British Scandal

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Subscribers: 955
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aj
 Jan 3, 2022
really like the dynamic. I actually prefer this version over the US one although I do love both


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Daz
 Sep 9, 2021
At first I enjoyed this podcast with its interesting series of stories. Unfortunately the childish presenting style has put me right off now so I've unsubscribed. Shame really as it had great potential. Need to jettison Matt Forde so it has a more professional presenting style.

Bonnie
 Jul 27, 2021
Interesting, and also quite funny

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New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

In a country obsessed with gossip, the great and the good fear one thing more than any other - scandal.

British scandals change the course of history. They bring down governments, overthrow the rich and cause the mighty to fall. Some are about sex, others about money. In the end, they’re all about power. 

But often at the heart of a scandal, there are ordinary human stories, stories of those caught up in the swirl of outrage. 

Who was really to blame for what happened? Why did they do it? And when all is said and done, did anything really change?   

From the creators of Business Wars, American Scandal and Even The Rich, comes British Scandal. We tell the stories of the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Saville to Profumo who show us the reality of power, the price of pride and the failings of the great and good. Because sometimes the truth doesn’t set everyone free…


Episode Date
Encore: The Litvinenko Affair | The Russian Runaround | 4
00:39:02

The Litvinenko investigation moves to Moscow. If British police want to interview their chief suspects, they’ll need to get co-operation from the Russian authorities.

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Jan 26, 2022
Wondery Presents Against The Odds: Disaster at Sea
00:07:00

Imagine you're on a war ship in the final days of World War Two. The conflict is winding down, and you're excited to get back home soon. But then, disaster strikes. Your ship is struck by enemy torpedoes. And within minutes, you're floating in the ocean, fighting for survival. From Wondery, the new season of the AGAINST THE ODDS podcast puts you in the shoes of the men who experienced the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, and their fight to stay alive.

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Jan 20, 2022
Encore: The Litvinenko Affair | The Polonium Trail | 3
00:39:20

Police at Scotland Yard realise they’re not only dealing with the murder of one man…London is facing a full scale nuclear incident.

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Jan 19, 2022
Encore: The Litvinenko Affair | The Mysterious Edwin Carter | 2
00:37:46

As Sasha fights a mysterious illness, time is running out for the police to get crucial information about his attackers. The race is on to find out who poisoned him and why.


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Jan 11, 2022
Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders
00:05:12

In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time — one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrary’s. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders” recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.

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Jan 05, 2022
Encore: The Litvinenko Affair | Poisoned | 1
00:45:06

Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko flees Moscow to live in exile in London, but he doesn’t know Russian agents are moving against him and there will be no billionaire to protect him.


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Jan 05, 2022
Lord Lucan | Interview | 4
00:27:19

Alice and Matt talk to Sandra Rivett's son Neil Berriman. He tells them about his decade long mission to get justice for his murdered mother.

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Dec 28, 2021
Lord Lucan | The Closed Circle | 3
00:46:03

After the murder of Sandra Rivett the police start hunting for Lord Lucan. Little do they know it's not just Lucan working against them but Britain's aristocracy as well.

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Dec 21, 2021
Lord Lucan | Murder In Belgravia | 2
00:41:40

After walking out on his wife, Lord Lucan has only one goal in mind – to gain custody of his children. But when Veronica fights back, he realizes he will have to go to extreme lengths to get his way.

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Dec 14, 2021
Lord Lucan | Born Lucky | 1
00:43:45

Lord Lucan and Veronica fall in love. But soon his gambling and her mental health problems threaten their blissful life.

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Dec 07, 2021
Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | Interview | 5
00:33:59

Malcolm Mclaren's biographer Paul Gorman talks to us about Mclaren's legacy and what it was like meeting the man back in the 1970s.

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Nov 30, 2021
Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | Sid And Nancy | 4
00:42:20

With John gone Malcolm tries to make Sid the new lead singer. What he doesn't realise is Sid and Nancy's drug addiction and dependency is about to lead to tragedy.

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Nov 23, 2021
Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | A Common Enemy | 3
00:40:54

The Sex Pistols behaviour becomes more and more erratic and Malcolm Mclaren makes a drastic decision to try and keep the band together.

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Nov 16, 2021
Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | God Save The Queen | 2
00:43:28

Malcolm Mclaren tries to rock the British establishment by releasing the Sex Pistols shocking new single on the day of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Only thing stopping him is the band’s addiction to causing chaos.

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Nov 09, 2021
Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | The Wrong John | 1
00:41:29

Malcolm Mclaren is bored of his life running a clothes store. And so he decides to try and set up a band – a band, he hopes, who will rock the British establishment to its core.

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Nov 01, 2021
The Canoe Con | Interview: Tony Hutchinson | 4
00:24:22

We talk to the Superintendent who led the police investigation into John and Anne Darwin

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Oct 25, 2021
The Canoe Con | Dead Man Walking | 3
00:46:14

John Darwin decides to come back from the dead and journalists begin to investigate his mysterious disappearance.

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Oct 18, 2021
The Canoe Con | El Dorado | 2
00:45:54

The Darwins trick the police into thinking John’s dead and decide they need to flee the country.

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Oct 11, 2021
The Canoe Con | Missing | 1
00:43:16

Prison officer John Darwin finds himself in debt and makes a drastic decision to fake his own death.

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Oct 04, 2021
The Profumo Affair | Interview: Seymour Platt | 6
00:31:53

Christine Keeler’s son Seymour Platt joins us to talk about the impact the scandal had on his mum. He also talks about his campaign for her to be pardoned.

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Sep 27, 2021
The Profumo Affair | A Man Without Morals | 5
00:32:38

A public inquiry into the Profumo affair gets underway, while Stephen Ward’s trial at the Old Bailey begins.

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Sep 21, 2021
The Profumo Affair | Get Stephen | 4
00:34:52

The British establishment turn against Stephen Ward.

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Sep 13, 2021
The Profumo Affair | War Games | 3
00:32:10

Jack Profumo goes to desperate measures to save his political career, while Stephen Ward tries to stop Christine Keeler selling her story.

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Sep 06, 2021
The Profumo Affair | The Smoking Gun | 2
00:32:12

Christine Keeler goes from one risky affair to another – with dangerous consequences.

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Aug 30, 2021
The Profumo Affair | Sex, Lies and Spies | 1
00:37:53

Nineteen year old showgirl Christine Keeler meets the cabinet minister John Profumo at a high society pool party. It’s the beginning of their scandalous affair.

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Aug 23, 2021
Breaking Barings | Interview: John Gapper | 4
00:40:55

How can one man bring down a bank? Financial Times journalist John Gapper covered the Nick Leeson story at the time and co-wrote All That Glitters: The Fall of Barings. He joins Alice and Matt to talk about the phenomenon of the Rogue Trader.

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Aug 16, 2021
Breaking Barings | On the Run | 3
00:39:34

Barings Bank discover their most successful trader has left them penniless. The hunt is on to find Nick Leeson.

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Aug 09, 2021
Breaking Barings | In the Pit | 2
00:43:37

The losses in Nick Leeson’s secret account start to get out of hand. It means he needs to start taking even more risks.

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Aug 02, 2021
Breaking Barings | Under The Water | 1
00:44:28

Nick Leeson rises through the ranks of Barings Bank. When he moves to run the Singapore office, he notices a weakness in the system.

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Jul 26, 2021
The Murdoch Phone Hacking | Phone Hacking Today: Nick Davies Interview | 5
00:34:32

The journalist who broke the phone hacking story, Nick Davies joins Alice and Matt to talk about its legacy today. In 2011, Nick Davies reported the key stories that revealed the extent of the ‘dark arts’ at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. He is the author of the best selling account: Hack Attack: How The Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch. 

