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Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

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Award-winning LBC presenter and best-selling author James O’Brien hosts a series of compelling conversations with fascinating people. These are revealing interviews with people who rarely give in-depth interviews, be it from politics, entertainment or news. Subscribe to get a new episode every Friday.


Naomi Klein

Over the past twenty-five years, Naomi Klein has charted and documented our politics and culture with a series of bestselling-books from No Logo to The Shock Doctrine. She’s known as one of the most influential left-wing voices of our time. But she wasn’t always this politically active. As a teenager, she resented being dragged along to demonstrations by her activist parents and rebelled by being normal. It all changed when she went to university. There, she began to challenge the status quo through her writing. Her latest book, Doppelganger, is her most personal one yet. In it, she explores the world of conspiracy theories, drawing from her own experiences with mistaken identity.
28/09/23·57m 23s

Gabby Logan

Broadcasting legend, podcaster and former gymnast for Wales and Great Britain, Gabby Logan is a force to be reckoned with. She started her broadcasting career as a student at Metro Radio in Newcastle. She's gone on to become one of Britain's best loved sports presenters, hosting high-profile events including the Olympics, Premiership football and the most recently, the FIFA Women's World Cup. Gabby's podcast, The Mid Point is available to listen to now on Global Player.
21/09/23·59m 56s

Clive Myrie

He's one of the most recognisable faces on British television, covering some of the biggest stories of our time. BBC News presenter and Mastermind host, Clive Myrie grew up in Bolton - the son of Windrush generation parents - with dreams of becoming a journalist. He studied law at university but ended up accepting a position on the BBC's journalism trainee scheme. He's gone on report from more than 90 different countries including war zones in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently, Ukraine. Clive's memoir, Everything is Everything reflects on how being black has affected his perspectives of issues he's encountered in his thirty years reporting the news.
14/09/23·57m 43s

Sebastian Faulks

Novelist Sebastian Faulks has the rare quality of being both literary and popular. He’s best known for his historical novels set in France, and in particular, Birdsong, adapted for the screen and starring Eddie Redmayne. Now for the first time Faulks has ventured into the future - but not very far - setting his latest novel from 2030, beginning with an experiment at an IVF clinic which challenges ethical boundaries. His 16th novel, ​​The Seventh Son is out now.
07/09/23·54m 6s

Mark Gatiss

Few of us realise the dreams we have as 8-year-olds, but actor, screenwriter and director Mark Gatiss, obsessed with horror, Dr Who and Sherlock Holmes as a child, has managed to incorporate his early passions into his professional life. Now a grown-up with an astonishing catalogue of work, Gatiss no longer pursues the macabre with adolescent fervour, but a darkness continues to run through even the most camp and comedic additions to his oeuvre. From December 2023 he'll be starring in The Motive and the Cue at the Noel Coward Theatre whilst directing The Unfriend at Wyndham’s Theatre next door. Tickets available now.
31/08/23·1h 1m

Dawn Butler

Dawn Butler was the first black woman to speak at the despatch box in the House of Commons. But as a young person it had not once occurred to her to go into politics. In this episode, Dawn explains how an injustice she experienced at primary school triggered a series of events, encouraging her to confront wrongs where she sees them, even within her own ranks. Her book, A Purposeful Life is out now.
24/08/23·1h 3m

Polly Toynbee

When Polly Toynbee arrived at The Observer in the late 1960s, she quickly concluded that she'd make a poor news reporter. Hailing from a long line of well-heeled and highly educated liberals and social reformers, Polly surmised that she didn't know enough about the country she'd grown up in. Since then, Polly has worked in factories, hospitals and care homes, shedding light on the nature of work and class. Now regarded as one of the country’s best journalists, her latest book, An Uneasy Inheritance: My Family and Other Radicals tracks her genealogy and takes a deep dive into what it means to be privileged in Britain.
17/08/23·1h 2m

Dale Vince

Environmentalist Dale Vince was appalled to learn, as a child, that many adults don't enjoy going to work. Rejecting convention, he decided to hit the road, becoming a New Age traveller - living off the land in alternative communities around England. It's not the obvious starting point for somebody who'd go on to build a company worth £100m.
10/08/23·1h 3m

Best of Full Disclosure

After a brief summer hiatus, James brings you some of the most extraordinary moments you might not have heard from Full Disclosure. We'll be back next week with a brand new episode featuring a fascinating guest James has always wanted to speak to.
04/08/23·1h 6m

Shaparak Khorsandi

Comedian and author Shaparak Khorsandi speaks to James about being diagnosed with ADHD in her forties, her Iranian background and ambitions to become a psychotherapist. Her book, Scatter Brain, is out now.
13/07/23·1h 2m

Alan Titchmarsh

He's one of the nation's favourite broadcasters, but when Alan Titchmarsh was a young lad, his parents worried about him. Disliking secondary school and leaving with one O-Level in art, Titchmarsh, to his father's dismay, journeyed closer towards his first love: gardening. He speaks to James about his lengthy career in television, radio and print and describes the surreality of being recognised everywhere after starring in the hit garden makeover series, Ground Force.

Rob Rinder

Broadcaster, criminal barrister, columnist and now novelist, Rob Rinder is too curious a person to stay in one place for long. He speaks to James about how he fell out of love with the law as well his first novel, The Trial, which draws upon his real life experience of the British legal system and the cases he's worked on.
29/06/23·1h 11m

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce was on the verge of quitting acting after he graduated from Juilliard - but decided to "give it a year". Four decades on, he's one of the most celebrated character actors working today. Wendell speaks to James about his childhood in New Orleans, his big break in The Wire and the new series of his hit thriller series, Jack Ryan.Please be advised that this episode contains a highly offensive term.  

Dexter Fletcher

After 50 years in TV, film and theatre, James O'Brien sits down with one of his heroes, actor turned big-time director, Dexter Fletcher to discuss the lows and soaring highs of his life and career.
15/06/23·1h 6m

Joan Bakewell

She was made a peer in 2011, but Dame Joan Bakewell regards herself first and foremost as a journalist and writer. From a very young age, Joan developed a passion for reading, leading to a discovery of 'an internal life'. She speaks to James about her disciplinarian mother, the enormous freedom she had making television in the 1970s and her philosophy.

Mark Steel

A master at throwing interviewers off his own scent, comedian Mark Steel got so bored of being asked the same questions that he started making things up. Swerving his traps, James speaks to Mark about his totally real but fantastical sounding family background and new tour.
01/06/23·1h 2m

Alastair Campbell

Self-confessed workaholic Alastair Campbell can't help but feel that he's not doing enough. He's written 18 books, is editor at large of The New European newspaper and his podcast, The Rest is Politics, co-hosted with Rory Stewart, is usually ranked top of the UK charts. But Alastair promised his mum that he'd never go back to the political front line. Alastair's latest tome, But What Can I Do?, seeks to empower its readers to make their own difference.
25/05/23·1h 6m

Evie Meg

Evie Meg, AKA thistrippyhippie has over 16 million followers on TikTok, making her one of the most prominent online disability advocates. Conversely, one of Evie's conditions, PANDAS, is little-known and often misunderstood. For Mental Health Awareness Week, Evie speaks to James about how her life is impacted by PANDAS and Tourette's syndrome, shedding light on how the boundaries between physical and psychological health are often blurred.
18/05/23·56m 14s

