Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

Mehdi Hasan

By Global/Thu, 23 Mar 2023 22:00

As with The Beatles, Adele and James Corden, Mehdi Hasan is one of the rare British talents to crack America. But he's profoundly depressed by the state of his adopted nation.The journalistspeaks to James about the impact President Tru

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Fred Sirieix

By Global/Thu, 16 Mar 2023 22:00

He's the nation's most loved maître d' and the first face seen by singletons looking for love of Channel 4's First Dates. But behind the friendliness and warm exterior is a man serious about service and hospitality. Fred speaks to James about his

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Carol Vorderman

By Global/Thu, 09 Mar 2023 22:00

She's best known for starring in Countdown, one of Britain's longest-running television game shows. But Carol Vorderman has managed to fit twice as much into her life as most of us. She speaks to James about her chaotic but loving upbringing, cult

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Phil Wang

By Global/Thu, 02 Mar 2023 22:00

Comedian Phil Wang has decided he's got to start being silly in response to a world which he thinks is getting serious. Born in Stoke on Trent to an English mother, Wang moved to Malaysia where his father is from one week after being born. He spea

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Amanda Abbington

By Global/Thu, 23 Feb 2023 22:00

Actress Amanda Abbington, star of Sherlock and Netflix thriller Safe, speaks to James about her misdirected early attempts at dancing, the moment she realised she was an actor and the adrenaline rush of the stage. Her latest show The Unfriend is a

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Neil Kinnock

By LBC/Thu, 09 Feb 2023 22:00

He is credited with reestablishing the Labour Party as a mainstream, centrist political force after a period of hard-left internal conflict. Sound familiar? The former leader of the Labour Party speaks to James about his Welsh upbringing, enduring ma

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Sir Tony Robinson

By LBC/Thu, 26 Jan 2023 22:00

Blackadder legend Tony Robinson talks to James about the state of British politics, the power of meditation and the return of Time Team.

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Matthew Collins

By LBC/Thu, 19 Jan 2023 22:19

Content warning: this episode contains descriptions of racial violence, racial slurs and suicidal feelings. By the time Matthew Collins was 15 years old, he was enthralled by the far-right and had joined the National Front. But after one particularly

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George Takei

By LBC/Thu, 12 Jan 2023 22:00

The internment of Japanese Americans across the U.S. during World War II is not an obvious subject on which to develop a musical, however it is exactly what George Takei, Star Trek legend and social media icon has done. Now in his mid-eighties, Takei

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Tracy Brabin

By LBC/Thu, 05 Jan 2023 22:00

Back in the day when she was best known as Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street, Tracy Brabin did not shy away from national politics, appearing in Labour campaigns and using her stardom to generate interest in the political project. But it was the

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Alan Johnson

By LBC/Thu, 22 Dec 2022 22:00

From union General Secretary, to Home Secretary to award-winning writer. By his own admission, Alan Johnson has lived a charmed life. He speaks to James about his tricky early years and political heroes. His book, One of Our Ministers is Missing is h

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Lisa Nandy

By LBC/Thu, 15 Dec 2022 22:00

A quick glance at Lisa Nandy's family tree shows that politics runs through her veins, but when she first arrived in the House of Commons it wasn't an easy transition. She speaks to James about her life growing up in Manchester, her political ambitio

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Maria Ressa

By LBC/Thu, 08 Dec 2022 22:00

Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa's pursuit of the truth has landed her in trouble with the most powerful man in her motherland: President Duterte of the Philippines. Ressa has racked up over 100 hours of potential prison time and multiple warrant

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Dr Gabor Maté

By LBC/Thu, 01 Dec 2022 22:00

Dr Gabor Maté is one of the world's most revered physicians, specialising in addiciton, trauma, ADHD, stress and childhood development. As a young person, strangers would stop him in the street to remark upon his frightened-looking demeanour. Dr Maté

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Brian Cox

By LBC/Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:00

He’s most famous for his role in HBO’s Succession, playing Logan Roy, the ruthless, capitalist, pater familias at the top of media conglomerate, Waystar Royco. But the actor Brian Cox has lived on both ends of the wealth gap and his latest passion pr

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Derren Brown

By LBC/Thu, 17 Nov 2022 22:00

Ever since he arrived on our screens in the early noughties, illusionist Derren Brown’s dramatic television stunts routinely generated controversy, with complaints originating from sources as diverse as the GMB union, church groups and on one occasio

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Martin Kemp

By LBC/Thu, 10 Nov 2022 22:00

How does a shy little boy go on to perform to arenas brimming with thousands of screaming fans? Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame speaks to James about how his life was transformed by a local drama school teacher and how it led him to the dizzying h

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Introducing: Sweeney Talks

By LBC/Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:26

Hey listener, we’ve got a new LBC podcast that we think you’d like called Sweeney Talks with old-school reporter, John Sweeney. John is trouble. He's taken on Vladimir Putin, challenged Donald Trump, and after months of uncovering hard truths in Uk

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Adrian Chiles

By LBC/Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:00

Adrian Chiles has graced our television screens for over two decades. On this episode of Full Disclosure he discusses the pressures of being in the public eye, his Brummie background and his difficulties with alcohol. His latest book, The Good Drinke

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Noel Fitzpatrick

By LBC/Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:00

Noel Fitzpatrick is the face of Channel 4's factual series The Supervet. Previously to landing his role Noel was an actor, appearing in Heartbeat and The Bill in the early 2000's. He speaks to James about his life and his love for animals. He also sp

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Sara Pascoe

By LBC/Thu, 20 Oct 2022 21:00

Since she was 14 years old Sara Pascoe knew she wanted to be famous. Her passion for performing was realised after being sent to drama classes as punishment for a chaotic house party Sara hosted. The multi award-winning comedian's brand new and bigge

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Amanda Owen aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess

By LBC/Thu, 13 Oct 2022 21:00

At one of the highest and most remote locations in England sits Swaledale hill farm where Amanda Owen tends to her thousand sheep and nine children. Despite having no agricultural blood, she has become the most famous farmer in the country, starring

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David Dimbleby

By LBC/Thu, 06 Oct 2022 21:00

Moments of high drama in Britain's recent history are punctuated by the voice of one man. For nearly half a century, broadcaster David Dimbleby has led us through the shifting sands of general elections, referendums and royal deaths. He speaks to Jam

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Andy Burnham

By LBC/Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:00

Dubbed 'King of the North' at the height of the pandemic, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham speaks to James about why he sees the country of his birth as containing 'two Englands'. After growing up in a catholic Labour family in Aintree,

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Ian McEwan

By LBC/Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:00

When he graduated with a master's degree from the University of East Anglia, Ian McEwan did his level best not to have a job. He is now recognised as one of the finest British writers of his generation. Born in Aldershot, McEwan spent his childhood c

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Emily Maitlis

By LBC/Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:00

When Emily Maitlis started reporting from Hong Kong as a young journalist, by her own admission, she wasn't very good. Since then she has interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world and her 2019 interview with Prince Andrew dropped a bo

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John Cleese

By LBC/Thu, 25 Aug 2022 21:00

John Cleese is one of Britain's most celebrated cultural icons. The actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer is best known for Monty Python and for playing Basil in Fawlty Towers, co-written with his first wife, Connie Booth. With a career spanning

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Michael Rosen

By LBC/Thu, 18 Aug 2022 21:00

Some of us manage to embody a youthful playfulness throughout our lives and the writer, broadcaster and academic, Michael Rosen is probably one of the best examples. He is one of Britain's best-known and most-loved authors, continuing to write books

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Figen Murray

By LBC/Thu, 11 Aug 2022 21:00

For 23 years Figen Murray worked as a counsellor helping people to get back on track so that they could lead happier, healthier lives. But on the 22nd of May 2017 her life as she new it changed forever. Figen's son, Martyn Hett was one of the 22 peop

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Professor Brian Cox

By LBC/Thu, 04 Aug 2022 21:00

In what would turn out to be the first of many media interviews, Brian Cox hopped off the plane from Geneva and found himself on Jeremy Paxman’s sofa arguing the case for the Large Hadron Collider against the UK’s most senior scientist. It was the be

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Mick Lynch

By LBC/Fri, 29 Jul 2022 15:32

Mick Lynch has been hitting the headlines from the picket throughout the summer and makes batting off stereotypical lines of questioning from the right-wing media commentariat look like a blood sport. One interviewer accused him of seeing himself as

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Miriam Margolyes

By LBC/Thu, 07 Jul 2022 21:00

Miriam has worked with some of the best in the business and in some great films such as the 1990s film Romeo and Juliet. Many of you of course will know her as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films. Her autobiography, This Much is True is now o

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Chris Bryant

By LBC/Thu, 30 Jun 2022 21:00

He’s best known for his forensic select committee cross examination of cabinet ministers but the Labour MP for Rhondda lived multiple lives before reaching parliament in 2001. Originally a member of the Conservative Association at Oxford, Chris Bryan

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Coming Soon : The Followers

By LBC/Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:50

Hey James O'Brien listeners, here’s a brand new podcast we think you’d like, called The Followers. Shelagh Fogarty began her LBC career as a guest presenter in 2014, and her balanced and calm presenting style soon earned her a permanent role. Heartbr

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Chris Patten

By LBC/Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:00

In 1997 Chris Patten walked away as the final British governor of Hong Kong in a symbol of Britain's continual imperial decline. Having taken the blame for Margaret Thatcher's hated poll tax, he was ousted as the Conservative MP for Bath in the 1992

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Wes Streeting

By LBC/Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:00

When he was elected as the MP for Ilford North in 2015, Wes Streeting achieved the biggest swing towards Labour from the Conservatives in the general election. Despite growing up in relative poverty and having family members in prison, Streeting atte

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Simon Callow

By LBC/Thu, 09 Jun 2022 21:00

Known best for playing Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Simon Callow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and director. Raised by a host of eccentric and strong-minded women, he eventually found his feet at the National Theatre at the Old Vi

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Robert Lindsay

By LBC/Thu, 26 May 2022 21:00

He’s known mostly to his younger fans for playing Ben Harper in the decade-long running sitcom, My Family and to an older audience as the eponymous Marxist in Citizen Smith. In this episode of Full Disclosure James is joined by the BAFTA and Olivier

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The Secret Barrister

By LBC/Thu, 19 May 2022 21:00

An unusual episode of Full Disclosure: one in which the identity of our guest is not revealed. No name, no gender, no details about where they grew up or went to school. The Secret Barrister is a criminal lawyer, best-selling author and Twitter stalw

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Ed Byrne

By LBC/Thu, 12 May 2022 21:00

Irish comedian Ed Byrne was born in County Dublin and attended a school run by the Christian Brothers Catholic order. It was so badly managed that he had to leave. After one year away, he was back again, finding the local alternative even worse. Whil

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Andy Hamilton

By LBC/Wed, 04 May 2022 21:00

Hoards of men would troop past Andy Hamilton's window every Saturday on the street he grew up on in Fulham. Minutes away from Stamford Bridge, and despite being by his own admission a 'sickly child', he was eventually allowed to attend a Chelsea game

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James Wong

By LBC/Thu, 28 Apr 2022 21:00

For as long as he can remember, James Wong has been obsessed with botany. He shares his small central London flat with 500 houseplants and has incorporated them into coffee tables and TV stands. Having trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens

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Eddie Marsan

By LBC/Thu, 21 Apr 2022 21:05

Simple lies over complex truths have always troubled the actor, Eddie Marsan. Growing up in London’s East End, Marsan rejected the racists who blamed their problems on other people, questioning everyone but themselves. As a performer, Marsan frequent

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Omid Djalili

By LBC/Thu, 07 Apr 2022 21:00

In Central London in the 1970s, a household catering to sick Iranians housed Omid Djalili. Balancing school with his home life proved to be a challenge, and the effects of the noise and the chaos filtered into Djalil’s adulthood. In spite of it all,

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Tom Walker aka Jonathan Pie

By LBC/Fri, 01 Apr 2022 05:30

Jonathan Pie is a fictional broadcast reporter created and performed by comedian Tom Walker who is this week’s guest. Walker brought Pie to life in the aftermath of Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader and the character went viral, racking up mi

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Mark Drakeford

By LBC/Thu, 24 Mar 2022 22:00

In this episode of Full Disclosure, James speaks to Mark Drakeford. Born and brought up in West Wales he started off his career as probation officer and youth Justice worker. A professor at both Swansea and Cardiff Universities before moving into pol

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Curtis Stigers

By LBC/Thu, 17 Mar 2022 22:00

When he was forced to move 800 miles away from the outskirts of Hollywood to Idaho as a boy, Curtis Stigers was furious. After school he gravitated back towards the centre of things - to New York City, where his career as a musician began in earnest.

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Caroline Criado Perez

By LBC/Thu, 10 Mar 2022 22:30

When she was a teenager, Caroline Criado Perez found feminism embarrassing. But then she read a book which changed her life. It documented how our language is used to make women invisible, and set her on a mission to make the specifics of the female

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John Simpson

By LBC/Thu, 03 Mar 2022 22:00

He was nearly shot on one of his first jobs as a 25 year old, and throughout his illustrious career, John Simpson has continued to dice with death, reporting from thirty war zones and most recently during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. In the co

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Keir Starmer

By LBC/Thu, 24 Feb 2022 22:00

The Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer has had a meteoric rise from his humble beginnings in a small Surrey town. The Starmer household was a busy three-bed occupied by his parents’ four children and four dogs, and in 1985 he became the first

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Christiane Amanpour

By LBC/Thu, 17 Feb 2022 23:00

Known across the world for fearlessly holding dictators to account, Christiane Amanpour, as a young staffer at CNN found herself kicked off the network after a disastrous first attempt at reporting. The knock-back did not stop her; Amampour went on t

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Beverley Knight

By LBC/Fri, 11 Feb 2022 12:11

Born to Jamaican parents, Beverley Knight grew up in a dedicated Pentecostal household where church attendance and music performance were inextricably linked and singing was an act of devotion to God. By the time Knight was a young adult she regarded

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Adil Ray

By LBC/Thu, 03 Feb 2022 22:00

As the younger son, Adil Ray was given more freedom to pursue his creative instincts than his older, more academic sibling. Before moving into the mainstream, Adil spent his student days in an elderly Jamaican woman’s loft hosting a pirate radio show

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Charlotte Church

By LBC/Thu, 27 Jan 2022 22:00

Charlotte Church was catapulted into the spotlight at the age of 11 after singing down the line on television show, This Morning. Within two years Church had performed at Rupert Murdoch’s wedding to Wendi Deng, opened for Shirley Bassey and played th

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Feargal Sharkey

By LBC/Thu, 20 Jan 2022 23:00

When ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones was released in 1978, legendary DJ John Peel took the unprecedented step of playing it back to back on Radio 1. The lead singer was 20 year old Feargal Sharkey and the band were formed out of a desire to prove t

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Stewart Lee

By LBC/Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:00

Despite being named by The Times as the best current English-language comedian in the world, Stewart Lee insists that nobody really knows who he is. His absence from the panel show circuit, resistance to social media and use of multiple on-stage pers

