39 episodes

Personal stories from across England - each week, a new theme. Becca Bryers is your guide to the colourful characters and emotional experiences which make up a diverse country.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Personal stories from across England - each week, a new theme. Becca Bryers is your guide to the colourful characters and emotional experiences which make up a diverse country.

    The New Normal

    The New Normal

    Three stories of people adapting to new and changing situations.

    Including Ewan, who lost his hearing following a surfing accident and channelled his energy into his passion for tennis; playing the game at the top level, representing Team GB in deaf tennis. Until another change in his hearing forced him to step away.

    And Emilie, who was volunteering for a children's charity in Uganda when she met five day old Adam - and formed an emotional bond she couldn't shake.

    Plus 19-year-old Wiki reflects on her changing relationship with food and her recovery from anorexia.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers, with additional production from Shivani Dave.

    With thanks to Sue Kinnear from BBC Radio Wiltshire, Toni McDonald from BBC Hereford and Worcester, and Jo Loosemore from BBC Radio Devon.

    You can find details of organisations who can provide information and support in relation to eating disorders at bbc.co.uk/actionline

    • 39 min
    Keeping Company

    Keeping Company

    Three stories of the way technology can help us form connections and feel less alone.

    Including Jo from Liverpool and Martin from Skelmersdale, single strangers who weren't looking for love - until they met in a virtual pub.

    Plus Sheila and her daughter Lynn from Rotherham, who have both found comfort in a very low maintenance cat, called Willow.

    And Dean, a retired psychiatric nurse from Ipswich who has found happiness in a hobby, which involves "love" dolls as artistic collaborators.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers, with additional production from Shivani Dave.

    With thanks to Peggy Walker and Grace Stead at BBC Radio Sheffield, Christine Willis at BBC Radio Merseyside, Jane Downs at BBC Radio Newcastle and Graham Tempest.

    You can listen and subscribe to the Dementia and Me podcast on BBC Sounds here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07fsqj9 - and on Twitter @BBCdementiapod

    • 40 min
    Within The Rules

    Within The Rules

    Three personal stories reflecting on how we interpret and respond to the rules.

    Including 81-year old Patricia, who has finally found her birth family after a 30 year search - right in the middle of a global pandemic. She's desperate to be reunited with her birth mum on her 100th birthday – but equally determined not to break national lockdown rules.

    And Wayne, who lives in Oxford with his husband, reflects on the rules that impact him because of his identity as a sexually active gay man - from blood donations to safari holidays.

    Plus the Nottinghamshire biology teacher living a double-life as a pirate radio show host... until the BBC came knocking.



    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers, with additional production from Shivani Dave.

    With thanks to Justin Dealey at BBC Three Counties Radio, Clodagh Stenson at BBC Radio Oxford, and Dean Jackson and Kenny Burton at BBC Radio Nottingham.

    You can find out more about BBC Introducing here: bbc.co.uk/introducing
    And blood donation in the UK here: blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood

    • 41 min
    Single Story: Expectation vs Reality

    Single Story: Expectation vs Reality

    After a year-long hiatus, Multi Story is back for a fourth series!

    On 1st January 2020, we released "New Start" - a hopeful episode of the podcast, sharing positive stories of change as we looked forward to a fresh year, full of promise:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07yhrh0

    And then the global coronavirus pandemic hit, and suddenly we all had to alter our expectations and plans. Including Claire (aka "Becca's mum"), whose retirement story we revisit in this taster episode.

    Plus a taster of what to come in the new series, launching on 12th May 2021.


    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers, with additional production from Shivani Dave.

    • 8 min
    Single Story: Piano Man

    Single Story: Piano Man

    How a spontaneous duet between two strangers at a London railway station sparked a viral video and a valued friendship, bringing joy to uncertain times.

    Last spring, Denis Robinson was playing one of the pianos at St Pancras International, when he was approached by passing musical theatre actor Ceili O'Connor. A video of their performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow has been shared across the world. But what happened next?

    The fourth series of Multi Story has been postponed, while the team focus on making a new podcast sharing stories of good people, doing good deeds during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more and listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p087sdc4/episodes/downloads

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.
    With contributions from Jim Davis at BBC Radio London

    • 13 min
    New Start

    New Start

    To welcome in the new decade, stories of life-changing moments and new directions. Including Kate, a Lancashire mum who has taken control of her alcohol addiction, and is now helping others do the same. Plus boxer Tom Hill shares the impact, and the silver lining of losing his job at the Redcar steelworks. And meet Mark Winkless - a huge Leicester City supporter who has gone from being a bad guy, to simply acting one on screen.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.
    Executive producer: James Stewart


    With contributions from:
    Garry Scott at BBC Radio Lancashire
    Matty Jones at BBC Tees
    Harris Millar at BBC Radio Leicester



    With thanks to Andrew Fewster

    • 33 min

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