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Podcast by Unfiltered with James O'Brien || JOE




14 - Paris Lees: from troubled boyhood to fearless woman

Even as a young child, Paris Lees knew that she didn’t feel right in her body. In a bold and revealing interview, Paris takes James O’Brien on a journey from experimenting with tights and make-up, a reckless adolescence selling sex and spending time in prison, to becoming the first trans woman to feature in Vogue.

Duration: 01:04:09

13 - Iain Lee talks failure and success, battling depression, and the trials of I’m A Celebrity

When Iain Lee went on I’m a Celebrity, he never expected to come out and be ambushed by 190 selfie-demanding school kids. The broadcaster and presenter joins James O'Brien for a frank and funny interview, discussing the ups and downs of his career, his challenges with mental health, and of course, what went down in the jungle.

Duration: 01:10:13

12 - David Baddiel on anguish, laughter, the antics of his parents, & tactics to tackle antisemitism

David Baddiel’s mother had an impressively open 20-year-long affair with a golf memorabilia collector, and his father’s rare form of dementia removed his sexual inhibitions and causes him to swear incessantly. The comedian and writer joins James O’Brien for a funny and thoughtful interview that looks at family, comedy and the line that divides the two.

Duration: 01:09:12

11 - Jon Ronson: shame, psychopaths and how internet porn changed the world

Writer and now fellow podcaster Jon Ronson joins James to dive into some of the dark worlds his work inhabits, from public shaming to psychopaths, right up to internet porn revolution and the twisted journeys it took Jon on.

Duration: 01:07:15

10 - Matt Lucas on Little Britain, TV controversy and his relationship with David Walliams

Comedy legend Matt Lucas joins James O’Brien to talk about the staggering success of Little Britain and the controversies it provokes today, the pain and pitfalls of his coming out, and how David Walliams helped him to accept his own sexuality.

Duration: 01:17:09

9 - Eric Cantona: Inside the mind of an enigma

The one and only Eric Cantona joins James for a very special career-spanning interview in which we explore the life and mind of an icon. No stone is left unturned as King Eric takes us through his early life and career, his thoughts on the state of the Western world, and everything in between.

Duration: 00:52:49

8 - Krishnan Guru-Murthy talks Brexit, the media and showdowns with Corbyn, Downey Jr & Tarantino

Krishnan Guru-Murthy sits down with James to discuss his life, the role of the media in modern Britain, how a lack of access to politicians could be sewing the seeds of a democratic crisis, and why he would be fired by Channel 4 if he gave his true opinion on Brexit.

Duration: 01:07:29

7 - How Bill Browder became Vladimir Putin's No. 1 enemy

Bill Browder is Vladimir Putin’s No. 1 enemy. Armed with a true life story cut straight from a bestselling thriller, listen as Bill grippingly recounts a tale which sees him placed on Interpol’s most-wanted list, exposing crime, corruption and conspiracy at the highest levels of the Kremlin, and rededicating his life to find justice for his friend and lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, killed at the hands of the Russian government. There’s also the small matter of a missing $230 million... Buckle in.

Duration: 01:05:37

Episode 6: June Sarpong

James sits down with writer and presenter June Sarpong to talk about the real meaning of diversity, beating the British class system, otherness, and how growing up on a predominantly white council estate helped bring her closer to people.

Duration: 01:04:33

Episode 5 - Lily Allen

In our most ‘unfiltered’ episode so far, Lily Allen talks to James about the right-wing tabloids, phone hacking, women’s sexuality, Grenfell, and the Harvey Weinstein allegations, as well as her life growing up and making it in the music business. New episodes of Unfiltered come out every Tuesday. Subscribe at

Duration: 01:00:37

Episode 4: Armando Ianucci

James meets Armando Iannucci, the man behind The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It and Veep. Armando talks about his new film The Death of Stalin, working with Steve Coogan and Chris Morris, and how being a director nearly turned him into a dictator himself.

Duration: 00:59:17

Episode 3: Robert Webb

Robert Webb talks to James O’Brien about the problems with masculinity, losing loved ones, meeting David Mitchell, finding success with Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, and how his difficult relationship with his dad affected him as a parent.

Duration: 01:06:39

Episode 2: Alastair Campbell

In a startling frank interview, Alastair Campbell talks to James O'Brien about his battle with depression and alcoholism, his breakdown, suicidal thoughts and his admiration for Roy Keane (and how all these things are related).

Duration: 01:02:34

Episode 1: Russell Brand

In the first episode of our new longform interview series host James O'Brien is joined by Russell Brand for a discussion about life, love, addiction and how becoming a dad has changed his life.

Duration: 00:45:44