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 Mar 21, 2020
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A must-listen podcast. Thank you for the enlightening discussions and viewpoints from the UK, EU and across the political spectrum. Would be lost without this podcast!

 Jul 11, 2019


With Adam Fleming, Laura Kuenssberg, Fergus Walsh and Chris Mason.

Episode Date
Fitness Last
Gyms, beauty salons and outdoor pools are able to open from as early as this weekend in England. Adam, Laura and Fergus look at the small print. And as the government announces that plays and gigs can start happening outdoors again, the comedian Russell Kane tells us he's worried about the future of live comedy. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 09, 2020
Sunak’s summer statement
Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the government’s plan for rebuilding the economy today. But will it be enough? Adam and Laura are joined by the economist Stephanie Flanders. And we speak to the chief executives of Burger King and the house-building company Taylor Wimpey about what they think of the announcements. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 08, 2020
Huawei explained
Vicki Young and Frank Gardner join Adam to discuss the Chinese technology firm, Huawei. Who are they and why is everyone talking about them? And also Lizo Mzimba explains what it is like in a socially distanced courtroom watching the start of Johnny Depp’s libel action. Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
Jul 07, 2020
Trimdependence Day
Will the government's emergency arts funding save live music? And how super was "Super Saturday" for the hospitality industry? In other news, Chris Mason, gets a trim! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 06, 2020
Boris Johnson warns the nation to be responsible when pubs reopen this Saturday, but Radio 1’s Arielle Free tells us why she won’t be one of those going to her local this weekend. We explain the changes in quarantine rules for people arriving back in England after travelling abroad and what that could mean for holidays. And James Gallagher explains some of the context behind new care home death statistics. Studio Director: Tom Burchell Producers: Harriet Noble, Seren Jones and Natalie Ktena Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 03, 2020
last minute dot com
As the UK government delays its announcement on 'travel corridors', we speak to the boss of He's not happy. And neither is the headteacher of St Bede’s R C Comprehensive School in County Durham, who will have to bring all her pupils back in September. Producers: Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 02, 2020
Meet the Disease Detective
What data do Local Councils use to help stop a coronavirus outbreak? And (more importantly) what information do they need? Adam and Laura are joined by "Disease Detective" Professor Kate Adern, who is Wigan Council’s Director of Public Health. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 01, 2020
Corona on the Brain
Laura, Chris and Adam pick through the prime minister’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ speech with former communities secretary, Lord Pickles. And how does Covid-19 affect the brain? Fergus brings us up to speed on what we know six months on. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 30, 2020
Getting married in a pandemic
Adam is joined by the Reverend Martin Poole to discuss the government’s latest guidelines on how to have a wedding. And why is Boris Johnson comparing himself to Franklin D Roosevelt? Producers: Harriet Noble, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 29, 2020
Annie Mac
DJ and Radio 1 broadcaster Annie Mac joins Adam to talk rave culture and Glastonbury Festival. And Fergus brings us up to date on the race for a vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 26, 2020
Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant
Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant share their thoughts on the future of the theatre industry and give their verdicts on the drama of the daily coronavirus briefings. And Sir Keir Starmer makes his first shadow cabinet sacking. Studio director: William Allott Producers: Natalie Ktena and Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 25, 2020
Dame Louise Casey on Homelessness
Thousands of homeless people were moved into hotels at the start of the pandemic. Today the government announced £105 million for councils to help rough sleepers stay off the streets as lockdown eases and those hotels reopen for business. Homelessness “Czar” Dame Louise Casey tells us how this policy worked and the lessons we could learn from it. And, what will pubs really be like when they reopen in July? Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weiz, Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Assistant editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 24, 2020
The 39 steps
Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers... Adam is joined by Laura, Fergus and Chris to discuss the easing of the social distancing rules from 4th July in England. Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 23, 2020
Evan Davis
The PM and Dragon’s Den presenter, Evan Davis, takes the temperature of the coronavirus economy. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 22, 2020
Henry Holland: what's happened to fashion?
Adam is joined by the British fashion designer to discuss how the industry has changed during the pandemic. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
Jun 19, 2020
Levelling Down
Three is the magic number... Adam and James discuss the news that the UK's Covid-19 alert level has been reduced from four to three, which means there could be a "gradual relaxation of restrictions". Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 19, 2020
Andrew Neil and David Ginola
The French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK today, to mark 80 years since Charles de Gaulle’s famous wartime broadcast. We get football legend David Ginola to read it to us. And, Andrew Neil moonlights as our French correspondent to tell us how Macron has handled the Coronavirus crisis. Also, Carol Vorderman tells us her concerns about the growing divide between children not attending school. And gives us an impromptu maths lesson. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Harriet Noble, Lucy Boast and James Mallet. Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 18, 2020
Back to Wuhan
Adam chats to our China correspondent, John Sudworth, who’s just returned from Wuhan. We’re also joined by friend of the podcast, Professor Clare Wenham, to talk about social distancing in Panama, where men and women are allowed out on different days! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Sam Bonham, Kathy Long and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 17, 2020
A Rashford decision
Laura and Chris join Adam to discuss the government’s free school meal voucher U-turn. And Fergus has the latest on a “cheap as chips” drug that can help save the lives of seriously ill coronavirus patients. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Studio Director: Emma Crowe
Jun 16, 2020
Back to the Binders
Brexitcast is back! Adam, Laura, Chris and Dr Adler are back to chat through all the latest Brexit shenanigans. And with more people on the move, we hear how regions are trying to prepare for a more localised lockdown in future. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 15, 2020
Defunding the police
What does it mean and what could it look like? Adam Fleming and Emily Maitlis get views from the US and UK. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Nat Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Studio Director: Tom Burchell
Jun 12, 2020
Gok Wan Styles Chris Mason
Shops will be able to reopen in England from Monday. But how different will our high streets look with social distancing measures in place? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus hear from the stylist and retail expert Gok Wan, and the head of Waterstones James Daunt on how we’ll adapt. Of course, we also get Gok’s verdict on Chris Mason's 'look'. And the comedian Munya Chawawa tells us where he draws the line when it comes to comedy. PRODUCERS: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones, Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Studio Director: Andy Mills Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 11, 2020
Where to Wee
“Professor Lockdown”, makes a return to the fray to tell MPs that locking down sooner would have saved a lot of lives. And the prime minister has good news for people living on their own. Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
Jun 10, 2020
Rhodes Rage
What are the aims of Black Lives Matter UK? Adam Elliott-Cooper, an activist with Black Lives Matter UK, speaks to Adam and Laura about where the movement goes next. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Studio Director: Emma Crowe
Jun 09, 2020
Statues and Liberty
Should we pull down the statues of people with problematic pasts? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus speak to 1Xtra's DJ Ace and human rights activist, Sir Geoff Palmer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 08, 2020
Americast: Protests and the President
On the night of the memorial service for George Floyd, Emily, Jon and Anthony are back to discuss the implications for America and the presidential race. Producers: Harriet Noble, Morgan Gisholt Minard, Nathalie Ktena and Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Director: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 05, 2020
Wallet, keys, face mask
Do you use public transport? From the 15th June, all people travelling in England will be made to wear face coverings. Adam, Chris and Vicki ask why the government has announced this now. And we discuss the latest Madeleine McCann developments with Jim Gamble who investigated the case. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 04, 2020
New Madeleine McCann suspect
Police are appealing for more information about a German prisoner they’ve identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The government sets out the quarantine rules for those entering the UK, and we hear from the UK Black Lives Matter protest in London. (Credit:John Boyega audio thanks to @HoxtonWestAid / @NaomiJasmin) Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 03, 2020
Blackout Tuesday
People from ethnic minorities are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, a report by Public Health England says. And Adam is joined by Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor, to talk about Trump’s response to the crisis in America. Producers: Nat Ktena, Harriet Noble, Georgia Coan, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Studio Director: Emma Crowe
Jun 02, 2020
(Some) Schools Back For Summer
Some kids went back to school today in England. How is it working? Adam talks to pupils and a headteacher about their first day back. In non-coronavirus related news, Adam talks to Eugene Scott from the Washington Post about the protests in the United States sparked by the death of George Floyd, who suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Jo Deahl, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Jun 02, 2020
The great outdoors
Nina Nesbitt and Kelly Cates join Adam to talk about getting back outdoors. And Newscasters do their best David Attenborough impressions. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Seren Jones, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
May 29, 2020
The Joy of Six
The government has confirmed its five tests are being met, and the next phase in reopening society will begin on Monday. As part of this, groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors while maintaining social distance. Also on the podcast, Dr Adler joins us for an update on Brexit, and we hear from a charity shop volunteer on how we can donate the stuff from our lockdown spring clean responsibly. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
May 28, 2020
Testing (and tracing) times
Boris Johnson faces challenging questions from MPs and the government announces a test and trace system in England. Also Adam hears a romantic tale from a couple separated by coronavirus and the high seas. Producers: Seren Jones, Nat Ktena, Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
May 27, 2020
Is this the way to Barnard Castle?