Introducing: Unprecedented

Brexit, Covid, Partygate, lockdowns, leaks, the war in Ukraine, a cost-of-living crisis and the scandals that plagued our politics. Guto Harri was in the room when the big decisions were made. In this podcast, expect unprecedented access behind the shiny black door of Number 10 Downing Street, during one of the most chaotic periods in British political history.  Guto was Boris Johnson’s Communications Chief. When he first walked over the Number 10 threshold, things weren’t normal. A set of circumstances, scandals and chaos that will never be repeated. It was unprecedented. Episode one out now on Global Player.
15/05/23·3m 46s

Jack Whitehall

His first stand-up gig was at the tender age of 16. It was not critically well received. But Jack Whitehall quickly became a firm favourite on our screens, dominating the television comedy circuit and starring in shows such as Fresh Meat and Bad Education. But his early success also had its problems. Jack speaks to James about how challenging it was finding his voice as well as his new UK tour, Settle Down.
11/05/23·1h 1m

Stephen Flynn

At 34 years old he's the SNP's youngest ever leader in Westminster, moving at breakneck speed from supermarket checkout boy to Rishi Sunak's political adversary at PMQs. With Nicola Sturgeon's shock resignation and continuing investigation into the party's finances, he picks up the mantle during a turbulent time for the independence movement. But Flynn seems cool and collected about the task ahead. He speaks to James about his background and explains how having a disability inadvertently led him to the Commons.
04/05/23·1h 1m

Liam Thomas

For more than a decade, Liam Thomas worked as an undercover detective in the Metropolitan Police’s Covert Surveillance Unit, mixing with dangerous criminals and eventually investigating corrupt officers within his own force. A self-styled keeper of secrets, Liam believes he and his profession are recruited in childhood. His book, The Buyer is a gripping, self-reflective memoir and dramatic account of what it means to be on the inside and the outside at the same time.
27/04/23·1h 2m

Jason Arday

On paper, a professorship at Cambridge is not an obvious outcome for a person who cannot read or write by the age of 18. It is also not what we might expect for an eleven-year-old boy who cannot speak. But after listening to Jason Arday's account of his early life, academic excellence sounds more like destiny. Now a sociologist at one of the world's most prestigious universities, Jason speaks to James about perseverance, love and the importance of the collective.
20/04/23·1h 7m

Eddie Izzard

Her career contains stand-up, marathon-running, acting and campaigning; all of which tend to reappear in no obvious or particular order. Now Eddie is trying her hand at doing everything all at once: playing all 19 characters in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations on stage. She speaks to James about the multitudes in her life. Tickets for the London show are available now.
13/04/23·1h 4m

Hugh Laurie

Brought up in a household where showing off was effectively banned, an acting career was perhaps the antithesis of what Hugh Laurie's parents expected of him. He did, for a short period follow in the footsteps of his Olympic rowing gold medallist father - but it was not to be. His new production of Agatha Christie's 'Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?' broadcasts on ITV1 across Easter and streams on ITVX thereafter.
05/04/23·1h 4m

Lucy Easthope

Emergency Planner and Disaster Expert Lucy Easthope has advised on everything from plane crashes and tsunamis to pandemics and terror attacks. Lucy speaks to James about the Government’s decision-making during the coronavirus pandemic and what life was like for disaster planners under austerity. Her new book, When The Dust Settles, lifts the lid on a career spent picking up the pieces. 
30/03/23·1h 4m

Mehdi Hasan

As with The Beatles, Adele and James Corden, Mehdi Hasan is one of the rare British talents to crack America. But he's profoundly depressed by the state of his adopted nation. The journalist speaks to James about the impact President Trump had on his daily life as well as his book, Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading and Public Speaking
23/03/23·1h 2m

Fred Sirieix

He's the nation's most loved maitre d and the first face seen by singletons looking for love of Channel 4's First Dates. But behind the friendliness and warm exterior is a man serious about service and hospitality. Fred speaks to James about his how his parents' career in the French health service made him the man he is today as well as his latest series, Fred's Last Resort which sees him train British contestants in the art of high-end hotel service.
16/03/23·1h 4m

Carol Vorderman

She's best known for starring in Countdown, one of Britain's longest-running television game shows. But Carol Vorderman has managed to fit twice as much into her life as most of us. She speaks to James about her chaotic but loving upbringing, culture shock at Cambridge and new life as 'the country's most vociferous anti-corruption crusader'.
09/03/23·1h 19m

Phil Wang

Comedian Phil Wang has decided he's got to start being silly in response to a world which he thinks is getting serious. Born in Stoke on Trent to an English mother, Wang moved to Malaysia where his father is from one week after being born. He speaks to James about going to a Chinese school, his views on empire and his new extended tour, Wang In There, Baby!
02/03/23·1h 2m

Amanda Abbington

Actress Amanda Abbington, star of Sherlock and Netflix thriller Safe, speaks to James about her misdirected early attempts at dancing, the moment she realised she was an actor and the adrenaline rush of the stage. Her latest show The Unfriend is at London's West End Criterion Theatre until April 16.
23/02/23·1h 1m

Neil Kinnock

He is credited with reestablishing the Labour Party as a mainstream, centrist political force after a period of hard-left internal conflict. Sound familiar? The former leader of the Labour Party speaks to James about his Welsh upbringing, enduring marriage and political philosophy.
09/02/23·1h 5m

Terry Christian

Broadcaster Terry Christian grew up in a large Irish Catholic family in Manchester where not attending mass or university was out of the question. After dropping out of a chemistry course he didn't want to start, a young Terry caught the eye of a TV producer, kickstarting his presenting career. His big break came in the form of The Word, a youth-led and often anarchic TV show for Channel 4.
02/02/23·1h 11m

Sir Tony Robinson

Blackadder legend Tony Robinson talks to James about the state of British politics, the power of meditation and the return of Time Team.
26/01/23·1h 3m

Matthew Collins

Content warning: this episode contains descriptions of racial violence, racial slurs and suicidal feelings. By the time Matthew Collins was 15 years old, he was enthralled by the far-right and had joined the National Front. But after one particularly violent incident in South East London, Collins began passing on his secrets to the other side. Now an activist for the anti-fascist organisation, Hope Not Hate, he tells James his remarkable story.
19/01/23·1h 11m

George Takei

The internment of Japanese Americans across the U.S. during World War II is not an obvious subject on which to develop a musical, however it is exactly what George Takei, Star Trek legend and social media icon has done. Now in his mid-eighties, Takei brings a show inspired by events from his own childhood to London’s Charing Cross Theatre. Tickets for ‘George Takei’s Allegiance’ are available now until Saturday 8 April.
12/01/23·1h 5m

Tracy Brabin

Back in the day when she was best known as Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street, Tracy Brabin did not shy away from national politics, appearing in Labour campaigns and using her stardom to generate interest in the political project. But it was the tragedy and brutal murder of her friend Jo Cox in Tracy's hometown which catapulted her into the Commons. Now the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, she speaks to James about her life and the shocking events in the aftermath of Jo's death.
05/01/23·1h 5m

Alan Johnson

From union General Secretary, to Home Secretary to award-winning writer. By his own admission, Alan Johnson has lived a charmed life. He speaks to James about his tricky early years and political heroes. His book, One of Our Ministers is Missing is his latest spy thriller.
22/12/22·1h 1m

Lisa Nandy

A quick glance at Lisa Nandy's family tree shows that politics runs through her veins, but when she first arrived in the House of Commons it wasn't an easy transition. She speaks to James about her life growing up in Manchester, her political ambitions and a very embarrassing job interview. Her book, How We Build a Country That Works is out now.
15/12/22·1h 5m

Maria Ressa

Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa's pursuit of the truth has landed her in trouble with the most powerful man in her motherland: President Duterte of the Philippines. Ressa has racked up over 100 hours of potential prison time and multiple warrants for arrest. Her book, How to Stand Up to a Dictator is a story told from the frontline of the digital war, mapping networks of disinformation ranging from Duterte's drug wars to Britain's Brexit.
08/12/22·1h 5m

