Podcast

Bryony Gordon's Mad World

Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better. From Prince Harry to Fearne Cotton. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

Episodes

  • Introducing: If I Can Do It, with Mel B

    Jan 04 2019

    To mark the New Year, we wanted to give you a taster of our newest podcast. It’s called If I Can Do It - and if you liked Mad World, we think you’ll like this too. In each episode, Bryony talks to someone whose life-story can put a bit of spring in your step. From an Oscar-winning filmmaker to a feminist icon-in-the-making - these are people who have overcome big obstacles on the road to success, and who have some powerful advice to share with the rest of us. Up first is Mel B. In this intima...more

  • Scarlett Curtis

    Oct 10 2018

    Writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis speaks to Bryony Gordon in this special World Mental Health Day edition of the show. Scarlett opens up about her struggles with PTSD following major surgery, and how both her writing and her activist work help her cope with her own mental health on a day-to-day basis. Caution advised: strong language throughout. Visit www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld for more.

  • Mad World: Poppy Jaman

    Apr 11 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE CEO and founding member of Mental Health First Aid England, Poppy Jaman OBE speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the tenth and final episode of the second series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.   Poppy details her struggles with prejudice and racism growing up in Portsmouth in the 80s, and how these experiences spurred her on in both life and career.

  • Mad World: Melissa Hemsley

    Apr 04 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE Cook and food writer, Melissa Hemsley, speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the ninth episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Melissa discusses how she's been dealing with her father's death from cancer three years ago, as well as how she manages her own relationship with food, having struggled with it in her pre-teenage years.

  • Mad World: 'Deliciously Stella', Bella Younger

    Mar 28 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE & ADULT THEMES Comedienne and social media star, Bella Younger, speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the eighth episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Better known as 'Deliciously Stella', her remarkable rise to fame saw Bella become an overnight Instagram sensation and ultimately resulted in a mental breakdown and treatment at the Priory; all whilst trying to pull together a show f...more

  • Mad World: Frank Bruno

    Mar 21 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE  Former professional boxer Frank Bruno speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the seventh episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Having competed for over a decade, Frank's illustrious boxing career saw him win 40 off his 45 professional fights; but some of his biggest battles were to come from outside the ring. Frank opens up to Bryony about how it felt to suffer a mental breakdown so...more

  • Mad World: Rebekah Vardy

    Mar 14 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE  Reality TV star Rebekah Vardy speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the sixth episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Wife of England and Leicester City football player Jamie, Rebekah discusses her recent trials and tribulations as a campmate on 'I'm A Celebrity', as well as her struggles with post-natal depression and managing her own mental health as a mother of four. 

  • Mad World: Fearne Cotton

    Mar 07 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE  Television and radio presenter Fearne Cotton speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the fifth episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Well-known as a mental health ambassador, Fearne talks to Bryony about how she manages her own issues alongside her young family and career.

  • Mad World: James Rhodes

    Feb 28 2018

    STRONG CAUTION ADVISED - SOME LISTENERS COULD FIND THIS PODCAST VERY DISTRESSING AS IT INCLUDES GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF CHILD RAPE British concert pianist James Rhodes speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the fourth episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  James discusses in harrowing detail how he was raped as a child and discusses how he copes with his mental health issues arising from those events.

  • Mad World: Jade

    Feb 21 2018

    This week 18 year-old Jade and her mother Claire speak to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the third episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Jade features in the BBC Two documentary 'Girls on the Edge', due to air on Thursday 22nd February, detailing young people's experiences of the mental health system in this country. 

  • Mad World: Sonny McCartney

    Feb 14 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE & ADULT THEMES Professional photographer and nephew of Sir Paul McCartney, Sonny speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the second episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Having lost his lower left leg in a road traffic accident in 2016 Sonny speaks to Bryony about the highs, lows and how his humour alongside the support of friends and family has helped his through.

  • Mad World: Stephen Fry

    Feb 07 2018

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE & ADULT THEMES President of Mind and all-round national treasure Stephen Fry speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the first episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.  Recorded at The Arts Club, Dover Street, London, in association with the mental health charity Mind, Stephen speaks very candidly about his own mental health, how he manages it in the limelight and world of social media, a...more

  • Mad World: Sue Baker

    Oct 09 2017

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE Mental health campaigner and new-mother Sue Baker speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in a special edition of her podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. During the discussion, Sue talks about the remarkable part that mental health has played in her life and how she is dealing with a terminal illness diagnosis.

  • Mad World: Mel C

    Jun 18 2017

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE Spice Girl Mel C speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the tenth episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Mel looks back on her time in the band, revealing how the pitfalls of fame ultimately led her to battles with eating disorders and depression, and how it took until her forties to be comfortable in her own skin. 

  • Mad World: Dame Stephanie Shirley

    Jun 11 2017

    Businesswoman and philanthropist Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the ninth episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Dame Stephanie discusses her battles with anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies having started out as a child refugee through to her experiences of raising her autistic son Giles, the inspiration behind her charity Autistica.

  • Mad World: Jeff Brazier

    Jun 04 2017

    Presenter-turned life coach Jeff Brazier speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the eighth episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Jeff talks about the remarkable part that grief has played in his life and how it's now inspired him to help others. 

  • Mad World: Will Young

    May 28 2017

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE Acclaimed singer-songwriter Will Young speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the seventh episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Will opens up about his ongoing battle with PTSD - the reason behind his very public exit from Strictly Come Dancing last year.

  • Mad World: Matt Haig

    May 21 2017

    CAUTION ADVISED - ADULT THEMES Best-selling author Matt Haig speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the sixth episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Matt details the story behind his novel 'Reasons to Stay Alive' and how he copes with his ongoing mental health issues.

  • Mad World: Gizzi Erskine

    May 14 2017

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE Celebrity chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the fifth episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Gizzi opens up about her tough 2016 and struggles with ADHD.

  • Mad World: Sean & Reuben Fletcher

    May 07 2017

    Good Morning Britain and Countryfile presenter Sean Fletcher and his 14-year-old son Reuben speak to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the fourth episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Sean and Reuben give an honest account of Reuben's struggles with OCD and the impact it's had on their family.

  • Mad World: The Unmumsy Mum & Giovanna Fletcher

    Apr 30 2017

    CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE 'Mummy' bloggers and best-selling authors the Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner, and Giovanni Fletcher speak to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the third episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. The pair open-up about miscarriage and the loss of a parent, as well as the pressures felt by modern mothers.

  • Mad World: Mandy Stevens

    Apr 23 2017

    Former NHS Mental Health Director Mandy Stevens speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in the second episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. Mandy provides an intriguing insight as to what it's like to go from practitioner to patient.

  • Mad World: Prince Harry

    Apr 16 2017

    Prince Harry speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. The half-hour conversation provides listeners with a candid insight into the innermost thoughts of a modern young royal.

  • Bryony Gordon's Mad World

    Apr 10 2017

    Bryony Gordon's Mad World is a new ten episode podcast brought to you by The Telegraph. Each week, Bryony will talk to a different guest about how their mental health has been affected by events in their own lives and find out why feeling weird is the most normal thing in the world.