As a government minister resigns and more Conservative MPs speak out over the prime minister’s top adviser Dominic Cummings, will Boris Johnson carry on standing by his man? We hear from Rev. Martin Poole, whose question over family lockdown fines seemed like it might prompt the government to look again at the issue. And what are immunity passports? The founder of Transferwise and first Skype employee Taavet Hinrikus tells us about his next venture - an app he hopes will let those who have tested positive for Coronavirus antibodies have more freedom. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Seren Jones Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Emma Close
May 26, 2020
Cummings Up Roses?
Adam, Laura, Fergus and Chris discuss Dominic Cummings’s rose garden moment in Downing Street. Did he do enough to deal with the criticism? Plus, good news for shops (and shoppers?) Producer: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
May 25, 2020
The Special One
The PM backs Dominic Cummings but this is far from over… Laura, Adam and Fergus discuss the fallout from the row about whether Boris Johnson’s key adviser broke the lockdown rules. Studio Director: Emma Crowe
 Producer: Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
May 24, 2020
Bastille on the future of the music industry
When can we go to gigs again? How are bands recording new music in lockdown? Can emerging artists get signed through their livestreams? Adam is joined by Dan Smith from Bastille, Beverley Whitrick of the Music Venues Trust, and Will Grant from Domino Records to look at how the coronavirus pandemic is changing the music industry. Producers: Natalie Ktena, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan, Seren Jones Studio Director: Weidong Lin Editor: Dino Sofos
May 22, 2020
Inside Sage
Key Sage member Professor Sir Ian Boyd takes your questions. Should the Government have placed the country in lockdown earlier? Sir Ian thinks they should have. He also talks us through how the influential group advises government, and answers your questions. And how is Facebook handling misinformation during the pandemic? Mark Zuckerberg has been speaking to the BBC’s Simon Jack. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Georgia Coan Studio Director: William Allott Editor: Dino Sofos
May 21, 2020
Did Andy Gill have coronavirus?
The author Catherine Mayer is investigating whether her late husband and Gang of Four founder, Andy Gill, contracted coronavirus on tour in China last year. She spoke to Adam, Laura and Professor Tom Solomon. Producer: Harriet Noble Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
May 20, 2020
Quarantina Fey
The chancellor says we’re facing “a severe recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen”, and today saw some bleak numbers on jobs and benefits. We talk to two people whose careers have been badly affected by the pandemic, including a drag queen who has become a security guard! Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan. Studio manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
May 19, 2020
Greece for the holidays?
The Greek minister for tourism talks to Chris, Laura and Fergus about the ways the country is planning on welcoming tourists this summer. Is it possible to socially distance on the beach? Producers: Georgia Coan, Nat Ktena, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
May 18, 2020
Kermode, Mayo and Chris Addison
Will coronavirus permanently change the film industry? And when can we go to the cinema again? In this blockbuster episode, Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode, and actor and director, Chris Addison, join us to talk movies. And 'Brexitcast Strikes Back'! Dr Katya Adler is back for a Brexit update. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
May 15, 2020
Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Kitchen Disco!
How many people in the UK have had coronavirus? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus chat everything we do and don’t know about antibody tests, immunity, and the rate of infection with Professor Tom Solomon from The University of Liverpool. And as the UK looks to expand on its ‘Test Track and Trace’ policy, we hear about the Seoul club night that sparked a search for 32,000 people. Also on the programme, the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells us about the home discos she’s been hosting every Friday night, live from her kitchen. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Seren Jones, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
May 14, 2020
Caring for care homes
Why has coronavirus hit care homes so hard? Adam, Laura and Fergus talk through the issues affecting care homes. The government’s strategy, the lack of personal protective equipment and the high numbers of coronavirus deaths. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
May 13, 2020
Furlough For How Long?
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today that the government’s furlough support scheme that pays the wages of workers on leave due to coronavirus would be extended across all sectors until October. But, with employers being asked to contribute to the scheme from August onwards, questions remain. We hear Laura’s interview with the Chancellor, and ask how businesses that have no current date in sight of reopening will be able to pay. Also on the programme, Emma Vardy talks us through Northern Ireland’s five-step plan to ease the lockdown. And, the Game of Thrones actor Michael Condron tells us about his new role as a supermarket delivery driver. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Manager: Tom Burchell
May 12, 2020
More questions than answers?
Do I need to wear a face mask? When can I get the childminder back? Can I move into my new student house? Laura, Adam, Chris and Fergus try their best to answer your questions about the new lockdown measures. Sounds Engineer: Simon Nunn Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotherham and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
May 12, 2020
Ifs and Buts...
Long: The PM unveils his ‘conditional plan’ to reopen society. People who can’t work from home should return to work and a new Covid Alert System will decide how lockdown restrictions will be eased in future. But there were a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in Boris Johnson’s speech. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus explain what we learnt and what we still don’t know. Sound Engineer: William Allott Producer: Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
May 10, 2020
Brian May and Gavin Barwell
The Queen guitarist tells us bands need to "rethink" whether touring and playing to large crowds is appropriate in a post-corona world. We're joined by Theresa May's former chief of staff, Lord Gavin Barwell, to discuss lifting lockdown. And Stephanie Flanders from Bloomberg tells us how worried we should be about the economy. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena and Seren Jones Editor: Dino Sofos
May 07, 2020
When Can We Fly Again?
Is it realistic to start thinking about a summer holiday abroad? Even if the airports reopen, will it be safe to travel? John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive of London Heathrow Airport joins the pod to talk about temperature tests and travel plans. And the prime minister Boris Johnson faces Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer for the very first time at Prime Minister’s Questions. Producers: Jo Deahl, Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble and Seren Jones. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor Dino Sofos
May 06, 2020
‘Professor Lockdown’ Steps Down
Professor Neil Ferguson’s advice played a big part in the government imposed lockdown. But he’s now quit after the Daily Telegraph reported he allowed a woman to visit his home. Also, as Scotland considers introducing social bubbles, the stars of the TikTok house tell us what it’s like to live in one. And football legend, John Barnes and Radio 1 legend, Chris Stark, on when the football season should return. Sound Engineer: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotheram, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
May 05, 2020
Test, track and trace
How will government’s new test, track and trace strategy work? BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellen-Jones, joins Adam, Laura and co to talk about the new government mobile app trial, the ins and outs of manual contract-tracing and the wonder that is the Isle of Wight. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Jo Deahl, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
May 04, 2020
Wuhan: Where it all began?
What happened in Wuhan? Our woman keeping her eye on China, Carrie Gracie, joins us to delve into wet markets and government labs. Back on home soil, Matt Hancock succeeded in meeting his target for testing, but there is some sobering data about the people most impacted by Covid-19. Producers: Nicholas Rotherham, Harriet Noble and Seren Jones. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Sound Engineer: Emma Crowe
May 01, 2020
Past the peak
The PM says that UK has "past the peak" of the coronavirus pandemic and announces that he'll be setting out plans for how lockdown restrictions will be eased this time next week. And are you missing the pub? We are. So we speak to two pub owners about how social distancing measures could affect their industry. We're also missing a good pub quiz so Anne Hegerty from The Chase hosts a virtual one for us! Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz and Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 30, 2020
Normal People and Difficult Puzzles
As the number of UK deaths from Coronavirus rises even further, Fergus visits a hospital taking part in a large scale clinical trial that hopes to find a treatment. Professor Martin Landray, one of the trial’s leads, tells Adam, Laura and Fergus how the 8,000 person trial aims to see if any existing drugs could offer a solution. Also on the podcast, we discuss if home schooling could have a long-term impact on some children with Joanna Clark, a primary school head in Durham, and, Adam finds out why finishing his 1,000 piece puzzle was so satisfying. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 29, 2020
Dead Ringers and David Miliband
Jon Culshaw and the former Foreign Secretary join us. David Miliband, who now heads up the International Rescue Committee, predicts there will be up to one billion cases of coronavirus in conflict affected and fragile countries. And Dead Ringers star Jon Culshaw joins the pod to celebrate the return of Alan Bennett’s (or should that be Chris Mason’s) Talking Heads. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Jo Deahl, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 28, 2020
PM back at work
Boris Johnson resumed his duties as prime minister today, starting with a speech outside No 10 urging the public to stick with the lockdown restrictions. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus look at what's in the PM’s in tray and discuss how far away we might be from ‘phase two’ of the coronavirus response. Plus, Izzy Wheatley tells us how zoos are responding to the crisis and gives a tour around the panda enclosure. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nick Rotherham, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 27, 2020
Bleach Body Ready
On this side of the Atlantic, scientists at Oxford University inject two volunteers with what they hope will be one of the vaccines that beats coronavirus. In the US, President Trump suggests scientists try researching the efficacy of putting disinfectant into the body to fight the virus. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Harriet Noble, and Seren Jones Assistant Editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 24, 2020
Loch Down
While Westminster remains tight-lipped on how lockdown restrictions could be lifted, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has spelled out what an exit strategy might look like there. But, emphasised it won’t happen anytime soon… Adam, Laura and Chris are joined by Scotland Editor Sarah Smith to discuss. And how can creativity help us during times of crisis? The model and activist, Adwoa Aboah, and psychologist Dr Ciara Dockery, of Gurls Talk tell us about their campaign. Sound Engineer: William Allott Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 23, 2020
The Long Haul
Although talk of a vaccine and an exit plan for lockdown grows, England’s Chief Medical Officer says it’s “wholly unrealistic” to think life can return to normal soon. We find out where all the money raised by Captain Tom will go. And Adam and Chris make plans to recreate Oktoberfest. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nick Rotherham, Nat Ktena and Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham, Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 22, 2020
The Receipts Takeover
Are people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds at greater risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19? Rianna Croxford delves into the data. Plus Tolly T, Milena and Audrey, hosts of The Receipts Podcast, join Adam and Laura to answer your lockdown dilemmas. Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotherham, Nat Ktena and Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 21, 2020
Back to School!
