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Award Winning Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed series ‘Inside the World's Toughest Prisons’ on Netflix. He is also a former correspondent for the world's longest running BBC TV current affairs show Panorama the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as well as a regular contributor on The One Show and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.
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Second Chance Raphael Rowe

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Award Winning Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed series ‘Inside the World's Toughest Prisons’ on Netflix. He is also a former correspondent for the world's longest running BBC TV current affairs show Panorama the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as well as a regular contributor on The One Show and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.
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    Drug Lord to Celebrated Artist - Stephen Mee

    Drug Lord to Celebrated Artist - Stephen Mee

    The fascinating life of former drug lord Stephen Mee really is what dramatised movies try to replicate. Originally from Northern Manchester, Stephen faced many challenges throughout his upbringing, including personal loss and family struggles. Despite discovering his artistic talent early on, he also became involved in a life of crime. It culminated in 1996, when he was given 30 years for importing class 'A' drugs. His stories about his involvement in the trafficking of millions of pounds and hundreds of kilos of cocaine with Turkish, Albanian, and Colombian crime groups beggars belief. Stephen served sixteen and a half years in prison. His life took a turn during his time in prison, where he pursued his passion for fine arts, leading to a transformative experience. He has now established himself as a professional artist, drawing inspiration from both his past and present experiences.
    Listeners of this podcast can receive 50% off a subscription to the Crime+Investigation Play app, where you can stream thousands of hours of unmissable true crime content, all ad free. To take advantage of this offer head to crimeandinvestigationplay.co.uk and use the offer code SECONDCHANCE when prompted.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Criminal - Angela Kirwin

    Criminal - Angela Kirwin

    Angela Kirwin spent over a decade working in some of the most notorious prisons in Britain, where she documented her experiences and the stories of the men she met in her book "Criminal." 
    On this podcast Angela told me the current prison system is failing the most vulnerable members of our society, as she discovered while working inside prisons. She believes that prison is not a separate world, but rather a place where the most damaged and vulnerable people in our society end up. Not only is the system ineffective, but it also contributes to habitual criminality, making society less safe and less humane. It is, she says, high time that governments take notice of this issue and implement steps to improve the situation.
    Guest Links:
    Angela’s Instgram
    Angela’s Book

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Celebrity Reputation Risk - James Modley

    Celebrity Reputation Risk - James Modley

    In today's world, where news travels quickly and public scrutiny is constant, safeguarding a celebrity's image is no easy task. Even minor missteps can have a significant impact on their reputation, particularly with the rise of social media. Therefore, it's essential to have a skilled and experienced legal representative who can handle reputation risks and navigate the complexities of reputation management.
    Repairing the damage to a celebrity's image can be challenging once the harm has already been done. High-profile cases, such as those involving Russell Brand, Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, actor Noel Clarke, and other high-profile stories like Philip Schofield, are just some of the examples where managing and repairing the harm caused to a celebrity's image can be extremely challenging.
    In this episode, I spoke with James Modley, a proficient commercial litigator who specialises in complex cases involving reputation risks and suspected fraud. With years of experience in handling high-profile cases, James is the go-to expert for celebrities and corporations who need help managing their image. He ensures that his clients' best interests are always protected, while also trying to manage public perception of their image whether they are guilty or not.
    You can also listen to my interview with James on my audio book 'You Are Accused', available on Audible. Click the link in the description or search for 'You are Accused' by Raphael Rowe to get your copy.
    ‘You Are Accused’ with Raphael Rowe
    Guest Links:
    James Modley
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    Second Chance on Facebook
     
    Raphael's Website


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Student Accused of Rape That Never Happened - Liam Allan

