Coming Out

Five programmes exploring the ways in which we decide how far to be honest about ourselves, and in doing so make ourselves vulnerable to the judgements of others.

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01Daniel20111120

Daniel's political ambitions led him to imprisonment for theft in 2009.

He's now working hard to rebuild his life in the village where everyone knows what he's done, and is putting his dreams of serving the public into mentoring ex-offenders.

Is he able now to be entirely frank about his past?

Producer Christine Hall.

02Cathy, Andrew And Emily20111127

Multiple Sclerosis is most often diagnosed in people aged between 20 and 40, a time when careers and relationships are of primary importance.

Two MS patients in their 30s talk about the challenges of coming out with the disease, and how far to be totally open about it.

Producer Christine Hall.

MS patients in their 30s talk about the challenges of coming out with the disease.

03Kelly20111204

At the age of 17, as a newly-qualified driver, Kelly knocked down an elderly woman on a pedestrian crossing.

The case never came to court but for 40 years Kelly lived with the unexplored trauma and guilt of what had happened, until at last she was able to share her secret.

Producer Christine Hall.

04Rosie20111211

was 20 and at university when her son was born.

In desperate financial and emotional circumstances, she agreed that he should live with his father while she finished her PhD, but a temporary solution became permanent and from the age of three and a half her son lived apart from her.

37 years on, Rosie at last feels able to be open about what happened, and wants to get away from the shame, the guilt and the sorrow that has haunted her for so long.

This is her story.

Producer Christine Hall.

05 LASTBankruptcy2011121820120907

Five programmes exploring the ways in which we reveal our true histories to the world.

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Bankruptcy

Hannah, like many students, left university with a burden of debt in addition to her student loan.

Unable to find a job in the field she had trained for, her debts escalated to the point where she had to consider bankruptcy.

With her father and a friend who had also had to declare herself bankrupt she looks back over the depression and guilt which accompanied her financial disaster and is now able to draw some positive conclusions from it.

Producer Christine Hall.

A history of bankruptcy is not a rarity but it still carries a stigma.

5. Bankruptcy

Hannah, like many students, left university with a burden of debt in addition to her student loan. Unable to find a job in the field she had trained for, her debts escalated to the point where she had to consider bankruptcy. With her father and a friend who had also had to declare herself bankrupt she looks back over the depression and guilt which accompanied her financial disaster and is now able to draw some positive conclusions from it.