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    Big Fish with Spencer Matthews

    From battling issues with drinking to founding the world's leading independent non-alcoholic spirits brand CleanCo, my story is one of resilience and reinvention. Now I'm on a mission to uncover the secrets of success from inspirational people who have made an incredible name for themselves. If like me you’re fascinated by how other people have developed a mindset for success, tune in each week so you can be inspired to unlock your full potential and become the best version of yourself. To contact us: bigfish@global.com For advertising opportunities, please email: dax@global.com
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    S4 E16: Richard Whitehead: The four time world champion and Paralympic athlete with no legs

    S4 E16: Richard Whitehead: The four time world champion and Paralympic athlete with no legs

    Richard Whitehead is a world-class athlete. He’s a double gold and double silver Olympic medalist, a four time world champion and four time European champion. All this success with no legs.

    Richard runs with prosthetic legs as he has a double knee congenital amputation - but this never stopped Richard from becoming the best in the world. In 2004, aged 27, he dreamt of running a marathon and signed up for the New York Marathon having never run a mile. With pure determination and discipline, Richard has become one of the most inspirational British athletes.

    Big Fish Extra Catch: Make these three changes for a healthier life

    Big Fish Extra Catch: Make these three changes for a healthier life

    We’ve reached the end of the series, and I’ve absolutely loved recording these bonus episodes with my friend and personal trainer Shaun Stafford. Our aim was always to give you a quick deep dive into popular health trends to help you understand them better or change your perspective. I wanted to take a look at some of the top facts and tips I’ve learned in this series, which can help you to make small changes to live a healthier life. In this episode, we’re looking at sleep, caffeine and alcohol - we’re debunking myths, sharing some crazy facts and giving you some top tips so you can easily create new, healthier habits.

    S4 E15: Paul Chowdhry: Surviving racist abuse and childhood grief to become a bestselling comic

    S4 E15: Paul Chowdhry: Surviving racist abuse and childhood grief to become a bestselling comic

    Paul Chowdhry is an acclaimed and multi-award winning stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster, he hosts The Paul Chowdhry PudCast for Global Player. He’s renowned as the most successful British Indian stand-up comedians in history, and has sold out Wembley Arena, putting him in the top 10 bestselling comics in 2017. His comedy is known for being outspoken and sometimes shocking, tackling subjects like race, sex culture. But in this interview we see a much more serious side to Paul. He talks about the impact of losing his mother at just 5-years-old, the horrific racist abuse he and his family experienced and how he’s built a resilient mindset to become an acclaimed comedian.

    Big Fish Extra Catch: All you REALLY need to know about fasting, cold plunging and clean eating

    Big Fish Extra Catch: All you REALLY need to know about fasting, cold plunging and clean eating

    We’re coming to the end of the series, and I’ve absolutely loved making these bonus episodes with Shaun. I wanted to take a look at my personal highlights from the series. So I’ve rounded up the best evidence-based tips on the most popular topics we’ve covered in this series. We’re looking at fasting, cold plunging and clean eating - it’s a quick lowdown on the benefits and drawbacks of each, plus how you can get started.

    S4 E14: Deborah Meaden: Confidence, self-belief and self-reliance: Becoming one of the UK's most famous businesswomen

    S4 E14: Deborah Meaden: Confidence, self-belief and self-reliance: Becoming one of the UK's most famous businesswomen

    Deborah Meaden is one of Britain’s best known business names - and I’ve been wanting her on the podcast ever since we launched. She’s a highly successful entrepreneur and has been an investor on Dragons’ Den since 2006. Her new book, Deborah Meaden Talks Money has been described as an unmissable book about money and finance for young people - and it’s out now. In this episode we talk about how to nail a Dragons’ Den pitch, whether she regrets any of her investments on the show and why money should never be your goal if you want to be successful.

    S4 E13: Gordon Smart: Abuse, acid attacks and f*cked up celebrities: My time as a tabloid editor

    S4 E13: Gordon Smart: Abuse, acid attacks and f*cked up celebrities: My time as a tabloid editor

    Gordon Smart is a broadcaster and journalist. His impressive rise to one of the jobs at the Sun newspaper at such a young age is absolutely remarkable. He became the showbiz editor at just 26 years old, and was appointed editor of the Scottish Sun at just 32. But at 36 he decided to pack it all in - telling me he couldn’t handle it, could no longer sleep at night and very nearly had a nervous breakdown. After leaving newspapers, he now presents on Radio 5 Live, co-hosts the Global podcast Restless Natives with Martin Compston and is editor-at-large of Men’s Health. Listen to Restless Natives here: https://linktr.ee/restlessnativespodcast

    S4 E12: Angela Scanlon: How I manifested my TV career

    S4 E12: Angela Scanlon: How I manifested my TV career

    Angela Scanlon is a presenter and author. She’s presented huge shows for the BBC including The One Show, and has just taken over Graham Norton as the weekend breakfast presenter on Virgin Radio. She’s also the co-founder of the jewellery brand frkl. In this interview we talked about how she manifested her hugely successful TV career, how being a self-confessed workaholic nearly led to burnout and the impact of battling a 15-year eating disorder.

