The Davina Hour Episode Guide

Over eight episodes, Davina will tackle the modern day dilemmas and challenges we all face.

The Davina Hour

Episode 1: The Pursuit of Perfection

Is our obsession with body image and perfection ruining our lives?

Davina has an unflinchingly honest discussion with her guests who offer their own perspectives on body image, self-worth, and discuss the modern definitions of male and female beauty. Contributors include doctor, TV presenter and writer, best known for his work on Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny, Dr. Christian Jessen and award-winning journalist and author of Selfie, Will Storr.

Episode 2: Mental Health

Why don't we take mental health as seriously as physical health?

Davina brings together guests who have incredible stories to tell about their own mental health and how they've managed their issues. Contributors include freelance journalist and author Emily Reynolds, specialising in mental health and science, and psychotherapist and Director of Partnerships and Product Development for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, Caroline Hounsell.

Episode 3: Friendship

Now that it's possible to have hundreds of online friends, does real life friendship still matter?

Davina talks to someone who has never had a true friend and brings her own best friend into the studio to discuss what friendship means to us nowadays. What would a true friend do for another? And why do we really need friends in the first place? Contributors include Mark Vernon, journalist and writer for the Guardian and Financial Times and Anjula Mutanda, author, mental health expert and psychotherapist.

Episode 4: Parenting

By trying to be perfect parents, are we letting ourselves and our kids down?

Davina opens up about her own parents and her own parenting style with experts and guests who have a variety of parenting stories themselves. Should we be listening to the experts or to our own intuition? Contributors include stand-up comedian and writer, Ava Vidal, and clinical psychologist and specialist in child and adolescent mental health, Oliver Sindall.

Episode 5: Happiness

Can you make yourself happy? Or are you happier than you realise?

Davina brings together fascinating guests - including a former Debt Analyst for a large investment bank whose brush with death led to her becoming a Buddhist nun - with very different stories of their search for happiness in this captivating episode. Contributors include Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, and Francesca Martinez, stand-up comedian, writer and actress.

Episode 6: Moving On

When life goes off the rails, how do we get back on track?

How do we get out of a rut? Is a mid-life crisis inevitable? Should we always be striving for more or finding contentment in what we have? Davina invites her group of guests to share their fascinating stories. Contributors include the acclaimed journalist, broadcaster and art critic, Miranda Sawyer, and the well-known Olympic heptathlete, Louise Hazel.

Episode 7: Stress

Davina invites guests to discuss what we mean when we say "I'm so stressed".

Can stress ever actually be good for us? And how do we manage it? Along with experts and guests who are experiencing stress for themselves, this is a fascinating and emotional exploration. Contributors include Professor Ian Robertson, one of the world's leading researchers in neuropsychology and author of the book The Stress Test, and Angela Patmore, former External Stress Expert.

Episode 8: Technology Addiction

Should we be taking our addiction to technology as seriously as drugs?

Do you think you're addicted to your phone? How do you break that cycle and take control? Or is our relationship to technology a healthy one? Armed with enlightening research and surprising views from experts and tech fans, this episode may well change your own views on technology forever. Contributors include addiction expert and author Dr Kardaras, and stand-up comedian David Morgan.