Dr Gabor Maté

Dr Gabor Maté is one of the world's most revered physicians, specialising in addiciton, trauma, ADHD, stress and childhood development. As a young person, strangers would stop him in the street to remark upon his frightened-looking demeanour. Dr Maté believes he inherited trauma from his mother, a Hungarian Jewish woman trying to escape the Nazis. His book, The Myth of Normal is his first book in 14 years and seeks to understand and respond to the epidemic of physical and mental illness throughout society.
01/12/22·59m 57s

Brian Cox

He’s most famous for his role in HBO’s Succession, playing Logan Roy, the ruthless, capitalist, pater familias at the top of media conglomerate, Waystar Royco. But the actor Brian Cox has lived on both ends of the wealth gap and his latest passion project, How the Other Half Live is a two-part television show exploring money itself. He speaks to James about his own upbringing and how it shaped him. How the Other Half Live was first broadcast on Channel 5 in November 2022 and is available to watch on the catch-up service, My5.
24/11/22·1h 7m

Derren Brown

Ever since he arrived on our screens in the early noughties, illusionist Derren Brown’s dramatic television stunts routinely generated controversy, with complaints originating from sources as diverse as the GMB union, church groups and on one occasion, the police. But they were never upheld. Derren speaks to James about the humanity at the heart of his craft and what led him to it. His latest stage performance, Showman runs from December 9 2022 – March 18 2023 and is his most personal show to date.
17/11/22·1h 2m

Martin Kemp

How does a shy little boy go on to perform to arenas brimming with thousands of screaming fans? Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame speaks to James about how his life was transformed by a local drama school teacher and how it led him to the dizzying heights of rockstar fame. Martin's book, Ticket to the World is a celebration of 80s culture from one man at the centre of it all.
10/11/22·1h 2m

Introducing: Sweeney Talks

Hey listener, we’ve got a new LBC podcast that we think you’d like called Sweeney Talks with old-school reporter, John Sweeney. John is trouble. He's taken on Vladimir Putin, challenged Donald Trump, and after months of uncovering hard truths in Ukraine, he’s back. John is never silent about what he’s experienced. Sweeney talks, and in this podcast, so do his guests. John speaks to people like him, who are not prepared to be part of the silent majority. They refused to toe the line, and have found themselves in trouble. Big trouble. Activists, agitators, heroes… or villains. You decide. Listen and subscribe to Sweeney Talks on Global Player. Go to Global Player for exclusive bonus episodes where John offers candid reflections on what he's discovered during each interview, what surprised him and what we can learn from it all. Download it from the App Store or go to
06/11/22·1m 47s

Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles has graced our television screens for over two decades. On this episode of Full Disclosure he discusses the pressures of being in the public eye, his Brummie background and his difficulties with alcohol. His latest book, The Good Drinker is out now.
03/11/22·1h 12m

Noel Fitzpatrick

Noel Fitzpatrick is the face of Channel 4's hugely popular factual series, The Supervet. As well as a being a vet Noel has worked as an actor, appearing in Heartbeat and The Bill in the early 2000s. He speaks to James about his life and love for animals. He also speaks bravely to James about his experience of being sexually abused as a child.
27/10/22·1h 4m

Sara Pascoe

Since she was 14 years old Sara Pascoe knew she wanted to be famous. Her passion for performing was realised after being sent to drama classes as punishment for a chaotic house party Sara hosted. The multi award-winning comedian's brand new and biggest live tour to date, Success Story runs from November 2022 - April 2023.
20/10/22·1h 4m

Amanda Owen aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess

At one of the highest and most remote locations in England sits Swaledale hill farm where Amanda Owen tends to her thousand sheep and nine children. Despite having no agricultural blood, she has become the most famous farmer in the country, starring in Channel 5’s highest rated factual series, Our Yorkshire Farm. She is now the author of five Sunday Times Bestselling books, that latest of which, Celebrating the Seasons is out now in paperback.
13/10/22·1h 2m

David Dimbleby

Moments of high drama in Britain's recent history are punctuated by the voice of one man. For nearly half a century, broadcaster David Dimbleby has led us through the shifting sands of general elections, referendums and royal deaths. He speaks to James about the magic of those moments as well as BBC impartiality and bedtime reading. His autobiography, Keep Talking: A Broadcasting Life is out now.

Andy Burnham

Dubbed 'King of the North' at the height of the pandemic, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham speaks to James about why he sees the country of his birth as containing 'two Englands'. After growing up in a catholic Labour family in Aintree, Burnham went on to study at Cambridge but did not fit in. He tells James why.
29/09/22·57m 42s

Ian McEwan

When he graduated with a master's degree from the University of East Anglia, Ian McEwan did his level best not to have a job. He is now recognised as one of the finest British writers of his generation. Born in Aldershot, McEwan spent his childhood crossing continents wherever his father, an army officer. was posted. His latest novel, Lessons is his most autobiographical yet.
22/09/22·1h 11m

Emily Maitlis

When Emily Maitlis started reporting from Hong Kong as a young journalist, by her own admission, she wasn't very good. Since then she has interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world and her 2019 interview with Prince Andrew dropped a bombshell which led to the Duke of York having to give up his royal duties. She now presents The News Agents, a Global Player Original podcast.
15/09/22·1h 5m

John Cleese

John Cleese is one of Britain's most celebrated cultural icons. The actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer is best known for Monty Python and for playing Basil in Fawlty Towers, co-written with his first wife, Connie Booth. With a career spanning over half a century, Cleese realised he could make people laugh before he'd reached his teenage years.
25/08/22·59m 56s

Michael Rosen

Some of us manage to embody a youthful playfulness throughout our lives and the writer, broadcaster and academic, Michael Rosen is probably one of the best examples. He is one of Britain's best-known and most-loved authors, continuing to write books and poems which capture the imagination of children and adults alike. His latest book, Goldilocks and the Three Crocodiles is out on 15th September.
18/08/22·1h 8m

Figen Murray

For 23 years Figen Murray worked as a counsellor helping people to get back on track so that they could lead happier, healthier lives. But on the 22nd of May 2017 her life as she new it changed forever. Figen's son, Martyn Hett was one of the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing. Remarkably Figen decided to forgive his killer. She now campaigns for better security in public places, has graduated with a Masters in counter-terrorism and speaks to thousands of children about radicalisation.
11/08/22·58m 16s

Professor Brian Cox

In what would turn out to be the first of many media interviews, Brian Cox hopped off the plane from Geneva and found himself on Jeremy Paxman’s sofa arguing the case for the Large Hadron Collider against the UK’s most senior scientist. It was the beginning of a broadcasting career which has led to him being described as the natural successor to David Attenborough. He speaks to James about what society, and in particular the politicians who run our nations can learn from physics. Tickets for his 2022 tour, Horizons – A 21st Century Space Odyssey are available now.
04/08/22·1h 2m

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch has been hitting the headlines from the picket throughout the summer and makes batting off stereotypical lines of questioning from the right-wing media commentariat look like a blood sport. One interviewer accused him of seeing himself as an evil criminal terrorist mastermind. But ultimately the RMT's General Secretary describes himself as a working class, good natured, second generation Irish immigrant leading an industrial dispute. James speaks to the man wielding the rhetorical scalpel about his political views and life before his rise to public prominence.
29/07/22·1h 1m

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam has worked with some of the best in the business and in some great films such as the 1990s film Romeo and Juliet. Many of you of course will know her as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films. Her autobiography, This Much is True is now out in paperback. I sat down for a lovely chat this week with Miriam about her life, career and being outspoken at times.
07/07/22·58m 6s