School's back and the BBC is here to help! We're joined by Deborah James, the new host of the new BBC Bitsesize Primary and Secondary Planner podcasts, for some homeschooling tips. And we're always hearing about Personal Protective Equipment but what actually is it? Adam Laura and Fergus chat to Dr Ron Daniels, a man who knows a thing or two about PPE. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nick Rotherham and Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 20, 2020
William and Kate
After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk about how people are looking after their mental health during the pandemic, Adam is joined by Tina Daheley and Anne-Maria Newham MBE, a nursing director from Nottinghamshire. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Harriet Noble, Ione Well, Natalie Ktena and Ben Weisz. Assistant Producers: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 17, 2020
Sir Keir Starmer
As the government extends its lockdown for at least another three weeks, Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer says he thinks Dominic Raab has been reluctant to sign-off on an exit strategy, with Boris Johnson off sick. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus are joined by Katya to discuss how measures are being eased in Europe. And we hear about the new CPAP machines that could revolutionise treatment for those with Covid-19. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ed Chivers, Ione Wells and Alicia Burrell Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 16, 2020
Geraint Thomas
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas joins the pod. As Donald Trump says the US will halt funding for the World Health Organisation, we ask who is WHO?. And the government announces more testing for care homes. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Ione Wells and Ben Weisz. Assistant Editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 15, 2020
More questions than answers
How bad is this going to get? Adam, Laura and Fergus are joined by Ruth Alexander from BBC Radio 4's 'More or Less' programme to take a closer look at the death toll figures and the latest forecast by the UK's tax and spending watchdog that warns the UK economy could shrink by a record 35% by June. We also take a look at 5G conspiracy theories with our Disinformation reporter, Marianna Spring and ask Scott Bryan what we should be watching on TV. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Ione Wells and Ben Weisz Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 14, 2020
New York, New York
An Americast takeover... Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Anthony Zurcher join Adam to talk about how America is dealing with coronavirus. With a stateside view from Congresswoman Donna Shalala, who is the longest serving Health Secretary in US history. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi and Alicia Burrell Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 10, 2020
Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory
The Homeland and Peaky Blinders stars tell us how they’re helping supply meals to NHS staff. And we're joined by epidemiologist and author of 'The Rules of Contagion', Adam Kucharski. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena and Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 09, 2020
Katya Adler and Hugh Bonneville
How is the virus hitting the rest of the world? Katya Adler and Tulip Mazumdar discuss the impact of the outbreak on Italy, America, South Korea and beyond. And Hugh Bonneville is the latest thesp to recite Girls Aloud lyrics for us. Producers: Ione Wells, Harriet Noble and Alicia Burrell. Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 09, 2020
Collectively Responsible
The PM is still in critical care but is “stable”. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Boris Johnson, has said he is "confident" the prime minister will recover from coronavirus. Adam and Laura have the latest. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 07, 2020
Inside intensive care
Behind the scenes in an intensive care unit. Fergus Walsh talks to Adam about the day he spent at the University College London Hospital ICU, witnessing medics and patients fight coronavirus. Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 07, 2020
PM in intensive care
Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened”. The prime minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary". Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg and James Gallagher to discuss. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi and Ione Wells Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 06, 2020
PM admitted to hospital
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital for tests, ten days after testing positive for coronavirus. Adam chats to Laura, Chris and Fergus about this and the resignation of Scotland’s chief medical officer for breaking the lockdown rules. Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 05, 2020
'We’ll meet again'
The Queen addresses the country. In a rare address, the monarch says the UK "should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return".
Apr 05, 2020
Alexander Armstrong
A Pointless-style coronavirus quiz hosted by the main man himself. Plus Laura talks Adam through the issues facing the elderly in care homes around the UK due to coronavirus. Producers: Hariet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 04, 2020
One Heck of a Target
As the government announces its plans to carry out more than 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April, Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus discuss how this may or may not work. And Fergus takes a test! Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Ione Wells. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 02, 2020
Bad News
Adam gets to grips with grief. He talks to a palliative care expert, Kathryn Mannix, about how to deal with death. Sean Farrington is on hand to help with your pandemic-related personal finance dilemmas. And Wimbledon superfan, Simon Mundie’s, worst fears come true. Producers: Ione Wells, Jo Deahl, Hariet Noble and Nicholas Rotherham. Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close. Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 01, 2020
What’s Not Allowed? And Girls Aloud!
What powers do the police have to fight coronavirus? Ex-policeman and Crimewatch presenter, Rav Wilding, joins us to talk about the challenges facing the police during the coronavirus pandemic. And how are Asian communities in the UK responding to the coronavirus crisis? We chat to Mobeen Azhar, Dr Rosena Allin Khan and Harjap Singh Bhangal. Producers: Natalie Ktena, Sej Asar, Seren Jones, Ione Wells and Nick Rotherham Assistant Editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 31, 2020
Sir Patrick's Slideshow
The country’s social distancing measures are “making a difference” says the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. And Adam talks to hair stylist, Nicky Clark, about how to cut your hair at home.
Mar 30, 2020
Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson is here to solve your isolation dinner dilemmas! Emily, Laura, Adam and Fergus discuss the news that Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Producers: Ione Wells and Harriet Noble Assistant Editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 27, 2020
Clapping for Carers & Charli XCX
NHS tributes and isolation tips from Charli XCX. Adam, Laura and Fergus are joined by Sean Farrington from 5Live’s Wake Up To Money to help unpack the government’s new measures to support the self-employed. And musician Charli XCX gives us some tips on keeping fit, staying creative and painting rocks. Producers: Emma Close, Natalie Ktena, Nick Rotherham and Harriet Noble. Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 27, 2020
Park Patrol
Adam is joined by Laura, Fergus and Chris to talk through the day’s coronavirus news. BBC Reporters across the UK patrol the country’s parks looking for people not following the government’s rules to tackle coronavirus. And we take ‘nice-olation’ on the road, chatting to Marie Lennon from BBC Wiltshire about how people are managing being stuck indoors. Producers: Jo Deahl, Ione Wells and Nick Rotherham Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 25, 2020
Martin Lewis & Carol Vorderman
The Money Saving Expert joins Adam, Laura and Fergus to help answer your coronavirus related personal finance questions. And Carol Vorderman joins us for some homeschooling tips. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Emma Close, Jo Deahl and Ione Wells Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 24, 2020
Strict new curbs on life in the UK to tackle the spread of coronavirus have been announced by the prime minister. Adam, Laura and Fergus discuss. And chef and Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain joins us for some Nice-olation cooking tips! Producers: Nick Rotherham, Ione Wells, Jo Deal and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 24, 2020
Last Orders
Pubs and restaurants told to shut... The PM tells pubs, restaurants and cinemas to shut so the UK can fight the virus. And the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, makes some huge announcements to help the jobs market. Emily Maitlis joins Fergus and Adam. Producers: Nick Rotherham and Ione Wells Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 20, 2020
Boris Johnson says that the UK can “turn the tide” on the coronavirus crisis within 12 weeks. But the chief scientific adviser says you have got to stop going to pubs and restaurants - yes, even if you’re young! And bored celebrities have been singing on social media… they mean well but it’s cringe. Producers: Ione Wells and Nick Rotherham Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 19, 2020
School's Out
Boris Johnson announces that schools will close from Friday and exams will not go ahead this summer. Scott Mills is with us to talk about Eurovision being cancelled and our big boss, Lord Tony Hall, joins us for our first episode. Producers: Ione Wells and Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofo
Mar 18, 2020
‘Whatever It Takes’
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveils an "unprecedented" set of financial measures to support the UK economy through the coronavirus pandemic. But is it enough? Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg, Fergus Walsh and Faisal Islam. Producer: Ione Wells Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 17, 2020
'Drastic Action'
The government changes its Coronavirus strategy. The plan has shifted because scientific modelling shows the UK was on course for a “catastrophic epidemic”. Vicki Young, Chris Mason and James Gallagher join Adam Fleming to discuss. Producers: Ione Wells Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 16, 2020
The Coronavirus Crisis
We unpick the latest statement from the PM on Coronavirus and hear from one of the MPs who is self-isolating. And Americast’s Anthony Zurcher joins us to react to Donald Trump banning all travel to the US from the Schengen area. Producer: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 12, 2020
If you don’t want to hear about our esteemed Middle East Editor broadcasting in the buff then delete this episode now. Or just skip 30 minutes in to hear Chris Mason’s review of Friends. 
