A Life Well Lived celebrates the extraordinary stories and experiences of the Third Agers (all the interviewees are over the age of 70). Some of which are being told for the first time.

The first series will feature  a 1952 Olympic medal winner, a couple who both served time on Death Row following wrongful convictions , a survivor of the Nazi regime, and many more astonishing tales that deserve to be heard by the many.

With the support of leading charity, The University of The Third Age, three of our interviewees are current U3A members.
Curated by national journalist and now trainee therapist, Constance Knox, together with an award winning producer Mariana Des Forges, the first series will comprise five episodes. With each 40-minute episode introducing two extraordinary lives.

Constance Knox


26-year-old Constance took inspiration for A Life Well Lived from long conversations with her 93-year-old Grandmother, who was one of the first people to set up a Wimpy Bar in the UK in the 1950’s.

Looking around her Grandmother’s nursing home at other residents, many of whom seemed to be unvisited and unheard Constance began to think about the lives they have lived and the stories they had to tell. 

Constance spent three years at the Sunday Express, most recently as a News & Features writer, interviewing celebrities, authors, ex-convicts and people from all walks of life. In 2018 Constance left the Express to re-train as a Therapist.

 Through A Life Well Lived, Constance hopes to give a platform to extraordinary stories that transcend age and in doing so encourage young and old to keep talking and sharing experiences.



Mariana is an award winning freelance radio producer and documentary maker working primarily for the BBC and National Prison Radio networks.  

She is currently assistant producer and reporter on the flagship BBC World Service programme Outlook that tells extraordinary personal stories daily to 63 million listeners worldwide.

She has also produced long-form documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service and recently returned from recording in India for a programme about its booming youth population. 

She also has an extensive background in podcasting, having worked as a producer on award winning podcasts such as The Telegraph’s Cycling Podcast, and The Big Interview with Graham Hunter. 

She runs her own audio production company (Intrigue Audio Project) that makes quarterly podcasts for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, shared globally through its EMEA division.


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