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Pick of the podcasts: It’s… Wagatha Christie, Should I Delete That? and The Hamilcast

© PARebekah and Jamie Vardy leave the Royal Courts Of Justice, London.
Rebekah and Jamie Vardy leave the Royal Courts Of Justice, London.

It’s… Wagatha Christie

BBC Sounds 

“It’s………. Rebekah Vardy’s account”.

Now one of history’s most iconic uses of an ellipsis, when Coleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to the press, her now-infamous tweet sparked not just a war of the WAGs but a media circus that morphed into a multi-million-pound libel court case.

The two-week High Court trial – which started in May and revealed more juicy titbits than the much-debated anonymously written Secret Wag Sun newspaper column – saw the former friends step into the dock to argue whether Rooney defamed Vardy with her WAGnum PI antics.

If you are growing impatient while awaiting the verdict in Vardy v Rooney, more satisfyingly referred to as the “Wagatha Christie trial” thanks to Rooney’s sleuthing skills, you might want to explore the background that led to the fallout, the sting operation and, of course, the tweet.

There may have been countless newspaper clippings and social media threads devoted to the drama, but none delves quite so far into the WAG culture that prevailed in the early-noughties than the BBC’s 16-episode podcast, It’s… Wagatha Christie.

Hosted by comedian Abi Clarke, each delightfully named episode (“From WAGs to Riches” and “The Wag-termath” are just two personal favourites) provides interesting insights into the characters at the heart of this case, exploring all the football matches, tabloid headlines and WhatsApp messages that were scrutinised in court.

With commentary from expert guests, including crisis management PRs, experienced court reporters and media lawyers, you’ll be fully informed for when the judge, Mrs Justice Karen Steyn, gives her ruling in the coming weeks.


Should I Delete That?

Spotify, Apple

Social media, for better or worse, has become a platform for arguments, debates and polarising conversations – but rarely do Twitter and Instagram posts delve into the grey areas.

In their bi-weekly podcast, hosts Alex Light and Em Clarkson explore the nuance of topics including diet culture, Love Island, body positivity, grief and everything in between. With special guests, you’ll feel like you’re listening to your mates down the pub.


The Hamilcast

Spotify, Apple

If you loved the musical Hamilton (currently streaming on Disney+ if you didn’t catch it in theatres), this somewhat niche podcast is for you. Chatting with guests, experts, historians and super-fans alike, host Gillian Pensavalle looks at the inner workings of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show, discovering what it takes to put on the stage spectacular around the world. There are more than 300 episodes, so start listening now!