12 episodes

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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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 Murdoch Phone Hacking | The Dark Arts

    The Murdoch Phone Hacking | The Dark Arts

    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.

    • 40 min
    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 | 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 | 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 | 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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
967 Ratings

967 Ratings

kev the dancer ,

Very good podcast

I have been really enjoying this podcast the hosts are as always very good and the stories are very well told, and even though so far the stories are from not that long ago I do like the fact that it makes me think back and trying to work out if I remember it all correctly, keep up the good work.

cerys ,

Interesting stuff

It took me a while to get to like the sometimes lighthearted delivery style but I now enjoy it (and I think the presenters cut back a bit on it in season 2). In terms of content, I think both the Litvinenko and Sexed up dossier stories were well-balanced and informative, particularly the interview with Steve Richards. Looking forward to the hacking saga!

87bonzo19 ,

Matt Forde

Insufferable, especially through headphones.

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