Producer: Ione Wells and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 05, 2020
The One with the Mandates
The Brexitcast ensemble are back together again to talk trade, Heathrow, Coronavirus and Friends. Producers: Emma Close and Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Feb 27, 2020
We're all Dommed!
All the cummings and goings in Westminster this week, including Brexit, immigration and weirdos. Adam and Chris are joined by Newsnight's Nick Watt and our old friend Vicki Young. Producer: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Feb 21, 2020
Get Rishi Quick
Newscast ushers in Sajid Javid's replacement the way Newscast does best... with the world’s first Rishi Sunak quiz! The Saj's former special advisor Salma Shah joins us to unpick the cabinet reshuffle. And Rory Stewart wants a sleepover. Producers: Emma Close and Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Feb 13, 2020
We’re all Newscasters now
The podcast formerly known as Brexitcast is here! And guess what? We’re still wanging on about Brexit. Emma Vardy joins us from the Irish election campaign and Adam has some podcasting tips for the new kids in town across the pond. Producers: Emma Close & Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Feb 06, 2020
Over and Out!
The moment we've been wanging on about for 2 and a half years. Editor: Dino Sofos Producer: Emma Close & Ione Wells
Feb 01, 2020
Jermv Vince and The Lord introduce our final BREXITCAST LIVE. We invited Jake Yapp and booked an ABBA tribute act for LOLs. We laughed a lot and cried a little. Thank you Brexitcasters! What an amazing journey. Bring on Newscast! (Yes we know it sounds crap now but they said that about Brexitcast at the start). Editor: Producer Dino Producers: Emma Close and Ione Wells
Jan 30, 2020
The Leo Low-Down
Laura finally gets a one-to-one with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. And we have some news (but no spoilers) about our live show. Producer: Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Jan 27, 2020
Netflix and Chi…nese
A culinary extravaganza with some new friends! LK welcomes Helen Lewis from The Atlantic, Matt Chorley from The Times and our pal Alex Forsyth to the Brexitcast table to chew over Rebecca Long-Bailey’s Chinese takeaways, ravioli trade deals and Chris Mason’s ministerial pudding habit. Producers: Ione Wells & Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Jan 23, 2020
Bongs for Brexitcast!
The EU lands a blow to Boris Johnson's plan for a trade deal by the end of the year. And the House of Commons Authorities land a blow to the Brexiters’ appeal for Big Ben to bong on 31st Jan. We also have some exciting news about BREXITCAST LIVE! Head to to apply for free tickets! Producers: Emma Close & Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Jan 16, 2020
Things feel very different around here now… but Michel Barnier is still knocking about. And he has cake!
Jan 09, 2020
Sit back, pour yourself a large glass of something and listen to Adam, Laura and Katya looking back at a bumper Brexit year and one of the most eventful in British politics… like, ever. Producer: Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 20, 2019
Reflectioncast: Ayesha Hazarika & Matthew Elliot
Comedian and former Labour adviser Ayesha Hazarika and Matthew Elliott, the strategist and former Vote Leave campaign CEO give us their take on the historic election result. We’ll be back with Brexitcast next week. Producer: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 13, 2019
Electioncast: THE RESULTS!
The results are in! It's been a brilliant night for Boris Johnson and the Tories and a terrible one for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour. Adam has been up all night watching the thrills and spills from BBC HQ. Producers: Harriet Noble & Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 13, 2019
Electioncast: An Ele-Xmas Carol
So that’s it... campaigning is over! We hear what the party leaders got up to on the final day, Jeremy Vine quizzes Adam on the Labour and Conservative manifestos and we bring you an Ele-Xmas carol. Producers: Emma Close, Harriet Noble & Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 11, 2019
Electioncast, Actually
It’s the penultimate day of the campaign! Boris Johnson is driving through a polystyrene wall, Jon Ashworth’s been caught on tape and Hugh Grant wants people to vote tactically. Plus Emma Barnett joins us to talk last night’s under-30s Question Time. Producers: Harriet Noble, Emma Close and Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 10, 2019
Electioncast: (Not) So Solid Crewe
With only three days left of campaigning, Boris Johnson is criticised for initially refusing to look at a picture of a sick boy who had to sleep on the floor of a Leeds hospital. And Adam heads to Crewe to chat to a group of undecided voters. Producers: Ione Wells & Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 09, 2019
Reflectioncast: Guto Harri & Laura Parker
Not long to go… Guto Harri, a former adviser to Boris Johnson and Laura Parker, the national coordinator of Momentum, tell us why their man should get the top job. Producer: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 07, 2019
Adam, Laura and Nick Robinson bring you the highlights, analysis and backstage goss from the final BBC leaders’ debate in Maidstone. Producer: Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 06, 2019
It’s the last Brexitcast before polling day. We look at what the main parties have been saying about Brexit on the campaign trail. And we invite Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens from Dead Ringers in to take the piss out of us. Producers: Emma Close & Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 05, 2019
Electioncast: Snow Comment
In this extra-special bumper edition we talk Trump’s tiff with Trudeau, Labour’s spending plans and Jo Swinson meeting some bees. Plus Northern Ireland, what the parties are promising to disabled voters, and the history of general elections. And perhaps most importantly… what is the weather going to be like when we go to the polls? Producers: Harriet Noble and Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 04, 2019
Electioncast: Trump's In Town
President Trump’s in the UK for the NATO summit, so we called up our favourite America-watcher Emily Maitlis to dissect what that means, if anything, for the election. Plus Jeremy Corbyn says sorry for anti-semitism in the Labour party, and we take a trip to Merseyside to find out what a “Southport Swinger” is. Producers: Harriet Noble and Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 03, 2019
Two Johns and a Vicki… John Pienaar and Vicki Young join us to discuss the political fallout from the London Bridge attack, and the ultimate election guru Professor Sir John Curtice explains what the polls are really telling us. Producers: Harriet Noble and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Dec 02, 2019
Reflectioncast: Leaders respond to London Bridge attack
Chris Mason is joined by former Boris Johnson adviser, Jo Tanner and Lord Stewart Wood, a former adviser to Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown, to reflect on the election campaign. Chris also talks to the BBC’s Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner, after the terror attack at London bridge. Producers: Cristina Criddle and Ione Wells Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 30, 2019
Last night Channel 4 hosted a debate among party leaders focusing on climate change. Although seven were invited only five took to the stage, with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage being replace with ice sculptures. Sadly we couldn’t afford any frozen effigies of prominent politicians, but we can bring you a special episode with Leila Nathoo and David Shukman looking back at the debate. Producer: Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 29, 2019
What's Gove Got To Do With It?
The BBC Scotland Editor, Sarah Smith, joins Adam and Chris to discuss the SNP manifesto. And we have a Tina Turner quiz to mark her 80th birthday... naturally. Producers: Emma Close and Harriet Nobel Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 28, 2019
The Receipts Special
In a special bumper mega edition, we welcome the hosts of The Receipts podcast to Electioncast HQ. They're here to answer your election-related relationship dilemmas. Plus Labour's "major" NHS announcement, and Electionfiles returns. Producers: Rianna Croxford, Emma Close and Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 27, 2019
Electioncast: Stormzy vs MC Gove
The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis attacks Labour’s record on anti-Semitism, we take the political temperature in the South West…. and Michael Gove (sort of) tries his hand at rap. Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Cristina Criddle Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 26, 2019
Stand by your man... ifesto
It’s manifesto season, and today we’re looking at not one but five launches (well, one is technically a “contract”). Plus we explain nurse numbers using Christmas cupcakes. Producers: Emma Close, Harriet Noble and Cristina Criddle Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 25, 2019
Reflectioncast: David Blunkett & Polly Mackenzie
Electioncast is in Sheffield! Former Home Secretary David Blunkett and Nick Clegg’s ex policy director Polly Mackenzie talk about the campaign this week and the leaders Question Time debate. Plus Adam gets a tour of the city from local radio legend, Toby Foster. Producers: Frankie Tobi and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 23, 2019
Electioncast: Ask the Leaders
We’ve escaped Electioncast HQ and are in Sheffield for the Question Time leaders' special. And while we're here Adam decided to stage a hostile takeover of Sheffield University's student radio station, Forge Radio.
