The wives of well-known footballers Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy are the topic of the BBC podcast It is…Wagatha Christie.

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It is… Wagatha Christie

Hosted by comic Abi Clarke, this new BBC Radio 5 reside present tells the totally insane story of the Wagatha-Christie dispute.

For the uninitiated, this is a rundown: In 2019, Coleen Rooney, spouse of English footballer Wayne Rooney, accused a colleague at WAG (the slang acronym for wives and girlfriends {of professional} footballers) of leaking personal particulars to The Solar newspaper.

That WAG colleague was Rebekah Vardy, who was so adamant that she wasn’t responsible that she’s now taking Rooney to courtroom, suing her for defamation.

It is… Wagatha Christie takes listeners via all of the superb particulars of the case, from Rooney’s thrilling Twitter allegation, wherein she outlines her detective work to find out Vardy is the wrongdoer, to essential proof that in some way will get to the underside of the Land North Sea.

It has been a wild experience, and Clarke does a wonderful job of summarizing how the trial unfolded in courtroom, whereas additionally reflecting on broader cultural points reminiscent of: B. the extent to which celebrities have the best to privateness within the age of social media.

The It is… Wagatha Christie podcast is now out there to stream.

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

Unreal: A Important Historical past of Actuality TV

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

I have been a long-time actuality TV fan, so this new 10-part audio documentary spoke my language from the beginning.

Like Sykes and her counterpart Sirin Kale, I’ve usually discovered myself defending actuality tv up to now when folks have claimed it is nothing greater than senseless babble, however I additionally agree with Sykes and Kale that it’s attainable to benefit from the style whereas additionally taking a look at it with a essential lens.

Each episode of Unreal does simply that – Sykes and Kale converse to lecturers, producers, forged and extra, reminiscing about moments of actuality TV gold but in addition asking robust questions in regards to the ethics of editorial and manufacturing selections.

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

Stolen: Survive St. Michael

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

Coping with the Canadian authorities’s horrific historic therapy of Indigenous kids is nothing new for Walker — just like the second season of her earlier podcast for the CBC, Lacking and Murdered, investigated the demise of an Indigenous woman taken from her household by little one welfare companies in the course of the notorious “scoop period of the Sixties”.

Nonetheless, this new collection is a extra private investigation for Walker — it began when she heard a narrative final 12 months about her late father who beat up a boarding college priest whereas working as a police officer in rural Saskatchewan within the Nineteen Seventies.

Allegedly, this priest was answerable for abusing him whereas he was a scholar at St. Michael’s Indian Residential Faculty, and this revelation sparks Walker’s investigation to attempt to uncover the priest’s true identification.

The podcast will be harrowing at occasions — for instance, one episode revolves round a collection of tales of St. Michael’s survivors telling darkish tales of being separated from their households and struggling over breadcrumbs over meals and enduring countless quantities of bodily , emotional 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.

New episodes seem each week on Tuesdays.

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