Chris Bryant

He’s best known for his forensic select committee cross examination of cabinet ministers but the Labour MP for Rhondda lived multiple lives before reaching parliament in 2001. Originally a member of the Conservative Association at Oxford, Chris Bryant went on to become a priest before quitting and becoming a Hackney Labour councillor. In this remarkable and warm episode of Full Disclosure he speaks to James about his sexuality, religious beliefs and the state of politics under Prime Minister Johnson.
30/06/22·1h 7m

Coming Soon : The Followers

Hey James O'Brien listeners, here’s a brand new podcast we think you’d like, called The Followers. Shelagh Fogarty began her LBC career as a guest presenter in 2014, and her balanced and calm presenting style soon earned her a permanent role. Heartbreakingly, it was this calm approach which led to the most harrowing ordeal of Shelagh's life, when a man stalked her for nearly 2 years. In 2017, Shelagh began to notice the same face appearing in crowds, on the tube, outside her work. She dismissed it at first, but then the appearances became more and more frequent and noticeable - he was there when she met friends, when she travelled across London, at her local train station, and even when he followed her home?The Followers is a 5-part LBC podcast series where Shelagh talks about the disturbing stages she went through during her stalking: dismissing it, fearing it, and feeling powerless as she was forced to live a limited life. The podcast also included conversations with experts and victims, looking at how societal views, misogyny and popular media tropes may be enabling stalkers to commit crimes without intervention? Shelagh wanted to tell her story and to speak with various experts to understand more about obsessive and controlling behaviour, to deal with what happened to her on a personal level and to help others identify the behaviour that can lead to stalking. All 5 episodes will be available from July 4th exclusively on Global Player. Download it now from the App store or go to If you think you or someone you know is being stalked, please call the police or the National stalking helpline on 0808 802 0300
28/06/22·6m 52s

Chris Patten

In 1997 Chris Patten walked away as the final British governor of Hong Kong in a symbol of Britain's continual imperial decline. Having taken the blame for Margaret Thatcher's hated poll tax, he was ousted as the Conservative MP for Bath in the 1992 general election and has been described by The Observer as 'the best Tory Prime Minister we never had'. His book, The Hong Kong Diaries has been published by Penguin to mark the 25th anniversary of the handover.
23/06/22·1h 6m

Wes Streeting

When he was elected as the MP for Ilford North in 2015, Wes Streeting achieved the biggest swing towards Labour from the Conservatives in the general election. Despite growing up in relative poverty and having family members in prison, Streeting attended Cambridge University and went on to become President of the National Union of Students. He credits his varied upbringing with being able to bring people over to his side and believes in engaging the world where he finds it rather than how he wishes it was. He is now the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
16/06/22·1h 6m

Simon Callow

Known best for playing Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Simon Callow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and director. Raised by a host of eccentric and strong-minded women, he eventually found his feet at the National Theatre at the Old Vic under the tenure of Sir Laurence Olivier - much to his mother's displeasure. Tickets for his latest show, the award-winning musical, Anything Goes, are available at (June 2022 - September 2022).
09/06/22·1h 5m

Robert Lindsay

He’s known mostly to his younger fans for playing Ben Harper in the decade-long running sitcom, My Family and to an older audience as the eponymous Marxist in Citizen Smith. In this episode of Full Disclosure James is joined by the BAFTA and Olivier award-winning actor Robert Lindsay who discusses moving from humble beginnings in the Derbyshire industrial town of Ilkeston to being accepted at the highly selective and prestigious drama school, RADA, where his dramatic career began.
26/05/22·1h 7m

The Secret Barrister

An unusual episode of Full Disclosure: one in which the identity of our guest is not revealed. No name, no gender, no details about where they grew up or went to school. The Secret Barrister is a criminal lawyer, best-selling author and Twitter stalwart. Their latest book, Nothing but the Truth attempts to establish why the public at large thinks what it does about justice and explores why a young Secret Barrister was so ready to believe the prevailing stereotypes about lefty lawyers and liberal judges.
19/05/22·53m 24s

Ed Byrne

Irish comedian Ed Byrne was born in County Dublin and attended a school run by the Christian Brothers Catholic order. It was so badly managed that he had to leave. After one year away, he was back again, finding the local alternative even worse. Whilst not admitting it at the time, Byrne felt that comedy was always his calling. Tickets for his latest show, If I’m Honest… are available at
12/05/22·1h 1m

Andy Hamilton

Hoards of men would troop past Andy Hamilton's window every Saturday on the street he grew up on in Fulham. Minutes away from Stamford Bridge, and despite being by his own admission a 'sickly child', he was eventually allowed to attend a Chelsea game at the age of 5. Best known as a comedian and game show panelist, Hamilton also co-wrote the much-loved and award-winning sitcom, Outnumbered. His novel, Longhand was published last year and tickets for his 2022 tour are available now.
04/05/22·57m 42s

James Wong

For as long as he can remember, James Wong has been obsessed with botany. He shares his small central London flat with 500 houseplants and has incorporated them into coffee tables and TV stands. Having trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, his media career began with the hit series Grow Your Own Drugs and he’s written 6 best-selling books. Follow James on Instagram and Twitter @Botanygeek
28/04/22·1h 3m

Eddie Marsan

Simple lies over complex truths have always troubled the actor, Eddie Marsan. Growing up in London’s East End, Marsan rejected the racists who blamed their problems on other people, questioning everyone but themselves. As a performer, Marsan frequently plays the type of toxic characters he encountered in his youth. He stars in The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, a true story about a man who fakes his own death to claim life insurance, and whose abuse makes us reassess our own behaviour. It’s available to watch now on ITV and ITV Hub.
21/04/22·1h 1m

Omid Djalili

In Central London in the 1970s, a household catering to sick Iranians housed Omid Djalili. Balancing school with his home life proved to be a challenge, and the effects of the noise and the chaos filtered into Djalil’s adulthood. In spite of it all, the actor and comedian made it onto the silver screen in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Tickets for his latest show, The Good Times Tour are available now.
07/04/22·1h 1m

Tom Walker aka Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie is a fictional broadcast reporter created and performed by comedian Tom Walker who is this week’s guest. Walker brought Pie to life in the aftermath of Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader and the character went viral, racking up millions of views almost overnight. His critically acclaimed sell out show, Jonathan Pie: FAKE NEWS is now available at
01/04/22·1h 7m

Mark Drakeford

In this episode of Full Disclosure, James speaks to Mark Drakeford. Born and brought up in West Wales he started off his career as probation officer and youth Justice worker. A professor at both Swansea and Cardiff Universities before moving into politics full time he rose from councillor to First Minister of his beloved Wales In this episode of Full Disclosure, James speaks to Mark about his background, the challenges he has faced as First Minister and his hopes for the people of Wales and beyond.
24/03/22·1h 4m

Curtis Stigers

When he was forced to move 800 miles away from the outskirts of Hollywood to Idaho as a boy, Curtis Stigers was furious. After school he gravitated back towards the centre of things - to New York City, where his career as a musician began in earnest. He’s worked with the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Prince, and Rod Stewart and achieved commercial success in the 1990s, most notably with the international hit, “I Wonder Why”. His latest album, This Life is out now and dates for his 2022 tour are at
17/03/22·1h 5m

Caroline Criado Perez

When she was a teenager, Caroline Criado Perez found feminism embarrassing. But then she read a book which changed her life. It documented how our language is used to make women invisible, and set her on a mission to make the specifics of the female experience as self-evident as men's. Her book, Invisible Women is a #1 Sunday Times best-seller and you can sign up for the Invisible Women newsletter at
10/03/22·57m 43s