Nov 22, 2019
Brexitcast: Gimme Gimme Gimme
The Brexitcast gang look back at this week’s election pledges as Labour takes to the stage in Birmingham. And you can play along to the best musical-manifesto-quiz ever. It’s so good you’ll cry. Producers: Harriet Noble and Rianna Croxford Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 21, 2019
Electioncast: Folder Fillers
The Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto in a North London nightclub and Boris Johnson says he wants to change National Insurance rules.
Nov 20, 2019
Electioncast: Debate Night
The prepared sound bites of the two protagonists were almost drowned out by the guffaws from the cynical audience. And then the BBC's top hacks foraged for facts through the manifesto of the Green Party (for England and Wales). Producers: Emma Close, Franki Tobi and Rianna Croxfrod Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 20, 2019
The B-Files
The party leaders spell out their business pledges, Jennifer Arcuri asks why Boris Johnson is ghosting her, and the BBC’s answer to Mulder and Scully reveal why bar charts are wreaking havoc in Hastings. AND we're joined by a special celebrity guest - Jeremv Vince! Producers: Emma Close, Rianna Croxfrod & Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 18, 2019
TGIF Electioncast: Matt Forde & Salma Shah
Comedian and former Labour adviser Matt Forde and former Conservative adviser Salma Shah discuss the art of a not-so-savvy political interview. Plus what’s going on with all the big numbers being thrown around in this campaign? Producers: Emma Close and Rianna Croxford Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 15, 2019
Brexitcast: Tusk No One
Donald Tusk, the soon to be former President of the European Council, bows out from Brussels, urging Brits not to "give up" on stopping Brexit. Meanwhile in the UK, parties try to avoid scoring own goals on immigration. Producers: Emma Close, Poppy Damon and Rianna Croxford Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 14, 2019
Electioncast: A Warm Yorkshire Welcome
It's all in a day's campaigning... Boris Johnson faces the rough and the smooth of being on the road: heckles from unhappy voters on flooding, then a set-piece-speech setting out an optimistic vision for Britain. Producers: Harriet Noble, Emma Close, Poppy Damon and Rianna Croxford Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 13, 2019
Electioncast: Feat. Emily Maitlis
Clinton’s cards are on the table (geddit?). Meanwhile, we have the very latest from our Trending team and a look at the political fallout of the floods.
Nov 12, 2019
Electioncast: Pulling pints. And candidates
It’s week two of the campaign and we've decided we need to learn some election slang. Laura joins us to discuss Nigel Farage’s announcement that the Brexit Party won’t run in seats won by the Tories in 2017. And our Reality Check team look into the parties’ spending claims.
Nov 11, 2019
TGIF Electioncast: Ash Sarkar & Paul Harrison
Journalist Ash Sarkar and former Tory special advisor Paul Harrison join Adam, Chris and Laura to look back at the week. Plus we share some HILARIOUS titbits from a revealing focus group on the party leaders. Producers: Emma Close, Rianna Croxford and Poppy Damon Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 08, 2019
Brexitcast: Brexit Through The Carpark
The election is ON. But what does it all mean for Brexit? Meanwhile the BBC’s Media Editor, Amol Rajan, tells us more about campaigning on the interweb and so-called "s**t posting". Producers: Poppy Damon and Rianna Croxford Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 07, 2019
Electioncast: A-Tom Bomb
The main news tonight is that the Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle has recorded some jingles for Electioncast. Oh, and the Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has resigned. We bring you the reaction to that and the Tory campaign launch in Birmingham. Producers: Harriet Noble and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 06, 2019
Electioncast: That's All Fawkes!
There’s a distinct smell of Brexit in the air as the Lib Dems hit the campaign trail. Producers: Harriet Noble, Emma Close, Rianna Croxford and Poppy Damon Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 05, 2019
Electioncast is here!
We know how much you all love politics... so in the run up to the general election, we'll be bringing you a daily Electioncast, EXCEPT on a Thursday when Brexitcast will be here as usual. Enjoy! Producers: Emma Close, Rianna Croxford, Poppy Damon and Harriet Noble Editor: Dino Sofos
Nov 04, 2019
The Adam Family
No more WITCHful thinking! It’s the 31st October, so Adam dressed up as something that’s haunted him…The Withdrawal Agreement! Plus Little Britain does Little Brexit. Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 31, 2019
What we all need now is a good old fashioned 'democratic event'. Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 29, 2019
Brexitcast Goes GLOBAL!
We team up with the World Service's Global News Podcast to answer your questions! And Chris has a new cardigan. BIG DAY. #GlobalNews #Brexitcast You can find more from the Global News Podcast here, if you're a new fan:
Oct 25, 2019
Do They Know It’s BreXmas?
Boris Johnson tells Laura he wants an election, but will Labour let him have it? Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 24, 2019
WABsolute Scenes
Boris Johnson pauses his Brexit legislation after MPs reject his super-fast timetable. Now what? A Christmas election? And should Laura, Katya, Adam & Chris just sack it all off and become CBeebies presenters? Producer: Poppy Damon Editor: Dino Sofos
Oct 22, 2019
Super(ish) Saturday
The Letwin amendment has passed...which means what exactly? Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 19, 2019
Déjà vEU
A new deal has been secured but will it get through Parliament? Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 18, 2019
Vintagecast: VAT-CHAT
Adam delves into the Brexitcast archives to bring you an episode about VAT after Brexit from Junes 2018. He was joined by the Financial Times Economics Editor, Chris Giles. How young and less knackered did we all sound back then?! Editor: Dino Sofos
Oct 16, 2019
Saturday Night Leaver
Johnson and Varadkar say they're hopeful for a deal but what does that actually mean? And ever wondered what a Brexit disco concept album sounds like? Well, you're about to find out whether you like it or not. Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 10, 2019
Blame Academy
Dogging and Arctic Monkeys B-sides. Don't forget to send your song suggestions for our Brexitcast playlist before next week! Email Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 08, 2019
Poisonous Testicles
We read your rubbish Brexit poems to celebrate National Poetry Day. Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 03, 2019
Boris Johnson wants to get Brexit done. He does not want to sit on stools. Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Oct 01, 2019
Fear and Loathing in Westminster
Parliament as we've never seen it before...
Sep 26, 2019
One Hale Of A Ride
The Supreme Court has ruled the suspension of Parliament was unlawful. Meanwhile, what's happening at Labour Party Conference?
Sep 24, 2019
Bettel The Devil You Know
LECTURNgate, "the mother of parliaments" and a Cameron-book-free-zone.
Sep 19, 2019
What does 'podiumgate' say about the chances of a deal?
Sep 17, 2019
Brex, Lies and Barnier Tape
A Scottish court says the Queen has been misled...meanwhile Barnier says he is a fan of Brexitcast! Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Sep 12, 2019
Flying Flamingos & Executive Fiats
What in the flaming flamingo is an executive fiat? Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Sep 10, 2019
I have a Cummings plan...
Gavin Barwell, former Chief of Staff to Theresa May, tells us why he thinks Team Johnson has hit a brick wall. Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Sep 05, 2019
Oh, What A Night
Could there be an election on Global Handwashing Day? Stay tuned to Brexitcast kids! Editor: Dino Sofos
Sep 03, 2019
The Plot Thickens
Boris Johnson DEFINITELY doesn’t want to call an election, OK? Producer: Poppy Damon. Editor: Dino Sofos.
Sep 02, 2019
We’re going to need a bigger klaxon
So Parliament is going to be suspended in September. What does this mean for Brexit?
Aug 28, 2019
Brex on the Beach
Quiet summer, right? We’ll be back for real on 5th September but here’s a little bonus Brexitcast to get the juices flowing…
Aug 19, 2019
RE: Out Of Office
Labour MP Caroline Flint joins us for the last Brexitcast before our summer jollies. Producer: Poppy Damon Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 25, 2019
Home Cummings
We’re joined by our regular Tory watchers, Henry Newman and Iain Anderson, to take us through all the gossip from Boris Johnson’s first day as PM.
Jul 25, 2019
Britain Trump???
We have a new PM but never mind that – does David Frost listen to Brexitcast?! Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 23, 2019
Kipper lid on it
Boris Johnson has been waving a kipper around to make a point, but the facts are a bit fishy. And Adam puts the Brexit Secretary to the test in the Steve Barclay Testimonial Quiz! Producer: Poppy Damon Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 18, 2019
Pretty Major
Nothing to see here. Just the US ambassador quitting and a former Tory prime minister threatening to take the next Tory prime minister to court… oh, and the EU fining Hello Kitty.
Jul 10, 2019
24-Karat Moons on Sticks
Andrea Leadsom pops in for a proper chat and Laura speaks to Jeremy Hunt in Kent - don’t try and read this out loud on live radio. And we catch up on all the Brussels #TopJobs goss. Editor: Dino Sofos
Jul 04, 2019
Pod Save Brexitcast
We pinch Pod Save America’s ‘OK, Stop’ feature as we dissect Katya’s interview with Mark Rutte. In other news, Chris visits Shoreditch for the first time and discovers ‘posh toast’. Editor: Dino Sofos Engineer: Richard Townsend
Jun 28, 2019
Two is the magic number
So we’re down to two riders in the ‘Poisoned Chalice Trophy’. I wonder what John Barnes thinks about all this?
