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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 Ghost Story, comes British Scandal. Each week, hosts Alice Levine and Matt Forde delve into the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Profumo to the short-lived premiership of Liz Truss. Because sometimes the truth doesn’t set everyone free…
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    • 4.6 • 259 Ratings

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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 Ghost Story, comes British Scandal. Each week, hosts Alice Levine and Matt Forde delve into the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Profumo to the short-lived premiership of Liz Truss. Because sometimes the truth doesn’t set everyone free…
Listen to British Scandal on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/british-scandal/ now.

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    Encore: Breaking Barings | Under the Water

    Encore: Breaking Barings | Under the Water

    British Scandal is celebrating its third birthday! To mark the occasion we are revisiting one of our favourite ever seasons. The story of a young man who bankrupted Britain's oldest bank.




    It’s the early 90s and Nick Leeson is rising through the ranks at Barings. He’s not the only employee pulling some risky financial moves. But when Leeson gets himself into a hole, he doesn’t know when to stop digging. 

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    • 43 min
    Encore: Breaking Barings | In the Pit

    Encore: Breaking Barings | In the Pit

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    Nick Leeson’s losses are getting out of hand. And he’s under more pressure than ever to make money - not lose it. Then, disaster strikes. The bank announces an audit of all its accounts. Nick is going to have to take one hell of a risk to get himself back on track.

    Hitler's Angel | Bright Young Fascist

    Hitler's Angel | Bright Young Fascist

    It’s 1932, and aristocratic beauty Diana Guinness is the belle of high society London. But her world - and her marriage - are turned upside down when she meets alluring politician, Oswald Mosley. Together they become a very dangerous double act. And Diana is forced to choose between friends and family, and fascism.

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    • 50 min
    Hitler's Angel | Uncle Wolf

    Hitler's Angel | Uncle Wolf

    Diana has already chosen fascism over her family. But now the world is going to war, and she has to choose between fascism and her country. Winston Churchill tries to win Diana over, but she has already met Germany’s charismatic leader, Adolf Hitler. And she’s hooked.

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    • 52 min
    Hitler's Angel | Fascism or Death

    Hitler's Angel | Fascism or Death

    Diana Mosley hasn’t slept for weeks. Oswald has been locked up and she can’t even find a lawyer to represent him. There's only one person she can turn to: her sister, Nancy. But people she trusts have started informing on her. And her family's next.

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    • 51 min
    Hitler's Angel | How the Mitfords became Britain's most scandalous sisters

    Hitler's Angel | How the Mitfords became Britain's most scandalous sisters

    Lyndsy Spence became obsessed with the aristocracy as a teenager. Now a historian and Mitford sister expert, she sits down with Matt and Alice to dissect the six extraordinary and eccentric siblings. From Diana, the beautiful child who dreamed of being kidnapped, to Nancy, who once hoped her parents had been onboard the Titanic - Lyndsy explains the sisters’ shared love of shocking others and ponders the question she’d most like to ask Diana.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
259 Ratings

259 Ratings

heykuri ,

Surprisingly wonderful

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be crying with tears of laughter listening to a Russian spy mystery podcast. The presenters are witty and dry.
I highly recommend it!

jazza70 ,

Great stories but…

The stories are great and well told. However I found the frequent conversational interruptions by the hosts to be distracting and unnecessary. In the end I had to stop listening, hopefully future episodes will just narrate the stories as some are really interesting.

spiritedcrone ,

Stunning British Scandal

This show is brilliant. Using extensive research, great writing and the humour and presentation skills of the hosts, infamous situations are broken open for enlarged understanding. This also makes some of those situations more horrifying that the tabloids would originally have us believe! But the professionalism and style of this podcast leaves it to us the listener to make up our own mind and to keep following more leads should we be keen. Thanks a million Wondery. Like Alice often is, I’m hooked. 😎

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