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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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    • 4.3 • 164 Ratings

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…

    The Sexed Up Dossier | The Legacy of Iraq Today - Interview with Steve Richards

    The Sexed Up Dossier | The Legacy of Iraq Today - Interview with Steve Richards

    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.

    • 39 min
    The Sexed Up Dossier | Harrowdown Hill

    The Sexed Up Dossier | Harrowdown Hill

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

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    • 35 min
    The Sexed Up Dossier | The Inquiry

    The Sexed Up Dossier | The Inquiry

    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?

    • 36 min
    The Sexed Up Dossier | 45 Minutes From Doom

    The Sexed Up Dossier | 45 Minutes From Doom

    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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    • 44 min
    The Litvinenko Affair | Londongrad Today - Interview with Luke Harding

    The Litvinenko Affair | Londongrad Today - Interview with Luke Harding

    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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    • 42 min
    The Litvinenko Affair | The Russian Runaround

    The Litvinenko Affair | The Russian Runaround

    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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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

paulic ,

Very entertaining

Love this posdcast. Very informative and interesting. I enjoyed the banter and jokes because it highlighted the ridiculously outlandish and brazen behaviour of the Russian ogliarchs and their associates.

The Earl of Rosebud ,

Strange presentation!?

The guys take a Panorama investigative story, and present it like the “Fm Morning Crew” does Jackanory. Disappointing in a word.

Ninja_dusty ,

Very enjoyable

If you’ve given this podcast a 1 star rating because you don’t like the banter, then: a) I don’t think you understand the point of this podcast b) you don’t understand British humour c) you don’t understand comedy

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