Untold: The Retreat

4.8/5

Critic Rating

In December 2022, offices at the European parliament were raided and lawmakers and their relatives were arrested. They were accused of being part of a corruption ring that was taking bribes from Qatar. Never before had there been anything like this at the parliament. But within four months, all the suspects were released, and the case is still pending. Why were members of parliament accused of taking bribes from Qatar? Is the European parliament rotten? Valentina Pop and a team of FT correspondents set out to investigate. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Rachel Cunliffe • New Statesman Mar 20, 2024

"I went into this expecting a tale of corruption, abuse and financial exploitation. In some ways, it sounds a lot like a cult. But no one is making any money and there is no cult leader (Satya Narayan Goenka, who popularised the technique, died in 2013). Instead, this story “is about a growing number of untrained people playing at the margins of some dangerous forces, all under the seemingly innocuous guise of self-improvement”. Which, in its own way, is even more terrifying."

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Score: 4

James Marriot • The Times UK Jan 31, 2024

"The series is presented by the quite wonderfully named Madison Marriage, whose haunting RP tones are well fitted to these unhappy tales of upper-middle-class seekers gone awry. This one is new and unexpected. Marriage’s programme is dense with information, dense with emotion and dense with stories. I was gripped."

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Score: 5

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter Jan 29, 2024

"The trailer is really good—it starts with this haunting gong and eerie sense of place, putting you inside what it’s like to be on day three of this retreat."

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Score: 5

Devin • Podstack Jan 4, 2024

"It’s unsettling and intriguing, with strong narrative production pulling you in. Then you learn that it also happened to this person’s twin sister. The plot thickens, bring on episode two. "

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