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Johnny Vaughan

By LBC/Thu, 16 Dec 2021 23:00

Realising there was nothing he could not do, Johnny Vaughan left school and did nothing. Before becoming the presenter of the Big Breakfast and the drivetime host on Radio X, Vaughan spent much of his life navigating a host of hostile institutions an

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Sue Perkins

By LBC/Thu, 09 Dec 2021 23:00

When Sue Perkins was asked by her manager to present a programme about competitive baking, she declined the offer on multiple occasions. After lots of persuading, Perkins finally agreed to work on the show that would go on to become the most-watched

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Bill Bailey

By LBC/Thu, 02 Dec 2021 23:00

The comedian, actor and musician, Bill Bailey describes his upbringing in the town of Keynsham in Somerset as idyllic. He credits his strong work ethic to his father who was a GP in the village and whose waiting room was situated in the front of thei

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Les Dennis

By LBC/Thu, 25 Nov 2021 23:00

Les Dennis has been a star in Britain's light entertainment scene for decades, but his career began off screen as a stand-up comedian in the working men's clubs of Northwest England. By the 1980s Dennis had become a household name, including as the h

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Alan Cumming

By LBC/Thu, 18 Nov 2021 23:00

When he published his first memoir back in 2014, the actor and author Alan Cumming took a deep dive and opened up about his traumatic childhood. In his second memoir, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, he dispels the myth that he had 'overcome'

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Fiona Hill

By LBC/Thu, 11 Nov 2021 23:00

How does a miner's daughter from Bishop Auckland in County Durham end up in the White House? Whilst her community was small, a combination of luck, opportunity and sharp intellect led Fiona Hill to Russia, opening her eyes to our shared human experie

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Michael Holding

By LBC/Thu, 04 Nov 2021 22:30

As a professional cricketer he was nicknamed ‘Whispering Death’ for his light-footed, silent run up to the bowling crease. As a commentator he was known for his unflinching and direct analysis of the game. Then, in the aftermath of the murder of Geor

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Jimmy Carr

By LBC/Thu, 28 Oct 2021 22:00

When he was 25 years old, Jimmy Carr realised that material wealth would not bring him happiness. He decided to sack off his safe job in middle management to become a comedian despite having no previous comedy experience. He went on to become one of

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Kim Leadbeater

By LBC/Thu, 21 Oct 2021 21:30

She would not have become an MP were it not for her sister, Jo Cox who was murdered on a street in Birstall, West Yorkshire in 2016 by a white supremacist terrorist. Speaking to James one week after the killing of Sir David Amess MP, Kim Leadbeater q

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Joe Tracini

By LBC/Thu, 14 Oct 2021 22:00

Joe Tracini was only 18 months old when he first performed on stage with his Dad, Joe Pasquale. By the time he was 15 he was named as the most promising comedy act by Ken Dodd. Tracini then landed a role in Hollyoaks but his acting career was overwhe

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Bernardine Evaristo

By LBC/Thu, 07 Oct 2021 22:00

When Bernardine Evaristo was in her thirties she decided she wanted to win the Booker Prize. After breaking away from her career in theatre, Evaristo eventually became the first Black British person to receive the literary award and was catapulted in

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Waheed Arian

By LBC/Thu, 30 Sep 2021 21:30

Waheed Arian spent his childhood fleeing the war zones of Afghanistan. After recovering from an almost fatal illness at a Pakistan refugee camp as a child, he set his sights on becoming a doctor. Putting his life in the hands of people smugglers, Wah

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Angela Rayner

By LBC/Thu, 23 Sep 2021 22:00

The Deputy Leader of the Labour party was brought up by a parent who could not read or write. After getting pregnant and leaving school aged 16, Angela Rayner became a home carer where she found her feet as a union representative, eventually rising t

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Joe Mulhall

By LBC/Thu, 16 Sep 2021 22:00

In the run up to the 2016 Trump election, Joe Mulhall of Surrey, England managed to convince the American white supremacist terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan, of his support for them. Shortly afterwards he found himself armed and accompanying an Alab

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Brian May

By LBC/Thu, 09 Sep 2021 21:30

For 20 years, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist, Brian May had been too busy to realise that he didn’t belong to a record label. Then at the height of lockdown he decided to reissue his 1992 solo album, Back To The Light. He speaks to James about hi

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Jolyon Maugham

By LBC/Thu, 02 Sep 2021 21:30

After leading a series of successful challenges to the Brexit process, Jolyon Maugham QC was thrust into the limelight and depicted by right-wing Brexiteers as an out of touch, elitist, Remainer. But for the first 17 years of his life, Jolyon was una

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Anthony Horowitz

By LBC/Thu, 12 Aug 2021 21:00

Aged 10 and deeply unhappy, Anthony Horowitz OBE realised that he was a writer. Since then he has been difficult to pin down. His diverse oeuvre ranges from Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War, to the bestselling Alex Rider teen spy series. In his lates

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John Amaechi

By LBC/Thu, 05 Aug 2021 21:00

When John Amaechi OBE was a boy, his white grandfather would lean out of the car window to shout racist abuse at other drivers whilst he sat in the back. He went on to become the first British NBA star and is now an organisational psychologist, calle

