When It Hits the Fan

Publisher:
BBC

When It Hits the Fan

3.5/5

Critic Rating

Inside the world of crisis managers and spin doctors as David Yelland and Simon Lewis watch the week's biggest PR disasters unfold. In each episode our hosts go behind the scenes of the latest news stories and find out how, where and when it all began to hit the fan. When It Hits The Fan is hosted by two of the most influential and experienced people in the game; David Yelland is the former editor of the Sun and alongside him is Simon Lewis, former trouble-shooter for the Queen and Gordon Brown, as well as for major corporations like the...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Jenny McCartney • The Spectator Sep 16, 2023

"...unfurls on less salubrious turf: the mucky ground of schadenfreude. This podcast falls under the familiar but not unenjoyable genre of ‘two blokes chewing the fat’ and in the establishing episode...while revealing their easy intimacy with the harsh terrain of reputational disaster zones. Still, the chat also has a pleasingly knowing whiff of pub yarns after last edition, so I might hang in there: I reckon by the third pint they’ll really start warming up."

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Score: 3

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Sep 16, 2023

"I have a soft spot for Yelland, a sober alcoholic and fundamentally kind man who’s fessed up to acting badly during his Sun days. But, oh dear, this too is dry stuff. These podcasts only work if there’s some life in them: some jokes, or warmth, or intimacy, a little sparkle in the relationship that means you want to spend time with these people. The production here doesn’t let us get anywhere near these two, so their insights don’t land. And the insights weren’t all that...More pep needed."

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