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Past Imperfect
Can early trauma shape future success? Times’ columnists, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson talk to outstanding people about traumatic events in their early life, and the effect they had on their identities, their careers and their drive to succeed.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.5 stars from 50 ratings
Glad to have discovered this
I’m really enjoying listening to these interviews - at last interviews with depth and interest. Downloaded The Times Radio app too - a real competitor to the BBC 👍
Alioooo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/01/20
This series is completely different to any other type of interview you have ever heard. It doesn’t go into the run-of-the mill questions they have been asked hundreds of times. Instead this gives an insightful look at their past - usually revealing a side you never knew about - which explains how...Read full review »
tvmaned via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/05/20
Great guests
Thoroughly enjoying these interviews
ElaSmithson via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/22/20
Recent Episodes
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Published 04/04/21
Eddie Marsan is one of the UK's best character actors; appearing in films such as Sherlock Holmes, Tyrannosaur and Deadpool 2. He joins Rachel and Alice from his home and opens up about a childhood surrounded by racist, homophobic and domestic violence, coming to terms with his own spirituality,...
Published 03/28/21
Sir Damon Buffini is a businessman and Chairman of the National Theatre, Royal Anniversary Trust and the Ryder Cup Committee. Rachel and Alice join him at his home to talk about overcoming the racism he faced at University, chairing the government's Cultural Recovery Fund, and how the work ethic...
Published 03/22/21
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