Jun 21, 2019
Dressed Down by Lorraine
So Boris takes the lead in the race to be the next PM. But what about Lorraine Kelly throwing shade at Esther McVey? And Adam rediscovers the size of an old haunt. Editor: Dino Sofos Producer: Poppy Damon
Jun 13, 2019
Doncaster Races meets Game of Thrones
Brexit minister and Brexitcaster, James Cleverly, tells us why he pulled out of the Tory leadership race. And Justine Greening tells us why she never ran in the first place. Editor: Dino Sofos Producer: Poppy Damon
Jun 06, 2019
From Tusk ‘til Dawn
So they let us loose on the actual BBC coverage of the Euro election results and it wasn’t a total car crash. Phew. But more importantly, WE’RE GETTING A CAT!!! While you’re helping us think of a name, you can listen back to our ‘best bits’ from the results programme. Editor: Dino Sofos Producer: Poppy Damon
May 27, 2019
The PM finally chucks in the towel. There are Maybot tears, Cabinet crocodile tears and definitely no whistling
May 24, 2019
Size Matters
Are those MEP sanctions or are you just happy to see me? And Theresa claps back at Laura for asking about her leadership. Engineer: Edward Swift Producer: Poppy Damon Editor: Dino Sofos
May 21, 2019
WOW… We just won the ‘Listeners’ Choice Award’ at the British Podcast Awards, voted for entirely by listeners. We’re so chuffed and we just wanted to say THANK YOU! Adam, Chris, Dino, Katya and Laura xxx
May 19, 2019
EX-X-X Party Talks
It’s official, Labour and the Tories can’t come to an agreement over Brexit. Who’d have thunk it? We gather for the wake of the cross-party talks. And what is Porn Hub???
May 17, 2019
In Europe but not sung by Europe
Yeah, we know Theresa May’s pretty much announced her resignation BUT Eurovision is on and Scott Mills off of Radio 1 is in Tel Aviv to bring us up to speed
May 16, 2019
The Poisoned Chalice Trophy
Horse racing commentator extraordinaire, Cornelius Lysaght, joins us for the Conservative leadership Steeplechase. Who are the runners and riders for the top job? And you’ve only got until Monday 13th May to vote for us in the British Podcast Awards. Head to www.britishpodcastawards/vote - search for Brexitcast and do your thing!
May 09, 2019
A kick in the ballots
Laura’s been up all night watching the local election results come in… A bad night for the Tories and Labour. A good night for smaller parties. But what does this mean for Brexit? Editor: Dino Sofos
May 03, 2019
My way or the Huawei
Adam has ploughed through 25 episodes of Game of Thrones since last week’s Brexitcast, so that gives you an idea of how busy things are in Brussels. Meanwhile, in Westminster… Editor: Dino Sofos
May 01, 2019
13 Days Later
Adam is armed with a long list of Brexit-related topics to discuss from the past thirteen days. And while you’re listening, we’d be very grateful if you could vote for us in the ‘Listeners’ Choice’ category of the British Podcast Awards: Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 25, 2019
Whatever you think about the Brexit delay, I'm sure we can all agree that the extension of Brexitcast is fantastic news. To celebrate, Adam is playing the inaugural 'Brexitcast Drinking Game'. Please do not try this at home and please vote for us in the British Podcast Awards:
Apr 11, 2019
No deal is off the table and Brexit has been extended until Halloween - or has it? And what now for Theresa? Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 11, 2019
Recorded in London at the 'Podcast Live' festival with special guest presenter, Jo Coburn and a mystery politician caller. Thanks to Phil Riley and Matt Deegan for having us and a BIG shout out to all the Brexitcasters who travelled by trains, planes and automobiles to see us! Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 07, 2019
WhatsApp is in Control!
Tory MP, Andrew Percy and Labour's Anna Turley join us for a no holds barred chat about what it's like to be living through the Brexit process in parliament. Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Manager: Edward Swift
Apr 04, 2019
Theresa's Choice
Theresa tears up her red lines and chooses Brexit with a deal over the unity of her party. Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 02, 2019
Round and round and round...
The Commons failed to reach any sort of agreement again and some protesters stripped off. In other news, IT'S ADAM'S BIRTHDAY!  Editor: Dino Sofos
Apr 02, 2019
29.03.19: No Brexit, More Brexitcasts
It’s March 29th 2019 and all we have to show for it is a half-eaten custard tart. But thank you to Brexitcaster Kynthia for the lovely voice note – we will take you up on that offer for a couple of bottles of Tsipouro! Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 29, 2019
Come On Arlene
Theresa May says she’ll quit if Parliament passes her deal but Arlene says she isn’t up for it. In other news, you can watch this episode on YouTube at some point. Subscribe to the BBC News channel and enjoy Adam’s jumper and chino combo. Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 28, 2019
We held a paper ballot and voted unanimously to do our first Emergency Brexitcast of the week. In other news, Adam has made an ASMR video with the Withdrawal Agreement…. YOU OK HUN? Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 26, 2019
Très Spikey
The EU agrees to delay Brexit and problems have been postponed. Again. Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 22, 2019
The Blame Game
Theresa brings out the podium again and blames MPs for the mess… and they aren’t too happy about it. Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 21, 2019
"The Last Days of Rome”
Guess what? We still don’t know what Brexit means… Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 19, 2019
Erskine Mayhem
Adam left the Irish Embassy’s St Patrick’s day party early for this. But don’t worry, he’s been stockpiling Gin and Tonics. Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 18, 2019
The Late Night Centenary Special
Beard stroking, Brexity chat. It’s been a long week and we have cake and a glass of wine – perfect conditions for a late night nostalgia-fest! Here’s to the next 100 episodes. This one goes out to all you Brexitcasters (well they all do really, but you know what we mean).
Mar 15, 2019
Something has changed
Even more absolute scenes in the Commons. We were going to have a night off but you twisted our arms, so Adam is presenting from bed.
Mar 14, 2019
More Drama & Keir Starmer
A good night for an Emergency Brexitcast! And the Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer, joins us for a long chat and to take part in the ‘Keir Starmer Memorial Quiz’. Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 12, 2019
See you in Strasbourg
The EU has given Theresa May some 'legally binding' changes to the backstop. But will they be enough to convince her backbenchers?
Mar 12, 2019
Codpieces & Bidets
Anyone remember Cameo and his massive red codpiece? If not, this episode might be lost on you... Editor: Dino Sofos
Mar 07, 2019
Boring People into Submission
A delay to Brexit can only mean one thing… MORE BREXITCASTS. We celebrate by ruining yet another of Adam’s badly-timed holidays.
Feb 27, 2019
Thereasy Jet
Will Brexit be delayed? Will Laura make it onto 'Thereasy Jet' in time? Can the PM play pool? All the big questions discussed on today’s Emergency Brexitcast. Apologies for the terrible phone line. Editor: Dino Sofos
Feb 25, 2019
The Sharm Offensive
When you’ve finished listening to this classic episode of Brexitcast, why don’t you check out our Brexit mix on the BBC Sounds app?
Feb 21, 2019
"A dialogue of the deaf"
An emergency Brexitcast! Jaws on the floor all over Westminster today, as seven Labour MPs quit the party... and Brexit was hardly mentioned once. Editor: Dino Sofos
Feb 18, 2019
You can’t trademark a heart
Adam and Katya spend Valentine’s night together in Brussels Studio 1. Laura is all alone in Westminster, but is she using her choice of coat to send subliminal messages about Brexit? (Spoiler alert: No, she isn’t).
Feb 14, 2019
Is this a special place in hell or the Eurostar departure lounge?
Feb 07, 2019
You can’t have a full barrel and a drunken wife
You spoke, we listened! John Campbell, the BBC’s backstop’s ‘backstop expert’, joins the gang from Northern Ireland. And Katya teaches us a useful Italian proverb. Editor: Dino Sofos
Jan 31, 2019
Late Night Feels
If you make it to the end, Adam will explain how to come up with your own name for a Brexit compromise / your Scottish porn star name.
Jan 30, 2019
Brexy is the new sexy
We’re sitting proudly beneath Katy Perry in Grazia magazine’s ‘Chart of Lust’. Adam has never been prouder
Jan 24, 2019
Dog’s Brexit?
