Hoaxed

5.0/5

Critic Rating

Introducing... Hoaxed, the new series from Alexi Mostrous and Tortoise, who brought you Sweet Bobby.In 2014, two children told police a shocking story: that they were being abused by a Satanic cult; a cult headed by their father and by parents and teachers at their school in the wealthy London suburb of Hampstead. The story was a lie. But on the internet, that didn't matter. Hoaxed is an investigation into one of Britain's most serious-ever conspiracy theories. A story about a modern-day Satanic panic; about the victims whose lives were destroyed and about the conspiracists who spread the lie around the...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Sep 25, 2022

"Hoaxed involves duplicity and subterfuge on a far grander scale. Narratively, Mostrous picks a careful path, giving enough lurid detail...If it is a confidence trick, it’s a classy one straight from the Jon Ronson playbook. So far this is a gripping, deftly told tale of how misinformation can spread like contagion."

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Score: 5

Alexi Duggins • The Guardian Sep 22, 2022

"...troubling look at conspiracy theories...It’s intelligent, compelling and measured, following two Hampstead children’s fictional claims that they were victims of a satanic paedophile cult."

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Score: 5

Stefano Montali • The Guardian Sep 22, 2022

"Draper was compelling in their multiple interviews. However, Mostrous increasingly noticed Draper using the language of the conspiracy theorist. The dichotomy – between charming mother and sinister plotter – was intriguing. As Mostrous follows the story, he ends up delving deep into the intricacies of conspiracy theory propagation."

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Score: 5

Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ Sep 18, 2022

"With Tortoise Media’s Head of Investigations, Alexis Mostrous, at the helm again, Hoaxed so far has the same investigative rigour and attention-to-detail as last year’s Sweet Bobby series. Mostrous particularly deserves credit for his in-depth interviews with some of the key figures who perpetuated the hoax, as he tries to understand their point-of-view (while still not letting them off the hook)."

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