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More Than My Past

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Jason's guest on this extra special edition of More Than My Past is John, who was only released from prison in February of this year. John was inside both before and during COVID-19 lockdown, when prisoners were subject to unprecedented restric
Marie-Claire O’Brien was 26 and had a steady job when she crashed her car into a tree after a night out of heavy drinking, killing her close friend in the passenger seat. The shock of that accident, and her subsequent 14-month jail sentence, re
Conceptual artist Gary Mansfield was involved in crime from an early age, but wasn’t given a long prison sentence until £4.2 million worth of heroin was planted in his car by a fellow criminal. While serving his time in HMP Swaleside, he was in
Jason's guest on this episode can boast a bestselling novel and a hollywood film based on the events of his life. Nico Walker grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and joined the US army aged 19 to serve in Iraq as a medic. He returned with severe PTSD, l
Jason's interviewee on this episode was the inspiration for Helen Mirren's character in the ITV crime drama series 'Prime Suspect'. Jackie Malton joined the police force in 1970 and climbed up the ranks despite being a gay woman in a heavily ma
Jason speaks to journalist, broadcaster and podcaster, Sam Delaney. You might have spotted Sam's work in the pages of Heat magazine, on the airwaves of TalkSport or on the screen in one of his notorious morning TV appearances. More recently, he
In this episode, Jason speaks to a man with a true redemption story. Pastor Mick Fleming was sexually abused and learnt of the tragic death of his sister, all within the space of 48 hours. That trauma started a downward spiral that resulted in
Lauren Burnett's story of addiction and recovery comes with two main lessons - the dangerous appeal of drug culture among rebellious young people looking for a tribe to join, and the amazing turnaround that seemingly 'lost' people are capable o
Now an erudite and widely-admired writer, the early part of Erwin James's life was very different. Aged 7, Erwin lost his mother in a car crash and his father took to drink and domestic violence in his grief. Under that tragic backdrop, he bega
Alastair Campbell earned himself a formidable reputation in British politics as part of Tony Blair's New Labour government, for which he acted as spokesperson, campaign director and press secretary. Stalking that meteoric career, though, has be
Jason talks to Mandy Ogunmokun, founder of the Treasures Foundation which supports women with histories of drug abuse, offending and homelessness. Mandy's early life was blighted by trauma. The daughter and granddaughter of sex workers, she was
Jason's guest on this episode is former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams MBE. Tony battled alcoholism for much of his early football career, famously crashing his car while well over the drink-driving limit in 1990 and being sentenced to
Jason speaks to Lennox Rodgers - an ex-offender who suffered physical, sexual and racial abuse as a child before being groomed into gangs for whom he worked as a pimp, enforced and drug dealer. Since deciding to go straight he's become a motiva
Jason chats to his musical hero, Squeeze lead songwriter and recovering alcoholic Chris Difford. They talk music, football, addiction and recovery. For more information and to view dozens more stories, go to www.morethanmypast.org.uk See acast
Jason speaks to inspirational ex-addict and ex-offender turned drug and alcohol treatment centre manager Kirsty Day, who provides a moving account of how a Forward Trust program helped her overcome her struggles with addiction and offending - a
Jason interviews Big Issue co-founder, crossbench peer and ex-prisoner Lord John Bird. He tells the story of his fascinating life’s journey “from lockup to the Lords”, including childhood homelessness, formative stints in prison and a successfu
Actor Jason Flemyng interviews former prisoners and addicts with powerful stories to tell, exploring their struggle to turn their lives around and challenging the barriers and stigmas that can hold these people back. For more information and to
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