A true(ish) crime podcast, based on James Acaster's undercover cop alter-ego Pat Springleaf, which sees Pat share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working undercover to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang, led by the villainous Lawrence (Domhnall Gleeson).
Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody.
In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams (Kath Hughes) play excerpts from his wire recordings to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the comedy career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.
In episode 1, Lawrence announces a side-step from drug dealing into a more glamorous branch of crime, Pat's wife Sita (Sindhu Vee) makes some life changing personal and career decisions and Pat takes the advice of fellow comic Evelyn Mok to find a better, more truthful, on-stage comic persona.
Chloe Petts - Nance
Domhnall Gleeson - Lawrence
Evelyn Mok - herself
Finn Wolfhard - Serpico
Freya Parker - Heckler
Jack De'ath - Compere
Jason Forbes - Police Officer
Kath Hughes - Detective Adams
Kemah Bob - Donna
Louis Theroux - Detective Shane Nicely
Nathaniel Metcalfe - Huey
Nish Kumar - himself
Pat Cahill - Reg
Sharon D Clarke - Police Chief Angela
Sindhu Vee - Sita
with studio guest Ed Gamble
Extra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint Douglass
Original Music by NNAMDÏ
Sound design by Charlie Brandon King
Assistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela Carmichael
Produced by Lyndsay Fenner
A Mighty Bunny Production
www.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk
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