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Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast
A brand new podcast from Private Eye, the UK's number one best-selling current affairs magazine. With Ian Hislop and Andrew Hunter Murray.
Feb 4, 2021
Lorries, LTNs and Liu
Episode 58. Richard Brooks has been on a pilgrimage to Kent to uncover the hidden chaos of Brexit; Tim Minogue reveals the unexpected downsides of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and Francis Wheen laments the departure of one of the Telegraph's finest hacks, who also happens to be the Chinese ambassador to Britain.
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 57. MD, AKA Phil Hammond, gives a roundup of the year’s Covid news, Richard Brooks and Solomon Hughes look under the bonnet of the government’s latest outsourcing disasters, we speak to Sarah Shannon about Farmed Salmon, and say farewell to the Eye’s friend John Sessions. Free (glass of) port with every download!
Oct 31, 2020
US Election Fake News Special
Episode 56. In a one-off departure from our usual format, Ian Hislop interviews James Alefantis - the Washington restaurateur whose pizza restaurant has been swept up in multiple conspiracy theories - first Pizzagate and now QAnon.
Sep 1, 2020
Media, MD and Magazines
Episode 55. Eye hacks Tim Minogue and Adam Macqueen discuss the latest goings-on at BBC News, who's being sacked and who isn't (yet); Phil Hammond, aka MD, reveals what's going on at The Agency Formerly Known As Public Health England; and Ian Hislop provides some insight into the magazine trade, via the Eye's latest sales figures. Free advert for subscription with every download!
Jul 9, 2020
Serco, Sailors and Spies
Episode 54. Richard Brooks reveals the big governmental lessons from COVID-19, Heather Mills and Sarah Shannon discuss the beggaring of sailors around the world by complacent shipowners, and Francis Wheen reports on the bugging the Fabulous Feuding Barclay Brothers have been engaging in.
Jun 9, 2020
Episode 53. This month's podcast comes to you from the Paul Foot Awards 2020, featuring all the shortlisted entries for the best investigative journalism of the year. Includes cameos from Ian Hislop and Chief Judge Padraig Reidy, and sound effects from the star-studded Paul Foot Awards party, recorded last year as parties are no longer allowed. Free canapé with every download!
May 4, 2020
Episode 52. This month’s podcast is all about COVID-19. The Eye’s medical correspondent, MD, discusses the latest developments, plus some faint lights at the end of the tunnel, and a team of the Eye’s hacks reveal how the pandemic has affected the EU, education, housing, social media, and the Street of Shame. Free face mask with every download! (Only joking, there are none left anywhere)
Mar 30, 2020
Episode 51. This month’s podcast is all about the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Eye’s coverage of it. Featuring Adam Macqueen, Jane Mackenzie and Francis Wheen. Free tin of tomatoes with every download! (Only joking, there are none left.)
Mar 4, 2020
Grenfell and Scotland
Episode 50. Rachael Claye and Peter Apps discuss the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire and the web of failures leading up to the tragedy in 2017. Also, the Eye's Francis Wheen reveals why the Commonwealth is looking askance at its high-rolling Secretary General - who used to work for Private Eye...
Feb 4, 2020
Episode 49. Richard Brooks and Nick Wallis reveal the extraordinary twenty-year scandal that has been dogging the Post Office, the editor discusses how to make fun of the Royal Family, and Flunkey's true identity is revealed (or not). Free sub-postmaster with every download!
Dec 19, 2019
Live at the National Theatre!
Episode 48. An all-star cast brings the Private Eye annual from page to stage for a Christmas bonanza. Starring Ian Hislop, John Sessions, Lewis MacLeod, Jan Ravens and Harry Enfield. Free tiding of comfort and joy with every download!
Jul 24, 2019
So. Farewell then...
Episode 47. A podcast tribute to the Eye's first editor, Christopher Booker, including interviews with Adam Macqueen and Ian Hislop. Free E.J. Thribb-threnody with every download!
Jul 11, 2019
1500 Glorious Episodes
Episode 46. As the magazine reaches its 1500th episode, Page 94 interviews Ian Hislop in an OBN special, finds out about the ghost on the 3rd floor, and challenges the Eye's official quizmaster to a quiz.