It’s like 2010 all over again! Laura’s loitering outside the Cabinet Office and we’re talking backroom deals with former advisers to Michael Gove and Theresa May. More importantly, Yanis Varoufakis performs a new take on his infamous “Dog’s Brexit” line EXCLUSIVELY for Brexitcast. What a day. Producer: Dino Sofos
Jan 17, 2019
Chame of Gicken
Parliament rejects Theresa May’s Brexit deal and Jarvis Cocker asks Adam for hotel recommendations in Schengen. Welcome along
Jan 15, 2019
Adam was very disappointed that none of his friends or family wanted to hear him talk about the contents of his binders over Christmas lunch, so it’s good job he does this podcast. Brace yourselves. Producer: Dino Sofos
Jan 10, 2019
If you want to hear your favourite Brexit geeks have a good old gossip with their mouths full of toffee then you’re in luck. And why do you only hear glockenspiels at Christmas?….This and more fascinating insights on the last Brexitcast of 2018!
Dec 20, 2018
Nebulous, moi?
All the major summit goss and a debate about the meaning of the word ‘nebulous’. What more do you want? Producer: Dino Sofos
Dec 14, 2018
Definitely May-be
Theresa calls off the vote. Sound the klaxon... Again!
Dec 10, 2018
So, the government doesn't have a majority it can rely on…. pretty major really. In other news, ‘Plan B’ lives! Producer: Dino Sofos
Dec 04, 2018
What’s new Buenos Aires?
Some BIG Brexitcast news and Laura’s about to board May Force One to Argentina with the PM.
Nov 29, 2018
SEASON FINALE!… New episodes coming this week.
After 20 long months, the 27 gave the deal their blessing after less than an hour’s discussion. Now what?
Nov 26, 2018
Spanish Eyes
So Theresa May will have to come back to Brussels AGAIN on Saturday to try and seal the deal. What’s going on? Is this just stage-managed drama or genuine jitters that could sink the whole thing? Adam also reveals he’s a Backstreet Boys fan. Who’d have thunk it?
Nov 21, 2018
WOW. The third Brexitcast of the week! We'll take you through the crazy events of Thursday and then you can listen to Adam's exclusive interview with Mr. Blobby... and if you think that's weird, you've clearly not listened to this podcast before. Producer: Dino Sofos
Nov 15, 2018
Bring Out The Binders
585 pages of the draft withdrawal agreement have been published. The big question on everyone’s lips - will there be a binder big enough?
Nov 15, 2018
Klaxons & Crinkley Bottoms
THE DRAFT TEXT HAS BEEN AGREED. SOUND THE KLAXON! In other news, Chris Mason has gone AWOL after saying that Mr Blobby knows more about Brexit than he does. So instead, we’re joined by Sam Coates off of The Times for a special Emergency Brexitcast. Enjoy!
Nov 13, 2018
You've been nagging us for ages to change our theme music, so we did. And it has Danny Dyer and Hayley from Love Island in it. You can thank us later.
Nov 08, 2018
See You Next Tuesday?
Could the proverbial hit the fan in Westminster next week? In other news, Adam has recorded a special report from the swanky BBC Sounds launch party. Lucky you.
Nov 01, 2018
Are we nearly there yet?
So Theresa says the divorce deal is 95% done. Michel reckons it’s more like 90%. We’re almost there but, crucially, we’re not. And as all good Brexitcasters know… NOTHING IS AGREED UNTIL EVERYTHING IS AGREED.
Oct 25, 2018
Kafka, crap microphones and willies in zips
Another summit, which we’ll explain with the help of Franz Kafka, an analogy of a willy stuck in a zip and some terrible microphones that the BBC really need to replace
Oct 18, 2018
Dominque dashed to Brussels and ruined Adam’s weekend with Pete. SOUND THE KLAXON! Also, lots of Brexitcasters have been asking us to explain what the Irish backstop actually is. So we have. You’re welcome.
Oct 15, 2018
Aren’t you bored yet?
It’s really starting to kick off now. But then Michel Barnier asked Adam if he’s bored yet. WHAT DO YOU THINK MICHEL? (And just to warn you this podcast contains some very naughty words)
Oct 11, 2018
Truly Abba’d
We’re at the Conservative party conference, where Theresa May has been dancing again and talking ‘no deal’.
Oct 03, 2018
Starmer Drama!
We’ve recorded Brexitcast at the Labour party conference in Liverpool and Adam has a Sound of Music quiz. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?
Sep 26, 2018
The Dom Raab Special
We’re joined by the actual Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab. This episode went out live on the telly during what’s usually the ‘Politics Live’ show. Head to the BBC iPlayer if you want to watch us squirm in their TV studio.
Sep 21, 2018
Brexitcast - Six Months To Go
What's going to happen?
Sep 17, 2018
Have we missed much?
There’s actually been quite a lot going on this summer apart from Theresa May auditioning for Strictly. Don’t worry, we’ve been following it all so you didn’t have to. You’re welcome.
Sep 06, 2018
Well. Stuff has happened. Lots of it. And Laura’s got an explosion sound effect she’s borrowed from Charlie Sloth. Enjoy.
Jul 19, 2018
Well this isn’t awkward...much
The government’s published its Brexit blueprint and both leavers, remainers and Donald Trump are asking, ‘what’s the point?’… a bit like Adam’s holiday.
Jul 12, 2018
Brexit goes KABOOM!
OMG. Boris Johnson and David Davis have resigned! What now for Brexit?... and find out how to say ‘football’s coming home’ in Croatian.
Jul 09, 2018
May gets backing for Brexit plan
Theresa May says the Cabinet has reached an agreement on what kind of relationship Britain wants to have with the EU. Ministers have signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods. The BBC’s Brussels reporter Adam Fleming and Political Correspondent Chris Mason discuss the implications.
Jul 06, 2018
Trotters Up
The gang are at another EU summit. Meanwhile, Danny Dyer wants to know, ‘what’s happened to that t*** David Cameron who called this whole Brexit thing on’.
Jun 29, 2018
A Brexitcastaway on Love Island
A bonus Brexitcast for all you Love Island fans. Hayley, who’s just been booted off the island, has some burning Brexit questions for Adam.
Jun 22, 2018
Oi Theresa! WE are the Brexit dividend!
The Queen’s rubber stamp is hovering over the EU Withdrawal Bill and the gang is joined by city expert Iain Anderson to tell us what happens if there’s no post Brexit trade deal.
Jun 21, 2018
‘No Man is a Love Island’
What a week. But never mind the parliamentary meltdowns, does Brexit mean we won’t have any trees?… No babe.
Jun 14, 2018
I can’t believe it’s not an Emergency Brexitcast
Adam, Katya and Laura on the dramatic happenings in Downing Street, where the backstop document threatens to scupper the cabinet’s shaky truce over Brexit. The team are joined by guests Jill Rutter from the Institute for Government and Henry Newman from Open Europe.
Jun 07, 2018
Chris and Adam are joined by the Financial Times Economics Editor Chris Giles and they try and figure out what will happen about VAT after Brexit... And will they ever track down jet-setting Katya?
Jun 01, 2018
At least we’re not throwing keys into a bowl…
There are loads of new Brexit papers for Adam to get excited about. Brace yourselves.
May 24, 2018
Standby for a Brexiteer explosion…
The gang discuss the customs ‘backstop’. Will there be an extension of the existing customs arrangement? And how will this go down with the Brexiteers in the cabinet? In other news, Adam finally gets name-checked by Michel Barnier.
May 17, 2018
Pro-Brexit Eyeliner
The gang answer your Brexit questions. But don't send more in as you're listening because we're not live… obviously.
May 10, 2018
It would be Rudd not to.
The Home Secretary gets herself into a spot of bother over lunch with hacks. And Adam is joined by Ian Wright from the Food and Drink Federation to talk about Brexit’s impact on grub.
Apr 27, 2018
Mamma Mia! Björn from Abba joins Brexitcast
The whole gang are back together after the Easter hols and they’re joined by a very special guest – Björn Ulvaeus from Abba!
Apr 20, 2018
Down le pub
Everyone's on holiday except Adam. So he's decided to host this week's Brexitcast from a pub in Brussels with some of his hack pals. There's a pub quiz, naturally.
Apr 12, 2018
BREXITCAST LIVE: The arena spectacular!
There’s just one year to go until Brexit day so we’ve invited 330 lovely Brexitcasters to the BBC Radio Theatre in London! How exciting!
Mar 29, 2018
‘No Adam, you’re not seeing my passport photo you idiot’
Oh no! The gang are stuck in a cupboard at yet another EU summit. Warning: This podcast features Abba.
Mar 23, 2018
Emergency Brexitcast: As exciting as having a ticket to Hamilton
The full gang is here with a transition deal special!
Mar 19, 2018
Spectacular nerds and Greek dentists
Everyone is not OK Hun this week. But don’t worry, David Henig, who was until recently a very big cheese in the Department of International Trade, is on hand to spill the beans. Oh, and if you’d like to come to be in the audience for ‘Brexitcast Live!’ on the 28th March in the BBC Radio Theatre, head to Tickets are free… unsurprisingly.
Mar 15, 2018
Plenty more fishfingers in the Brexit sea?
