Gabby Logan is middle-aged and unashamed.
But what does it mean to be at the halfway stage of your life? Here, Gabby talks candidly to well-known faces about their own midlife challenges and expectations, drawing on the advice of experts from sleep gurus, nutritionists, and doctors specialising on hormone treatment.
After humble beginngs in Northern Ireland and difficulty at school, Colin Murray's success was not a given. But his driving work ethic, intelligence and passion have delivered him to dizzying heights. Throughout the 1990's he slid from the news room into music journalism, eventually finding himself on BBC Radio 1, where he broadcast to the nation for a decade. In 2003, he jumped onto our screens as one of the hosts of the breakfast show RI:SE on Channel 4 and, over time, became one of the go-to voices and youth of music, TV, and radio.
Since then he's moved to BBC Radio 5Live, and showcased a deep love and knowledge for sport, presenting for Match of The Day 2, Talk Sport and, of course, on his fantastic show, 'Fighting Talk' which he presents every Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.
It's clear that his career has blossomed, but he's chosen not to have a family or children. Now, at 45, is that a choice he still stands by? Are the physical changes of midlife breaking his stride? And how has he mellowed in his approach to life as a whole?
We also hear from Alexis Willis, author of How Much Brain Do We Really Need? who explains what we can do to develop and protect our brain health, into midlife and beyond.
Martin Lewis. A man who spent a lifetime championing the consumer. As a financial journalist, he started a newsletter which grew and grew into the behemoth that is MoneySavingExpert.com. In 2012 he sold it for a purported £87 million, which makes Martin a very wealthy man; yet his passion for taking on the underdog and fighting for consumer rights has not dimmed. A joyful and energetic man with a passion for his work and his family, but how have his achievements shaped his midlife? Could he ever conceive of slowing things down? And is his game affected by those emerging aches and pains? Gabby is also joined by no-nonsense personal trainer and fitness guru, James Smith to demystify exercise, midlife, conficence and the menopause.
Mary Portas is not afraid of change and is never short of new ideas. An innovative bussiness woman, she transformed Harvey Nichols into a global fashion brand in the 90's and has graced our screens and our bookshelves in the two decades since. She's advised governments and developed clothing lines of her own. But now, at 61, how does she feel about the Mary underneath all of this? Is she afraid of slowing down? Or does parenting Horatio, who's just 9 years old, keep her feeling energised? Mary reflects on the importance of following your heart, and fixing her broken sleep pattern. We also hear from Nick Littlehales, who tells us how to create the ideal conditions for mental recovery and preparing for sleep.
Patrice Evra, a hero to many both on and off the pitch. Described as the best left-back in Europe by Fergie, for years his leadership and passion helped bring Manchester United and the French national team to cup glory. But Patrice has battled through poverty, sexual abuse and homelessness to get to where he is. Now, at nearly 41, Patrice reflects on the boy he left behind and the man he has become. We also hear from Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, who helps us understand how to switch off and appreciate the present moment.
Charlene White is best known for presenting ITV News and making us laugh on Loose Women. This week she reveals some of the things she wishes she'd known about earlier. Together they explore the missed signs and signals of her mum’s menopause, what it’s like to parent younger children as we slow down in midlife, and temping her parent’s expectations when she had a family later than they would have liked. Gabby is also joined by Dr Dawn from Embarrassing Bodies who tells us the tell-tale of signs sexual dysfunction and what we can do to fix it.
Tamzin Outhwaite may be best known for her role as Mel Owen on EastEnders but has never been defined by it. Her work ethic and strength of character has led her to pull focus on so many shows - Red Cap, Hustle, Hotel Babylon, The Fixer, Silent Witness, Law & Order UK, the list goes on. Away from the studios, she’s also graced the stage, performing in Grease, Oliver, Stepping out and, of course, Sweet Charity. In this episode Gabby and Tamzin discuss their meeting in the most unlikely of places, and explore how they deal with judgement, challenge, and change. Tamzin reflects on what she’s missed in life, and, crucially, what she’s got now. They are also joined by award-winning life coach Simon Alexander Ong who explains how to manage our energy levels and use that knowledge to make our lives fuller.
A great podcast find !
Came across this only recently so I am playing catch up . I am a fan of Gaby’s presenting style and I find the the format entertaining , interesting and helpful . My Husband and I are both middle aged and it has highlighted to me that there is so little out there that is particularly inspirational or encouraging or informative for mid lifers - it’s reassuring to hear some positive but also realistic and informative view points for a change that has reinforced we are not alone in our experiences !
Found by accident. What a lovely conversation by two excellent people. Thank you. Very relatable
Colin Murray with Gabby was great fun. Be great roadtrip companions, I reckon.
Fun podcast, and I’m knocking on the door of becoming a member of the club, so it’s sort of hopeful, too.