Jun 25, 2019
Paul Foot Awards Special
Episode 45. Recorded live at Private Eye's annual Paul Foot Awards, this special episode interviews the investigative journalists who have hacked their way through thickets of secrecy and obfuscation and made their way onto the shortlist for the prestigious award. Free canapé with every download!
Mar 11, 2019
Treasurers, Shopping Malls and Banging On
Episode 44. Triple bill for the last in the series! Richard Brooks on the mysterious man running the Tory party's finances; Tim Minogue on cash-strapped councils coming a cropper; and Ian Hislop and Heather Mills on the stories that run for years...and years. Free 'I was reading about this in 1996' badge with every download!
Feb 22, 2019
China and Forkbenders
Episode 43. The Eye's human rights correspondent, the mysterious Dr Grim, reveals what it's like being one of China's Uighur Muslims (spoiler: it's not great), and Adam Macqueen and Francis Wheen commemorate the passing of one of the Eye's great sparring partners/legal threats, Lady Falkender. Free lavender notepad with every download!
Feb 4, 2019
Mental Health and Dumb Britain
Episode 42. Phil Hammond (AKA M.D.) and Heather Mills discuss the state of Britain’s mental health provision, and Marcus Berkmann spills the beans on everyone’s favourite quiz column.
Jan 15, 2019
Fire and Franchising
Episode 41. A triple bill for 2019: Jane Mackenzie discusses the dangerous cuts to the fire service and Adam Macqueen reveals the 'local' telly which is anything but. PLUS a special report from Francis Wheen on whether Brexit is more like Agincourt, Suez, or the Battle of Hastings. (Spoiler alert: it's all of them!)
Dec 10, 2018
Live at the National
Episode 40. A star-studded cast of Harry Enfield, John Sessions, Jan Ravens and Lewis MacLeod join editor Ian Hislop for a live show at the National Theatre looking back at the year's news. Free plug for the Private Eye Annual with every download!
Nov 30, 2018
Probation and Penmanship
Episode 39. Solomon Hughes talks us through the woes of the privatised probation service, and cartoonist Richard Jolley gives us a guide to the EU-phemisms cartoon. Free £150 bottle of wine with every download!
Nov 16, 2018
The Russians Are Coming
Episode 38. Page 94 returns! A special episode all about Putin's money-laundering pals, and the British bankers, lawyers and accountants who are letting it happen. Free Belgravia mansion with every download!
Aug 8, 2018
Bumper Broadcast Holiday Special
Episode 37. School’s out for summer - and, in lots of places, for ever. Jane Mackenzie and Solomon Hughes discuss the government's bizarre new school system - plus, the Eye's social media maven Matt Muir makes his Page 94 debut with a dissection of Facebook's recent woes. The last before the summer holidays - Page 94 Will Return!
Jul 25, 2018
Doctors and Darrens
Episode 36. As the NHS hits 70, Phil Hammond gives a rundown just how run-down it is, and Francis Wheen delivers an 'Eye Told You So' about the Vote Leave spending skulduggery during the Brexit referendum, featuring a mysterious young man called Darren.
Jul 12, 2018
Lagoons and Lawsuits
Episode 35. Sarah Shannon talks us through the travails of a doomed tidal energy project, and Francis Wheen tells the rollicking tale of Telegraph-owning twins the Barclay brothers and their attempts to bang up a blogger. Free speech with every download!
Jun 29, 2018
Footy Footy Footy
Episode 34. A special episode from the Paul Foot Awards, featuring the cream of British investigative journalism, interviews with the judges, and the whole shortlist. Free lukewarm canapé with every download!
Jun 13, 2018
Bean Counters and Dog Lovers
Episode 33. A new series of Page 94! The Eye's tax correspondent Richard Brooks discusses the men who broke capitalism while pretending to be accountants, and Adam Macqueen reveals the Eye's role in Jeremy Thorpe's downfall. Plus, we go to a party.
Dec 20, 2017
Credit and Christmas
Episode 32. Eye hack Heather Mills explains the delays and chaos of the new Universal Credit system of benefits - and, as a CHRISTMAS TREAT, a special preview of the Eye’s annual Eye Annual show at the National Theatre. Free advert for the Private Eye Annual with every download!
