Evil Genius with Russell Kane

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Informative, yet hilarious at the same time.

Amy welch
 Aug 14, 2020
So interesting I am learning so much about famous people I didn't know


It’s good, bad, ugly - and very very funny. Changing the way we see heroes and villains in history.

Episode Date
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider
Sikisa, Sarah Callaghan and Ivo Graham dig the dirt on Tomb Raider, Lara Croft
Mar 24, 2022
Richard Nixon
Athena Kugblenu, Lou Sanders and Nathan Caton decide: Evilgate or Geniusgate?
Mar 17, 2022
Frida Kahlo
Gráinne Maguire, Harriet Braine and Hal Cruttenden paint a not-so-pretty picture of the Mexican artist. This episode was recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Mar 10, 2022
Sigmund Freud
Sophie Duker, Rhys James and Evelyn Mok analyse the father of psychoanalysis
Mar 03, 2022
Allen Ginsberg
Gráinne Maguire, Harriet Braine and Hal Cruttenden beat up beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
Feb 24, 2022
Genghis Khan
Esther Manito, Robin Morgan and Sarah Mills discuss whether the warrior was actually woke
Feb 17, 2022
Notorious B.I.G.
Lou Sanders, Nathan Caton and Athena Kugblenu decide whether they're hypnotized by Biggie
Feb 10, 2022
Wernher von Braun; the rocket scientist who put man on the moon
Sikisa, Sarah Callaghan and Ivo Graham take a look at the man behind the Apollo missions.
Feb 03, 2022
Virginia Woolf
Sophie Duker, Rhys James and Evelyn Mok decide if Virginia is more Woolf or puppy dog.
Jan 27, 2022
Cecil Rhodes: the man behind the row about controversial statues
Johnny Cochrane, Thanyia Moore and Olga Koch knock down the man behind the big statues controversy currently raging - should statues of evil geniuses from history stay up?
Jan 20, 2022
Elizabeth I
Robin Morgan, Esther Manito & Sarah Mills on the Virgin Queen. Pure evil or pure genius?
Jan 13, 2022
Olga Koch, Thanyia Moore and Johnny Cochrane uncover some truths about The Purple One
Jan 06, 2022
Evil Genius with Russell Kane returns Thu 6th Jan!
Russell and panel are back, kicking off with The Purple One himself...music icon, Prince.
Dec 30, 2021
James Bond
Rob Beckett, Athena Kugblenu & Heidi Regan decide whether to use the ejector seat on Bond
Apr 01, 2021
Diego Maradona
Will Jon Richardson, Johnny Cochrane and Susie McCabe give Maradona the red card?
Mar 25, 2021
Che Guevara
Comrades Ria Lina, Esther Manito and Michael Odewale dissect the Argentine revolutionary.
Mar 19, 2021
Dr Seuss
The controversial children's author.How will Josh Jones, Ola Labib & Joanne McNally vote?
Mar 12, 2021
Billie Holiday
Sophie Duker, Daliso Chaponda and Kemah Bob riff over jazz singer Billie Holiday, who sang Strange Fruit.
Mar 04, 2021
Fern Brady, Alison Spittle and Alex Edelman on John Harvey Kellogg, man of cornflakes.
Feb 25, 2021
Grainne Maguire Athena Kugblenu and Tony Law assess the Queen of East Anglia AKA Boudicca
Feb 18, 2021
Charles Darwin
Jayde Adams, Angela Barnes and Neil Delamere on the scientist who came up with evolution and explained how life works. No biggie.
Feb 11, 2021
Alfred Hitchcock
Catherine Bohart, Tom Parry & Heidi Regan keep you in suspense. Hitchcock:evil or genius?
Feb 04, 2021
Henry VIII
Grainne Maguire, Felicity Ward and Alex Kealy decide, was Henry more monarch or murderer?
Jan 28, 2021
Malcolm X
Darren Harriott, Sikisa and Johnny Cochrane examine the civil rights leader.
Jan 21, 2021
Alexander Hamilton (from the musical)
Sara Barron, Ivo Graham & Jenny Bede on the American Founding Father, the real man behind the hit musical Hamilton.