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Joe Lycett

By LBC/Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:00

Joe Lycett, the comedian formerly known as Hugo Boss has no discernable backstory of trauma to speak of. He has ‘a tendency to do just enough’ and is frustrated with himself when he accepts the offer of work. But he is motivated by a strong moral com

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Lucy Kellaway

By LBC/Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00

Having separated from her husband, Lucy Kellaway quit her full-time, high-status job as a journalist at the Financial Times to become a trainee teacher at a secondary school. In Re-educated, Lucy shows that age is no barrier to ripping up and startin

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Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green

By LBC/Fri, 16 Jul 2021 00:00

Before the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 a pandemic, scientists Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green had already started developing a vaccine against the virus which would go on to bring the world to a stands

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Mary Portas

By LBC/Fri, 09 Jul 2021 00:00

Mary Portas made her name transforming the luxury retailer, Harvey Nichols into a destination. But as the high street crumbles, and as the earth continues to buckle under the pressure of consumerism, the Queen of Shops is dedicating herself to transf

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Salman Rushdie

By LBC/Thu, 27 May 2021 14:16

Rushdie's life changed forever on February 14, 1989, when Iran’s spiritual leader ordered his execution. Forced to spend the subsequent 13 years living under a false name and constant police protection, he now lives freely in New York.

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Peter Oborne

By LBC/Fri, 21 May 2021 12:25

Peter Oborne is a British journalist and broadcaster. He is the former chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, from which he resigned in early 2015. He is author of The Assault on Truth - Boris Johnson,

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Owen Jones

By LBC/Thu, 13 May 2021 09:00

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Professor Corinne Fowler

By LBC/Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:56

You might not have heard of her, but you'll certainly have seen her work: she is the academic at the centre of an escalating row over the National Trust’s efforts to explore links between its properties and colonialism.

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Nish Kumar

By LBC/Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:49

Nish Kumar talks to James O'Brien about plans for his new 2022 tour : Control, and finding the funny again after a turbulent few months

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Reverend Richard Coles

By LBC/Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00

Rev Richard Coles on The Madness Of Grief, his account of coping with the death of his long-term partner

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Robert Webb

By LBC/Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:07

Last year, emergency surgery saved Robert Webb's life. This year, he's back with a new show and a new book.

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Harlan Coben

By LBC/Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:55

Prolific thriller writer Harlan Coben joins James O'Brien to mark surpassing 73 million sales

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David Harewood

By LBC/Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:01

Homeland star David Harewood talks to James O'Brien about racism in Hollywood.

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Elizabeth Day

By LBC/Thu, 04 Mar 2021 10:00

Podcaster Elizabeth Day, who stormed the zeitgeist with her novel 'How to Fail' joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure

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Nicky Campbell

By LBC/Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:00

Nicky was adopted at just four-days-old, leaving him with a “fragile” identity growing up and at times feeling he was “living a lie”. In this week's Full Disclosure, James and Nicky share their experiences of growing up adopted.

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Eliot Higgins

By LBC/Thu, 18 Feb 2021 16:19

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Sathnam Sanghera

By LBC/Thu, 11 Feb 2021 09:00

British journalist and author, Sathnam Sanghera, joins James O'Brien to talk about his new book: Empireland.

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Tim Roth

By LBC/Fri, 05 Feb 2021 09:14

From south London to LA, Tim Roth has been Hollywood royalty for almost three decades. Speaking to James right the end of Donald Trump's premiership, Roth gives his thoughts on the outgoing President, Brexit and the COVID-19 response

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Rachel Clarke

By LBC/Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:38

Palliative care doctor & campaigner Rachel Clarke, better known as @doctor_oxford on Twitter, is on this week's episode of Full Disclosure with James O'Brien. In her most recent book, ‘Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a time of Pandemic’, Dr Clarke wr

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Jack Monroe

By LBC/Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:17

Last week, social media was full of images of food parcels sent to parents to feed their children. They were not substantial. James speaks to journalist and food writer, Jack Monroe about campaigning on poverty issues.

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Richard Osman

By LBC/Thu, 10 Dec 2020 07:00

James talks to Pointless co-host and gameshow producer, Richard Osman, who has released his first novel, The Thursday Murder Club.

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Tom Kerridge

By LBC/Thu, 03 Dec 2020 07:00

Chef extraordinaire, Tom Kerridge, has been working to save Britain's pubs. Incredibly, his quest was interrupted by Coronavirus - changing the project's nature but not its course. The pandemic has been catastrophic for our nation's locals; Kerridge'

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Grenfell: Where are we now?

By LBC/Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:30

While COVID reigns supreme on the news cycle, the Grenfell inquiry has taken a backseat. In this episode of Full Disclosure, James O'Brien sits down with Edward Daffern, a former resident of the tower. Daffarn had predicted the tragedy years before t

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Introducing Hunting Ghislaine with John Sweeney

By LBC/Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:15

Hi Full Disclosure fans LBC have a new podcast we think you’ll enjoy - Hosted by legendary reporter John Sweeney, Hunting Ghislaine is a 6 part series about Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a disgraced billionaire and the former partner of a supe

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Lionel Barber

By LBC/Thu, 12 Nov 2020 07:00

James speaks to the former editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber.

