44 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.

Multi Story BBC Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 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.

    Caring and Sharing

    Caring and Sharing

    Three stories of people who have found themselves giving or receiving care.

    Including 26-year-old Hannah who was recently diagnosed with FND, in conversation with her mum Alison - about the wide-ranging impact of the disorder on relationships, work and hobbies. And the importance of celebrating the small wins.

    And Nina from Essex, who last year volunteered at a care home in order to see her dad Roger during the first national lockdown, and shared their journey with dementia with an online community.

    Plus radio producer Bob, on returning to university in his mid-40s to train as a nurse, during a global pandemic.

    Multi Story is presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

    With thanks to BBC Essex and BBC Radio Solent.

    • 32 min
    Carry On Campervanning

    Carry On Campervanning

    Marianne and Chris Fisher swapped their five-bedroom family house in Shropshire for Trudy the camper van back in 2018.

    This is not a holiday, but a complete change in lifestyle - the married couple are aiming to step foot in every country in the world. But plans have been somewhat altered by a global pandemic.

    Multi Story is presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

    With thanks to BBC Radio Shropshire.

    You can follow Chris and Marianne's adventures at treadtheglobe.com

    • 18 min
    Life and Lyrics

    Life and Lyrics

    Two singers share how personal experience has shaped their song lyrics - from escaping a bad relationship, to long night shifts.

    Jackie thought she'd found the man of her dreams, but his behaviour soon became suffocating - and even when they split, he wouldn't leave her alone. She now hopes her music will help empower other women in the same situation.

    Spencer Flay has used the isolation of his crane cabin - 30 metres above sea level - to hone his song writing and ukulele playing skills.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers - with additional production from Shivani Dave. With thanks to BBC Radio Bristol and Juno Women's Aid.

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

    Find out how to share your music through BBC Upload (bbc.co.uk/upload) and BBC Introducing (bbc.co.uk/introducing).

    • 30 min
    Only One Twin Can Win

    Only One Twin Can Win

    Team GB athlete Jake Wightman and his actor brother Sam, talk identical twin rivalry and companionship, on and off the track.

    Plus former Olympic runners, Angela and Susan reflect on the pros and cons of being known as "The Tooby Twins".

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

    With thanks to British Athletics for commentary from the Muller British Athletics Championships 2021.

    • 32 min
    Legacy

    Legacy

    Two stories of people making and continuing legacies - from making space in the equestrian world, to sharing the spiritual teachings of yoga.

    Freedom found a passion for horse riding as a teenager, when his parents moved the family from Leicester, to the Caribbean island of Antigua. Returning to the UK five years later, he was struck by how much he stood out in the equestrian world, as a young black man from the inner city. He now dedicates his time to ensuring kids from all backgrounds have the opportunity to share his passion. Kids like Kanane, one of The Urban Equestrian Academy's biggest success stories to date.

    Jal grew up in Preston, thinking yoga was just something grannies did in the temple and resisting suggestions she gave it a go herself. It wasn't until her husband Richard suggested a spontaneous year-long adventure in India that she truly connected to the spiritual practise - a life-changing experience.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers, with additional production from Versha Nayee at BBC Radio Lancashire.

    • 33 min
    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

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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So good!

This show is a gem. The episode about the old man who fell in love late will make you cry in a good way!

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