Jan 14, 2021
Evil Genius returns Thursday 14 January!
Russell and panel take on US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton - of the musical fame..
Jan 08, 2021
Karl Marx
Olga Koch, Eshaan Akbar and Geoff Norcott give the political thinker Marx out of ten.
Jun 17, 2020
Charlie Chaplin
Jon Richardson, Catherine Bohart & Shappi Khorsandi look at the film star in close-up.
Jun 11, 2020
we're taking a break
a message from Russell Kane
Apr 23, 2020
Freddie Mercury
Tom Allen, Evelyn Mok and Isma Almas share what Queen's singing superstar means to them.
Apr 16, 2020
Emmeline Pankhurst
Will Sarah Keyworth, Athena Kugblenu and Luisa Omielan use their votes wisely?
Apr 09, 2020
Will Colin Murray,Johnny Cochrane and Neil Delamere have suspicious minds about The King?
Apr 02, 2020
Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell and Harriet Braine paint a wonky picture of the great artist.
Mar 26, 2020
Nina Simone
Are Athena Kugblenu, Njambi McGrath and Harriet Dyer feeling good about Nina Simone?
Mar 19, 2020
WG Grace: the greatest cricketer and his dark legacy
Ivo Graham and Aatif Nawaz bowl over non-cricket fans Russell Kane and Joanne McNally.
Mar 12, 2020
Adi Dassler, founder of Adidas
Darren Harriott, Nathan Caton and Joanne McNally put the boot in to the sportswear giant.
Mar 05, 2020
George Best
Colin Murray, Chloe Petts and Neil Delamere give the greatest footballer a good kicking.
Feb 27, 2020
Evil Genius is back on 27 February
Starting with three sport episodes - two sports megastars and one king of sportswear
Feb 20, 2020
Oscar Wilde
Jen Brister, Larry Dean & Esther Manito consign Oscar Wilde to the gutter or the stars.
Nov 07, 2019
Lou Reed
Sophie Duker, Laura Lexx & Neil Delamere take a walk on the wild side with the rock star
Oct 31, 2019
Whitney Houston
Dane Baptiste, Jodie Mitchell and Athena Kugblenu decide, will they always love Whitney?
Oct 24, 2019
Bernard Manning
Jessica Fostekew, Marlon Davis and Leo Kearse ask if the popular comedian is still funny.
Oct 17, 2019
Salvador Dali
Jen Brister, Esther Manito and Larry Dean wax their moustaches ready to talk Salvador Dali
Oct 10, 2019
Winston Churchill
Daliso Chaponda, Ivo Graham & Jessica Fostekew discuss the man voted the Greatest Briton.
Oct 03, 2019
Fidel Castro
Comrades Heidi Regan, Konstantin Kisin and Eleanor Morton consider Fidel Castro.
Sep 26, 2019
Muhammad Ali
Darren Harriott, Laura Davis, Christopher Macarthur-Boyd on the boxer called The Greatest
Sep 19, 2019
Queen Victoria
Dane Baptiste, Jodie Mitchell and Athena Kugblenu weigh up Queen Victoria.
Sep 12, 2019
Amy Winehouse
Suzi Ruffell Joanne McNally and Maisie Adam take on Amy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Sep 05, 2019
Evil Genius is back on 5 Sept! Watch out, dead famous people
Evil Genius is good, bad, ugly and funny. And it's returning to your lucky earholes.
Aug 29, 2019
James Brown
Lou Sanders, Johnny Cochrane and Tom Lucy find out how James Brown Got On Up to no good.
Feb 14, 2019
Walt Disney
Fern Brady, Tiff Stevenson and Kae Kurd have an animated chat, about animator Walt Disney
Feb 07, 2019
Enid Blyton
Danielle Ward, Rachel Fairburn & Danny McLoughlin have a jolly old time with Enid Blyton
Jan 31, 2019
Joan Crawford
Amy Annette, Marcus Bronzy and Inel Tomlinson find the upsides in having an arch-nemesis
Jan 24, 2019
Bill Hicks
Tiff Stevenson, Fern Brady and Kae Kurd weigh up the comedian Bill Hicks
Jan 19, 2019
Coco Chanel
Elf Lyons, Ken Cheng and Sadie Harrison debate Coco Chanel and lying about your age.