John Simpson

He was nearly shot on one of his first jobs as a 25 year old, and throughout his illustrious career, John Simpson has continued to dice with death, reporting from thirty war zones and most recently during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. In the context of his early years it looks like fate; whilst Simpson was still in the womb, a V-1 bomb fell on his neighbour’s house but within a week of his life he had returned to the site. His latest novel, Our Friends in Beijing is the second in his Jon Swift series and is out now.
03/03/22·1h 5m

Keir Starmer

The Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer has had a meteoric rise from his humble beginnings in a small Surrey town. The Starmer household was a busy three-bed occupied by his parents’ four children and four dogs, and in 1985 he became the first to graduate in his family. In this episode of Full Disclosure, James speaks to Starmer live at the Leicester Square Theatre in support of Global’s Make Some Noise, LBC’s charity that supports small charities in local communities across the UK. To donate go to
24/02/22·1h 2m

Christiane Amanpour

Known across the world for fearlessly holding dictators to account, Christiane Amanpour, as a young staffer at CNN found herself kicked off the network after a disastrous first attempt at reporting. The knock-back did not stop her; Amampour went on to cover conflict hotspots in the Gulf and Balkans, later the humanitarian crises of Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Japanese tsunami. She is now the Chief International Anchor for CNN and will be honoured with the Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communications.
17/02/22·43m 24s

Beverley Knight

Born to Jamaican parents, Beverley Knight grew up in a dedicated Pentecostal household where church attendance and music performance were inextricably linked and singing was an act of devotion to God. By the time Knight was a young adult she regarded her passion as a serious professional prospect, and as she completed her philosophy degree her records played in the clubs of Cheltenham. She’s now starring in The Drifter’s Girl at the Garrick Theatre in London.
11/02/22·1h 3m

Adil Ray

As the younger son, Adil Ray was given more freedom to pursue his creative instincts than his older, more academic sibling. Before moving into the mainstream, Adil spent his student days in an elderly Jamaican woman’s loft hosting a pirate radio show. He now appears on millions of television sets across the country presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain, hosting the revival of game show Lingo, and is the creator and star of sitcom, Citizen Khan.
03/02/22·1h 2m

Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church was catapulted into the spotlight at the age of 11 after singing down the line on television show, This Morning. Within two years Church had performed at Rupert Murdoch’s wedding to Wendi Deng, opened for Shirley Bassey and played the Royal Albert Hall. As a teenager she had her phone hacked and was hounded by the tabloids - but these experiences also helped her find her political voice. Her new TV show, Charlotte’s Dream Build, sees her transform the former home of Laura Ashley into a wellness retreat in Wales and is available on Really and Discovery+
27/01/22·1h 5m

Feargal Sharkey

When ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones was released in 1978, legendary DJ John Peel took the unprecedented step of playing it back to back on Radio 1. The lead singer was 20 year old Feargal Sharkey and the band were formed out of a desire to prove that five young men growing up in the Derry conflict zone could successfully learn to play instruments, write their own songs and hit the big time. Taking action is a thread which runs throughout Sharkey’s life, and after a successful solo career and time as chief at UK Music, he now plays a pivotal role in the campaign against the pollution of Britain’s rivers and seas.
20/01/22·1h 2m

Stewart Lee

Despite being named by The Times as the best current English-language comedian in the world, Stewart Lee insists that nobody really knows who he is. His absence from the panel show circuit, resistance to social media and use of multiple on-stage personae may be contributory factors. In the first Full Disclosure of 2022, James tries his hand at getting to know the man behind the accolades. Tickets for his autumn show, Basic Lee are available now.

Johnny Vaughan

Realising there was nothing he could not do, Johnny Vaughan left school and did nothing. Before becoming the presenter of the Big Breakfast and the drivetime host on Radio X, Vaughan spent much of his life navigating a host of hostile institutions and forming unlikely friendships. In this week’s episode, James speaks to Johnny about his life before broadcasting. Johnny Vaughan presents on Radio X, 4pm - 7pm, Monday - Friday.
16/12/21·1h 2m

Sue Perkins

When Sue Perkins was asked by her manager to present a programme about competitive baking, she declined the offer on multiple occasions. After lots of persuading, Perkins finally agreed to work on the show that would go on to become the most-watched programme on British television. At its peak, The Great British Bake Off attracted an audience of 16 million people. This week she speaks to James about her career, her relationship with comedy partner, Mel Giedroyc and the impact the English class system had on her family life growing up. Sue Perkins is also the host of new podcast ‘At Your Leisure’ with the LEGO Group – available on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
09/12/21·1h 3m

Bill Bailey

The comedian, actor and musician, Bill Bailey describes his upbringing in the town of Keynsham in Somerset as idyllic. He credits his strong work ethic to his father who was a GP in the village and whose waiting room was situated in the front of their family home, where, occasionally he’d bump into ailing strangers as they attempted to navigate the various doors. Bailey believes his work ethic is what helped him to become the oldest winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. His En Route To Normal tour kicks off in Plymouth on Sun 12 December and runs through to mid January. Tickets and dates can be found at
02/12/21·1h 1m

Les Dennis

Les Dennis has been a star in Britain's light entertainment scene for decades, but his career began off screen as a stand-up comedian in the working men's clubs of Northwest England. By the 1980s Dennis had become a household name, including as the host of the much-loved Family Fortunes. After a professional lull accompanied by a turbulent private life, Dennis took part in one of the first series of Celebrity Big Brother, endearing himself to a new generation of viewers. Dennis currently stars in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, HMS Pinafore which is on at the London Coliseum until Dec 11 2021.
25/11/21·1h 1m

Alan Cumming

When he published his first memoir back in 2014, the actor and author Alan Cumming took a deep dive and opened up about his traumatic childhood. In his second memoir, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, he dispels the myth that he had 'overcome' his trauma or 'triumphed' over it. Cumming believes that a willingness to be vulnerable is what captivates audiences, whether it be on stage or on screen, and he boasts an eclectic filmography ranging from Stanley Kubric's Eyes Wide Shut to Spice World. In this episode of Full Disclosure, he speaks to James about what he values about all of these experiences. His second memoir is out now.
18/11/21·53m 38s

Fiona Hill

How does a miner's daughter from Bishop Auckland in County Durham end up in the White House? Whilst her community was small, a combination of luck, opportunity and sharp intellect led Fiona Hill to Russia, opening her eyes to our shared human experience and deepening her geopolitical understanding. Hill's diplomatic qualities helped her work under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Then in the first quarter of 2017 Hill was appointed by President Trump to his National Security Council. Two years later she would testify in the impeachment inquiry against him. Her book, There Is Nothing for You Here is out now.
11/11/21·1h 2m

Michael Holding

As a professional cricketer he was nicknamed ‘Whispering Death’ for his light-footed, silent run up to the bowling crease. As a commentator he was known for his unflinching and direct analysis of the game. Then, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Michael Holding lead an impassioned and unexpected message about the “dehumanisation of the black race” within our collective human history. In this episode of Full Disclosure he speaks to James about his life and career. His book, ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ is out now.
04/11/21·56m 19s

Jimmy Carr

When he was 25 years old, Jimmy Carr realised that material wealth would not bring him happiness. He decided to sack off his safe job in middle management to become a comedian despite having no previous comedy experience. He went on to become one of Britain’s biggest names but still believes he possesses no inherent talent for his craft. His first book, Before & Laughter is part memoir and part self-help book, written for those stuck in a bit of a rut.
28/10/21·1h 1m

Kim Leadbeater

She would not have become an MP were it not for her sister, Jo Cox who was murdered on a street in Birstall, West Yorkshire in 2016 by a white supremacist terrorist. Speaking to James one week after the killing of Sir David Amess MP, Kim Leadbeater questions how much has changed since her sibling's death. After fighting and winning a toxic campaign in her late sister's constituency of Batley and Spen, safety for politicians is an issue at the top of Leadbeater's agenda as she forms her own unique political voice and seeks to build what she describes as a more compassionate society.
21/10/21·56m 27s

Joe Tracini

Joe Tracini was only 18 months old when he first performed on stage with his Dad, Joe Pasquale. By the time he was 15 he was named as the most promising comedy act by Ken Dodd. Tracini then landed a role in Hollyoaks but his acting career was overwhelmed by a serious drug and alcohol addiction. Then in 2018 Tracini revealed that he had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and he started to make short films explaining the condition, drawing in a new crowd and taking on a new relevance during the coronavirus lockdowns. His book, Ten Things I Hate About Me is available on pre-sale. Anyone impacted by this story or feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email in the UK.

