We travel back to summer this year when Gill Hicks, who lost both her legs in the London bombings, launched WALKTALK: a 200-mile walk from Leeds to London. The aim of the initiative was to encourage dialogue between people from different backgrounds and to promote peace. Gill walked the distance herself, a challenge tough enough for most of us but an even greater feat achieved with two prosthetic legs. We revisit the event and hear how Gill found the strength and determination to achieve so much after the tragedy.
We meet one of the most popular and respected men on the planet, and no, we're not talking about Colin Jackson! Earlier this year Colin flew to South Africa to meet the Archbishop for Holy Communion and to talk about life after apartheid. They met at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town - a significant setting as the Cathedral was used by the Archbishop for many anti-apartheid meetings with political and religious leaders during the struggle.
From South Africa to Poland, Georgia Slowe (also known as Emmerdale's Perdy Hyde-Sinclair) took us to the place that for so many symbolises the Holocaust. Georgia is Jewish and had recently discovered that members of her own family had been victims of the Nazis. She is accompanied by sixth formers from the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, an initiative aiming to give young people understanding of the Holocaust and to highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.
With such a large proportion of the world's population suffering from starvation and malnutrition, landfill sites overflowing and climate change a grim reality, it is shameful that in the UK alone we throw away 6.7 million tonnes of food every year. Dumping food is not only costly but is having a huge effect on our environment.
Celebrity Chef Aldo Zilli's traditional Italian upbringing has given him a prudent attitude towards food - at home every scrap was used and not a morsel was wasted. This week we'll see what happened when we recruited Zilli to encourage other families to reduce their food waste.
Classical boyband Blake dropped into the Sunday Life studios and treated us to an impromptu performance and a chat. The four former choristers met through Facebook and soon landed themselves a five-album deal with Universal Music. This week we look back at their interview with Colin and relive that memorable performance.
Can money buy happiness? It can if you give it all away, according to Barbara and Raymond Wragg from Sheffield. They won £7.6m on the lottery in 2000, but instead of spending it all on themselves they've made some very worthwhile investments. So far they've contributed over £5.5m including buying a new MRI scanner for their local children's hospital and donations to a teenage cancer unit. We'll visit one of their charities which enables kids from deprived inner city areas to spend time at a farm learning about animals and life in the country.
In the heart of Austria's Viennese forest lies the beautiful monastery of Heiligenkreuz. One of the Pope's favourite monasteries, its Cistercian monks have been singing Gregorian chant for nearly 900 years. A melodic, calming form of prayer, Gregorian chant has long been popular within the Roman Catholic church but now it looks set to reach a much wider audience, as the monks have been signed to the same record label as the likes of Amy Winehouse and Eminem. This week we'll visit the monastery and hear some of their enchanting music.
A highlight of the series, certainly for Louise, as she caught up with the Dalai Lama during his tour of the West earlier this year. His Holiness is not only the spiritual leader of Tibet but is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner, having led his people through many difficult political struggles with China. Though he now lives in exile in India he is revered the world over, and people in the UK flocked to hear his teachings at Nottingham Arena this summer.
In June this year over twelve thousand people took part in Run for All, a 10-kilometre race set up in memory of one of Britain's most inspirational fundraisers Jane Tomlinson. During the last seven years of her life Jane took part in dozens of marathons and bike races and raised nearly 1.7 million pounds for charity.
Her vision for the event was to create a race that everyone, no matter what their ability, could take part in. It was organised this year by Jane's family, and we caught up with her eleven-year old son Steven who made a video diary exclusively for Sunday Life.
From Hymns to Hip Hop is a musical drama charting the journey of Gospel music from it's origins in slavery to the present day. The show is staged by the Millennium Action Group, a South London-based community group who use the arts and entertainment to create educational opportunities for people, in particular young people.
The show commemorates the African slaves who, denied their opportunity to worship traditionally, embraced the hymns of their captors. The hymns were combined with West African rhythms to form 'Spirituals' - songs of hope for escape and a better future.
We met the show's producer, Myrtle Garrick, who introduced us to the cast and gave us an exclusive behind-the-scenes peak at their rehearsals.