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Jul 19, 2021
The Murdoch Phone Hacking | The Media On Trial | 4
00:34:54

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson face difficult questions in court. Will justice be done? And how will the inquiry affect the future of Britain’s media?

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Jul 12, 2021
The Murdoch Phone Hacking | Death Of A Tabloid | 3
00:35:38

The news breaks that murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked. It sparks a public outcry. Rebekah Brooks fights to hold on to her job while Rupert Murdoch arrives to try to contain the outrage.

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Jul 05, 2021
The Murdoch Phone Hacking | Turning The Screws | 2
00:39:28

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson become part of the British power elite. The victims of hacking start fighting back.

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Jun 28, 2021
The Murdoch Phone Hacking | The Dark Arts | 1
00:40:15

Two ambitious journalists Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson rise through the ranks of The News Of The World - Britain’s biggest sunday tabloid. But the culture of ‘dark arts‘ threatens to bring everything down. 

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Jun 21, 2021
The Sexed Up Dossier | The Legacy of Iraq Today - Interview with Steve Richards | 4
00:39:01

Alice and Matt talk to journalist Steve Richards about the impact of the sexed up dossier row and its legacy today. Steve Richards covered the Blair premiership as a political journalist during the 2000s. He has written about Tony Blair in his new book The Prime Ministers, and in Blair & Iraq: Why Tony Blair Went To War - An Investigation. He also presents the podcast Rock n Roll Politics.

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Jun 14, 2021
The Sexed Up Dossier | The Inquiry | 3
00:36:49

The Hutton Inquiry investigates Dr Kelly’s death. The government’s battle with the media comes to a head. Who can the public trust to tell the truth?

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Jun 07, 2021
The Sexed Up Dossier | Harrowdown Hill | 2
00:35:42

After tough questioning in Houses of Parliament, UN Weapons Inspector David Kelly goes missing.`

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May 31, 2021
The Sexed Up Dossier | 45 Minutes From Doom | 1
00:44:19

UN Weapons Inspector David Kelly gets caught in the middle of a controversy over the British case for the Iraq War. He battles to save his reputation against warring factions in the government and the media.

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May 25, 2021
The Litvinenko Affair | Londongrad Today - Interview with Luke Harding | 5
00:42:13

Alice and Matt talk to journalist and author Luke Harding about what The Litvinenko Affair means today. Luke Harding is a foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison -The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West.

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May 18, 2021
The Litvinenko Affair | The Russian Runaround | 4
00:39:02

The Litvinenko investigation moves to Moscow. If British police want to interview their chief suspects, they’ll need to get co-operation from the Russian authorities.

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May 11, 2021
The Litvinenko Affair | The Polonium Trail | 3
00:39:20

Police at Scotland Yard realise they’re not only dealing with the murder of one man…London is facing a full scale nuclear incident.

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May 04, 2021
The Litvinenko Affair | The Mysterious Edwin Carter | 2
00:37:46

As Sashais dying of a mysterious illness, time is running out for the police to get crucial information about his attackers. The race is on to find out who poisoned him and why.

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Apr 27, 2021
The Litvinenko Affair | Poisoned | 1
00:44:21

In the first episode of our four part series, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko flees Moscow to live in exile in London, but he doesn’t know Russian agents are moving against him and there will be no billionaire to protect him.


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Apr 27, 2021
Introducing British Scandal
00:01:46

In a country obsessed with gossip, the great and the good fear one thing more than any other - scandal.


British scandals change the course of history. They bring down governments, overthrow the rich and cause the mighty to fall. Some are about sex, others about money. In the end, they’re all about power. 


But often at the heart of a scandal, there are ordinary human stories, stories of those caught up in the swirl of outrage. 


Who was really to blame for what happened? Why did they do it? And when all is said and done, did anything really change?   


From the creators of Business Wars, American Scandal and Even The Rich, comes British Scandal. We tell the stories of the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Saville to Profumo who show us the reality of power, the price of pride and the failings of the great and good. Because sometimes the truth doesn’t set everyone free…


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Apr 19, 2021