    Student Accused of Rape That Never Happened - Liam Allan

    The collapsed trial of Liam Allan reveals a widespread problem in the legal system, which criminal defence lawyers have been warning about for some time. Liam was accused of rape and sexual assault, but his defense was that any sexual contact between himself and his former girlfriend was consensual. The Prosecution's case relied heavily on the ex girlfriends account, which is a common situation in sexual assault allegations that often occur in private settings without any independent witnesses.
    It took two years from Liam’s arrest for his trial to proceed in the Crown Court. Prior to the trial, his lawyers had repeatedly asked the Prosecution to disclose text and social media messages between Liam and his ex girlfriend from her phone. Despite clear guidelines on disclosure, the officer in charge of the case failed to hand over this potentially useful information to the defence team. It wasn't until the trial started that this material was brought to the attention of the Prosecuting barrister, who ordered it to be handed over immediately. The messages cleared Liam of all charges. His ex girlfriend and accuser had messaged him asking for sexual contact and spoke of a desire for violent sex and rape fantasies. In other messages to friends, she stated that no crime had been committed.
    To their credit, the Crown dropped the case as soon as he became aware of this material. It also made a public statement acknowledging "a very serious miscarriage of justice" had only narrowly been avoided.
    You can also listen to my interview with Liam on my audio book 'You Are Accused', available on Audible. Click the link in the description or search for 'You are Accused' by Raphael Rowe to get your copy.
    ‘You Are Accused’ with Raphael Rowe
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Mastermind Behind Two Notorious Manhunts - Colin Sutton

    The Mastermind Behind Two Notorious Manhunts - Colin Sutton

    Colin Sutton, a former police detective, is celebrated for his instrumental role in the capture of two of the UK's most notorious criminals. Levy Bellfield, a serial killer, and Delroy Grant, a serial rapist, were both caught thanks to his exceptional efforts. The BAFTA-nominated ITV drama "Manhunt" was inspired by the successful investigations led by Sutton. With over three decades of experience and a record of solving over 30 murder cases, Sutton is a seasoned detective with a remarkable track record. His involvement in these two high-profile cases, however, brought him widespread recognition. In "Manhunt," DCI Sutton is portrayed by Martin Clunes as the lead investigator who brought both criminals to justice. Sutton's book "Manhunt" provides a comprehensive insight into his methods and strategies. I had the pleasure of meeting Colin earlier this year at Crimecon, where we discussed his exceptional work as a detective in front of a live audience. We also talked about the challenges and fame that came with his exceptional career, as well as the second chance he gave to the victims of the crimes he helped solve.
    Guest Links:
    Colin on X
    Colin's Website
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    Raphael's Website


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    • 33 min
    Captive in Iran's Evin Prison - Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    Captive in Iran's Evin Prison - Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian academic, endured 804 days as a rebellious hostage of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) while being accused of being an agent for Mossad, MI6, or a spy for Australia. She was imprisoned in the infamous Evin prison, where she was kept in isolation from the outside world and subjected to relentless interrogations. Despite being told repeatedly that she would be forgotten, Kylie refused to confess and rejected the ever-changing accusations. The Australian government dismissed the charges as baseless, but she was convicted by "the hanging judge" of Iran, and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    After a year in solitary confinement, Kylie was suddenly transferred to Qarchak, known as the world's worst women's prison, located on the outskirts of Tehran. Although no evidence was ever presented to support the charges against her, she was subjected to the harshest of conditions.
    Finally, after a complicated prisoner swap involving four countries, Kylie regained her freedom. In this interview and her book "Uncaged Sky: My 804 Days in an Iranian Prison," she shares the story of her harrowing experience and how she overcame it.
    You can also listen to my interview with Kylie on my audio book 'You Are Accused', available on Audible. Click the link in the description or search for 'You are Accused' by Raphael Rowe to get your copy.
    ‘You Are Accused’ with Raphael Rowe

    Guest Links:
    Kylie on X
    Kylie on Instagram
    Kylie's Book

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    Raphael's Website


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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

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Brilliant listening

Great guests, thought provoking and real. Great podcast.

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Favourite podcast

Fascinating, different stories from real people.
Great questions, asked well.
Keep it up, thank you.

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Excellent Listening!

Came across this podcast after listening to Raphael’s story on Steve Bartlett’s podcast.

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