It’s…Wagatha Christie: BBC podcast looks at bonkers story behind the court case

Famous footballers’ wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy are the subject of the BBC podcast It’s...Wagatha Christie.


Well-known footballers’ wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy are the topic of the BBC podcast It’s…Wagatha Christie.

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It’s… Wagatha Christie

This new BBC Radio 5 stay present, hosted by comic Abi Clarke, tells the utterly bonkers story of the Wagatha Christie dispute.

For the uninitiated, right here’s an summary: In 2019, Coleen Rooney, the spouse of the English soccer participant Wayne Rooney, accused a fellow WAG (the colloquial acronym for Wives And Girlfriends {of professional} footballers) of leaking personal particulars to The Solar newspaper.

That fellow WAG was Rebekah Vardy, who was so adamant she wasn’t responsible that she’s now taken Rooney to courtroom and sued her for defamation.

It’s… Wagatha Christie takes listeners via all the case’s astonishing particulars, from Rooney’s suspense-filled Twitter accusation outlining the sleuthing she did to find out Vardy was the wrongdoer, to important proof someway winding up on the backside of the North Sea.

It’s actually a wild trip, and Clarke does a fantastic job of summarising how the trial unfolded in courtroom, whereas additionally reflecting on wider cultural questions too, such because the extent to which celebrities have the precise to privateness within the age of social media.

The It’s… Wagatha Christie podcast is now obtainable to stream.

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The Unreal: A Important Historical past of Actuality TV podcast is now obtainable to stream.

Unreal: A Important Historical past of Actuality TV

“The dumbest style in leisure, or the one which tells us probably the most about ourselves?” asks the co-host of this new BBC Radio 4 sequence, Pandora Sykes, within the opening of every episode.

I’ve lengthy been a fan of actuality tv, so proper from the get-go, this new 10-part audio documentary was talking my language.

Like Sykes and her counterpart, Sirin Kale, I’ve typically discovered myself previously leaping to the defence of actuality tv when folks recommend it’s nothing greater than senseless drivel, however I additionally agree with Sykes and Kale that it’s attainable to benefit from the style whereas additionally watching it with a important lens.

Every episode of Unreal does precisely this – Sykes and Kale communicate to teachers, producers, forged members and extra, reminiscing on moments of actuality TV gold, but additionally asking tough questions in regards to the ethics of editorial and manufacturing choices.

An absolute must-listen for all followers (and critics) of the style. All episodes are out now.

Stolen: Surviving St Michael’s

The second season of Gimlet’s Stolen follows the award-winning Cree investigative journalist Connie Walker on her journey to uncover her household’s horrific experiences with Canada’s residential faculty system.

Delving into the Canadian authorities’s terrible historic therapy of indigenous youngsters is nothing new for Walker – for instance the second season of her earlier podcast for the CBC, Lacking and Murdered, investigated the demise of an indigenous lady who was taken from her household by youngster welfare authorities through the infamous “Sixties Scoop” period.

This new sequence nevertheless is a extra private investigation for Walker – all of it started when she heard a narrative final yr about her late father, who beat up a residential faculty priest within the Seventies whereas he was working as a cop in rural Saskatchewan.

Allegedly, this priest was accountable for abusing him whereas he was a scholar at St Michael’s Indian Residential Faculty, and this revelation kicks off Walker’s investigation into making an attempt to find the priest’s true id.

The podcast will be harrowing listening at occasions – as an example, one episode centres round quite a lot of tales from St Michael’s survivors, who inform grim tales of being separated from their households and combating for breadcrumbs at dinner time, in addition to enduring limitless quantities of bodily, psychological and sexual abuse.

However Walker tells every survivor’s story with care and respect, and there are quite a few moments of deep, considerate introspection about her position as a journalist in telling these tales as nicely.

New episodes are out every week on Tuesdays.

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