19 episodes

How to Be in the Spotlight – Rylan explores the good, the bad and the ugly of what it's like to be thrust into the public eye – with those who've lived to tell the tale.
Over 12 episodes, Rylan will be joined by guests who will share how they have learned to navigate the spotlight, reflecting on what they did right – and what they did very wrong…
A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds.

Rylan: How to Be..‪.‬ BBC Sounds

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 166 Ratings

How to Be in the Spotlight – Rylan explores the good, the bad and the ugly of what it's like to be thrust into the public eye – with those who've lived to tell the tale.
Over 12 episodes, Rylan will be joined by guests who will share how they have learned to navigate the spotlight, reflecting on what they did right – and what they did very wrong…
A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds.

    7. Charlotte Church – Being a child star and weird fan encounters

    7. Charlotte Church – Being a child star and weird fan encounters

    Rylan is joined by singer and host of ‘Kicking Back with The Cardiffians’ Charlotte Church to discuss her mixed experiences in the spotlight. Charlotte tells Rylan about growing up as a child star and singing for the Pope as a 12-year-old, press intrusion in her rebellious years, and being accused of anti-Semitism.
    Rylan explores the good, the bad and the ugly of being thrust into the spotlight - with those who've lived to tell the tale.
    Host: Rylan
    Assistant Producer: Monetta Pierre
    Edit Producer: Katie Grant
    Producer: Millie Chu
    Production Manager: Francesca Bassett
    Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin and Arron Fellows
    Music: Miguel d'Oliveira
    Assistant Commissioner: Will Drysdale
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds

    • 39 min
    6. Andy Coulson – Launching the Spice Girls and being arrested

    6. Andy Coulson – Launching the Spice Girls and being arrested

    Rylan speaks to Andy Coulson, former editor of News of the World and host of the ‘Crisis What Crisis’ podcast, about the highs and lows of his career in tabloid journalism. They discuss his role in shaping the careers of some of the biggest names in the spotlight, including the Spice Girls and The Beckhams, as well as his arrest in the wake of the infamous phone-hacking scandal.
    Rylan explores the good, the bad and the ugly of being thrust into the spotlight - with those who've lived to tell the tale.
    Host: Rylan
    Assistant Producer: Satema Tarawally
    Edit Producer: Katie Grant
    Producer: Millie Chu
    Production Manager: Francesca Bassett
    Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin and Arron Fellows
    Music: Miguel d'Oliveira
    Assistant Commissioner: Will Drysdale
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds

    • 31 min
    5. Ainsley Harriott - Racism in the food industry and becoming a meme

    5. Ainsley Harriott - Racism in the food industry and becoming a meme

    Rylan speaks to TV chef and national treasure Ainsley Harriott about life in the spotlight. Ainsley tells Rylan about dealing with racism as a chef, providing in-flight entertainment for Richard Branson, and how he’s enjoyed becoming a Gen-Z meme.
    How to Be in the Spotlight - Rylan explores the good, the bad and the ugly of being thrust into the spotlight - with those who've lived to tell the tale.
    Host: Rylan
    Assistant Producer: Monetta Pierre
    Edit Producer: Katie Grant
    Producer: Millie Chu
    Production Manager: Francesca Bassett
    Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin and Arron Fellows
    Music: Miguel d'Oliveira
    Assistant Commissioner: Will Drysdale
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds

    • 37 min
    4. Jameela Jamil – Online feuds and problematic Vogue shoots

    4. Jameela Jamil – Online feuds and problematic Vogue shoots

    Rylan speaks to actor and activist Jameela Jamil about her experiences in the spotlight. Honest as ever, Jameela tells Rylan about the raucous years working at T4, accidentally getting her role on The Good Place, and the online feuds she regrets most.
    Rylan explores the good, the bad and the ugly of being thrust into the spotlight - with those who've lived to tell the tale.
    Details of help and support with eating disorders is available at bbc.co.uk/actionline.
    Host: Rylan
    Assistant Producer: Monetta Pierre
    Producer: Millie Chu
    Production Manager: Francesca Bassett
    Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin and Arron Fellows
    Music: Miguel d'Oliveira
    Assistant Commissioner: Will Drysdale
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds

    • 39 min
    3. Leigh Francis – Bo' Selecta! and shedding his personas

    3. Leigh Francis – Bo' Selecta! and shedding his personas

    Rylan speaks to comedian and star of Celebrity Juice and Bo' Selecta!, Leigh Francis. Joining Rylan in the studio, Leigh discusses the origin stories behind his most iconic characters, reappraising his portrayals of celebrities in Bo' Selecta!, and shedding his personas and becoming himself in the public eye.
    Rylan: How to Be in the Spotlight explores the good, the bad and the ugly of being thrust into the spotlight - with those who've lived to tell the tale.
    Host: Rylan
    Assistant Producer: Monetta Pierre
    Producer: Millie Chu
    Production Manager: Francesca Bassett
    Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin and Arron Fellows
    Music: Miguel d'Oliveira
    Assistant Commissioner: Will Drysdale
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds.

    • 34 min
    2. Emily Atack – Growing up famous and leaving “sexy schoolgirl” roles behind

    2. Emily Atack – Growing up famous and leaving “sexy schoolgirl” roles behind

    Rylan is joined in the studio by actor and comedian, Emily Atack to talk about her life in the spotlight.
    Emily tells Rylan about growing up in a famous family, breaking free from “sexy schoolgirl” roles, and how she deals with negative tabloid headlines.
    Rylan: How to Be in the Spotlight explores the good, the bad and the ugly of what it's like to be thrust into the public eye – with those who've lived to tell the tale.
    Host: Rylan
    Assistant Producer: Maisie Ellen Williams
    Producer: Millie Chu
    Production Manager: Francesca Bassett
    Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin and Arron Fellows
    Music: Miguel d'Oliveira
    Assistant Commissioner: Will Drysdale
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A Mindhouse production for BBC Sounds

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

78angelx ,

Love Rylan

Listening whilst smiling as always x

bonbon2 ,

Love it

This man can do no wrong in my eyes. Insightful and interesting chats with some great guests.

Reflectivelearning ,

Leigh Francis. Really????

Adore Rylan but have had to switch off midway through the Leigh Francis episode. A truly bigoted, selfish and un-aware man who doesn’t regret publicly bullying Craig David because it was ‘acceptable back then’ and it was ‘silly, playground behaviour that made people laugh’. Why is anyone giving this man airtime? Really, truly disappointed.

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