Nov 22, 2017
Paradise and Paper
Episode 31. Page 94 speaks to Richard Brooks and Christian Eriksson about the shadowy millionaires keeping their money in sun-kissed foreign islands, and to Grizelda about cartoons and cartooning. Free 'I Remember When The Paradise Papers Were Called The Panama Papers' T-shirt with every download!
Oct 19, 2017
Episode 30. A special episode on bungling police, including investigations into the Eye's own subscriber list and Ted Heath. With appearances from Jane Mackenzie, Rosie Waterhouse, Francis Wheen, and Ian Hislop. Free Get Out Of Jail card with every download!
Jul 27, 2017
Brexit and Blood
Episode 29. Heather Mills discusses the contaminated blood scandal which has finally been granted a public inquiry, and the series ends with a medley of Eye contributors - led by Our Man In Brussels, Ben Fox - telling us everything we know about Brexit, and everything we don't. Free movement of people with every download!
Jun 26, 2017
The Paul Foot Awards Return!
Episode 28. A special episode from the awards ceremony for investigative journalism, including dodgy fishing quotas, dodgy Garden Bridges, exorcisms and more. Free press with every download!
Jun 5, 2017
Finance and Forensics
Episode 27. Election-Free Special! A strong and stable episode all about how Britain's getting involved in dodgy trade deals overseas, plus the first edition of CSI:94, investigating who murdered Britain's Forensics Science Service. Free enormous bribe with every download!
May 19, 2017
Hospitals and Hacks
Episode 26. An election medical special: the Eye's medical correspondent, MD, talks about the Conservatives' last 7 years running the NHS, and a special EYE TOLD YOU SO feature from tech correspondent Emma Woollacott on the NHS computer catastrophe. Free 'I Love Jeremy Hunt' sticker (totally pristine, never before used) with every download!
Apr 13, 2017
Housing and Secret Identities
Episode 25. Eye housing editor Rachael Claye discusses the government's recent Homelessness bill and the state of the housing market, PLUS Ian Hislop on why the Eye's writers trade under assumed names. Free nom de plume with every download!
Mar 29, 2017
Soldiers and Trump
Episode 24. Page 94 returns for a new series! This week: the Eye's military correspondent Paul Vickers reveals the tangled web between the army and private firms, and diarist Craig Brown discusses the best way of channelling the 45th President of the USA. Free Type 45 Destroyer with every download!
Dec 3, 2016
Courtrooms, Councillors and Completely Bogus News - a triple bill!
Episode 23. With Ian Hislop, Jane Mackenzie and Tim Minogue. Free Satire Detector with every download!
Oct 14, 2016
30 Glorious Years
Episode 22. A second special inter-series episode! Ian Hislop has been editor for thirty years. To celebrate, Eye hack Adam Macqueen interviews editor Ian Hislop about his three decades on the Editorial Throne. Free "That's Enough. Ed." sticker with every download!
Sep 19, 2016
Episode 21. A special bonus in-between-series episode! This week, the revolving door between government and big business, with the authors of our special report Richard Brooks and Solomon Hughes. Free £300,000-a-year job at a FTSE 100 firm with every download!
Jun 17, 2016
Episode 20. A special report with the Eye's Heather Mills, discussing the murky history of the Deepcut barracks and the tragedies that resulted from Army mismanagement. Last in the series - free 'Bring Back Page 94' petition slip with every download...
May 27, 2016
Pubs and Lunches
Episode 19. Tim Minogue and Sarah Shannon reveal why so many pubs are closing, and Adam Macqueen and Maisie Glazebrook spill the beans on the Eye's notorious fortnightly lunches. Free pint of Gnome '61 with every download!
May 12, 2016
Episode 18. The Eye's investigative team spill the beans on the why the Private Finance Initiative, the ingenious government money-machine which makes whole schools fall over. Plus an interview with the gag-writing team of Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, the men behind the Angry Baby and the Letter From Corbyn. Free ruinous 30-year contract with every download!
Apr 29, 2016
Books and Bans
Episode 17. Francis Wheen and Adam Macqueen give the latest on the least-effective celebrity injunction of all time, PLUS Jane Mackenzie on 21st-century libraries. Free three-letter judicial acronym with every download!
Apr 15, 2016
Episode 16. Richard Brooks and Solomon Hughes give the Private Eye take on the Panama Papers and offshore tax havens, PLUS Nick Newman on the art of Dave Snooty And His Pals. Free Definitely Legal And Perfectly Above Board British Virgin Island Company with every download!
