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Spotlight On: Wellbeing Special


Open Centre


30th Mar 2023

About this event

Lessons from a life well lived

5.30pm until 7pm,

The Open Centre, dock 10 studios, MediaCity

Join Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton, for an evening of lively and insightful conversation with Katie’s co-host on Radio 1’s the Surgery – Dr Radha, actor couple Kelvin and Liz Fletcher, comedian Russell Kane and Radio 1’s award winning presenter and DJ Dean McCullough.

Our engaging panel all have an interesting story to tell; from former Emmerdale actor and strictly star Kelvin and his wife’s dramatic lifestyle change to pursue their dream, why Russell detoxed from social media to save his sanity, to the reasons Dean ditched his party lifestyle to find calm and succeed in the career he’d worked so hard to forge.

Katie and Dr Radha, of BBC Radio 1 Life Hacks and The Surgery fame, will unpick their stories and the reasons why these high-profile personalities made the change to live their best lives. Through candid conversation they’ll explore why we spiral into negative patterns and inspire us to make the necessary life adjustments to help us find true happiness.

‘Lessons from a life well lived’ will chime with us all, so sign-up to this FREE, not to be missed event and leave feeling uplifted, inspired and ignited to make the changes you need to find your equilibrium what success means to you.

Nibbles and drinks on arrival.

Places are limited.

Find out more about our hosts and panel guests here:

Katie Thistleton

After deputising on BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery in early 2016, Katie became the show’s main anchor before being promoted to the coveted Sunday slot with the new ‘Life Hacks’ programme. Katie and her co-presenter Vick Hope host the social action show, an appointment which made them the first female double act on BBC Radio 1 in 20 years. The pair alongside experts offer advice on topics ranging from sexual health and bullying to drink and drugs. The pair also host Radio 1’s Official Chart First look on Sunday evenings.

In addition, Katie hosted the weekly ‘Life Hacks’ podcast with the show’s resident Doctor Radha for BBC Sounds.

Katie is passionate about mental health awareness and is an ambassador for charities Place2be and YoungMinds, she is currently training to be a counsellor.

Dr Radha Mogil

Dr Radha Mogil is an NHS GP, television, radio and podcast broadcaster as well as author of ‘Know your own power’. Dr Radha has been an energetic, trusted and creative voice for wellbeing since 2008 and is on a mission to bring about positive change and empower anyone to take small but powerful steps to improve their quality of life. She believes every individual is their own untapped power of knowledge and experience. Her love of this work comes from a desire to connect people across the world by highlighting a universal need for authentic being

Kelvin and Liz Fletcher

Both Kelvin and Liz are well known for their careers as actors, with Kelvin becoming a household name through his 20 years on one of Britain’s best loved soaps – Emmerdale and latterly winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2019. Kelvin has spent most of his working life playing a farmer on Emmerdale and now he’s doing it for real. Like tens of thousands of other Brits in the past year, he’s escaped his urban roots and moved his growing family to the country to start a new life. And they haven’t done things by halves.

Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure – Media Centre (

Dean McCullough

Dean McCullough is one of BBC Radio 1’s newest star DJs – but the former Gaydio presenter had to overcome his inner demons to get there. As Dean leads the Media and Broadcast list of LGBTQ trailblazers for Attitude 101, empowered by Bentley, the 29-year-old opens up about his ‘dark’ and ‘scary’ experiences with alcohol and his empowered decision to quit booze. “Alcohol didn’t really agree with me… but it was just part of my life, it was part of being a gay man, it was part of going to LGBT spaces, all surrounded by booze. I woke up and thought ‘I’m going to give up drinking now’.”

Russell Kane

The multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter, Russell Kane, has been making us laugh since the early noughties, from his Kaneings on Youtube to his podcast Boys Don’t Cry.

He’s recently become an Ambassador for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and believes ‘cracking a gag’ and conversation is seriously good for our mental health.

Introducing Russell Kane,… | Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) (


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