Sliding Doors
Ep19: Sliding Doors with Janette Manrara

Ep19: Sliding Doors with Janette Manrara

September 23, 2021

Janette Manrara is a professional dancer and presenter best known as a Strictly Come Dancing superstar, dancing on the show for 9 years, and now taking on her new role as the presenter of It Takes Two. She was born in Miami into a fun filled and loving Cuban family and was born to perform! Janette has had an incredible career taking part in the US hit show So You Think You Can Dance, Glee, Dancing with the Stars in Las Vegas and the international show Burn the Floor. She is married to fellow Strictly star Aljaz and they have been together for 10 years!

In this episode Janette chats about her three Sliding Doors moments as she is about to embark on a new career journey. We chat all about her time on Strictly and how the show has changed her life! She discusses how putting what you want into the universe and being ready for opportunities can ultimately drive you to your dream - and Janette is a true example of that. We delve into her big decision to leave her job in finance and move to LA to pursue her dream, which turned out to be the catalyst to her whole career. Janette has such gratitude and passion for everything in her life and even when times were hard, she had faith to believe her path would lead her to where she needed to be. We also get the down low on how her and Aljaz got together, what she will miss most about dancing on Strictly and what she is most excited for about her new adventure!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @jmanrara

BONUS Ep18: Sliding Doors with Michal Oshman

BONUS Ep18: Sliding Doors with Michal Oshman

August 26, 2021

Michal Oshman is Head of Company Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at TikTok Europe and was formerly responsible for International Leadership & Team Development at Facebook. Throughout her career she has trained and coached hundreds of tech leaders as well as having three university degrees! Born in Israel, Michal served in the Israeli Defence Forces and now lives in London with her husband and four children. She also released her first book this year, 'What would you do if you weren't afraid.'

In this episode Michal tells us about how a chance encounter in the army led her to a different path where she met her best friends for life. We chat all about faith and the importance of self belief and delve into how heartbreak in hindsight can be the best thing for you. As well as the incredible moment, when Michal covered a friend's shift at a restaurant and what happened that day was life changing!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @michaloshman

BONUS Ep17: Sliding Doors with Babatunde Aleshe

BONUS Ep17: Sliding Doors with Babatunde Aleshe

August 19, 2021

Babatunde Aleshe is a Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Writer and a fan favourite on Channel's 4's Celebrity Gogglebox. He is a fast rising star and one of the biggest names on the Black British comedy circuit. Baba has previously stared in New Tricks and Waking the Dead and has won numerous awards such as the Amused Moose National New Comic Award and Best Newcomer at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards. He can also be seen supporting Mo Gilligan on his up and coming tour and on his new children's podcast Mission Imagination.

In this episode Baba discusses the importance of seeing the black comedy circuit on TV and how this has broken down those cultural barriers and opened doors. We chat about the moment he met fellow comedian Kojo and how this changed his whole life. We delve into some Celebrity Gogglebox secrets as well as how if he hadn't have done the show, he would not be where he is today!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @babatundecomedian

BONUS Ep16: Sliding Doors with Frankie Ward

BONUS Ep16: Sliding Doors with Frankie Ward

August 12, 2021

Frankie Ward is an Esports presenter, gaming and podcast host. She is best known for hosting the likes of Ginx TV's The Bridge, CSGO and the PC Gaming show at E3. Frankie has become a staple of the Counter-Strike scene and continues to have a presence in other Esports such as League of Legends and Call of Duty. She is also the host of the Red Bull gaming podcast, Save Your Game. Bringing humour and wit as well as a real passion for the industry, Frankie's outlook is that now Esports is a serious business we can start to have fun with it!

In the episode Frankie delves into the moments in her life and career that have really shaped her and got her to where she is today. She discusses the importance of timing and also making sure you have set yourself up, so you are ready for opportunities when they are presented to you. We chat about how Frankie got into the world of Esports and made her dream into a reality, as well as how her life might have looked if she hadn't taken some opportunities and advice.

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @getfrankgames

Ep15: Sliding Doors with Bradley Walsh

Ep15: Sliding Doors with Bradley Walsh

July 15, 2021

Bradley Walsh is an actor, comedian, television presenter, singer and former professional footballer. He presents some of TV’s most loved shows such as The Chase, starred in Coronation Street and Doctor Who, has sold out countless comedy shows and also has two top 15 albums! Growing up in Watford, he went on to become a professional footballer. However, when his career ended due to injury, he went on to become a blue coat and got his big break on the Royal Variety show in 1993 and the rest is history! This propelled Bradley into his career in entertainment and then on to become an established actor. He is showing no sign of slowing down, filming a new TV series and going on the road again with his son Barney later this year and he really is a true national treasure.

In this episode Bradley tells us all about his incredible journey across his multi-facetted career. We chat all about how breaking his ankle in a football match ultimately led him to the world of entertainment and straight on to the comedy scene. We delve into his theories around never giving up, and putting your all into everything you do as you never know who you will meet along the way. Bradley made a lot of his own luck, which is what led him to present The Chase....and we find out about how whilst having a drink with Ray Winstone, Bradley was given some advice and what happened next was pretty amazing!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @bradderswalsh

Ep14: Sliding Doors with Andrea Mclean

Ep14: Sliding Doors with Andrea Mclean

July 8, 2021

Andrea Mclean is an award-winning TV broadcaster, journalist, radio presenter and CEO/Co-Founder of the female personal growth site, This Girl is on Fire. Andrea was born in Scotland and grew up in Trinidad. After moving to England, she pursued her dream of becoming a writer, which turned into an amazing 26-year career in broadcasting! Best known as the host of Loose Women for 13 years, she has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business including Beyonce and Oprah. She is also now a number one Sunday Times Best Selling author and hosts Hello! Magazines, High Street Hits.

In this episode Andrea tells us about the incredible moments and puzzle pieces that led to her successful career in broadcasting. We chat about her taking the plunge when she put everything she owned in the back of her car and moved to London to pursue her dream. Plus, the pivotal moment she misread a job advert, which ended up being the catalyst to her whole career. When the pressure is off for Andrea she actually lands where she is meant to be! As well as the time she pushed herself to go on a blind date, that turned out to be the best decision she ever made!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @andreamclean1

Ep13: Sliding Doors with Dilly Carter

Ep13: Sliding Doors with Dilly Carter

July 1, 2021

Dilly Carter is the founder of Declutter Dollies and can be seen on BBC1 in 'Sort your Life Out'. Declutter Dollies is a comprehensive organising and home styling service, where Dilly helps her clients become more organised in their day to day lives and promises to turn people's chaos into calm. She has had an extraordinary life after being adopted by her parents in Sri Lanka at three years old and found her talent for decluttering after she began helping her mother, who suffers from Bipolar, organise her living chaos. She lives with her husband and daughter and has been an inspiration to so many people!

In this episode Dilly opens up about three incredible Sliding Doors moments in her life. We chat about the number of small decisions and moments that led to her being adopted by her parents and living the life she does today. As well as the journey her and her now husband have been on, after originally getting together at 18 and then having 11 years apart, we learn how sometimes something wonderful can come out of even the most tragic moments. This episode is a true reflection on how moments and decisions shape your life, and Dilly's life is a brilliantly inspiring story!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @declutterdollies

Ep12: Sliding Doors with Barbara Dickson OBE

Ep12: Sliding Doors with Barbara Dickson OBE

June 24, 2021

Barbara Dickson OBE is a singer, songwriter and actress. She is a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, seventeen Platinum & Gold albums and remains Scotland's biggest selling female singer of all time. Famous for her roles in Blood Brothers and Band of Gold, she is also best known for her 1985 single, 'I know him so well' recorded with Elaine Paige. Barbara has three grown up sons and lives in Edinburgh with her husband.

In this episode Barbara reflects on an early Sliding Doors decision to leave her job for a music gig - and how if she hadn't, would most definitely not be where she is today! We chat about her cautious nature and how taking chances in acting opened up the doors to her pop career. Barbara has always stayed true to herself throughout her career and has had some truly great 'what if' moments - including if she had not have taken her role in Blood Brothers, she would not have been married for 37 years!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @barbara_dickson_official

Ep11: Sliding Doors with Lorraine Candy

Ep11: Sliding Doors with Lorraine Candy

June 17, 2021

Lorraine Candy is the former Editor-in-Chief of Elle, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan, an award-winning journalist, author and podcast host. She is now focussing full time on writing after just releasing her first book "101 things only mothers of teenage girls know." A keen advocate for women in their midlife, she is also the co-host of the chart-topping lifestyle podcast “Postcards from Midlife.” Originally from Cornwall, Lorraine is a keen open water swimmer, dog lover and mother of four!

In this episode Lorraine talks openly about her first ever front page byline and how this sliding doors moment was the key to opening up her extremely successful career in journalism. We chat about an amazing chain of events which led her to tackle one the hardest open water swims and turned out to be one of the best experiences of her life. If not for that....would there ever have been the podcast or a book? For motivation and inspiration, this episode will really challenge you to think big and when you do, those Sliding Doors moments and decisions will lead you to wherever you are meant to be!

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @lorrainecandy

Ep10: Sliding Doors with Dr Rupy Aujla

Ep10: Sliding Doors with Dr Rupy Aujla

April 15, 2021

Dr Rupy is the founder of The Doctor's Kitchen, an NHS GP working in Emergency Medicine, and is also completing a masters in Nutritional Medicine. Rupy is often seen on our screens on shows such as This Morning and Saturday Kitchen and his aim is to inspire and educate everyone about the beauty of food and the medicinal effects of eating well. He creates healthy and delicious recipes using carefully selected ingredients, explaining the clinical research behind them. Rupy is a Sunday Times bestselling author with three cookbooks under his belt, a successful podcaster and TEDx Speaker.

In this episode Rupy speaks about his not so perfect journey into the medical world, and how failing his medical exams and interviews led him to study at his last choice university - which actually turned out to be the best choice. Rupy chats about how taking a chance for his GP training was one of his best decisions to date. We also touch on the incredible story of how he chose to not undergo surgery for his heart condition, but instead change his lifestyle - and what an impact that has made! This episode is not to be missed as it is full of those moments that really prove..'everything happens for a reason.'

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Hosted by: @jenbecks28

Guest: @doctors_Kitchen

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