When it comes to naming some of the world’s most famous detectives, most will talk of fictional sleuths such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot – but few will mention Detective Chief Inspector Walter Dew or expert pathologist Dr Keith Simpson.
That could be about to change with Spotify’s latest original podcast, Scotland Yard Confidential, which “enters the minds” of real-life police officers and inspectors to discover how they cracked seemingly impossible cases, from historic missing persons mysteries to modern-day bank heists.
With each new episode, released weekly on Thursdays, narrator John Hopkins guides listeners through a variety of cases from London’s legendary criminal investigation departments, starting with The London Cellar Murder solved by Detective Dew in 1910.
When music hall singer Cora Crippen went missing for several months, her husband, Hawley Harvey Crippen, told friends and family she had died while visiting relatives abroad. Suspicious of the inconsistencies in his story, Dew led a search of Crippen’s coal cellar, where he made a ghastly discovery. Described as one of the greatest manhunts in British history, you’ll be gripped by the twists and turns, particularly as Scotland Yard Confidential tells tales in a unique way to other true crime storytellers.
Relying on dramatic narration rather than staightforward reporting, the show expertly paints a vivid picture of the events, surroundings and characters, resulting in what feels like a mash-up between an audio book and a traditional podcast.
If you want to “rub shoulders with notorious gangsters, sit down with informants, and come face to face with cold-blooded murderers” then this series is not to be missed.
All Round Mine
Fans of classic docu-series MTV Cribs will love the modern audio version led by Arielle Free and George Lawton.
Each episode of All Round Mine sees celebs welcome listeners into their home for an intimate tour, as they reveal their personal interior design choices and renovation hacks.
Not content with just imagining how A-list pads look? New for series three, you can also take a video tour on YouTube, too.
Grab your knife and fork and tuck into this new foodie podcast hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Michelin-star chef Angela Hartnett.
Featuring interviews with actors, dancers, comedians and presenters, the hosts discuss everything to do with food, drink and entertaining, and share tips to help make cooking “deliciously easy”.
Guests have included Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice and cook show host James Martin.
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