Picks of the week

The Harrowing
Storyglass’s latest scripted crime thriller with a touch of the supernatural stars Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt as Sergeant Jackie O’Hara, the only survivor of a mysterious incident on a remote Scottish island. Froggatt is beautifully understated as she’s taken in for questioning, recalling the stormy night when it happened. Flashback scenes with rain-splattered sound effects drop more clues as the mystery shifts into supernatural horror. Rellik’s Rosalind Eleazar, Adam James (Doctor Foster) and Sorcha Groundsell (Grantchester) are also in the cast. Hannah Verdier

Unholier Than Thou
Phillip Picardi looks at religion and spirituality in this new podcast from Crooked Media, the makers of Pod Save America. He says he’s been wrestling with it ever since he was “a gay kid in a Catholic school with a secret on the inside and a Spice Girls t-shirt on the outside”. The first episode is particularly powerful, when he talks to his ER doctor fiancé Darien Sutton, about how he perceives miracles while working on a Covid ward. It’s moving and thought-provoking, with a lighter touch at times. HV

Unholier Than Thou host and journalist Phillip Picardi.

Unholier Than Thou host and journalist Phillip Picardi. Photograph: Mike McGregor/The Guardian

Chosen by David Waters

At a time when so many podcasts are focused on the weight of world events unfolding around us, You’re Wrong About is a show that does something completely different.

Miles away from any zeitgeist, journalists Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes – plus the occasional guest – use a simple conversation format to reconsider events or people that they think have been miscast in the public imagination, in a relaxed, insightful podcast. As they try to reframe events or people through their own lens, they also unpack how they were portrayed as they were happening. The journey is equal parts entertaining and interesting, with an unforced and easy chemistry between the hosts, driven by Sarah’s sharp intellect with Michael’s more fun-loving side.

The show exists in some kind of parallel universe to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, with topics like Nancy Grace, OJ Simpson, Jessica Simpson – all hardly in need of urgent reappraisal. But somehow it really works to hear them picked apart and unspooled over an hour-long episode that manages to make the unnecessary sound necessary.


Innermost: 001 – he thinks I’m a witch

In our new series, Innermost, callers tell Leah Green what’s going on behind closed doors. In the first episode, James and Jess reveal how an uncle’s funeral and meals with an emotionally distant brother helped them think about their families in new and unexpected ways.

Innermost, the new podcast from the Guardian about our secret lives.

Innermost, the new podcast from the Guardian about our secret lives. Illustration: Guardian Design

Talking points

  • Last week, internet culture extraordinaires Reply All raised the bar once again, with an episode which brought together their trademark knack for trendspotting with one of the biggest talking points of the moment: Black Lives Matter. In The Least You Could Do, producer Emmanuel Dzotsi tries to figure out why black people have been receiving random payments from white strangers.

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