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  • Must Listen: The best podcasts for your weekend

    Do you need some new podcast recommendations for the weekend?

    Podcast coach Clare Freeman has chosen three of her favourites as part of 5 Live's Must Listen, every Monday at midnight on the Sarah Brett show.  

    She's picked: Dirty John, The Cinemile and The Dropout.

    Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Comment below to let us know what you think.

    Dirty John

    (Eric Bana played 'John' in the Netflix adaptation of the story. Photo: Getty Images)

    John Meehan seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But Debra's family don’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.

    Clare says:

    “When I listened to this podcast, I was on a really long drive up the Scottish Highlands with my 18-year-old cousin and we listened to the whole thing. We kept pausing it and saying, 'what’s going to happen next? Each time we’d play through the next episode, neither of our predictions went on to happen – we were guessing the whole…

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  • Years and Years: What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on Years and Years, new to BBC One.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Subscribe here, and never miss an episode.

    (Photo credit: Red Production)

    Scott says: "There are pros and cons"

    "I think there are pros and cons with this.  I think that the attention to detail in terms of world affairs is spot on; the fact that it really feels - when you’re watching the first episode - like you’re practically having today’s news served up on a plate. 

    "And that’s why I was so intrigued in whether the writing process had been changed at last minute because it literally feels like you’re watching this week’s news.

    "I was thinking 'what if this person who’s mentioned as a plot point is no longer in power?' Or 'what happens if this happens along the way?' You want it to be as realistic as possible.

    "A lot of the different visions of the…

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  • The Widow: What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on The Widow, new to ITV.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Subscribe here, and never miss an episode.

    (Photo Credit: ITV)

    Hayley says: "I would say this was a totally OK drama"

    "I would say it's interesting to see an ITV drama that’s shot somewhere else other then the usual - this was in South Africa and Rotterdam.

    "It was also good to see Charles Dance not dying on a toilet, which was a treat.

    "I would say this was a totally OK ITV drama and we need a new ranking between ‘no’ and ‘must watch’ - an OK watch.

    "It’s like you see films that aren’t great but you’d love to watch them on an aeroplane. This is the kind of ITV drama you want to watch when you’re hungover or ill and you just want to lie horizontally on a sofa and watch something like this and occasionally shout: “Oh no he didn’t!” - that is what this…

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  • The Victim: What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on The Victim, new to BBC One.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Subscribe here, and never miss an episode.

    (Photo credit: BBC/ STV/ Mark Mainz/ Matthew Burlem)

    Scott says: "This looks into quite a lot of issues"

    "What’s really interesting about this is…

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  • Our Planet: What the Must Watch Reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on Our Planet, the new David Attenborough series on Netflix.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

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    Photo Credit: Silverback/ Netflix

    Scott says: "Are we all going to talk about the same moments as…

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  • Elis James and John Robins join 5 Live!

    Elis James and John Robins are joining BBC Radio 5 Live. The internationally renowned comedians, who have been presenting together on commercial station Radio X since 2014, will host a new weekly entertainment show on 5 Live, beginning on Friday 31st May.

    Elis and John have been mates since meeting on the comedy circuit in 2005 and have won a Chortle Award and a British Podcast Award for their…

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  • Line of Duty: What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on series five of Line of Duty - plus in this week's episode we hear from Martin Compston, who plays DS Arnott.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Subscribe here, and never miss an episode.

    (Photo: BBC/World Productions/Aidan Monaghan)

    Martin Compston plays DS Steve Arnott. 

    He told…

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  • Harry's Heroes: The Full English: What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on Harry's Heroes: The Full English on ITV.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Subscribe here, and never miss an episode.

    Photo credit: ITV

    Scott says: "It's a weird one"

    "It's a weird one.

    "I'd say that there's a lot of…

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  • Pose: What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on Pose on BBC Two.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

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    Photo credit: BBC/ FX/ Pari Dukovic

    Hayley says: "It’s heartbreaking but it’s a good watch"

    "It’s really interesting and what I liked was that…

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  • The OA (Season 2): What the Must Watch reviewers think

    Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on The OA Season 2.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below...

    Listen to the latest episode of the Must Watch podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Subscribe here, and never miss an episode.

    Photo credit: Nicola Goode/ Netflix

    Scott says: "It’s got this spiritual theme"

    "It is one of the most mind bending complex dramas ever - it’s…

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