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Evil Genius with Russell Kane

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Overview

It’s good, bad, ugly - and very very funny. Changing the way we see heroes and villains in history.

104 Episodes

George Harrison

Daliso Chaponda, Catherine Bohart and Rachel Parris explore the enigma of the Quiet Beatle. Deeply spiritual hippie or deeply selfish hippiecrite?Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

Princess Margaret

Geoff Norcott, Felicity Ward and Sophie Duker debate - wearing a crown, or going down? Taking in Geoff's hatred of dressing gowns, how it's a difficult time to be an ugly Ryan, and who the panel would allow to tap cigarette ash into their palm.Producer Sally Heaven Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

Karl Lagerfeld

Kerry Godliman, Darren Harriott and Helen Bauer spill the tea on the Chanel fashion guru. He might have been the greatest designer of his generation but was he the greatest human..Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

Ronald Reagan

Grainne Maguire, Athena Kugblenu and Robin Morgan decide, Reagan? Or wrong 'un? Plus, could we replace a leader with an actual puppet, like Ed the Duck? And other important questions.Producer Sally Heaven Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

Marie Antoinette

Rachel Parris, Daliso Chaponda and Catherine Bohart on the original drama queen. Was the Last Queen of France just a spoiled child with huge hair who didn't know any better?Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

Homer Simpson

Sophie Duker, Felicity Ward and Geoff Norcott decide whether the yellow patriarch is Duff Beer or just duff. Also, what do Geoff Norcott and Homer have in common, and what would a Gen Z Homer sound like?Producer Sally Heaven Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

Jerry Springer

Desiree Burch, Josh Jones and Sara Barron - will their final thought on the chat show host be evil? Or genius? Plus, why does Desiree have Jerry Springer dolls? And what did Jeremy Kyle say about Josh's shirt?Producer Sally Heaven.Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad

Stevie Martin, Johnny Cochrane and Maisie Adam deconstruct the Swedish furniture king and his eccentric billionaire lifestyle.Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

The Kray Twins

Helen Bauer, Darren Harriott and Kerry Godliman take on the infamous gangster double act. Ronnie and Reggie ruled the East End of London in the 1960s and became genuine criminal celebrities.Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

Attila the Hun

Robin Morgan, Grainne Maguire and Athena Kugblenu ask: you OK, hun? Was Attila all that bad? Is a spike up the bum really the worst way to go, which is the best Hun gadget, and why is Grainne such a fangirl?Producer Sally Heaven Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

Elizabeth Taylor

Desiree Burch, Sara Barron and Josh Jones provide more laughs than Liz had husbands. That's seven, by the way. Or eight if you count Richard Burton twice.Producer Sally Heaven.Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

Count Dracula

Maisie Adam, Stevie Martin and Johnny Cochrane prise open the coffin to assess the undead legend in the cold light of day. Superhero powers, seductive charm and also looks great in a cape. Genius, surely?Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

Introducing Monsters of Music with Tom Allen

In Monsters of Music, Tom Allen uncovers the scandalous lives of classical musicians.

Transcribed - Published: 20 October 2023

Introducing... An Eye for a Killing

Jack Lowden tells the true story of Scotland’s notorious serial killers, Burke and Hare. What started two former canal labourers on a mass killing spree in 19th century Edinburgh?

Transcribed - Published: 28 April 2023

David Bowie

Kerry Godliman, Esther Manito and Rhys James decide – Starman or laughing gnome? Producer Sally Heaven

Transcribed - Published: 6 April 2023

Marvin Gaye

Maisie Adam, Ania Magliano and Marlon Davis wonder what was goin' on with the soul singer

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2023

Cleopatra

Kerry Godliman, Esther Manito and Rhys James debate - was the Egyptian a pain in the asp?

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2023

Christopher Columbus

Sara Barron, Helen Bauer and Darren Harriott on the man who's credited with finding North America. But never actually got there. And firmly believed the world to be breast-shaped. Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2023

Johnny Cash

Thanyia Moore, Pierre Novellie and Lauren Pattison ask if the country star did in fact walk the line. Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 9 March 2023

Mary Whitehouse

Felicity Ward, Ria Lina and Peter Rethinasamy decide- is the campaigner prophet or prude?

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2023

Andy Warhol

Darren Harriott, Helen Bauer and Sara Barron on the weird and wonderful founder of pop art. And for the first time, one of the panellists falls violently in love with the subject during the recording and won't hear a word against him Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2023

Marlon Brando

Maisie Adam, Marlon Davis and Ania Magliano's decision will be an offer he can't refuse

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2023

Meat Loaf

Rachel Fairburn, Johnny Cochrane and Stevie Martin slice up the Bat Out Of Hell singer. Was he right in saying "no superstar will ever look like me again"?

