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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…

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New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

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…

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | Interview

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | Interview

    This episode comes out for free on 11/30, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    Malcolm Mclaren's biographer Paul Gorman talks to us about Mclaren's legacy and what it was like meeting the man back in the 1970s.

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | Sid And Nancy

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | Sid And Nancy

    With John gone Malcolm tries to make Sid the new lead singer. What he doesn't realise is Sid and Nancy's drug addiction and dependency is about to lead to tragedy.

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    • 42 min
    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | A Common Enemy

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | A Common Enemy

    The Sex Pistols behaviour becomes more and more erratic and Malcolm Mclaren makes a drastic decision to try and keep the band together.

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    • 40 min
    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | God Save The Queen

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | God Save The Queen

    Malcolm Mclaren tries to rock the British establishment by releasing the Sex Pistols shocking new single on the day of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Only thing stopping him is the band’s addiction to causing chaos.

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    • 43 min
    Introducing: Operator

    Introducing: Operator

    During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.

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    • 5 min
    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | The Wrong John

    Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols) | The Wrong John

    Malcolm Mclaren is bored of his life running a clothes store. And so he decides to try and set up a band – a band, he hopes, who will rock the British establishment to its core.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
689 Ratings

689 Ratings

chantelleabelle ,

Amazing

This is such a well written and interesting podcast…but to be honest I could listen to Matt and Alice discuss anything. They have such great chemistry! I really don’t care about the Sex Pistols but somehow I’m still hooked

Andes11 ,

Storytelling Skills for Days

I love this podcast. These hosts are so talented, so lovely, and they combine storytelling and sound with humor and banter (they always say what you’re thinking - “oh, she really shouldn’t have done that…” or “why is he such a wanker????”) successfully for this show. I find that even if I think I am not interested in the topic that was chosen, I am so very wrong - I am drawn in for the story and the fun of their retelling of it and wait rather impatiently every week for the next episode. Alice Levine is absolutely brilliant, and I love the way she and Matt Forde (also undisputedly talented) complement each other so well.

KattieeMak ,

Wonderful

Interesting stories professionally told. I can’t wait for more!

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