76 episodes

Introducing..The Gas Man
It’s the late 1980s and US Special Agent Dennis Bass is warned about a shipment of suspicious chemicals headed to a secret destination. So he follows the lead – and ends up stumbling into a global plot helping fuel a war. The main suspect? The Gas Man. 
In the decades since, Special Agent Bass has been locked in an international game of cat and mouse with the man who supplied a dangerous regime with the chemicals to make weapons. Every time Bass thinks he’s got his hands on him… The Gas Man somehow manages to slip the net. And he’s still on the run today.
But after more than 30 years, could his past finally be catching up with The Gas Man?

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Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
Producer: Claudia Williams
Editor: Jasper Corbett
Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
Sound design: Hannah Varrall
Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
Original artwork: Jon Hill

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Introducing..The Gas Man
It’s the late 1980s and US Special Agent Dennis Bass is warned about a shipment of suspicious chemicals headed to a secret destination. So he follows the lead – and ends up stumbling into a global plot helping fuel a war. The main suspect? The Gas Man. 
In the decades since, Special Agent Bass has been locked in an international game of cat and mouse with the man who supplied a dangerous regime with the chemicals to make weapons. Every time Bass thinks he’s got his hands on him… The Gas Man somehow manages to slip the net. And he’s still on the run today.
But after more than 30 years, could his past finally be catching up with The Gas Man?

To find out more about Tortoise:
Download the Tortoise app - for a listening experience curated by our journalists
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If you want to get in touch with us directly about a story, or tell us more about the stories you want to hear about contact hello@tortoisemedia.com
Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
Producer: Claudia Williams
Editor: Jasper Corbett
Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
Sound design: Hannah Varrall
Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
Original artwork: Jon Hill

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    The Gas Man: Episode 1 - The special agent

    The Gas Man: Episode 1 - The special agent

    In the 1980s Special Agent Dennis Bass received a tip-off that changed the course of his career. 30 years on reporter Chloe Hadjimatheou sets out to solve the mystery of how an international fugitive got away with his crimes – and why he's still on the run.
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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
    Producer: Claudia Williams
    Editor: Jasper Corbett
    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
    Sound design: Hannah Varrall
    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
    Original artwork: Jon Hill
    FX credit: Telex by YleArkisto at freesound - License: Attribution 4.0

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    • 33 min
    The Gas Man: Episode 2 - The sting

    The Gas Man: Episode 2 - The sting

    Special Agent Bass has his target in his sights but he’s on another continent. If he wants him to talk he’ll need a clever plan – and maybe a bit of luck
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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
    Producer: Claudia Williams
    Editor: Jasper Corbett
    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
    Sound design: Hannah Varrall
    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
    Original artwork: Jon Hill
    FX credit: Boeing 737-800 Fly Over 3.wav by soundslikewillem at freesound

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    • 33 min
    The Gas Man: Episode 3 - The escape

    The Gas Man: Episode 3 - The escape

    The team persuades The Gas Man to step out from the shadows. He reveals the first big clue in the investigation to how he got away with it – and makes a surprising claim about his role in the case
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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
    Producer: Claudia Williams
    Editor: Jasper Corbett
    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
    Sound design: Hannah Varrall
    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
    Original artwork: Jon Hill

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    • 42 min
    The Gas Man: Episode 4 - The other Gas Man

    The Gas Man: Episode 4 - The other Gas Man

    Chloe makes a startling discovery about another chemical trafficker that has consequences for her investigation. A Kurdish survivor of mustard gas shares her story.
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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
    Producer: Claudia Williams
    Editor: Jasper Corbett
    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
    Sound design: Hannah Varrall
    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
    Original artwork: Jon Hill

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    • 46 min
    The Gas Man: Episode 5 - Truth serum

    The Gas Man: Episode 5 - Truth serum

    In this episode, Chloe looks into what happened to The Gas Man when he arrived back in Germany as a fugitive – and investigates whether his trade with Iran ever really ended
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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
    Producer: Claudia Williams
    Editor: Jasper Corbett
    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
    Additional reporting: Marten Hahn
    Sound design: Hannah Varrall
    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
    Original artwork: Jon Hill

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    • 39 min
    The Gas Man: Episode 6 - Devil's breath

    The Gas Man: Episode 6 - Devil's breath

    In the final episode of the series, is the 40-year game of cat-and-mouse nearly over?
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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 
    Producer: Claudia Williams
    Editor: Jasper Corbett
    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall
    Additional production: Imy Harper
    Sound design: Hannah Varrall
    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella
    Original artwork: Jon Hill

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

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