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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.

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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.

    Science vs Spin

    Science vs Spin

    What a week! Time to grab your space helmets and head to Planet Normal, and joining you in the rocket today is Oxford University epidemiologist, Professor Sunetra Gupta. Fresh from a meeting with the PM, she tells Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan why the government was wrong to base the lockdown on worst-case scenario modelling, why this is only a "third division" pandemic and why she wonders if her views would win her less flak were she a white man...

    Plus Allison tells Liam why she's rejoicing at the news that her son has the virus, and the pair debate whether Keir Starmer can really win back the Red Wall after a powerful speech at this week's Labour Conference.




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    • 59 min
    You have to laugh

    You have to laugh

    ... or you'll cry. This week Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan are joined by a man whose raison d'être is to get the country smiling. Geoff Norcott, one of the UK's only vocally Right-wing comedians, tells Planet Normal why the BBC's pledge towards diversity of opinion might prove futile, why the "woke" musn't be exempt from comedy and why he would never apologise for a joke.

    Also on the podcast: Allison and Liam weigh up whether Victoria Wood's comedy would fall victim to so-called "cancel culture" and the pair find a cunning loophole to make their Christmases Covid-compliant.




    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |




    "The UK has to defend itself against predatory diplomacy, deal or no deal" - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/09/13/uk-has-defend-against-predatory-diplomacy-deal-no-deal/ |




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    • 56 min
    Blighty not frighty

    Blighty not frighty

    The lockdown rules are changing and Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan aren't happy about it. On today's show, Allison asks what on earth has happened to the country's "Blighty not frighty" spirit, Liam chastises Matt Hancock for his doom-laden language, plus, they deliberate the three Bs - Brexit, the backstop and Brad Pitt.

    Also on the podcast: this week’s guest and former Supreme Court judge Lord Jonathan Sumption pulls on his space boots and tells Planet Normal listeners why he thinks the government is trying to avoid public scrutiny and why he believes Extinction Rebellion is "verging on facism".




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    • 56 min
    The Great Awokening

    The Great Awokening

    The BBC is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan have something to say about it. On today’s podcast, Allison tells us why she feels as if she’s in a toxic relationship with the broadcaster, Liam weighs in the corporation’s “mini moral lectures” and the pair agree that BBC comedy needs to stop using Donald Trump as a punchline.

    Plus, this week’s guest and long-time Editor of the Jewish Chronicle, Stephen Pollard buckles up his spacesuit and tells Planet Normal listeners the real reason why he believes Britons are increasingly embarrassed by their nationality and why much government criticism over its handling of the pandemic just isn't fair.

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

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    • 48 min
    Red tape and coral spacesuits

    Red tape and coral spacesuits

    Financier Dame Helena Morrissey dons her spacesuit to join Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan on their latest voyage to Planet Normal. The founder of The 30% Club talks about the pandemic's ambiguous effect on women in the workplace, why staying silent over Brexit wasn't an option, and why we need a "burning of the red tape" to save the economy. Plus, she tells us why you won't catch her in a fashionable face mask.

    Also on the show: Liam and Allison weigh in on face covering in schools and take part in a rousing sing-a-long (brace yourselves). 




    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

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    • 49 min
    "We don't need to be world-leading, we just need to be competent"

    "We don't need to be world-leading, we just need to be competent"

    David Davis MP is Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan's latest passenger as they blast off to Planet Normal. The Tory veteran talks about whether the A-Levels U-turn will be this government's poll tax moment, says don’t need to be “world leading”, we just need to be competent when it comes to coronavirus, and that the Cabinet would have benefitted from more experience in hindsight. Plus, a glimpse behind the scenes of the rows that caused him to step down as Brexit secretary. 

    Allison and Liam also talk exams, and whether "Gav has to go", and hear about home-made explosives and Starsky and Hutch inspired car chases in your Health and Safety stories. 

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

brinda mac ,

Planet normal

Slow down, you speak too fast, gotta make the programme last!...we love your podcast , it cheers us up and makes us feel we are not alone 😊please keep up the good work... but slower ! Brian and Linda McCreesh

rollo110 ,

For the many

Brilliant podcast - the voices of common sense

Walla Brook ,

Brilliant

Have been listening since the first episode, it’s simply the best political commentary anywhere, I hope Boris and Dominic listen as well! Have you thought about doing it daily? We need you to counteract the garbage from the BBC, Channel 4 and sad to say Sky which seems to have followed them into that drain as well. Talking of the BBC I just can’t wait until it becomes a subscription service .... just watch them all squirm then.

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