Intrigue: To Catch A Scorpion

5.0/5

Critic Rating

'Jaw dropping', 'gripping', 'bingeable,' 'thrilling' - dramatic true stories and investigations that reveal how the world really works.Worse Than Murder - A tragic case of mistaken identity that shook Britain and launched a tabloid war.One winter’s night in 1969, kidnappers targeting Rupert Murdoch’s wife abducted Muriel McKay by mistake. She was never seen again. Jane MacSorley investigates this shocking crime which baffled police and, more than 50 years on, remains unresolved.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Jun 4, 2024

"Mitchell is an engaging audio presence and an exceptional interviewer...Lawrie is charismatic and well-connected, but perhaps a little overeager...And phew, this is a fantastic series.This series really is an eye-opener."

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Score: 5

Catherine Carr • Podcast Rex May 17, 2024

"...tense, exciting and so informative...Mitchell’s vast experience as a reporter is evident in every second of this brilliantly told story. Layers of sound, from the clanking of ferry doors to the bleep of a sat nav, to the rattle of a chain link fence at a lorry park are all captured. What the show has achieved is just so impressive on every level: construction, ambition, style and results."

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Score: 5

James Marriot • The Times UK May 16, 2024

"Lawrie and Mitchell put in a lot of work: interviewing refugees, visiting migrant camps, tracking smugglers. No subject attracts more ill-informed bloviating than migration. Many attempts to explain it end up boring or depressing or repellently partisan. This fascinating account of how the whole thing works is valuable indeed."

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Score: 5

Rachel Cunliffe • New Statesman May 8, 2024

"Staggering too is the disregard for human life."

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Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times May 5, 2024

"Mitchell and Lawrie make a terrific team: as well as bringing clear knowledge and a storytelling flair, their contacts — are quite remarkable. I look forward to seeing whether Mitchell and Lawrie catch up with Scorpion, though if they don’t, it won’t be a wasted effort. That they have captured the intrigue, desperation and unfathomable danger of the people smuggling business is enough."

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