iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Michael Marmot on Self-Control

Listen now 60 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Michael Marmot on Self-Control

1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 25 October 2013

Sir Michael Marmot delivers the opening lecture of the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2013, exploring the traits that determine a healthy life span and arguing that we need to rethink the relationship between health, wealth and self-control.

Professor Marmot is one of the global pioneers of research into health inequalities - how stress, status and diet can affect our wellbeing. His ground-breaking Whitehall Studies followed the health and stress levels of British civil servants over a decade and he coined the term "status syndrome" to describe his discovery that being lower down the pecking order leads to a shorter life span.

Sir Michael Marmot's talk about whether self-control is the key to a long life was recorded earlier tonight in front of an audience at Sage Gateshead and presented by Philip Dodd. It marks the start of three weeks of Free Thinking broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

This year's festival theme is "Who's in Control". A weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance will hear from Lionel Shriver, Patrick Ness, Dame Sally Davies, Chris Mullin, Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor Sugata Mitra, Kathryn Tickell, Penny Woolcock, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Kevin Whately.

Now in its eighth year, the Free Thinking Festival of ideas takes place at Sage Gateshead 25-27 October and is produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. It's a platform for today's innovative thinkers, who debate the ideas shaping our world.


Sir Michael Marmot
Matthew Sweet


Free Thinking Festival 2013

Sir Michael Marmot delivering the Free Thinking lecture

Download all of the talks and debates from Radio 3's festival of ideas

BBC Arts

BBC Arts

Explore the BBC Arts website and discover the best of British art and culture.


  1. Image for Arts and Ideas

    Arts and Ideas

    The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth…

  2. Image for BBC World War One

    BBC World War One

    BBC Radio brings you stories of the war that changed who we are, with documentaries exploring the…

  3. Image for Music and Culture of WW1

    Music and Culture of WW1

    Highlights of BBC Radio 3’s special programmes to mark the WW1 centenary. Classical music, art,…

Free Thinking - Friday

explore the first day of the Free Thinking Festival of Ideas 2013

  • 25 Oct 2013 22:56:55

    Thanks for joining us today. You can listen to the special Free Thinking edition of In Tune on BBC iPlayer, the Neil Tennant interview is on iPlayer and also available as part of Radio 3's Arts and Ideas podcast (where we'll be adding all of this year's Free Thinking lectures). Back on Saturday at midday.

  • 25 Oct 2013 22:37:36

    Some final reaction and thoughts:

  • 25 Oct 2013 22:34:47

    How does Sir Michael Marmot describe himself?

  • 25 Oct 2013 22:27:01

    But will there be a podcast? When?

See more live updates

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss