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Novel produces chart topping independent podcasts and award winning content for leading broadcast networks and platforms, including the BBC, Audible and Spotify.

Editorial Highlight

The Bellingcat Podcast - MH17

When flight MH17 was shot down in 2014 298 innocent people lost their lives. Now, five years on, groundbreaking investigative journalism collective Bellingcat reveal the inside story of an unsolved mass murder.

Episodes:6 — Run Time:Various

Editorial Highlight

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

On the anniversary of what would have been the 70th birthday of the infamous journalist, orator and polemicist Christopher Hitchens, we explore his life and times featuring those closest to him including Martin Amis and Stephen Fry.

Episodes:1 — Run Time:54 mins

Editorial Highlight

The Political Butterfly Effect

Did a drunken headbutt cause Brexit? Did a single boat capsizing trigger climate catastrophe? Guardian Media Editor Jim Waterson explores the seemingly insignificant events that have shaped the course of politics.

Episodes:5 — Run Time:14 mins

Editorial Archive

Friends & Foes: A Narrative History of Diplomacy
In this ten-part series, Professor David Rothkopf highlights seminal events or turning points where diplomacy has evolved and - in some cases - lastingly changed.
Episodes:10
Run Time:14 mins
The Sympathy of Things
Turner Prize-winning architectural collective Assemble explore the designed and manufactured world. These programmes explore the way that mass production has upended our relationship to the material world, and explain how the advent of digital technologies will do so again.
Episodes:2
Run Time:28 mins
Our Daily Bread
Rachel O’Connell invites us to experience life within a secretive community of nuns who live high on a Greek mountainside. We are transported by the mesmerising Byzantine chanting of the sisters and the musical bells of mountain goats, to a world far removed from the frenzied pace of modern life.
Episodes:1
Run Time:26 mins
Right Click - The New Online Culture Wars
On the internet, a huge new political movement is taking shape. Some are calling it classical liberalism or the intellectual dark web. Gavin Haynes goes in search of a new wave of online political thought and discovers a never-ending culture war.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
Five Green Bottles
In this series, critics offer personal reflections on the personal, political and historical stories of bygone bottles of wine. We hear about the world’s most powerful wine critic, the wine Napoleon asked for on his deathbed and sample the oldest wine ever tasted.
Episodes:5
Run Time:14 mins
Economics 101
Martin Wolf argues that if we truly aim to be a democratic and prosperous society, we need a comprehensive new movement devoted to public engagement with economics. He challenges the prevalent view that our economy should be managed and maintained by a small group of technocrats.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
Dying Whispers
Sahar Zand travels to Belarus and discovers one of the world’s oldest, strangest spiritual traditions - the practice of “breathing whispers. Sahar meets the last remaining whisperers keeping their belief systems alive in the face of countless obstacles.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
A Hack's Progress
Journalist and author Jonathan Freedland looks at how journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction from the advent of the mass popular press to the present day, examining the changing public image of the fourth estate and its practitioners.
Episodes:1
Run Time:57 mins
Slaughter of the Innocents
Tim Montgomerie reflects on the largely forgotten Collect for Holy Innocents Day. This religious holiday is for recalling the murder of innocent lives and remembering the violence and injustice of our world. Yet, despite its contemporary relevance, it has fallen into obscurity.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
The Forgotten Victims of Communism
Author Douglas Murray explores why the communist ideology that killed many more people than Nazism – and in many more parts of the world, from Russia to China and to Cambodia – is so poorly remembered when compared to the Hitler’s national socialism.
Episodes:1
Run Time:34 mins
Istanbul's Factory of Tears
Isobel Finkel heads to Istanbul, where the kitsch, melancholy and forbidden sounds of the 70s are being rediscovered by a new generation of young people.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
The Strange Case of the Arab Whodunit
Jonathan Guyer examines the different forms of noir fiction addressing the failed revolutions, jihadism, and chaos in Egypt
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
The Believers in Trump
Katie Harrison explores a moral dilemma for Christians: why did 80% of white evangelicals vote for Donald Trump
Episodes:1
Run Time:32 mins
The Rise and Fall of the Meritocracy
Toby Young asks if the Brexit and Trump votes signal the death knell for the popular political vision of the modern meritocracy.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
It’s Obscene
Matthew Syed explores the roll of money at the pinnacle of sport and challenges the popular notion that sportsmen are overpaid.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
Angels of the Bayou
The story of a flood-threatened town in Louisiana, in which a bricklayer spent 13 years building a mysterious sculpture park before vanishing.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
Goliath - How Monopolies Came to Be
Will Hutton considers the ironies and tensions central to modern monopolies, tracing the history of monopolies and public attitudes towards them.
Episodes:1
Run Time:28 mins
Murad Subay - The Walls Remember
The story of the radical mural painter and activist Murad Subay who paints on the shelled and bullet-marked buildings of Yemen.
Episodes:1
Run Time:26 mins
Real Pretenders
Antonia Quirke investigates the history of acting – how the stars of screen and stage have evolved their craft throughout history.
Episodes:1
Run Time:57 mins
India Lost and Found
Emily Lloyd Saini and Mariana Des Forges explores the lives of the one million Indians who turn 18 every single month. How will these young people shape the future of their nation?
Episodes:1
Run Time:57 mins

Branded

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Branded Highlight

Fantasy Premier League

James Richardson and a cast of FPL savants deliver you the hottest tips to turbocharge your team. Each week we serve up exclusive slabs of FPL wisdom coming straight from the Premier League’s very own Fantasy Scouts.

Episodes:32 — Run Time:Various

Branded Highlight

Cannes Lions

Chairman of Cannes Lions Philip Thomas explores the forces that are shaping the future of advertising. Philips hears from industry leaders who discuss the latest efforts to foster diversity, the role of brands in public life and more.

Episodes:5 — Run Time:Various

Branded Highlight

AirBnB Detour

Immersive, guided audio tours around some of London’s most fascinating boroughs. Listeners meet a series of locals - residents, business owners, local heroes - who take them by the hand and reveal the part of London they call home.

Episodes:10 — Run Time:Various

Branded Archive

Theatreland
Ian McKellen takes listeners on a guided tour of London’s West End, drawing on his 50 years of performing in Theatreland to give a personal history of the area.
Episodes:1
Run Time:
Ambassador Theatre Group
Critic Matt Trueman presents a magazine-show podcast offering a range of features about theatre across the UK and interviews with some of the biggest actors on its stages.
Episodes:1
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