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In 1974, a young woman saved the life of up-and-coming prima ballerina, Debbie Gayle – never to see each other again. Fifty years later, Debbie’s son, journalist Jake Warren, sets out to find her.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jake Warren explores a family myth about a mysterious woman in his mum’s past, and begins his search for her. Debbie Gayle recounts her difficult childhood and her dreams of ballet stardom.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Part 2: Enter Natasha

Part 2: Enter Natasha


Debbie travels to Russia and things go downhill quickly. Jake makes an important discovery.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Part 3: Isolation

Part 3: Isolation


A simple mistake marks the beginning of the end of Debbie’s dreams in Russia. Jake gives his mum some much-needed good news.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Part 4: Home Sweet Home

Part 4: Home Sweet Home


Debbie returns home and renounces her past. Fifty years later, Jake prepares his mum to confront it.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Debbie hears the other side of the story, and Jake has one more surprise for her.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (4)


Well done! Would not have mind an additional episode on your mothers life.

Dec 27th

Emerald Clem

I had tears in my eyes. Your mum us such an incredible woman who has clearly been through so much. I think this is also a story about and internalised self doubt that so many people have felt. I wish her happiness and hugs and smiles. There are so many other elements if this story too. A connection with a passion, dreams, you as a son who did this for your mum. I think this should be a film.

Jun 6th

Cheryl Brown

The numbering of the episodes is incorrect so it took a while to get started, was confusing when not able to listen to all in one go, nevertheless an interesting podcast, would have liked to have known more about what your mother did when she returned home and what direction she went down after that experience.

May 23rd


it says episode 2 but when I play it it says it's the final episode.

May 21st
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