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.
Dubbed the most powerful woman in beauty, Caroline Hirons is the straight talking blogger whose no nonsense approach to skin-care has transformed her life and career. Now trusted by millions and feared by many, her product critiques are often hilarious and biting in equal measure. Championing transparency, accuracy, and science as well as equity and workers rights, Caroline is one force majeure we should all be grateful for. But she's a bit of a midlife hero too. After 4 children and years on the shop floor, Caroline began a new journey at 40 years old. Now, a decade later, she's a published author, and proud ADHD advocate who presides over a beauty empire. We also hear from celebrity hair stylist and midlife hair expert Michael Douglas, who tells us what's really going on with our post menopause locks, and what we can do to mitigate the dreaded frizz.
Lorraine Kelly really needs no introduction. A daughter of Scotland and stalwart of the screen, her light touch on tough subjects has made her a British icon. But whilst she makes it all look effortless, Lorraine has battled behind to overcome those who underestimate her, from bullies in the playground to the bosses in all male newsrooms, her indomitable work ethic and fantastic enthusiasm have taken her from strength to strength. Over the last three decades she's witnessed sweeping change not only in her profession, but herself as well. Now, at 61, she reflects on how well the menopause mixed with live TV, and, in the wake of Carolyn Harris, tells us how important the job really can be at that time. But we also hear from Dr Amir Khan who tells us about the early warning signs of Cancer, what we should be looking out for and when to act. This really is one you won’t want to miss.
A hero to many, Jürgen Klopp has achieved what very few have. In the often tribal world of football, he's united fans, pundits and players alike, whilst successfully leading Liverpool FC to domestic and European triumph. Outspoken and easy to laugh, yet measured and deliberate too, his virtues off and on the pitch are celebrated in equal measure. But, now 54, does the bond with his youngest players flow as freely? Is he as authoritarian as he once was? And, could we ever see him leave the pitch to lead a country? By his own admission Jürgen will not hesitate to devour the contents of a full fridge, so you’ll also hear from the best-selling author and nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, who tells us how her book 'The Science of Nutrition' can help us maintain a healthy relationship with the food we love.
The daughter of a top horse trainer, and herself a champion jockey, Clare Balding OBE made the leap into broadcasting as the BBC's racing specialist. Since then though, she’s reported on everything, from the Olympic Games and Wimbledon to Royal Weddings and Crufts. But for a decade she was also hiding her sexuality and looked to her father for approval. Now, at 50, and many many accolades later, Clare finds motivation from within and her wife Alice, who’s always there to lend a hand. Clare is unceasingly playful and energised, but is also afraid of purchasing tampons from the shop - so how does she feel about having her first hot flush? Gabby invites her to talk about menopause, whilst hearing an inspiring story from Carolyn Harris, the MP who’s cross party bill has taken the subject all the way to Whitehall - and won.
Nihal Arthanayake, a rapper turned broadcaster who knows a thing or two about shaking things up. Born to Buddhist parents of Sri Lankan origin in Essex, Nihal performed for five years as an MC before turning his hand to promotion and freelance music journalism. After years championing Asian and Desi bests in dark club basements, he eventually found a home at the BBC hosting award-winning shows on Radio One and BBC Asian Network, before moving to 5 Live, where he now interrogates an eclectic and often starry guest list - from political heavyweights and famous musicians, to unmissable stories and important debates. In this interview Nihal describes how he's 'floated through life', but we don't think that's entirely true. Guided by curiosity, and unshakable self-belief, it's clear Nihal has carved his own route to the top. But now, having just turned 50, is he slowing down? Will he ever 'grow out' of his Air Force 1s? And is music the key to staying young at heart? You'll have to listen to find out, but you'll also hear from author and founder Lucy Kellaway, who at 57, left a high-powered role at the Financial Times to retrain as a maths teacher, and has never looked back.
The Midpoint is back and we’re kicking things off with an absolute powerhouse, both on stage and in everyday life. Sharleen Spiteri has never been one to sit on the fence; In the nineties, she broke new ground with an androgenous look and searing vocals that challenged an industry of men. Since then, her band Texas have sold over forty million records, including thirteen top-ten singles and three number-one albums, but she’s not stopping yet. At fifty-four, Sharleen is as passionate, energised and daring as ever, touring the world once again with new LP 'Hi'. But things have changed ever so slightly. Now four years into the menopause, Sharleen cuts life on the road with more leisurely pursuits, spending time in the garden and hiding her enviable wardrobe from her teenage daughter Misty. We also hear from menopause expert Dr Shahzadi Harper, who tells us why testosterone could be the key to inspiring a brilliant sex life, into midlife and beyond.
This episode contains language that's not suitable for young children.
So incisive and relatable - and funny! Highly recommend especially the Caitlin episode.