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Springleaf

A True(ish) Crime Podcast from James Acaster


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  • Episode 0 - Trailer

    02:46
    SPRINGLEAF launches Tuesday 21st November 2023 - subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.Pat Springleaf is in quite the bind. He’s an ex con man turned undercover cop in the middle of the biggest case of his career - 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.A new sort-of-true crime comedy series from James Acaster (Off Menu, Repertoire, Ghostbusters), featuring Bill Bailey, Chloe Petts, Domhnall Gleeson, Evelyn Mok, Finn Wolfhard, Freya Parker, Hugh Dennis, Jack De'ath, Jason Forbes, Jo Brand, Kath Hughes, Kemah Bob, Louis Theroux, Mark Silcox, Michael McKean, Mike Wozniak, Miles Jupp, Milton Jones, Natalie Cassidy, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Nish Kumar, Pat Cahill, Phil Dunning, Phil Wang, Sarah Millican, Sharon D Clarke and Sindhu Vee, with guests Ed Gamble, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Katherine Ryan, Lolly Adefope, Josh Widdicombe, Joe Lycett, Sara Pascoe, Rosie Jones and Guz Khan.Original Music by NNAMDÏProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk

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  • 1. Episode 1

    28:16
    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.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoFreya Parker - HecklerJack De'ath - CompereJason Forbes - Police OfficerKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaLouis Theroux - Detective Shane NicelyNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Ed GambleExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk
  • 2. Episode 2

    26:31
    Studio guest Romesh Ranganathan attempts to get a grip on exactly what the podcast is, Sita bags Serpico his first acting role and Pat's crowd-work skills are tested to their limit when Donna encourages Lawrence and Huey to try out their new heist personas in public…A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang, led by the villainous Lawrence.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover 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 play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfJack De'ath - CompereJason Forbes - Comedy FanKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaMark Silcox - himselfNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Romesh RanganathanExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk
  • 3. Episode 3

    25:36
    Pat is booked as a guest for Tom Allen's new panel show, and Donna persuades the SW6 gang to carry out a practice heist at the studio in preparation for their big casino job - bad news for fellow panellists Jo Brand and Sarah Millican. Meanwhile, 'Sita's Creatures' animal acting agency goes from strength to strength as Serpico cements his reputation as the country's leading Merdog, before making waves elsewhere on set.A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover 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 play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Bill Bailey - himselfChloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoFreya Parker - Floor ManagerJason Forbes - DirectorJo Brand - herselfKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSarah Millican - herselfSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Tom AllenExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk
  • 4. Episode 4

    28:06
    With SW5 member (and fellow undercover cop) Clarke tied up in the backroom of SW6 HQ, Pat needs to come up with a rescue plan, stat. But when he leaks Clarke's whereabouts to SW5 gang leader Janet (Natalie Cassidy), existing tensions between the two gangs begin to escalate. Meanwhile, on the comedy circuit, there's another terrible crime to deal with - a blatant case of material theft...A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover 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 play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoFreya Parker - Audience memberJack De'ath - CompereKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Katherine RyanExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk
  • 5. Episode 5

    27:17
    Lawrence and Janet jostle for position in the newly formed SW11 gang, whilst things look increasingly dicey for Clarke after he's outed as an undercover cop. Desperately in search of a rescue plan, Pat is struck by inspiration whilst filming a TV prank show.A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover 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 play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Domhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFreya Parker - Audience memberKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPatrick Hamer - Pizza Delivery GuyPhil Dunning - DeclanPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Lolly AdefopeExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk
  • 6. Episode 6

    31:27
    Having survived his unfortunate interaction with Huey's shotgun, Clarke goes into hiding, while Angela faces the consequences of her unauthorised stint undercover. Pat, Evelyn and Sita wait for an update on the future of their prank show and, over at SW11 HQ, Lawrence and Janet continue to clash as the Leader-Off enters the final stages...A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover 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 play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEd Gamble - himselfEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoJason Forbes - SuperintendentKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeRob Beckett - himselfSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Josh WiddicombeExtra jokes by Celya AB, Jen Ives, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk