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Episode 1


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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