    If you've been affected by anything in this episode, please see this website for more help and support: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-information-and-support/get-help-for-myself/i-need-support-now/helplines/

    S4 E11: Jax Jones: Abandoned as a baby to generating 10 billion streams

    S4 E11: Jax Jones: Abandoned as a baby to generating 10 billion streams

    Timucin Lam, known professionally as Jax Jones, is a DJ, record producer and remixer. He rose to prominence in 2014 by featuring on Duke Dumont's number-one single "I Got U". Jax Jones is a trailblazer in the music industry - he has 8 UK Top 10 singles, 8 UK platinum singles, over 60 million single sales and a staggering 10 billion global audio streams. He’s also been honoured with multiple Grammy, Brti and Ivor Novello nominations and has worked with legends like Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Diana Ross, RAYE and Mark Ronson. I absolutely LOVED this conversation with Jax. We talked a lot about his upbringing - how being abandoned as a baby fuelled his drive to succeed and make a name for himself. But also how that’s shaped his relationships and impacted his mental health.

    S4 E10: Jason Fox: 'It wasn’t the military that fucked me up, it was normal life’

    S4 E10: Jason Fox: 'It wasn’t the military that fucked me up, it was normal life’

    Jason Fox, usually known as Foxy, is a television personality, adventurer and former UK Special Forces soldier and Royal Marine Commando. He joined the marines at just 16 - serving for ten years, after which he passed the gruelling selection process for the special forces. After leaving the military he’s become a bestselling author and is probably best known for presenting SAS: Who Dares Wins. His new book Embrace the Chaos is out now - it’s all about challenging your limits and changing your habits to transform your life. In this episode we talked about his gruelling SBS selection, his experiences of PTSD and repeatedly hitting the self-destruct button.

    Big Fish Extra Catch: Why women need to lift weights

    Big Fish Extra Catch: Why women need to lift weights

    Are you scared to lift weights out of fear you'll get too muscly? Do you want to give it a go but haven't a clue where to start? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we're giving the lowdown on why women should strength train: weight loss, increased metabolism, improving bone and joint health and hormonal balance. PS: You won't end up looking as big as Shaun, it's taken him 20 years to look that hench.

    S4 E9: TJ Power: Neuroscientist on why your phone, porn and ultra-processed food is ruining your mental health

    S4 E9: TJ Power: Neuroscientist on why your phone, porn and ultra-processed food is ruining your mental health

    TJ Power is a neuroscientist, co-founder of Neurify and author of The DOSE effect, which is out later this year. TJ has gained a huge following online for his groundbreaking approach to mental health - particularly in the face of the challenges posed by our modern, digitally-driven lives. In this episode, TJ breaks down how we can all optimise our brain chemistry to rewire our thinking for happier, healthier and more productive lives. DOSE stands for the four key chemicals that rule are thinking and behaviours: Dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins.


    S4 E8: Christine McGuinness on autism, celibacy and her father’s heroin addiction

    S4 E8: Christine McGuinness on autism, celibacy and her father’s heroin addiction

    This episode contains discussion around suicide and eating disorders. If you are affected by anything you hear in this episode and need support, please see the suggested helpline and website links below. 

    Christine McGuinness is a television personality, former beauty queen and most recently, an influential advocate for autism awareness. A few years ago, her three children were all diagnosed with autism and shortly after, Christine discovered she was autistic herself - being diagnosed at 33-years-old. In this episode we talk about how Christine’s autism hugely impacted her childhood. There were times where she felt suicidal and sensory issues around food resulted in an eating disorder. She also left school before she was 14 because her school didn’t know how to support her. We also talk about her relationship with her father, who has recently beaten a 40-year long heroin addiction.

    Samaritans helpline: 116 123 

    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/talk-us-phone/

    Beat eating disorders: 0808 801 0677

    https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

    Big Fish Extra Catch: How I'm preparing for my toughest challenge yet

    Big Fish Extra Catch: How I'm preparing for my toughest challenge yet

    What is the secret to endurance training? I've completed multiple extreme challenges - most recently an ultra marathon in the Amazon jungle and another in the Sahara, Marathon des Sables. In this episode with Shaun Stafford are giving you the lowdown on how I train for such events and how I keep focussed. I'll also reveal how I'm currently training for my toughest challenge to date.

    S4 E7: Bryony Gordon: The devastating truth about alcoholism, addiction and getting sober

    S4 E7: Bryony Gordon: The devastating truth about alcoholism, addiction and getting sober

    This episode contains discussion around addiction and mental health. If you are affected by anything you hear in this podcast, please speak to your GP.

    Bryony Gordon is a journalist and author. Across her Telegraph column and bestselling books, she’s spoken openly about her mental health struggles, including living with OCD, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and binge eating disorder. Her groundbreaking memoir Mad Girl was published back in 2016 and was a raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. 8 years on, she’s published her latest book Mad Women - where she reassessed everything she thought she knew about mental illness. In this episode we both talk extremely honestly about our struggles with alcohol, addiction and getting sober.

    If you're struggling with alcohol, Drinkline is the free national alcohol helpline. You can call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

    Big Fish Extra Catch: The shocking impact of alcohol to your body and mind

    Big Fish Extra Catch: The shocking impact of alcohol to your body and mind

    What actually happens to your mind and body when you drink alcohol? In this week's episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're exploring why alcohol is so damaging for you.

    If you're struggling with alcohol, Drinkline is the free national alcohol helpline. You can call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

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