Fake Psychic

Publisher:
BBC

Fake Psychic

3.3/5

Critic Rating

If you wanted to speak to the dead in 1960’s America, there was one man who was ready to help. A showman with big ambitions. A man who before your very eyes could bring back the dead. Vicky Baker investigates the story of Lamar Keene, a renowned psychic who confessed to being part of an underground network that he called the "psychic mafia". From the team who brought you Fake Heiress, this is a story about the art of the con, belief, retribution, and possibly atonement.


Critic Reviews

Score: 2

James Marriot • The Times UK Feb 11, 2022

"The concept is good. The execution of the concept, though . . . yaargh! The dialogue is an unhappy combination of awkwardly shoehorned exposition and vague, usually futile, gestures towards period detail. I love the BBC, but this stuff makes me want to go full Nadine Dorries and storm Broadcasting House with a pitchfork and flaming torch to chase whoever is responsible into the Thames."

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Score: 4.5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Feb 5, 2022

"...lands with the weight of its maker’s previous success...this new series is funny, both ha ha and peculiar. As it’s a BBC podcast, there are drama inserts (I wonder when this awful trend will stop?), but these are saved by the fabulously outre performance of Edward Hogg as Lamar. The problem with Fake Psychic is that it’s quite interesting but not madly."

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