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Dawn French

By LBC/Thu, 05 Nov 2020 07:00

James O'Brien speaks to comedian and author Dawn French on the release of her new book, Because of You.

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Piers Morgan

By LBC/Thu, 29 Oct 2020 08:00

This week James speaks to Piers Morgan. Hear how Piers was flown to Florida at the age of 28 to meet with Rupert Murdoch and had no idea why...

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James O'Brien!

By LBC/Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:30

A bit of a departure this week as James is interviewed by journalist Marie Le Conte about the release of his new book. Did you know James had a new book out?

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Joe Wicks

By LBC/Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:00

"The nation's PE teacher" Joe Wicks joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure, discussing everything from his difficult upbringing to becoming a household name during the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to his livestreamed "PE with Joe"

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Introducing ‘What Next?' with Lionel Barber

By LBC/Thu, 15 Oct 2020 10:58

Hi Full Disclosure fans LBC have a new podcast we think you’ll enjoy - Hosted by Lionel Barber, the former Editor of the Financial Times, What Next? focuses on life after COVID-19 and sees the multi-award-winning journalist and author discover how t

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Ruby Wax

By LBC/Thu, 08 Oct 2020 06:00

Comedy legend Ruby Wax sits down with James O'Brien to talk mental health 'Frazzled cafes' and passing the comedic torch to her children.

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Monty Don

By LBC/Thu, 01 Oct 2020 06:00

Gardening legend Monty Don joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10 and struck by stroke mid-way into his fruitful career, his life hasn't been all roses. Through tragedy, he's triumphed an

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Margaret Atwood

By LBC/Thu, 24 Sep 2020 07:00

James speaks to the author Margaret Atwood

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David Baddiel

By LBC/Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:00

James speaks to the comedian David Baddiel

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Martin Lewis

By LBC/Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:00

This week James speaks to the founder of moneysavingexpert, Martin Lewis.

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Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

By LBC/Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:00

This week James speaks to Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

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Ralf Little

By LBC/Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:31

James speaks to actor Ralf Little.

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Jess Phillips

By LBC/Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:00

James speaks to Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley

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Janey Godley

By LBC/Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:00

James O'Brien is joined this week by comedian Janey Godley

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Caitlin Moran

By LBC/Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:00

James O'Brien is joined this week by journalist, author, and broadcaster Caitlin Moran

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Hassan Akkad

By LBC/Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:00

James O'Brien is joined this week by Syrian refugee and BAFTA-winning filmmaker Hassan Akkad

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Kathy Burke

By LBC/Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:00

James O'Brien is joined this week by the actress, writer, comedian, director and producer, Kathy Burke

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Lili Pohlmann

By LBC/Fri, 22 May 2020 13:00

James O'Brien speaks to Lili Pohlmann, a survivor of the Holocaust

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Dom Joly

By LBC/Fri, 15 May 2020 13:00

Dom Joly joins James O'Brien on his award winning podcast

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Matty Healy

By LBC/Fri, 08 May 2020 09:00

James O'Brien's award-winning podcast returns this week with superstar Matty Healy from the 1975

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Full Disclosure: The Coronavirus Special

By LBC/Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:00

This week, we're doing this a little differently. Full Disclosure turns the spotlight onto the heroes stabilising our National Health Service. Listen to best calls made this week to James O'Brien's daily show - cherry picked and guaranteed to make yo

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Message from James O'Brien

By LBC/Mon, 16 Mar 2020 02:00

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Daniel Radcliffe

By LBC/Mon, 09 Mar 2020 02:00

Your childhood hero, David Radcliffe, joins James O'Brien for this week's Full Disclosure

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George The Poet

By LBC/Mon, 02 Mar 2020 02:00

London-born spoken word performer, George Mpanga, has taken the literary world by storm. Listen to this week's episode to find out how.

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Sharon Horgan

By LBC/Mon, 24 Feb 2020 02:00

The formidable Sharon Horgan is a staple of British television. Now, as she prepares to make the leap to the silver screen, she calls in for a chat with O’Brien. From her humble beginnings on a Turkey Farm, through the perils of Catholic school to he

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John Bercow

By LBC/Mon, 17 Feb 2020 02:00

ORDER.. ORDERRRR - The Former Speaker of the House of Commons is here with James O'Brien to prattle all things Parliament.

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Ed Miliband

By LBC/Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:00

Ex Labour leader Ed Miliband joins James O'Brien for this Episode of Full Disclosure

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Hashi Mohammed

By LBC/Mon, 03 Feb 2020 02:00

In 1993, Hashi came to Britain as a child refugee. Listening to him now, a natural orator, it's hard to conceive he arrived speaking no English. Now a top Barrister, he's here to talk about social mobility, and how in these turbulent political times,

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Matthew Parris

By LBC/Mon, 27 Jan 2020 02:00

Having worked as an MP under Margaret Thatcher, Matthew Parris shook the political hemisphere when he announced he was voting Liberal Democrat in the recent general election. A man of principle, his disdain of Brexit has never been a secret, and he w

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Tom Watson

By LBC/Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:00

As deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson championed gambling addiction. But late last year, he hung his hat over the party’s Brexit stance and inability to handle anti-semitism. This week, in his first in-depth discussion since standing down,