Bernardine Evaristo

When Bernardine Evaristo was in her thirties she decided she wanted to win the Booker Prize. After breaking away from her career in theatre, Evaristo eventually became the first Black British person to receive the literary award and was catapulted into the international spotlight with her novel, Girl Woman, Other. But Evaristo’s life began in “curtain twitching” white suburbia where racists routinely smashed in the windows of her family home. Her first non-fiction book, Manifesto is also her memoir - a guide to never giving up.
07/10/21·58m 21s

Waheed Arian

Waheed Arian spent his childhood fleeing the war zones of Afghanistan. After recovering from an almost fatal illness at a Pakistan refugee camp as a child, he set his sights on becoming a doctor. Putting his life in the hands of people smugglers, Waheed eventually reached the UK and studied medicine at Cambridge. He now saves lives as an NHS A&E medic and is the founder of charity, TeleHEAL, providing volunteer medical support to people around the world. His book, In the Wars is out now.
30/09/21·1h 6m

Angela Rayner

The Deputy Leader of the Labour party was brought up by a parent who could not read or write. After getting pregnant and leaving school aged 16, Angela Rayner became a home carer where she found her feet as a union representative, eventually rising to be Unison’s most senior official in the North West. Now she’s taking on the government over workers’ rights and cronyism; her battles no longer fought on the estate she grew up on, but from across the despatch box.
23/09/21·1h 5m

Joe Mulhall

In the run up to the 2016 Trump election, Joe Mulhall of Surrey, England managed to convince the American white supremacist terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan, of his support for them. Shortly afterwards he found himself armed and accompanying an Alabaman militia group on the hunt for undocumented migrants and ISIS members on the Mexican border. Mulhall works for Hope Not Hate, an advocacy group that campaigns against racism and fascism. His book, Drums in the Distance: Journeys Into the Global Far Right is out now and documents his decade as an anti-fascist infiltrator.
16/09/21·1h 4m

Brian May

For 20 years, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist, Brian May had been too busy to realise that he didn’t belong to a record label. Then at the height of lockdown he decided to reissue his 1992 solo album, Back To The Light. He speaks to James about his friendship with Freddie Mercury, his love of science and becoming a grandfather.
09/09/21·53m 33s

Jolyon Maugham

After leading a series of successful challenges to the Brexit process, Jolyon Maugham QC was thrust into the limelight and depicted by right-wing Brexiteers as an out of touch, elitist, Remainer. But for the first 17 years of his life, Jolyon was unaware of the existence of his biological Eton-educated father and was brought up on ‘nuisance payments’ of £5 a week. He is now the Director of the Good Law Project, a not-for-profit campaign organisation that uses the law to protect the interests of the public - regardless of the way they voted in the 2016 referendum.

Anthony Horowitz

Aged 10 and deeply unhappy, Anthony Horowitz OBE realised that he was a writer. Since then he has been difficult to pin down. His diverse oeuvre ranges from Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War, to the bestselling Alex Rider teen spy series. In his latest book, A Line To Kill, Horowitz himself enters the fictional fold.
12/08/21·50m 18s

John Amaechi

When John Amaechi OBE was a boy, his white grandfather would lean out of the car window to shout racist abuse at other drivers whilst he sat in the back. He went on to become the first British NBA star and is now an organisational psychologist, called upon to solve intractable people problems in companies wanting to embrace workplace diversity. His new book, The Promises of Giants is out now.
05/08/21·1h 1m

Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett, the comedian formerly known as Hugo Boss has no discernable backstory of trauma to speak of. He has ‘a tendency to do just enough’ and is frustrated with himself when he accepts the offer of work. But he is motivated by a strong moral compass and a desire to dazzle. Tickets for his 2022 UK and Ireland tour, More, More, More! How do you Lycett? How do you Lycett? are on sale now.
29/07/21·58m 46s

Lucy Kellaway

Having separated from her husband, Lucy Kellaway quit her full-time, high-status job as a journalist at the Financial Times to become a trainee teacher at a secondary school. In Re-educated, Lucy shows that age is no barrier to ripping up and starting again. Her charity, Now Teach encourages experienced people to step into the classroom to help plug the colossal teacher shortage and bring freshness to the system.
22/07/21·55m 43s

Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green

Before the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 a pandemic, scientists Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green had already started developing a vaccine against the virus which would go on to bring the world to a standstill. Their book, Vaxxers reveals the story behind the Oxford AstraZeneca jab, one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of medicine.
15/07/21·51m 11s

Mary Portas

Mary Portas made her name transforming the luxury retailer, Harvey Nichols into a destination. But as the high street crumbles, and as the earth continues to buckle under the pressure of consumerism, the Queen of Shops is dedicating herself to transforming her industry.
08/07/21·58m 49s

Salman Rushdie

Rushdie's life changed forever on February 14, 1989, when Iran’s spiritual leader ordered his execution. Forced to spend the subsequent 13 years living under a false name and constant police protection, he now lives freely in New York.
27/05/21·53m 29s

Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is a British journalist and broadcaster. He is the former chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, from which he resigned in early 2015. He is author of The Assault on Truth - Boris Johnson,
21/05/21·45m 49s

Owen Jones

Owen Jones
13/05/21·53m 34s

Professor Corinne Fowler

You might not have heard of her, but you'll certainly have seen her work: she is the academic at the centre of an escalating row over the National Trust’s efforts to explore links between its properties and colonialism.
30/04/21·45m 16s

Nish Kumar

Nish Kumar talks to James O'Brien about plans for his new 2022 tour : Control, and finding the funny again after a turbulent few months

Reverend Richard Coles

Rev Richard Coles on The Madness Of Grief, his account of coping with the death of his long-term partner
15/04/21·50m 28s

Robert Webb

Last year, emergency surgery saved Robert Webb's life. This year, he's back with a new show and a new book.
25/03/21·48m 3s

Harlan Coben

Prolific thriller writer Harlan Coben joins James O'Brien to mark surpassing 73 million sales
19/03/21·46m 39s

David Harewood

Homeland star David Harewood talks to James O'Brien about racism in Hollywood.
11/03/21·1h 2m

Elizabeth Day

Podcaster Elizabeth Day, who stormed the zeitgeist with her novel 'How to Fail' joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure
04/03/21·52m 12s

Nicky Campbell

Nicky was adopted at just four-days-old, leaving him with a “fragile” identity growing up and at times feeling he was “living a lie”. In this week's Full Disclosure, James and Nicky share their experiences of growing up adopted.
25/02/21·56m 49s

Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins
18/02/21·51m 53s

Sathnam Sanghera

British journalist and author, Sathnam Sanghera, joins James O'Brien to talk about his new book: Empireland.
11/02/21·54m 1s

Tim Roth

From south London to LA, Tim Roth has been Hollywood royalty for almost three decades. Speaking to James right the end of Donald Trump's premiership, Roth gives his thoughts on the outgoing President, Brexit and the COVID-19 response
05/02/21·46m 58s

Rachel Clarke

Palliative care doctor & campaigner Rachel Clarke, better known as @doctor_oxford on Twitter, is on this week's episode of Full Disclosure with James O'Brien. In her most recent book, ‘Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a time of Pandemic’, Dr Clarke writes what it was really like inside the NHS for patients, staff and families during the first wave of Covid-19. Rachel joins James on the day the UK reached 100,000 COVID related-deaths.
28/01/21·51m 39s

Jack Monroe

Last week, social media was full of images of food parcels sent to parents to feed their children. They were not substantial. James speaks to journalist and food writer, Jack Monroe about campaigning on poverty issues.
21/01/21·58m 5s

Richard Osman

James talks to Pointless co-host and gameshow producer, Richard Osman, who has released his first novel, The Thursday Murder Club.
10/12/20·57m 26s

Tom Kerridge

Chef extraordinaire, Tom Kerridge, has been working to save Britain's pubs. Incredibly, his quest was interrupted by Coronavirus - changing the project's nature but not its course. The pandemic has been catastrophic for our nation's locals; Kerridge's insight is frighteningly well-timed.
03/12/20·52m 44s

Grenfell: Where are we now?

While COVID reigns supreme on the news cycle, the Grenfell inquiry has taken a backseat. In this episode of Full Disclosure, James O'Brien sits down with Edward Daffern, a former resident of the tower. Daffarn had predicted the tragedy years before the fateful night that claimed at least 72 lives. His insight to the processes that led to the catastrophe will astound you.
23/11/20·54m 10s

Introducing Hunting Ghislaine with John Sweeney

Hi Full Disclosure fans LBC have a new podcast we think you’ll enjoy - Hosted by legendary reporter John Sweeney, Hunting Ghislaine is a 6 part series about Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a disgraced billionaire and the former partner of a super-rich paedophile who killed himself while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. After hiding for almost a year, she now finds herself facing multiple charges for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit and abuse under-age women which could lead to her spending the rest of her life in jail. In this new podcast series, Hunting Ghislaine, reporter John Sweeney investigates a fairy story which happens the wrong way round, of how a princess ends up accused of being the monster and no-one at all ends up happily ever after. First Episode available 19th November. Listen on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts
13/11/20·1m 5s

Lionel Barber

James speaks to the former editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber.
12/11/20·1h 4m

Dawn French

James O'Brien speaks to comedian and author Dawn French on the release of her new book, Because of You.
05/11/20·47m 14s

Piers Morgan

This week James speaks to Piers Morgan. Hear how Piers was flown to Florida at the age of 28 to meet with Rupert Murdoch and had no idea why...
29/10/20·55m 21s

James O'Brien!

A bit of a departure this week as James is interviewed by journalist Marie Le Conte about the release of his new book. Did you know James had a new book out?
23/10/20·42m 4s

Joe Wicks

"The nation's PE teacher" Joe Wicks joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure, discussing everything from his difficult upbringing to becoming a household name during the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to his livestreamed "PE with Joe" lessons.
15/10/20·45m 18s

Introducing ‘What Next?' with Lionel Barber

Hi Full Disclosure fans LBC have a new podcast we think you’ll enjoy - Hosted by Lionel Barber, the former Editor of the Financial Times, What Next? focuses on life after COVID-19 and sees the multi-award-winning journalist and author discover how the world is adapting to the pandemic, what needs to change and, most importantly, what lessons we have learnt that will shape our lives for the future. Each week, Lionel will be speaking to some of the biggest leading influential figures in the health, politics, business, technology, arts and environment world, such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair; Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation; ITV’s Chief Executive Dame Carolyn McCall and many more. Follow Lionel on Twitter: @lionelbarber. Listen and subscribe now on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts

Ruby Wax

Comedy legend Ruby Wax sits down with James O'Brien to talk mental health 'Frazzled cafes' and passing the comedic torch to her children.
08/10/20·47m 45s

Monty Don

Gardening legend Monty Don joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10 and struck by stroke mid-way into his fruitful career, his life hasn't been all roses. Through tragedy, he's triumphed and found happiness in horticulture.
01/10/20·51m 13s

Margaret Atwood

James speaks to the author Margaret Atwood
24/09/20·48m 47s

David Baddiel

James speaks to the comedian David Baddiel
10/08/20·38m 6s

Martin Lewis

This week James speaks to the founder of moneysavingexpert, Martin Lewis.
27/07/20·56m 45s

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

This week James speaks to Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan
20/07/20·51m 24s

Ralf Little

James speaks to actor Ralf Little.
13/07/20·49m 26s

Jess Phillips

James speaks to Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley
06/07/20·49m 29s

Janey Godley

James O'Brien is joined this week by comedian Janey Godley
29/06/20·49m 19s

Caitlin Moran

James O'Brien is joined this week by journalist, author, and broadcaster Caitlin Moran
22/06/20·43m 17s

Hassan Akkad

James O'Brien is joined this week by Syrian refugee and BAFTA-winning filmmaker Hassan Akkad
15/06/20·56m 21s

Kathy Burke

James O'Brien is joined this week by the actress, writer, comedian, director and producer, Kathy Burke
05/06/20·51m 35s

Lili Pohlmann

James O'Brien speaks to Lili Pohlmann, a survivor of the Holocaust
22/05/20·45m 46s

Dom Joly

Dom Joly joins James O'Brien on his award winning podcast
15/05/20·49m 13s

Matty Healy

James O'Brien's award-winning podcast returns this week with superstar Matty Healy from the 1975
08/05/20·48m 27s

Full Disclosure: The Coronavirus Special

On this week's Coronavirus special, we delve into the politics of lock-down. Some of you are getting reckless, and I want to know if you're ready to start going back to work. When the Government lift the lock-down, will you be straight out the door? Or will you stay secluded in safety? Next week: Full Disclosure returns to normal with superstar Matty Healy from the 1975
01/05/20·50m 23s

Full Disclosure: The Coronavirus Special

This week, we're talking politics; specifically: the politics of Coronavirus. We're doing our bit by staying indoors, but are the Government holding up their side of the bargain? Are they providing enough PPE? Are they providing enough tests? Are they providing economic stability? All this, and more, in this week's Full Disclosure. Don't forget you can e-mail the show on
24/04/20·53m 38s

Full Disclosure: The Coronavirus Special

The response to last week's edition of Full Disclosure was overwhelming, so we've decided to do it again. This week, the focus is your mental health. *CONTENT WARNING* - This episode is a hard listen. It features a number of callers who have found themselves struggling during the lockdown. If you are struggling to cope, you are not alone. The Samaritans will take your call 24 hours a day on 116 123. You can also search online for Mind and The Citizen's Advice Bureau. Do not suffer alone, talk to someone. Have we missed something? Email the show:
17/04/20·47m 22s

Full Disclosure: The Coronavirus Special

This week, we're doing this a little differently. Full Disclosure turns the spotlight onto the heroes stabilising our National Health Service. Listen to best calls made this week to James O'Brien's daily show - cherry picked and guaranteed to make you see the crisis differently. From nurses, to police to carers - hear stories from the frontline of the pandemic. Share your thoughts with James himself, on
10/04/20·51m 54s