Mar 31, 2016
The Eye Online
Episode 15. SERIES THREE BEGINS! This week, the Eye Online: Ian Hislop and Adam Macqueen discuss the Eye's digital strategy (spoiler alert: there isn't one) and the ways newspapers are surviving the digital age. Plus an interview with Ed Barrett, author of From The Message Boards. Free Independent website with every download!
Dec 13, 2015
Care and Criticism
Episode 14. A special feature on the two kinds of care - health and social - and the yawning gap between them, with the Eye's medical correspondent MD and In The Back's Heather Mills. PLUS, an exclusive (and very gossipy) chat with the man behind the literary pages, DJ Taylor. Free biting critique with every download!
Nov 30, 2015
The Architect and the Lawyer
Episode 13. Exciting interviews about collapsing buildings with architecture correspondent Piloti (AKA Gavin Stamp) and collapsing lawsuits with the Eye's in-house lawyer. Free editor (barring contempt of court) with every download!
Nov 16, 2015
Episode 12. Freedom Of Information SPECIAL EPISODE, interviewing the Eye's crack investigative squad. Free-Dom of Information with every download!
Nov 2, 2015
Back To The 80s
Episode 11. Adam Macqueen and Francis Wheen (aka 'Private Eye's Google') on the stories which have been bubbling away for 30 years, and David Ziggy Greene on the art of drawing the news as it happens. Free flexidisc (ask your parents) with every download!
Oct 15, 2015
Big Business and Tax Havens
Episode 10. SERIES TWO BEGINS! This week, an investigative double bill: Solomon Hughes on big business at party conferences, and Richard Brooks and Christian Eriksson on the Eye's all-new map of British property owned from tax havens. Free Cayman Island with every download!
Jul 14, 2015
Honours and Letters
Episode 9. For episode 9.4, a triple letter score: Letters after one's name (Solomon Hughes on the honours system), Letters From Berlin (Anthony Goldman, Private Eye's global bureau chief) and Letters From The Great British Public (Tristan Davies, Chief Subeditor). Final episode of Series 1 - free hanky with every download!
Jun 18, 2015
Michael Heath and Tax Havens
Episode 8. An interview with Michael Heath, who's been drawing funny things for sixty years and a surprising look at exactly who owns all the land in Britain. Free Tax Haven getaway with every download!
Jun 4, 2015
Cartooning and Phone Hacking
Episode 7. A look at the magic of the cartooning process, plus Adam Macqueen with an indispensable guide to phone hacking at the Mirror. Free Alan Yentob voicemail with every download!
May 22, 2015
Magazine Covers and Rotten Boroughs
Episode 6. Ian Hislop on the fine art of the magazine's covers and Tim Minogue on the murky world of Rotten Boroughs. Free 'I am outraged, please cancel my subscription' form with every download!
May 5, 2015
An election TRIPLE BILL
Episode 5. Ian Hislop on Prime Ministerial Parodies, Adam Macqueen on locking up journalists, and Phil Hammond on the Conservative and Labour pledges about the NHS. Free Sun reporter with every download!
Apr 17, 2015
Craig Brown and Heather Mills
Episode 4. Craig Brown on the art of parody and investigative hack Heather Mills on murky goings-on in the village of Botton. Free manifesto pledge with every download! (Warning: manifesto pledge is an aspiration only and not a promise. Price of podcast may be raised to £9000).
Apr 1, 2015
Higher Education and Piers Morgan
Episode 3. Dealing with two enormous, intractable, but very different problems: higher education and Piers Morgan. Free extended metaphor with every download.
Mar 19, 2015
Wheen, Hislop and Newman
Episode 2. Francis Wheen on everything you ever wanted to know about HSBC and the Telegraph, plus an interview with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman about the Eye's own Gnome Mart. Free ant with every download! (Please note: ant may be lost in transit)
Mar 4, 2015
Martin Honeysett and The Paul Foot Awards
Episode 1. A new half-hour audio treat which goes behind the scenes at the Paul Foot Journalism Awards and remembers cartoonist Martin Honeysett. Featuring: FIFA, football, floods, flogging arms and flinging cakes in cartoonists' faces...