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A regular podcast from ITV News, with our team of specialist correspondents plus guests providing information, advice and analysis you can trust about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and around the world.

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A regular podcast from ITV News, with our team of specialist correspondents plus guests providing information, advice and analysis you can trust about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and around the world.

    Will the UK's four nations stay united after coronavirus?

    Will the UK's four nations stay united after coronavirus?

    The four-nation approach to handling coronavirus has seen the UK divided like never before.

    Rather than be led by the UK government, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all adopted their own set of rules and restrictions while facing the pandemic.

    So what does that mean for the future of the UK? Will there be a demand for more power to be devolved to the nations once lockdown is over? Will decision-making in the UK ever be the same again?

    To answer those heavyweight questions, ITV Cymru Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters talks to two people with insider knowledge of how power is wielded in the UK, Matt Greenough and Lauren McEvatt.

    • 25 min
    Comic Marcus Brigstocke on Zoom gigs and joking about the coronavirus

    Comic Marcus Brigstocke on Zoom gigs and joking about the coronavirus

    Marcus Brigstocke has become a household name as a comedian - so what has life been like for the TV star now he’s only able to broadcast from his own home?

    He spoke to Kylie Pentelow about the challenges he and others have been facing in lockdown and whether it’s right to joke about the coronavirus.

    Plus he explains how a new Drive-In Club venture will get people out to see live stand-ups again, from the comfort of their car seats.

    • 20 min
    How do you grieve when you can't give your loved ones a hug?

    How do you grieve when you can't give your loved ones a hug?

    “You’ve got my cousins just crying and you can’t do anything.”

    In this emotional extended edition of the podcast, Charlene White tells fellow ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham how hard it was to attend a socially-distanced funeral.

    Lockdown measures have changed how we pay our respects. Funeral mourners are limited to just a handful of close family members and passing a tissue to a teary relative could land you in trouble.

    Charlene explains how the stripped back process was a world away from the nine-nights - a traditional Jamaican wake that lasts for several days - she is used to and why her aunt's send-off still feels unfinished.

    She also discusses why coronavirus has felt so close to home in her community and discusses the reaction she got to highlighting the disproportionate impact of the virus on ethnic minorities and black people.

    Charlene and Julie also discuss the explosion of the Black Lives Matter protest movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US and the prospects of lasting change in British society and family conversations across the UK.

    • 36 min
    How do you recover after lockdown ruins your big career moment?

    How do you recover after lockdown ruins your big career moment?

    The introduction of lockdown impacted so many people’s working lives.

    For Stephen Laughton it stopped short his career’s ambition.

    The playwright had been working hand to mouth before finally seeing one of his plays, One Jewish Boy, open to packed audiences and rave reviews in London’s West End.

    Then a week later the introduction of lockdown shut theatres, blocked crowds and left his play with no certain date of return.

    Which meant TV and film deals were all put on pause, leaving Stephen in real uncertainty.

    Speaking from New York, he describes his experience to ITV News Presenter Mary Nightingale, discusses the impact on the industry and offers a spirited defence of the need for the arts in all our lives.

    Plus he has a message for theatre director-turned-Hollywood heavyweight Sam Mendes.

    • 15 min
    Does lockdown easing worry you? Follow this advice

    Does lockdown easing worry you? Follow this advice

    “You’ll have some people celebrating and being thrilled. You’ll have other people really terrified of making those first steps into the communities they once felt completely at peace within.”

    So says TV presenter and psychologist Emma Kenny on how different people are likely to respond to the easing of lockdown measures.

    She has timely advice for those suffering from ‘return anxiety’ as things in society begin to resemble what life was like pre-pandemic.

    The Manchester-based psychologist talks Kylie Pentelow through key strategies for dealing with common concerns, like stepping out in public, sending children back to school or preparing to mix with a lot of people after months of isolated living.

    • 20 min
    How can lockdown improve our lives and the way we work?

    How can lockdown improve our lives and the way we work?

    Lockdown has drastically changed the way we live our lives.

    While the dramatic restrictions have hindered so many freedoms, some have found benefits from the simplification of their daily lives.

    Could it be that once the lockdown is over, people will look to retain some elements of this newfound simpler form of living? Or will the pace of 'normal' life overrun our best intentions?

    In this episode, psychotherapist John Halker explains to ITV Channel's Gary Burgess how we could use what we've learned to appreciate amid the pandemic to improve society and the way we work.

    What are the steps we can take to better appreciate our own lives?

    • 16 min

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