Jan 10, 2019
Frank Sinatra
Lou Sanders, Johnny Cochrane and Tom Lucy bandy words about singing and civil rights.
Jan 03, 2019
Joan Rivers
Desiree Burch, Catherine Bohart and Alan Carr chat being outrageous and having no limits.
Dec 27, 2018
Father Christmas
Sindhu Vee, Grainne Maguire and Dane Baptiste mull over the magic of Santa himself
Dec 21, 2018
Charles Dickens
Amy Annette, Marcus Bronzy and Inel Tomlinson read up on author Charles Dickens
Dec 13, 2018
Darth Vader
James Acaster, Jayde Adams and Romesh Ranganathan ask if he's just misunderstood.
Dec 06, 2018
Pablo Escobar
Danielle Ward, Rachel Fairburn and Danny McLoughlin weigh up drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Nov 29, 2018
Sid Vicious at Latitude Festival
Grainne Maguire, Jen Brister and Shappi Khorsandi talk about what comedy owes to punk.
Nov 22, 2018
Elf Lyons, Ken Cheng and Sadie Harrison poke around JFK: John F. Kennedy, US President.
Nov 15, 2018
Tupac Shakur
Romesh Ranganathan, James Acaster and Jayde Adams judge hip hop artist Tupac Shakur.
Nov 07, 2018
Mother Teresa
Alan Carr, Desiree Burch and Catherine Bohart talk about goodness, badness and bin babies.
Nov 01, 2018
Evil Genius is coming back!
A new series of Evil Genius is on its way..
Oct 26, 2018
Margaret Thatcher
Russell and his panellists Grainne Maguire, Sindhu Vee and Omar Hamdi weigh up the Iron Lady. It's a hard hitting political debate involving hairspray, Judi Dench and ninjas.
May 09, 2018
Steve Jobs
Russell and his panelists Simon Evans, Bec Hill and Stephen Bailey try and decide whether Steve Jobs is evil or a genius. Without him this podcast may not have existed. Will that affect their decision?
May 02, 2018
Hugh Hefner
Russell Kane gets into his dressing gown to talk about Hugh Hefner while his panel Stephen Bailey, Bec Hill and Simon Evans look the other way.
Apr 25, 2018
Surely not Gandhi? Russell Kane reveals there might be an evil side to the father of modern India. With panelists Grainne Maguire, Sindhu Vee and Omar Hamdi.
Apr 18, 2018
Roald Dahl
Will Russell Kane’s revelations about Roald Dahl stop you from reading The BFG ever again? Panellists Judi Love, Kelly Convey and Imran Yusuf have their childhood memories tainted forever.
Apr 11, 2018
Albert Einstein
Kindly favourite-uncle genius with comedy hair, or controlling egomanic? Russell Kane attempts to explain the theory of relativity to Caz Frear, Sean McLoughlin and Rachel Parris.
Apr 04, 2018
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor may be the comedian’s comedian, but there is plenty in his life story that isn’t so funny. Russell Kane discusses whether his genius outweighs his evil, with panellists Judi Love, Kelly Convey and Imran Yusuf.
Mar 28, 2018
Evelyn Waugh
Writing Brideshead Revisited? Genius. Naming his son Auberon? Evil. And it gets worse... Russell weighs it all up with Jolyon Rubinstein, Ellie White and Sadie Harrison.
Mar 21, 2018
Marie Stopes: birth control pioneer
Russell Kane asks whether birth control pioneer Marie Stopes had a more sinister motive.. with Dane Baptiste, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Iszi Lawrence.
Mar 14, 2018
John Lennon
Peace, love and an intolerance of laughter. Was the music worth it all? Depends who you ask. With Rachel Parris, Caz Frear and Sean McLoughlin.
Mar 07, 2018
Welcome to Evil Genius with Russell Kane
The show where we ask: Where do you draw the line?
Mar 05, 2018