Life In Limbo, A

Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to tragic or uncertain events in their lives.

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Clare speaks to Griff and his mother about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

Clare speaks to Griff about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

Clare speaks to Griff and his mother about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

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Clare speaks to Griff and his mother about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

Clare speaks to Griff about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

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Clare English speaks to Elizabeth and Douglas Templeton about how they learned to cope following their son Alan's disappearance three years ago.

Clare speaks to Elizabeth and Douglas Templeton about their son's disappearance.

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Clare English speaks to Anita about how she is still fighting to move on after being a victim of domestic violence.

Clare speaks to Anita about being a victim of domestic violence.

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Clare English speaks to Anita about how she is still fighting to move on after being a victim of domestic violence.

Clare speaks to Anita about being a victim of domestic violence.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events.

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Clare English talks to Michael Gallagher, who describes how he coped with the loss of his son in the Omagh bombing.

Clare English talks to Michael Gallagher, who lost his son in the Omagh bombing.

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Clare English talks to Michael Gallagher, who describes how he coped with the loss of his son in the Omagh bombing.

Clare English talks to Michael Gallagher, who lost his son in the Omagh bombing.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

She speaks to a couple about their struggles to have a family.

Clare English speaks to a couple about their struggles to have a family.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

She speaks to a couple about their struggles to have a family.

Clare English speaks to a couple about their struggles to have a family.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to tragic or uncertain events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to tragic or uncertain events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to events in their lives.

Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare speaks to Griff about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

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Clare speaks to Griff and his mother about the challenges he faces transitioning from a woman to a man.

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Clare English speaks to Elizabeth and Douglas Templeton about the loss of their son.

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Clare English speaks to Elizabeth and Douglas Templeton about how they learned to cope following their son Alan's disappearance three years ago.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to events in their lives.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

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Clare English talks to Michael Gallagher, who lost his son in the Omagh bombing.

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Clare English talks to Michael Gallagher, who describes how he coped with the loss of his son in the Omagh bombing.

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Clare English speaks to a couple about their struggles to have a family.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives. She speaks to a couple about their struggles to have a family.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events.

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Clare English talks to people whose futures are on hold due to uncertain events in their lives.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to tragic or uncertain events in their lives.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to events in their lives.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold.

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Clare English talks to people who have placed their futures on hold due to events in their lives.

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Clare English returns with the series in which she talks to people whose lives are on hold, often because of factors beyond their control.

Emily Troscianko starved herself for 10 years while her mother, writer Sue Blackmore, looked on helplessly as her daughter wasted away to six stone.

Then one day Sue's patience snapped.

She told Emily that her anorexia was no longer welcome in the new house they were due to move into.

It was the turning point for both of them.

Clare English finds out how this desperate tough love tactic brought Emily back from the brink of self destruction.

Clare English talks to people deeply affected by having to put their lives on hold.

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Clare English talks to people whose lives are on hold because of events in their lives which are often beyond their control.

As a ten year old German speaking Jewish boy, Thomas Buergenthal was sent to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with his parents.

Once there, the family was broken up and he never saw his father again.

He talks to Clare English about the powerlessness of knowing that each day in the camps could be his last according to the whim of the SS guards.

By a combination of great luck and childish cunning, he emerged from his ordeal alive and almost unscathed, and was placed in an orphanage where once again he was in limbo, hoping that his mother would come and find him.

His is an extraordinary story of survival against he odds.

He witnessed the worst aspects of humanity and also the noblest.

Thomas Buergenthal talks to Clare English about surviving the Auschwitz death march.

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Cllare English talks to people whose lives are on hold because of events in their lives which are often beyond their control.

As a ten year old German speaking Jewish boy, Thomas Buergenthal was sent to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with his parents.

Once there, the family was broken up and he never saw his father again.

He talks to Clare English about the powerlessness of knowing that each day in the camps could be his last according to the whim of the SS guards.

By a combination of great luck and childish cunning, he emerged from his ordeal alive and almost unscathed, and was placed in an orphanage where once again he was in limbo, hoping that his mother would come and find him.

His is an extraordinary story of survival against he odds.

He witnessed the worst aspects of humanity and also the noblest.

Thomas Buergenthal talks to Clare English about surviving the Auschwitz death march.

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Peter Burkill is a former British Airways pilot who was flying a Boeing 777 from Beijing to Heathrow in January 2008.

Both engines failed just as the plane was coming into land and the plane began to plummet to earth.

With just 35 seconds to avert death and disaster over Heathrow, his instinctive adjustment to the flaps on the wings of the Boeing was a stroke of genius.

He managed to guide the plane to safety on the ground, saving 152 lives, and was labelled a hero at the time.

However, in the following months, rumours about the accident spread and Peter tells Clare English that his reputation was damaged, even though the air crash investigation cleared him of any blame.

The crash was a defining moment in his life, but its aftermath led to the devastating end of his 20 year career.

Clare English talks to Peter Burkill, who saved 152 lives when his plane crash landed.

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Clare English hears from people whose lives are on hold because of events in their lives which are beyond their control.

In 2006 Aimee Mungu had to leave her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo and seek refuge in Britain.

Her life was in danger and she had no choice but to leave her children behind.

Finally safe in Glasgow, she had to endure a long wait, hoping desperately to be reunited with her three children.

Then news came that they had been victims of a poisoning attempt and had been taken to hospital along with her sister, brother and nephew.

Clare English talks to Aimee Mungu, who had to leave her home and seek refuge in Britain.

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Clare English hears from people whose lives are on hold because of events in their lives which are beyond their control.

In 2006 Aimee Mungu had to leave her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo and seek refuge in Britain.

Her life was in danger and she had no choice but to leave her children behind.

Finally safe in Glasgow, she had to endure a long wait, hoping desperately to be reunited with her three children.

Then news came that they had been victims of a poisoning attempt and had been taken to hospital along with her sister, brother and nephew.

Clare English talks to Aimee Mungu, who had to leave her home and seek refuge in Britain.

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Christina Schmid has shown extraordinary resilience after the loss of her husband Olaf, who she says was the one person who she could never do without.

Her courage and outspoken attitude have made her a media heroine and an effective campaigner on behalf of the over-worked and under-equipped members of the army's Bomb Disposal officers in Afghanistan.

But how has she copied with the fall-out in her personal life? The pain and loss are heart stopping and now that she is no longer working and has had to move out of the house she and her son shared with Olaf, she feels that life has stood still for her.

She talks to Clare English about how she has managed this unexpected period of inertia and how it has changed her sense of who she is and what she can achieve in the future.

Clare English talks to Christina Schmid, widow of bomb disposal expert Olaf Schmid.

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Christina Schmid has shown extraordinary resilience after the loss of her husband Olaf, who she says was the one person who she could never do without.

Her courage and outspoken attitude have made her a media heroine and an effective campaigner on behalf of the over-worked and under-equipped members of the army's Bomb Disposal officers in Afghanistan.

But how has she copied with the fall-out in her personal life? The pain and loss are heart stopping and now that she is no longer working and has had to move out of the house she and her son shared with Olaf, she feels that life has stood still for her.

She talks to Clare English about how she has managed this unexpected period of inertia and how it has changed her sense of who she is and what she can achieve in the future.

Clare English talks to Christina Schmid, widow of bomb disposal expert Olaf Schmid.