Best New Podcasts
In this exhilarating audio-drama series, Academy Award winner Julianne Moore is New York psychiatrist Dr Eliza Knight and Emmy nominee Oscar Isaac is a patient registered as Case 63. With Case 63 claiming to be from the year 2062, routine therapy sessions start to redraw the boundaries of what is possible and real.
British Scandal: Boris Johnson
After tackling Edward VIII, Mary Whitehouse and others, British Scandal goes contemporary for its latest case study, asking whether Boris Johnson oversaw the most tumultuous prime ministership in UK history. Comedian Matt Forde, who has voiced Johnson in Spitting Image, tells the story of the ex-PM’s career to date alongside co-host Alice Levine, covering all the scandals in his personal and professional life.
Casefile Presents: Pseudocide – Season 2
In the second season of Pseudocide, Poppy Damon and Alice Fiennes investigate the 2005 disappearance of Olivia Newton John’s ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott – who was reportedly spotted in Mexico a year later. Did he fake his own death? You’re going to have to give it a listen.
Partners In Crime
By day, broadcasters Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling are partners in life. By night, they look into what it means to be partners in crime. Both huge true-crime fans, they discuss a raft of stories every Thursday – from the real-life Thelma and Louise and the real-life Dexter to accidental assassins and vampire killers.
The British Isles have such a wealth of folkloric crimes and mysteries it can be hard to give each one the time it deserves. That’s why UK Unknown exists, to examine mysterious events and happenings from royal conspiracies and black magic murders to aliens, hoaxes and monsters. Want to know more about Jack the Ripper, the Loch Ness monster or Shakespeare’s lost play? You’re in the right place.
Casefile Presents: Matty
In the latest season of Casefile, ten episodes are devoted to the tragic story of 20-year-old Matthew Leveson. It took his parents ten years to find his body and bring home. Covering the tragedy right from the beginning when Matty’s partner Michael Atkins was a key suspect, host Loren O’Keeffe sensitively documents the family’s struggle in this tender and respectful listen.
Moment of Truth
BBC Radio 5 Live’s new podcast tackles the real lives of that key yet unglamorous cog in any successful football team: the gaffer. Moment of Truth reinvents the concept of fly-on-the-wall by taking you where the cameras cannot. Focusing on managers in the English Football League, this is a must listen for a new perspective on football outside the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.
The News Agents
Three of the UK’s top political journalists are in charge of The News Agents, bringing listeners daily news analysis from those who have made a career of news. Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall seek to explain why things are happening, serving up healthy doses of explanation with a side order of scepticism and humour.
The Witch Farm
Starring Joseph Fiennes and Alexandra Roach, this BBC Radio 4 drama from the creator of The Battersea Poltergeist mixes fiction and documentary as it retells the story of a paranormal cold case. If you fancy some supernatural horror, this is an eerie, unsettling listen.
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