Chris, Adam and Laura with special guest Simon Collins all the way from the Shetlands. Producer: Jenny Sneesby
Mar 08, 2018
Bumper Brexitcast: No more cake and eating it
Theresa May admits she no longer wants to have her cake and eat it. The end of all cake jokes? As if! In this bumper edition of Brexitcast, the gang are joined by Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s former director of communications and Henry Newman from Open Europe. Let them eat cake (and joke about it). Producer: Dino Sofos
Mar 02, 2018
Brexitcast Special! Adam in Tony Blair’s hotel room
Adam chats to former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, before his big speech in Brussels. On the agenda: lube, stools, soccer, personal abuse and Brexit. And will he take the ‘which world leader are you quiz? (Spoiler alert: he won’t).
Mar 01, 2018
EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Something has to give
Stop everything! The EU has published the draft withdrawal agreement.
Feb 28, 2018
EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Two things can be true at the same time
Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech backing customs union membership. But what happens if the EU says no?
Feb 26, 2018
Sherry picking
Damon Albarn, dogs and David Davis… another classic Brexitcast episode!
Feb 22, 2018
It’s half-term and Adam is alone, but Boris Johnson has made a ‘major’ speech about Brexit, so he’s found some friends (the Beeb’s very own Norman Smith and Kate McCann from The Telegraph) to listen to it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
Feb 14, 2018
When the tin can comes home to roost
John Pienaar explains what we learnt (or didn't) about the Cabinet's Brexit plans this week. Plus, how far you can kick a can down a road? And what's all this about secret plots?
Feb 08, 2018
Everything could collapse at any moment
Theresa May is facing pressure from her own backbenchers on both sides of the Brexit divide. But will they pull the plug on her premiership?
Feb 01, 2018
EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Nightmare on Downing Street?
A government document on the impact of Brexit on the UK economy has leaked and Laura’s about to get on a plane to China with the PM… SOUND THE KLAXON!!!
Jan 30, 2018
The Night of the Mogg Knives
Arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg talks to us on the way to his speech where he’ll criticise the government’s approach to the Brexit talks.
Jan 25, 2018
Le beurre et l'argent du beurre
President Macron is over in Blighty for a ‘bi-lat’ with Madame May. We listened to it so you don’t have to… you’re welcome. We also invited the French MP for Northern Europe (yes, this is actually a thing) in for a chat to discuss Brexit and Jaffa Cakes Producer: Dino Sofos
Jan 18, 2018
Not ANOTHER one?
We’re back and Nigel Farage says he’s come round to the idea of a second Brexit referendum. The gang discuss what he’s up to. Plus Adam gets top astrologer Russell Grant to tell us how the Brexit negotiations might play out by analysing Barnier and Davis’ star signs. We’re proper journalists don’t you know... Producer: Dino Sofos
Jan 11, 2018
Merry Brexmas!
Merry Christmas Brexitcasters! As a little thank you for listening, Adam’s here with some festive tips on how to blag your way through any Brexit conversations during the Christmas season. Have a good one!
Dec 22, 2017
Brexitcast LIVE: Look mum, we’re on the telly (and the actual radio)!
Someone thought it would be a good idea to turn our geeky little nerd-fest into a live radio show, web stream and TV programme for a global audience. We made sure it was rubbish enough to make sure they never, ever ask us again.
Dec 18, 2017
Intense Whipping
Chris gets the goss the from the best sourced newspaper hack in Westminster, Tim Shipman. Meanwhile, Laura and Adam are a bit bored in Brussels with two beers they can’t drink yet. Producer: Dino Sofos
Dec 14, 2017
Emergency Brexitcast: The second 'what the hell is going on?’ edition
There’s a deal! And we’re absolutely knackered, but here we are again. Producer: Dino Sofos
Dec 08, 2017
What happened in Brussels? What happened to those impact assessments? What happens next? Laura, Chris and Adam are joined by former Number 10 spinner Matthew O'Toole, and the guys crash Nick Robinson's studio to share the great news about Brexitcast's latest podcast chart position. Producer: Dino Sofos
Dec 07, 2017
Emergency Brexitcast: What the hell is going on? PS, would you like a biscuit?
The gang discuss what’s going on in Brussels after talks break down over the Irish border issue. Adam, Laura and Dr Adler are all in Brussels and Chris is in Westminster (for once). And RTE’s main man, Tony Connelly is with us again!
Dec 04, 2017
Emergency Brexitcast! Hans Free
Adam, Laura and Doctor Adler dissect the UK’s latest Brexit ‘divorce bill’ offer. And is Meghan Markle a Remoaner?!
Nov 29, 2017
Duck Nuggets
It’s a Brexitcast Ireland special and the gang are joined by RTE’s Europe Editor, Tony Connelly. On the menu: Hard or soft border, will Ireland use its veto, and duck nuggets!
Nov 23, 2017
Just because I can hear does not mean I am listening
It’s a Brexitcast Germany special! Laura von Kuenssberg is in Berlin with Herr David Davis. Doctor Adler and Adam Fleming are in Brussels as usual. The Labour Brexiteer MP Gisela Stuart (who also just happens to be German) joins us too.
Nov 17, 2017
Capelets, Birretes, Gloria Gaynor… and cake
Laura and Doctor Adler join us for another busy week in Westminster and Brussels. Also: Juncker fashion-watch!
Nov 09, 2017
Scandal, reshuffle... er, Brexit?
We know it’s called Brexitcast, but the focus has been on Westminster this week - and for all the wrong reasons. Laura Kuenssberg and Labour MP / remainer, Stephen Doughty, pop in for a chat.
Nov 02, 2017
‘Brussels 999’
Tory MP, Brexiteer and self-confessed wannabe PM James Cleverly pops in.
Oct 26, 2017
27 ways to say 'No'
Chris and Adam are joined by Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg and Europe Editor Katya Adler at the EU Summit in Brussels where the UK is told there hasn’t been enough progress in the Brexit divorce talks so we can’t move on to trade talks yet.
Oct 20, 2017
‘Nous sommes dans une impasse’
Laura shows off her language skills, Adam follows Nick Clegg around Brussels train station and Brexiteer Kit Malthouse pops in for a chat.
Oct 12, 2017
Check Against Delivery
Theresa May’s ‘eventful’ speech and behind the scenes Brexit chat at the Tory party conference in Manchester.
Oct 04, 2017
Pass the rosé
Chris tries to get Adam to break off his holiday to discuss the latest Barnier/Davis press conference. Also, Labour MP and ‘Open Britain’ representative, Alison McGovern, tells us what happened at her party’s conference in Brighton.
Sep 28, 2017
Florence. And the clatter of hooves in Bruges.
Chris and Adam weren't important enough to go to Florence but Kevin Connolly was and he's on. Plus we hear from Sarah Collins, George Osborne's latest hire as the London Evening Standard's new Brussels Correspondent.
Sep 22, 2017
The Ballad of Jean & Bojo
Ringo Starr says it’s time to get on with Brexit, German elections and Jean-Claude Junker’s big speech. Our Europe Editor, Katya Adler and our Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, pop in for a chat as well.
Sep 14, 2017
Leaks and tans
Parliament is back. So is Laura Kuenssberg – and both Laura and Adam have been leaked to.
Sep 07, 2017
Davis v Barnier: Round 3
Chris, Adam and Catherine Feore from EU reporter discuss Barnier v Davis: Round 3. Michel Barnier says “no decisive progress” has been made.
Aug 31, 2017
Two-timing over Kir Royals
We’re joined by an actual minister for an ECJ special.
Aug 24, 2017
Welcome Backcast!
We’re ending the summer holidays early with a proper geek-fest on trade in goods post Brexit Jill Rutter from the Institute for Government joins Chris and Adam.
Aug 17, 2017
Notebooks, Doughnuts and Phone Holsters
Laura Kuenssberg tells us why the government is like a doughnut and reveals which senior minister has a phone holster on his belt.
Jul 21, 2017
Telling Euratom from Eurelbow
We take a closer look at the implications of leaving Euratom. Plus Jeremy Corbyn makes a special guest appearance.
Jul 13, 2017
Très Ridicule!
Chris and Adam have their first interview with an actual head of government! They’re also joined by Matthew Elliott - one of the architects of the Leave campaign. What does he think about the prospects for Brexit?
Jul 06, 2017
Bickering, budgets & bull sperm
We ask if cabinet ministers are on the same page over Brexit, why the EU says the UK’s departure will leave a massive hole in their budget and, as Estonia takes over the EU presidency, Lembit Opik tells us everything you need to know about his motherland. And what’s bull sperm got to do with EU?
Jun 29, 2017
EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Chewy negotiations over macerated cherries
Theresa May makes her first big offer to the European Union on citizens’ rights over pudding in Brussels. We deploy our first emergency Brexitcast!
Jun 23, 2017
Electioncast is dead. Long live Brexitcast!
Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU have officially begun - and so has our new podcast. We’ll be following the twists and turns of the talks and bringing you all the behind the scenes developments from Westminster and Brussels.
Jun 19, 2017