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Full Disclosure Christmas Break Until Jan 2020

By LBC/Mon, 23 Dec 2019 02:00

Full Disclosure is taking a short break over the Christmas period. Back soon with loads more episodes starting Jan 2020! Ankd remember that you can listen to all this years episodes on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and

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John Sweeney

By LBC/Mon, 16 Dec 2019 02:00

TV legend, John Sweeney, divulges his life story in the world of broadcast. Still in recovery from his infamous Scientology expedition, Sweeney talks about the perils of Journalism: from being chased through Russia by Putin, to grizzly sights at the

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Lord Michael Heseltine

By LBC/Mon, 09 Dec 2019 02:00

Former Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, Lord Michael Heseltine, gives a searing account of his life and times in Politics. 'Ashamed' to be part of the generation that orchestrated Brexit, his is a stark warning against the current Tory party,

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Lesley Manville

By LBC/Mon, 02 Dec 2019 02:00

Oscar-nominated actress, Lesley Manville, joins James O'Brien this week for an in-depth look at a career in acting. Since leaving school at 15, Manville has been a regular haunt of the West End - only recently breaking Hollywood. Despite her stardom,

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David Mitchell

By LBC/Mon, 25 Nov 2019 02:00

Staple of British Television, David Mitchell, joins James O'Brien for a rarely heard, in-depth discussion of his life and rise to fame. Produced by Ava Evans & Chris Janes

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Nazir Afzal

By LBC/Mon, 18 Nov 2019 02:00

One of Nazir Afzal's first jobs as chief crown prosecutor was on the Rochdale sex trafficking gang, overturning all previous decisions and initiating prosecutions. He brought the case to the public eye, and expose a deep-rooted evil operating previou

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Ross Noble

By LBC/Mon, 11 Nov 2019 02:00

Longtime-listener Ross Noble has flown in from Australia to make his Full Disclosure debut. Now an expat, Ross catches James' daily show from down under - and has a few pointers for him. Esteemed comedian, motorbike-mad, and politically charged Noble

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Gulwali Passarlay

By LBC/Mon, 04 Nov 2019 02:00

Gulwali Passarlay came to the UK from Afghanistan in the back of a refrigerated lorry. In a fascinating episode of Full Disclosure, the TedX speaker told James O'Brien about his journey as a refugee to Britain.

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Lemn Sissay

By LBC/Mon, 28 Oct 2019 02:00

Best-selling author Lemn Sissay speaks to James O'Brien about growing up facing racism, the moment his foster family "gave him back" and being the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics.

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Lenny Henry

By LBC/Mon, 21 Oct 2019 01:00

Living legend Lenny Henry sits down with James O'Brien for an in-depth look at his life and times on the small screen.

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Romesh Ranganathan

By LBC/Mon, 14 Oct 2019 01:00

Growing up in Crawley, Romesh Ranganathan was given the name Jonathan by his parents - to help him 'fit in'. Now at 41, with a chart-topping podcast, a hit television series, and now a book, his aim is far from fitting in. During this in-depth conver

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Michael Morpurgo

By LBC/Mon, 07 Oct 2019 01:00

Hear the life story and experiences of Author Sir Michael Morpurgo, writer of some of the most influential children's novels including War Horse, Beowolf and Running Wild. Join LBC's James O'Brien to explore Sir Michael's childhood years, his years a

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Bonus Episode - International Podcast Day

By LBC/Mon, 30 Sep 2019 08:00

Monday 30th September is International Podcast Day, and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts! To celebrate, James is sharing some of his favourite podcasts and why you should be listening too! Have a listen, subscribe to some new

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Russell Howard

By LBC/Mon, 30 Sep 2019 01:00

One of the UK's best loved comedians Russell Howard joins James this week. They discuss Russell's rise to fame. From Stand-Up at the age of 18, to the encouragement of his parents for him to pursue comedy full time, and how Mock the Week became the

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Malcolm Gladwell

By LBC/Mon, 23 Sep 2019 01:00

Join James O'Brien for an exclusive in-depth interview with Malcolm Gladwell

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Ben Elton

By LBC/Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:00

He's one of the most influential writers that has shaped the last 30 years of British Comedy. This week, James sits down with writer, comedian, author, playwright and director, Ben Elton. Together they discuss how he began writing from the age of 12

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Michael Palin

By LBC/Mon, 09 Sep 2019 04:00

Comedy legend, Sir Michael Palin joins James to discuss his life and incredible career. They talk about the origins or Monty Python and how he became apart of one of the most revolutionary sketch shows and comedy groups of all time, as well as his la

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Timothy Spall

By LBC/Mon, 02 Sep 2019 04:00

Actor Timothy Spall joins James O'Brien this week to discuss his career journey, how he got to where he is today and how he discovered the thrill of performing from an early age. They also discuss his new film, Mrs Lowry and Son, where he gives an ou

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Danny Baker

By LBC/Mon, 05 Aug 2019 04:00

In his first long form interview since leaving the BBC, broadcaster Danny Baker is in conversation with James. They discuss the breadth of his 40 year career from leaving school at the age of 14 to establishing a long standing career in radio and TV.

