13 episodes

Have you ever locked eyes with a stranger and wondered, "What’s their story?" Step into someone else’s life and expect the unexpected. Extraordinary stories from around the world.

Lives Less Ordinary BBC World Service

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 325 Ratings

Have you ever locked eyes with a stranger and wondered, "What’s their story?" Step into someone else’s life and expect the unexpected. Extraordinary stories from around the world.

    My husband thought I was an imposter

    My husband thought I was an imposter

    Abi Morgan’s husband woke from a coma and didn’t recognise her.

    Abi is a playwright and screenwriter based in London, and she'd made a name for herself writing successful and often highly emotional films and TV Series such as The Iron Lady, Shame, and The Split.

    In 2019 her life took such a strange and unfamiliar turn, she says it was almost like she'd landed in one of her scripts. Her partner Jacob was ill and put into a medically induced coma. Eight months later, he woke up, and no longer recognised Abi as his wife.

    Abi has written a book about her experiences called This Is Not a Pity Memoir.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Harry Graham

    • 45 min
    My dream holiday turned to horror

    My dream holiday turned to horror

    Pirates attacked Judith and her husband in a remote Kenyan resort in 2011. Judith was dragged from her bed and taken by boat to Somalia, where she was held for over six months. Despite everything she went through, Judith Tebbutt has spent the last ten years trying to get justice for a man she believes was wrongly convicted of the crime.

    Due to breaking news we're bringing you this episode of Lives Less Ordinary earlier than scheduled.


    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producer: Rebecca Vincent

    • 48 min
    A family lost at sea

    A family lost at sea

    Fleeing Vietnam, Lauren Vuong’s family almost died. Settled in the U.S. all she wanted was to fulfil her parents’ dream of finding their rescuers. This is the story of one family’s quest for survival, and the kindness of the strangers who helped them.

    Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
    Producers: Louise Morris and May Cameron

    Film clip: Finding the Virgo/Barre Fong/Lauren Vuong/ Barre Fong Designs

    • 40 min
    Giving birth as a hostage in Syria

    Giving birth as a hostage in Syria

    Janina was six months pregnant when she travelled to Syria in 2015 to meet a school friend who’d become an extremist. Janina Findeisen, a journalist, was making a documentary about their friendship. The trip was only meant to last a few days – little did she know that she would end up being taken hostage and forced to give birth in captivity.

    Presenter: Emily Webb
    Producers: Emily Webb and Fiona Woods

    Film clip: Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell, The Weinstein Company.

    • 57 min
    Taking on the witch hunters

    Taking on the witch hunters

    Blamed for killing her father through witchcraft, Monica Paulus fled for her life, but she didn’t stay in hiding for long. Monica realised she could be someone to stand up and prevent others being killed after accusations of sorcery. This is the story of how one brave woman took on the witch hunters and changed history in Papua New Guinea.

    • 39 min
    Township lawyer v gold giants, part 2

    Township lawyer v gold giants, part 2

    Charles sues his country’s richest companies on behalf of black gold miners. It’s a battle that could spell ruin for Charles, but this isn’t a man who takes no for an answer.

    Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
    Producer: Fiona Woods

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
325 Ratings

325 Ratings

beccalc15 ,

Phenomenal

Moving, thought provoking, wonderful podcast

Eks3171 ,

Beautiful show

Truly griping and thought provoking stories. Allows us to take a look into perspective and lives we normally wouldn’t be able to experience. Would recommend to anyone. Great podcast!

Tpitz7 ,

Fascinating

BBC does it again! Incredible quality and fascinating stories. I can’t wait for more.

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