10 episodes

A podcast documentary about Cheltenham, the home of British spying, and the cracks of lying and deception that run through this seemingly perfect Cotswolds town.

Praise for The Town That Didn't Stare:

"Arch and funny, ­but... deeply serious in trying to understand the peculiar history of the town" – Financial Times
"Facinating... mysterious, it really hooks you in" – BBC
"Brilliantly arch" – Sunday Times
"Hilton is an engaging narrator, tip-toeing the lines between nostalgia, comedy and truth-telling" – The Big Issue

The Town That Knew Too Much Podot

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

A podcast documentary about Cheltenham, the home of British spying, and the cracks of lying and deception that run through this seemingly perfect Cotswolds town.

Praise for The Town That Didn't Stare:

"Arch and funny, ­but... deeply serious in trying to understand the peculiar history of the town" – Financial Times
"Facinating... mysterious, it really hooks you in" – BBC
"Brilliantly arch" – Sunday Times
"Hilton is an engaging narrator, tip-toeing the lines between nostalgia, comedy and truth-telling" – The Big Issue

    Enigmas

    Enigmas

    Enigmas. Things that cannot be understood; things that must be unravelled and unriddled. Things that are not what they seem.

    • 31 min
    The Devil's Chimney

    The Devil's Chimney

    Tucked away in a scenic corner of the Cotswolds, you'll find the Regency spa town of Cheltenham. It could be more English: from royal visits to Jane Austen re-enactments, it has everything an outsider would want from a quaint British town. But scratch beneath the surface and you'll find something quite different...

    In this episode we look at the history of Cheltenham and how burbling subterranean water springs set in motion a trajectory that would lead the town to become the centre of modern espionage. And, along the way, we'll look at Holy Wells, rat catchers, a minotaur's penis, and a protruding limestone outcrop known locally as the Devil's Chimney...

    Contributors to this episode: Anna Leszkiewicz, Phil Cox, Jill Waller, Geoff Dyer, Dr John Harcup, Catherine Curzon, Sophie Ryder, Richard Aldrich, Sir David Omand.

    This is the first episode of The Town That Knew Too Much, written, produced and presented by Nick Hilton.

     

    The music is by George Jennings, based on The Planets by Gustav Holst. The entire score for the series is available to stream on Spotify.

     

    This is the first part of a 7-part series available on all good podcast platforms. You can find out more about the show on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – just go to @thetownpod – or visit www.thetownpod.com for episode notes and more information. If you’ve enjoyed the show, please go to your podcast producer and leave a rating and review.

     

    The Town That Knew Too Much is a Podot podcast, for more information visit podotpods.com.

    • 27 min
    Coming Soon... The Town That Knew Too Much

    Coming Soon... The Town That Knew Too Much

    Set in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, in a part of England known for its beautiful Regency architecture, famous public schools and sky-high house prices, is the idyllic town of Cheltenham. This is a town that was the height of fashion in the time of Jane Austen, and, to this very day, remains a favoured outpost of the rich and famous.

    But behind that manicured facade lies a secret. This is a town that plays host to most of Britain's spies. And with all that lying and deception, that blurring of right and wrong, comes evil. Evil that seeps through the cracks. Evil that confuses and contrasts the town's self-image. This is a story about people who listen, and the town they live in. This is The Town That Knew Too Much.

    The Town That Knew Too Much starts July 21st 2021. Episodes weekly.

    The Town That Knew Too Much is written, produced and presented by Nick Hilton.

     

    Music by George Jennings.
    Podcast artwork by Tom Humberstone.




    This is the trailer for a 7-part series available on all good podcast platforms. You can find out more about the show on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – just go to @thetownpod – or visit www.thetownpod.com for episode notes and more information. 

     

    The Town That Knew Too Much is a Podot podcast, for more information visit podotpods.com. For sales and advertising, email nick@podotpods.com

    • 2 min
    The Town That Didn't Stare: Why East Grinstead?

    The Town That Didn't Stare: Why East Grinstead?

    East Grinstead, the home of Scientologists, Mormons, Rosicrucians and more; a nexus for ley lines, a perfect Prime Meridian settlement and Britain's most haunted town. But why?

    Why is East Grinstead, this little town in Sussex, so strange? What happened to make East Grinstead this unstaring town? Is this a question that can ever be truly answered? And do we really want to know the answer?

    The Town That Didn’t Stare is written, produced and presented by Nick Hilton.

     

    Intro and incidental music by George Jennings.
    End credits music by Matt Payne and Ollie Lloyd at Shipyard Audio.
    Podcast artwork by Tom Humberstone.

    The interviewees on this episode were: Ian Sellar, Eileen Barker, Jack Valero, Jon Ronson, Jonathan Parrett, Jack Tindale, Tim Bale and Itiel Dror. 




    This is the final part of a 6-part series available on all good podcast platforms. You can find out more about the show on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – just go to @thetownpod – or visit www.thetownpod.com for episode notes and more information. 

     

    The Town That Didn’t Stare is a Podot podcast, for more information visit podotpods.com. For sales and advertising, email nick@podotpods.com

    • 31 min
    The Town That Didn't Stare: A Very British Killing

    The Town That Didn't Stare: A Very British Killing

    In 1556, three martyrs are burned at the stake. In 1812, the Prime Minister is gunned down in the House of Commons. And in 1996 a businessman is shot returning to his mansion.

    This is the story of East Grinstead, its violent history and its ghosts.

    The Town That Didn’t Stare is written, produced and presented by Nick Hilton.

     

    Intro and incidental music by George Jennings.
    End credits music by Matt Payne and Ollie Lloyd at Shipyard Audio.
    Podcast artwork by Tom Humberstone.

    The interviewees on this episode were: Nick Hall, Caroline Metcalf, David and Anne-Noelle Pinnegar, Barry Depp, Christopher French, Jonathan Parrett and Kim Sengupta




    This is the fifth part of a 6-part series available on all good podcast platforms. You can find out more about the show on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – just go to @thetownpod – or visit www.thetownpod.com for episode notes and more information. 

     

    The Town That Didn’t Stare is a Podot podcast, for more information visit podotpods.com. For sales and advertising, email nick@podotpods.com

    • 43 min
    The Town That Didn't Stare: The Guinea Pig Club

    The Town That Didn't Stare: The Guinea Pig Club

    What is the Guinea Pig Club?

    At the height of the Second World War, the sleepy Sussex town of East Grinstead played host to one of the most remarkable and revolutionary medical facilities of the 20th Century. The town's famous Guinea Pigs were severely burned airmen who had come to the Queen Victoria hospital for treatment under the scalpel of the great Archibald McIndoe. What happened from there has become the stuff of local legend and earned East Grinstead its nickname: the town that didn't stare.

    The Town That Didn’t Stare is written, produced and presented by Nick Hilton.

     

    Intro and incidental music by George Jennings.
    End credits music by Matt Payne and Ollie Lloyd at Shipyard Audio.
    Podcast artwork by Tom Humberstone.

    The interviewees on this episode were: Emily Mayhew, Gordon Bebb, Jonathan Parrett, Kathryn Ferry, Jonn Elledge and Martin Jennings.




    This is the third part of a 6-part series available on all good podcast platforms. You can find out more about the show on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – just go to @thetownpod – or visit www.thetownpod.com for episode notes and more information. 

     

    The Town That Didn’t Stare is a Podot podcast, for more information visit podotpods.com. For sales and advertising, email nick@podotpods.com

    • 33 min

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