21 episodes

Simon Thomas explores human endurance through the toughest times. In a series of interviews with well-known celebrities and notable people, he discovers how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we find out that there are so many others experiencing mental anguish, who have lived through the most difficult times. We hear how many have overcome tragedy to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Life, Interrupted with Simon Thomas Global Media & Entertainment

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Simon Thomas explores human endurance through the toughest times. In a series of interviews with well-known celebrities and notable people, he discovers how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we find out that there are so many others experiencing mental anguish, who have lived through the most difficult times. We hear how many have overcome tragedy to live happy and fulfilling lives.

    Lynsey Crombie

    Lynsey Crombie

    Lynsey Crombie is a best selling author, businesswoman, and TV personality. But behind Lindsay's success is a much darker story.

    She first came to prominence when by sheer chance, she landed a role on channel for obsessive compulsive cleaners, which evolved to a regular slot on ITV this morning, where she shared not just her love of cleaning, but as secrets and hacks to a cleaner house and became known as the 'Queen Of Clean'.

    Throughout the pandemic, Lindsay has continued to share her brilliant cleaning hacks on social media with her many followers, and it led to the release of her latest book, The 15 Minute Clean.

    Yet behind the successful career women, is a difficult and challenging history.

    Age just 24 married and expecting twins, her life was interrupted in perhaps one of the worst ways possible.

    In the early hours of one morning, without any warning, her husband was arrested. Shortly afterwards the stress caused by the ordeal brought about the premature birth of her twins.

    She had to endure living on a knife edge, watching her premature twins fighting for their lives, while not knowing why her husband had been arrested and detained.

    Slowly, Lindsay discovered her husband's dark secret. He was charged for pedophilia. For a time her world fell apart. She struggled to share her pain with anyone and became a compulsive cleaner as a way of coping with her trauma.

    Lindsey's story is both brutal and heartbreaking. But it's also one of triumph and hope.

    If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123

    And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you:

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    @SimonThomasSky

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Hope Edelman

    Hope Edelman

    At the age of 17, Hope Edelman lost her Mom to breast cancer. After she lost her Dad later in life, she turned her pain into inspiration, as she began a journey to better understand the confusing world of grief.

    Her first book, "Motherless Daughters" was a number one New York Times best-seller, and now her latest book, "The After Grief", gives a brilliant insight into how we not only process grief, but how loss isn't something we just get over.

    The BBC Radio Five Live presenter Tony Livesey, who lost his Mum suddenly, when he was just 13 said about Hope's book, that if he'd had a roadmap like this for dealing with grief, it would have changed his childhood.

    So whether you're someone who's been recently bereaved, or is still struggling with loss from many years ago, or just want to understand grief a little more, than I know that Hope's story, insight and wisdom will help.

    This interview gives all of us a little more undserstanding about a difficult and confusing aspect of life that one day, we are all going to face.

    If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123

    And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you:

    Twitter

    @SimonThomasSky

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Gandy Brothers

    The Gandy Brothers

    Of all the Life interrupted episodes, I don't think I've ever heard a story quite as shocking and heartbreaking as the one you're about to hear.

    In 2004, Rob and Paul Forkan, now known as the Gandy Brothers, spent the Christmas holidays in Sri Lanka with their mum, dad, and siblings.

    For a few days, at least, it was the perfect Christmas.

    But on Boxing Day, their entire world changed forever.

    Without any warning, on the morning of the 26th of December 2004, the resort where they were staying was hit by one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

    The Boxing Day tsunami was so devastating that it claimed the lives of nearly 35,000 in Sri Lanka alone.

    I'll let the boys tell you the story of what happened to them. And the days, months and years that followed that dreadful day.

    This is a story that will at times be hard to listen to, at many points will break your heart. But I know it will also fill you with incredible joy, inspiration. And most importantly, hope.

    This is an episode that really does capture the power and strength and resilience of the human spirit.

    If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123

    And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you:

    Twitter

    @SimonThomasSky

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dr.Emma Kavanagh

    Dr.Emma Kavanagh

    The last year has been a period of life like no other, as the Coronavirus pandemic has not only gripped the UK, but the World.

    For months on-end we’ve been asked to live our lives in a completely different way.
    For so many of us we’ve spend the last year working from home. For those of us who are parents we’ve seen our children spending most of the last few terms away from school and time with those we love, family and friends has been largely spent on screens rather than in person.
    And tragically for people up and down the country we've seen family and friends lost to this devastating virus.

    This has been a period of time when all our lives have been interrupted. Its a period when all of us have struggled with anxiety, fear, stress and loss. The loss of those we love, and the life we once had.

    My guest on this episode of Life Interrupted is a lady who has spent her life helping people deal with trauma.
    Dr. Emma Kavanagh is a police and military psychologist and also a best selling author. She’s also someone who has spend her entire life dealing with her own anxiety and mental health challenges.

    Throughout the pandemic, Emma’s honest posts online have been helping countless others through this strange new world we now find ourselves in.
    So if you, like so many, have found this past year incredibly hard, I have no doubt that Emma’s wise words will not only encourage you, but also remind you of that powerful truth. That you are not alone.

    If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123

    And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you:

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    @SimonThomasSky

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tara Howell

    Tara Howell

    Tara Howell may not be a name known to many, but her story is one that should be.

    She grew up in Yorkshire and Saudi Arbia, and had a successful career in advertising, spanning over 20 years.

    The one constant in her life was horse riding, which she had enjoyed since childhood.

    In 2014, when she was just 43 years old, her life was suddenly interrupted when she was out riding on her horse Victor

    Out of the blue, her horse threw her to the ground, breaking her neck and instantly paralysing her.

    Discovered lying in a field 5 hours later, and subsequently airlifted to hospital, she began her fight against adversity.
    A story that is sure to humble and empower many.

    She's a remarkable women who over the past six years has not only had to rebuild her body, but her life as well.


    If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123

    And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you:

    Twitter

    @SimonThomasSky

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Dan Walker

    Dan Walker

    For nearly 20 years, Dan Walker has been on our screens for BBC Sport, where he still presents football focus every Saturday. For the past four years, he's also been waking us up every morning as the host of BBC Breakfast.

    Throughout his career, Dan has been lucky to chat to not just some of the biggest names in politics, sport and entertainment, but also some truly extraordinary people.

    People who may not be household names, but the stories of whom have touched millions.

    Now Dan has decided to tell some of these stories in his brilliant new book, 'Remarkable People'.

    Of the year where all of us have faced such profound uncertainty and worry, these tales will undoubtedly shine a ray of light and hope into one of this country's darkest hours.

    If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123

    And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you:

    Twitter

    @SimonThomasSky

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
256 Ratings

256 Ratings

dougal00 ,

Honest and inspirational conversations

Simon chats to his guests with such empathy and openness. Just finished listening to him talking with Andrea Corr and I found this episode so moving and poetic. I feel quite jealous of her obvious faith. I had no idea that she had dealt with so much tragedy during her life but find it inspirational that she has the strength to continue in such a positive way.

Badge 109 ,

I feel normal now

I listened to the talk with Hope Edelman, everything she was saying was how I felt when my mother died when I was 9 and even now the thoughts and feelings I go through. I had never heard anyone say them before. It just made me feel normal and not alone. Thank you

Cathal1983 ,

Excellent Podcast

Have listen to a few of the podcasts and they are a delight to listen too. Simon allows the guest to tell their story without interrupting them. He gets involved with his own experience and interpretation of an event in the guests life. I especially liked the Andrea Corr interview as they both give their experience of dealing with dead and how their children brought them back to reality with their child’s view on death. Can’t wait to listen to more

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