Pain Of Fame, The

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01Gail Porter20140807

01Gail Porter2014080720140808 (RS)

Celebrity Gail Porter speaks to Clare English about the pressures of living her life under the media's spotlight. In the 1990s Gail shot to fame as a television presenter appearing on shows such as Fully Booked and Top of the Pops but her popularity reached dizzy heights in 1999 when an image of her naked body was projected onto the houses of parliament as part of a PR stunt for lad's mag FHM.

With the highs of celebrity life also come the lows and Gail has certainly had plenty. In 2005 Gail began suffering from Alopecia. Not only had she had been through a painful divorce, suffered post-natal depression and bi-polar disorder but now she was losing her signature blonde locks; all whilst under the media's glare. Presenter Clare English will take us through Gail's journey and ask her the question, 'is being a celebrity really worth the pain of fame?'.

01Gail Porter2014080720140808 (RS)
20140810 (RS)

Gail Porter talks to Clare English about living her life in the media spotlight.

Celebrity Gail Porter speaks to Clare English about the pressures of living her life under the media's spotlight. In the 1990s Gail shot to fame as a television presenter appearing on shows such as Fully Booked and Top of the Pops but her popularity reached dizzy heights in 1999 when an image of her naked body was projected onto the houses of parliament as part of a PR stunt for lad's mag FHM.

With the highs of celebrity life also come the lows and Gail has certainly had plenty. In 2005 Gail began suffering from Alopecia. Not only had she had been through a painful divorce, suffered post-natal depression and bi-polar disorder but now she was losing her signature blonde locks; all whilst under the media's glare. Presenter Clare English will take us through Gail's journey and ask her the question, 'is being a celebrity really worth the pain of fame?'.

02John Smeaton2014081420140815 (RS)
20140817 (RS)

John Smeaton talks to Clare English about becoming an overnight celebrity.

Glasgow's very own super hero John Smeaton talks to Clare English about becoming an overnight celebrity after being caught up in the Glasgow airport terror attack in 2007. John describes how his quote to an ITN reporter of "this is Glasgow and we'll set about you" took him from being an ordinary baggage handler to being the hottest property in town.

03Chick Young20140821

03Chick Young2014082120140824 (RS)

Sports commentator and football pundit Chick Young talks about his rise to fame.

03Chick Young20140821

03Chick Young2014082120140822 (RS)

Sports commentator and football pundit Chick Young talks to Clare English about his rise to fame and the effect his notoriety has had on his personal life. He also speaks about his character and trademark laugh, about regularly appearing on Only An Excuse and how his celebrity status has enabled him to hang out with some of the biggest names in show business.

03Chick Young2014082120140822 (RS)

Sports commentator and football pundit Chick Young talks about his rise to fame.

Sports commentator and football pundit Chick Young talks to Clare English about his rise to fame and the effect his notoriety has had on his personal life. He also speaks about his character and trademark laugh, about regularly appearing on Only An Excuse and how his celebrity status has enabled him to hang out with some of the biggest names in show business.

04Tommy Sheridan2014082820140829 (RS)

Tommy Sheridan talks to Clare English about the cost of being a celebrity.

Gail Porter, Tommy Sheridan and Chick Young are among the celebrities talking to Clare English about the highs and lows of life when you have a very public profile. How much did they seek fame, is it all its cracked up to be and how much personal pain comes when you have the most private aspects of your life splashed across the front pages? Do they regret leading such a public life and given the chance what would they have done differently. In this series of honest, thought provoking and surprising in-depth interviews Clare unearths the often uncomfortable reality of what being famous really means.

052014090420141226 (RS)

Scottish Hip-Hop artist Gavin Bain speaks to Clare English about the pain of fame after pulling off one of the biggest hoaxes in the music industry. Gavin explains that when he and his mate Billy Boyd failed to get noticed on the U.K hip-hop scene, they took the decision to drop their Scottish identities, reinventing themselves as Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains, earning themselves a £250,000 Sony record deal.

05Gavin Bain2014090420140905 (RS)
20140907 (RS)

Gail Porter, Tommy Sheridan and Chick Young are among the celebrities talking to Clare English about the highs and lows of life when you have a very public profile. How much did they seek fame, is it all its cracked up to be and how much personal pain comes when you have the most private aspects of your life splashed across the front pages? Do they regret leading such a public life and given the chance what would they have done differently. In this series of honest, thought provoking and surprising in-depth interviews Clare unearths the often uncomfortable reality of what being famous really means.

Gavin Bain talks to Clare English about the cost of being a celebrity.