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Adam Kay

By LBC/Mon, 29 Jul 2019 04:00

Former doctor, turned writer and comedian Adam Kay joins James O'Brien this week. Together they discuss his best selling book, 'This is Going to Hurt' which reflects on his experiences as a junior doctor and why he eventually left the profession, and

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Rory Stewart

By LBC/Mon, 22 Jul 2019 04:00

From being in the running for party leader, to being asked to leave the party in the space of a mere six weeks, Tory Leadership Contender and Politician joins James O'Brien in his first long form interview since leaving the Conservative party. Togeth

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Chris Moyles

By LBC/Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00

Chris Moyles: always the interviewer, never the interviewee, sits down with James O'Brien for a tantalizing look through the keyhole at the life of one of Britain's most infamous broadcasters. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting

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Paloma Faith

By LBC/Mon, 08 Jul 2019 04:00

Paloma Faith is known for her voice: but did you know she found it in campaigning? From Maggie Thatcher's poll tax, to encroaching climate change Paloma has striven and struggled against it all. Join Faith and O'Brien for this in-depth look at one of

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Katherine Ryan

By LBC/Mon, 01 Jul 2019 04:00

James O'Brien meets the infamous Canadian-Irish comedian writer presenter and actress Katherine Ryan. They discuss her formative years, her unwaivering self-esteem and her journey from Hooters-girl to revered comedy writer and TV personality. Find ou

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Interview with James O'Brien on his book 'How To Be Right In A World Gone Wrong'

By LBC/Mon, 24 Jun 2019 03:00

This week, we're doing it a little differently: with thanks to Penguin Random House, James is handing his microphone over to Danny Wallace. Live from The Shaw Theatre in London, the two discuss the secrets of James' bestselling book 'How To Be Right

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Frank Skinner

By LBC/Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:00

Frank Skinner is a household name - the comedian, also known for his writing, acting and presenting is in conversation with James O'Brien this week. Together they discuss his career from the very beginning - from being expelled from school, his early

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Bill Nighy

By LBC/Mon, 10 Jun 2019 04:00

Best known for his role in Love, Actually, actor Bill Nighy is in conversation with James O'Brien this week. Together they discuss life growing up, how he came to fame and dealt with the pressures of it in his mid 40s and his most memorable moments

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Billy Bragg

By LBC/Mon, 20 May 2019 05:00

Living Legend Billy Bragg joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. The Barking born, rock & roll raised, English icon takes us on a tour of a lifetime of activism: from the mining strike, the rise (& calamitous fall) of the BNP,

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Ian Hislop

By LBC/Mon, 13 May 2019 08:11

Have I Got News For You legend, Ian Hislop, sits down with James O'Brien for this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Discover the man behind the machine that is Private Eye: ascending to Editor at the tender age of 26, Hislop boasts over 30 years exp

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Steve Coogan

By LBC/Mon, 06 May 2019 00:00

Radio royalty Steve Coogan joins James O'Brien for this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Join the two on Coogan's couch in Lewes, as James lifts the veil on Partridge. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most f

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Prue Leith

By LBC/Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:00

Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. In the fascinating interview, she discusses growing up in apartheid era South Africa, learning how to cook in France and whether she doubted whethe

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Kenneth Clarke

By LBC/Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:00

Father of the House, Ken Clarke, joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Walking James through his near-50 years as a Member of Parliament, from the rise of Margaret Thatcher to the fall of parliamentary decorum during Brexit p

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Brian Wood

By LBC/Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:00

This week James O'Brien is joined by Brian Wood, a former Colour Sergeant who was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq. However, five years l

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Sanjeev Bhaskar

By LBC/Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00

This week, James O'Brien is joined by comedian, actor and writer, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who is best known for his roles in Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars and Porters. He discusses growing up in UK in an Asian family in London and navigating self identif

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Deborah Meaden

By LBC/Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:01

Dragon's Den star and entrepenuer Deborah Meaden joins James O'Brien this week for an inclusive and in-depth interview. Deborah discusses her journey from starting her own businesses at the age of 19, to becoming a business investor and one of the mo

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Simon Amstell

By LBC/Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:01

James O'Brien meets Simon Amstell as he reveals the inspiration behind his film Benjamin, his struggles with social confidence and how his life experiences have spilt into his career. Join James O’Brien as he sits down with Simon Amstell in an in-dep

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Ricky Gervais

By LBC/Mon, 11 Mar 2019 01:00

In the wake of the release of his new show, Ricky Gervais talks about his thoughts and inspirations behind Afterlife. Ricky reveals how his real life experiences play a part in his writing, and how he negotiates hostile reactions to his risqué comedy

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Tony Blair

By LBC/Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:01

With Brexit drawing nearer, Tony Blair discusses his stance on Britain leaving the EU, the newly formed Independent Group, as well as his disappointment of the Anti-Semitism claims within the Labour party, and his point of view on the recent 'White S

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Trailer - Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

By LBC/Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:47

Full Disclosure with James O'Brien - a series of in-depth, revealing, long-form interviews with stars of screen, stage, sport, comedy, politics, music and much more.

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