. Every week, Elizabeth’s guest explores three failures, and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth to share your failures, problems or questions - anonymously or otherwise. She'll go through these each week with the help of her very special guests. And remember: a fail shared is a fail halved. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/how-to-fail-uk-2023/ An Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Original Production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastsales@sonymusic.com

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    Friends with benefits, dealing with an absent parent and To Botox or Not To Botox?

    Friends with benefits, dealing with an absent parent and To Botox or Not To Botox?

    Sara Cox joins me to answer your questions on how to deal with a friend who is prioritising her sex life, how to deal with an absent father, and whether facial injectables and/or plastic surgery are ok.

    As ever, I’m so thankful to you for taking the time to write in and please keep them coming. I love hearing from you and my guests are often surprised at how good they are at giving advice!

    Do you have something to share of your own? Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs
    Producer: Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
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    Sara Cox - ‘So much good has come from the bad things that have happened to me'

    Sara Cox - ‘So much good has come from the bad things that have happened to me'

    Sara Cox is a broadcaster and author. You might have grown up with her on Radio 1’s iconic Breakfast Show. You might remember her being one of the first so-called ‘ladettes’ (and if you do, we talk about how much she hates this word in the episode). You might have read one of her bestselling books - she wrote a memoir in 2019, followed by two novels, the most recent of which, Way Back, was published in March.



    She’s now the host of the most listened to radio show in Europe: BBC Radio 2’s tea time, as well as being on our screens at the helm of the hugely successful TV books show, Between the Covers. But her upbringing was far removed from media luvviedom: she comes from a Lancashire farming family and spent her childhood shuttling between her divorced parents - her father’s farm and her mother’s pub. We talk about how these early experiences affected her and what she learned from her parents’ break-up. We also discuss her failure to farm, her failure to believe she’s ACTUALLY an author and an early career failure  to control Sacha Baron Cohen when he was a live guest on Radio 1 (and the media’s misogynistic treatment of Cox in the aftermath).



    As always, I’m desperate to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 



    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com 



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

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    • 51 min
    HOW TO WRITE A BOOK - introducing your new favourite podcast!

    HOW TO WRITE A BOOK - introducing your new favourite podcast!

    From Elizabeth Day, the creator and host of How To Fail, comes a brand new podcast: How To Write A Book. Hosted by bestselling author Sara Collins, powerhouse publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove and superagent Nelle Andrew, WE are your on-hand writing community.

    You’ll learn how to develop ideas, experiment with your voice and get your finished manuscript out there. It’s also the place to come if you just love reading and want a glimpse behind the scenes of how great books, films and TV dramas get written. It’s a masterclass in podcast form - a podclass, in fact!

    Follow us now to make sure you never miss a single episode. And if you want to binge all 12 episodes at once and listen entirely ad-free, hit subscribe now.

    Launching on 22nd July.



    Executive produced by Elizabeth Day for Daylight Productions and Carly Maile for Sony Music Entertainment.

    Produced by Imogen Serwotka.

    Please do get in touch with us, your writing community, with thoughts, feedback and more at: howtowriteabook.daylight@gmail.com
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    • 2 min
    I wear tinted moisturiser - but careful, no f***ing shimmer

    I wear tinted moisturiser - but careful, no f***ing shimmer

    This week, Danny Dyer gives us excellent advice, including how to get a glow-on in the mornings and whether or not one listener should go on a reality TV show. Plus: we answer your emails and discuss moving abroad, feeling stuck and why everyone has talent.

    Do you have something to share of your own? Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    How to Fail Live presented by Hayu: https://mailer.brackets.digital/h/r/44ABE7D32748CB322540EF23F30FEDED

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs
    Senior Producer: Selina Ream
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts
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    Danny Dyer - 'I’m a f**king legend or I’m a f**king disgrace. I suppose I divide people'

    Danny Dyer - 'I’m a f**king legend or I’m a f**king disgrace. I suppose I divide people'

    We bonded over swearing. And, although I’m not one to brag: Danny Dyer said it suits me. DANNY F***ING DYER! I mean. I know this is a podcast about failure, but surely that’s a major life achievement?

    Anyway, I digress… Today’s guest was born in East London and had a challenging childhood - his parents split when he was nine after his mother discovered Danny’s father had a secret family. Acting was, in many ways, his escape from everyday life. He started in his teens, and was soon acting alongside luminaries such as Helen Mirren, Mark Rylance, Daniel Craig and Derek Jacobi. In his 20s, his mentor was the playwright Harold Pinter - someone Danny considers a father figure in his life, and who he has as the screensaver on his phone. We talk about what he learned from his drug addiction and his subsequent rehab, including one panic-inducing story about being on stage and forgetting his lines after spending the night before smoking crack in New York. It’s an extraordinary tale of resilience and self-growth and I really appreciate Danny’s honesty in telling it.

    We also talk about what psychics say to him, his concerns over his daughter becoming famous, his royal heritage and why he might have got the wrong dog.



    Danny’s show Mr Bigstuff is out on Sky - Wednesday 17th July



    How to Fail is going on a live tour in Spring 2025, presented by Hayu! Tickets are on sale now at www.fane.co.uk/how-to-fail



    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    • 52 min
    How to take disappointment and reframe it

    How to take disappointment and reframe it

    Although he’s won legions of awards and starred in one of the most successful and beloved TV comedies in recent years, Jesse still suffers from social anxiety. This is partly what makes him so empathetic and therefore GREAT at advice. Today, we reply to a listener who didn’t know they were gay until they were 33 and we discuss how the universe has a habit of sending you unexpected packages just when you need them! (Not literally - that would be more like DHL).

    Do you have something to share of your own? Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs
    Senior Producer: Selina Ream
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

choir conductor ,

Amazing podcast

Elizabeth Day guides an impressive array of interviewees with wisdom and kindness as they recount their struggles and their triumphs. Brilliant.

Pod-ium ,

Time well spent

I was riveted by the artful and enlightening interview with Joan Bakewell. Bravo!

Woolwhippet ,

Huge five stars!

The episode with Margaret Atwood was fantastic!

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