Podcasts of the week: from French and Saunders to Vladimir Putin

Need something to put a smile on your face? The new comedy from Radio 4 What happened to baby Jane Austen? has the feel of a future classic, said Patricia Nicol in The Sunday Times. It’s not just the “sophisticated chemistry” between Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, it’s also the “hyperbolically wacky lines” of writer David Quantick (whose TV credits include Brass eye and Vep). French plays author Florence Ransom, who is “driven insane” by her movie star sister, Selina Mountjoy (Saunders).

Also highly recommended comfort blanketa “thoughtful” new series from Joel Morris (of the rule of three podcast). In it, he talks to “people who do cool stuff that I like about some warm stuff they like” — a book, movie, TV show, or record that they return to over and over again. Is it Rufus Jones? Hunter of the lost treasureor Caitlin Moran on the “giant hearted” reality TV show Boutique for curvy bridesit’s wonderfully engaging, not least because “every election is so seriously scrutinized.”

fallen womena “creepy” new episode of Tortoise Media’s Slow Newscast series, is a “little masterpiece,” said James Marriott in The times. Reporter Louise Tickle investigates cases of women who have been killed or seriously injured after falling from a height – balconies, high rise buildings, parking garages. Of the 51 cases found, 27 were considered suspicious by the police; These deaths resulted in 23 arrests and only five convictions.

Asked if at least some of those cases were “murders hidden in plain sight,” the podcast focuses on the tragedy of Bianca Thomas, a 25-year-old woman who fell to her death from the 11th floor of a Birmingham skyscraper in 2018 The story is “expertly told and the screenplay is moving and understated.” It’s a sobering listen, “driven by an important moral mission.”

the previous panorama Reporter John Sweeney has been “hot on Putin’s heels” since seeing first-hand evidence of alleged war crimes committed by the Russian army in Chechnya more than 20 years ago, Fiona Sturges told the newspaper financial times. “No one was listening to me back then,” Sweeney says on his new podcast attack Putin.

He started working on the series more than a year ago, but since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, he’s been in Kyiv, filing “gonzo” reports from the streets via social media in his “happy orange beanie.” His podcast combines dramatic reports from Ukraine with wide-ranging stories and analysis of Putin’s two decades of murderous oppression.

Sweeney left the BBC in 2019 and so on his previous podcast, Hunt for Ghislaineabout Ghislaine Maxwell, this one features “a liberated Sweeney who is free to rant, swear, and speak his mind without management telling him to apologize.” Podcasts of the week: from French and Saunders to Vladimir Putin

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