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2023

Bruce Lee

Felicity Ward, Ria Lina and Peter Rethinasamy decide if Lee deserves a one-inch punch

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2023

The Lord of the Rings and Hobbits creator JRR Tolkien

Thanyia Moore, Lauren Pattison and Pierre Novellie are on a quest for the man who created the Ring. Is he more Sauron or Gandalf? Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2023

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit creator JRR Tolkien

Thanyia Moore, Lauren Pattison and Pierre Novellie are on a quest for the man who created the Ring. Is he more Sauron or Gandalf? Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2023

Batman

Stevie Martin, Rachel Fairburn and Johnny Cochrane ask how super the superhero really is. Is the caped crusader the sexiest superhero of all? Or a weirdo in a cave who makes it all worse, actually? Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2023

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

Sikisa, Sarah Callaghan and Ivo Graham dig the dirt on Tomb Raider, Lara Croft

Transcribed - Published: 24 March 2022

Richard Nixon

Athena Kugblenu, Lou Sanders and Nathan Caton decide: Evilgate or Geniusgate?

Transcribed - Published: 17 March 2022

Frida Kahlo

Gráinne Maguire, Harriet Braine and Hal Cruttenden paint a not-so-pretty picture of the Mexican artist. This episode was recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2022

Sigmund Freud

Sophie Duker, Rhys James and Evelyn Mok analyse the father of psychoanalysis

Transcribed - Published: 3 March 2022

Allen Ginsberg

Gráinne Maguire, Harriet Braine and Hal Cruttenden beat up beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2022

Genghis Khan

Esther Manito, Robin Morgan and Sarah Mills discuss whether the warrior was actually woke

Transcribed - Published: 17 February 2022

Notorious B.I.G.

Lou Sanders, Nathan Caton and Athena Kugblenu decide whether they're hypnotized by Biggie

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2022

Wernher von Braun; the rocket scientist who put man on the moon

Sikisa, Sarah Callaghan and Ivo Graham take a look at the man behind the Apollo missions.

Transcribed - Published: 3 February 2022

Virginia Woolf

Sophie Duker, Rhys James and Evelyn Mok decide if Virginia is more Woolf or puppy dog.

Transcribed - Published: 27 January 2022

Cecil Rhodes: the man behind the row about controversial statues

Johnny Cochrane, Thanyia Moore and Olga Koch knock down the man behind the big statues controversy currently raging - should statues of evil geniuses from history stay up?

Transcribed - Published: 20 January 2022

Elizabeth I

Robin Morgan, Esther Manito & Sarah Mills on the Virgin Queen. Pure evil or pure genius?

Transcribed - Published: 13 January 2022

Prince

Olga Koch, Thanyia Moore and Johnny Cochrane uncover some truths about The Purple One

Transcribed - Published: 6 January 2022

Evil Genius with Russell Kane returns Thu 6th Jan!

Russell and panel are back, kicking off with The Purple One himself...music icon, Prince.

Transcribed - Published: 30 December 2021

James Bond

Rob Beckett, Athena Kugblenu & Heidi Regan decide whether to use the ejector seat on Bond

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2021

Diego Maradona

Will Jon Richardson, Johnny Cochrane and Susie McCabe give Maradona the red card?

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2021

Che Guevara

Comrades Ria Lina, Esther Manito and Michael Odewale dissect the Argentine revolutionary.

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2021

Dr Seuss

The controversial children's author.How will Josh Jones, Ola Labib & Joanne McNally vote?

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2021

Billie Holiday

Sophie Duker, Daliso Chaponda and Kemah Bob riff over jazz singer Billie Holiday, who sang Strange Fruit.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2021

Kellogg

Fern Brady, Alison Spittle and Alex Edelman on John Harvey Kellogg, man of cornflakes.

Transcribed - Published: 25 February 2021

Boudicca

Grainne Maguire Athena Kugblenu and Tony Law assess the Queen of East Anglia AKA Boudicca

Transcribed - Published: 18 February 2021

Charles Darwin

Jayde Adams, Angela Barnes and Neil Delamere on the scientist who came up with evolution and explained how life works. No biggie.

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2021

Alfred Hitchcock

Catherine Bohart, Tom Parry & Heidi Regan keep you in suspense. Hitchcock:evil or genius?

Transcribed - Published: 4 February 2021

Henry VIII

Grainne Maguire, Felicity Ward and Alex Kealy decide, was Henry more monarch or murderer?

Transcribed - Published: 28 January 2021

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