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Evil Genius with Russell Kane

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

Tracks

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
47:23 04/04/2024
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
47:46 28/03/2024
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
46:02 21/03/2024
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
44:03 14/03/2024
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
45:05 07/03/2024
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
47:01 29/02/2024
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
43:00 22/02/2024
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
43:49 15/02/2024
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. Producer Beth O'Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
46:00 08/02/2024
Attila the Hun
Robin Morgan, Gráinne 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 Gráinne such a fangirl?Producer Sally Heaven Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
42:23 01/02/2024
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
37:03 25/01/2024
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
46:45 18/01/2024
Introducing Monsters of Music with Tom Allen
In Monsters of Music, Tom Allen uncovers the scandalous lives of classical musicians.
01:04 20/10/2023
David Bowie
Kerry Godliman, Esther Manito and Rhys James decide – Starman or laughing gnome?Producer Sally Heaven
47:06 06/04/2023
Marvin Gaye
Maisie Adam, Ania Magliano and Marlon Davis wonder what was goin' on with the soul singer.
37:21 30/03/2023
Cleopatra
Kerry Godliman, Esther Manito and Rhys James debate - was the Egyptian a pain in the asp?
36:59 23/03/2023
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
42:05 16/03/2023
Johnny Cash
Thanyia Moore, Pierre Novellie and Lauren Pattison ask if the country star did in fact walk the line. Producer Beth O'Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
43:36 09/03/2023
Mary Whitehouse
Felicity Ward, Ria Lina and Peter Rethinasamy decide: is the campaigner prophet or prude?
50:35 02/03/2023
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
45:39 23/02/2023
Marlon Brando
Maisie Adam, Marlon Davis and Ania Magliano's decision will be an offer he can't refuse.
45:34 16/02/2023
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"? Producer: Beth O’Dea Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
40:08 09/02/2023
Bruce Lee
Felicity Ward, Ria Lina and Peter Rethinasamy decide if Lee deserves a one-inch punch
46:03 02/02/2023
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? Producer Beth O'Dea. Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
46:28 26/01/2023
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
45:32 19/01/2023
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider
Sikisa, Sarah Callaghan and Ivo Graham dig the dirt on Tomb Raider, Lara Croft
36:16 24/03/2022
Richard Nixon
Athena Kugblenu, Lou Sanders and Nathan Caton decide: Evilgate or Geniusgate?
40:13 17/03/2022
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.
42:01 10/03/2022
Sigmund Freud
Sophie Duker, Rhys James and Evelyn Mok analyse the father of psychoanalysis
35:03 03/03/2022
Allen Ginsberg
Gráinne Maguire, Harriet Braine and Hal Cruttenden beat up beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
45:02 24/02/2022

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