Message from James O'Brien

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Daniel Radcliffe

Your childhood hero, David Radcliffe, joins James O'Brien for this week's Full Disclosure
09/03/20·35m 40s

George The Poet

London-born spoken word performer, George Mpanga, has taken the literary world by storm. Listen to this week's episode to find out how.
02/03/20·45m 54s

Sharon Horgan

The formidable Sharon Horgan is a staple of British television. Now, as she prepares to make the leap to the silver screen, she calls in for a chat with O’Brien. From her humble beginnings on a Turkey Farm, through the perils of Catholic school to her life as an established writer, director and actor - Horgan’s personal life is as exciting as her on-screen persona.
24/02/20·40m 45s

John Bercow

ORDER.. ORDERRRR - The Former Speaker of the House of Commons is here with James O'Brien to prattle all things Parliament.
17/02/20·41m 4s

Ed Miliband

Ex Labour leader Ed Miliband joins James O'Brien for this Episode of Full Disclosure
10/02/20·56m 48s

Hashi Mohammed

In 1993, Hashi came to Britain as a child refugee. Listening to him now, a natural orator, it's hard to conceive he arrived speaking no English. Now a top Barrister, he's here to talk about social mobility, and how in these turbulent political times, this is the conversation we need to be having.
03/02/20·43m 29s

Matthew Parris

Having worked as an MP under Margaret Thatcher, Matthew Parris shook the political hemisphere when he announced he was voting Liberal Democrat in the recent general election. A man of principle, his disdain of Brexit has never been a secret, and he willfully sold his Conservative roots to preserve his principles. So what caused this change of heart? And how does he feel about the looming, but steadily nearing, 31st January?
27/01/20·51m 55s

Tom Watson

As deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson championed gambling addiction. But late last year, he hung his hat over the party’s Brexit stance and inability to handle anti-semitism. This week, in his first in-depth discussion since standing down, Tom talks to James about the highs and lows of overseeing Her Majesty’s opposition.
20/01/20·59m 13s

Full Disclosure Christmas Break Until Jan 2020

Full Disclosure is taking a short break over the Christmas period. Back soon with loads more episodes starting Jan 2020! Ankd remember that you can listen to all this years episodes on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and listen now! Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

John Sweeney

TV legend, John Sweeney, divulges his life story in the world of broadcast. Still in recovery from his infamous Scientology expedition, Sweeney talks about the perils of Journalism: from being chased through Russia by Putin, to grizzly sights at the scene of the MH17 plane crash - if it has made world news, Sweeney has covered it.
16/12/19·55m 50s

Lord Michael Heseltine

Former Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, Lord Michael Heseltine, gives a searing account of his life and times in Politics. 'Ashamed' to be part of the generation that orchestrated Brexit, his is a stark warning against the current Tory party, gripped by the 'narrative of Farage' and invaded by Trumpism. Ahead of this week's general election, this is a must-listen.
09/12/19·37m 47s

Lesley Manville

Oscar-nominated actress, Lesley Manville, joins James O'Brien this week for an in-depth look at a career in acting. Since leaving school at 15, Manville has been a regular haunt of the West End - only recently breaking Hollywood. Despite her stardom, she still takes the bus and is now on a campaign against becoming the 'poster girl' for the older female actor. You might know her for playing Margaret Thatcher - but as this podcast-exploration shows, her politics don't quite match the role.
02/12/19·45m 31s

David Mitchell

Staple of British Television, David Mitchell, joins James O'Brien for a rarely heard, in-depth discussion of his life and rise to fame. Produced by Ava Evans & Chris Janes
25/11/19·47m 2s

Nazir Afzal

One of Nazir Afzal's first jobs as chief crown prosecutor was on the Rochdale sex trafficking gang, overturning all previous decisions and initiating prosecutions. He brought the case to the public eye, and expose a deep-rooted evil operating previously without conviction. Afzal has spearheaded many inequality campaigns, fighting what he calls 'white male power' presiding over minority communities. Making his name as being one of the first to prosecute an honour killing, he is the true face of British justice.
18/11/19·49m 40s

Ross Noble

Longtime-listener Ross Noble has flown in from Australia to make his Full Disclosure debut. Now an expat, Ross catches James' daily show from down under - and has a few pointers for him. Esteemed comedian, motorbike-mad, and politically charged Noble is one of James' best interviews.
11/11/19·50m 42s

Gulwali Passarlay

Gulwali Passarlay came to the UK from Afghanistan in the back of a refrigerated lorry. In a fascinating episode of Full Disclosure, the TedX speaker told James O'Brien about his journey as a refugee to Britain.
04/11/19·51m 20s

Lemn Sissay

Best-selling author Lemn Sissay speaks to James O'Brien about growing up facing racism, the moment his foster family "gave him back" and being the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics.
28/10/19·48m 3s

Lenny Henry

Living legend Lenny Henry sits down with James O'Brien for an in-depth look at his life and times on the small screen.
21/10/19·42m 21s

Romesh Ranganathan

Growing up in Crawley, Romesh Ranganathan was given the name Jonathan by his parents - to help him 'fit in'. Now at 41, with a chart-topping podcast, a hit television series, and now a book, his aim is far from fitting in. During this in-depth conversation with James, Romesh talks mental health, the need for therapy, and the familial death that has come to shape him.
14/10/19·44m 54s

Michael Morpurgo

Hear the life story and experiences of Author Sir Michael Morpurgo, writer of some of the most influential children's novels including War Horse, Beowolf and Running Wild. Join LBC's James O'Brien to explore Sir Michael's childhood years, his years as an educator and his appreciation of a story told well. We hear how Sir Michael used city farms provided a place of imagination and inspiration for some of the children he taught. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
07/10/19·51m 10s

Bonus Episode - International Podcast Day

Monday 30th September is International Podcast Day, and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts! To celebrate, James is sharing some of his favourite podcasts and why you should be listening too! Have a listen, subscribe to some new shows and share your favourite shows on Twitter by using the hashtag #InternationalPodcastDay
30/09/19·10m 21s

Russell Howard

One of the UK's best loved comedians Russell Howard joins James this week. They discuss Russell's rise to fame. From Stand-Up at the age of 18, to the encouragement of his parents for him to pursue comedy full time, and how Mock the Week became the turning point in his career. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
30/09/19·42m 20s

Malcolm Gladwell

Join James O'Brien for an exclusive in-depth interview with Malcolm Gladwell
23/09/19·45m 3s

Ben Elton

He's one of the most influential writers that has shaped the last 30 years of British Comedy. This week, James sits down with writer, comedian, author, playwright and director, Ben Elton. Together they discuss how he began writing from the age of 12 and how his formative years lead him on to his first major job as a sitcom writer on The Young Ones, the inspiration behind one of his biggest and most successful shows to date, We Will Rock You, and how he feels about his return to stand up comedy, after 15 years. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
16/09/19·43m 40s

Michael Palin

Comedy legend, Sir Michael Palin joins James to discuss his life and incredible career. They talk about the origins or Monty Python and how he became apart of one of the most revolutionary sketch shows and comedy groups of all time, as well as his later career and back catalogue of travel programmes, including his most recent TV show, which is now also a book, Michael Palin in North Korea. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
09/09/19·47m 53s

Timothy Spall

Actor Timothy Spall joins James O'Brien this week to discuss his career journey, how he got to where he is today and how he discovered the thrill of performing from an early age. They also discuss his new film, Mrs Lowry and Son, where he gives an outstanding performance as the artist, L.S. Lowry. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
02/09/19·46m 46s

Danny Baker

In his first long form interview since leaving the BBC, broadcaster Danny Baker is in conversation with James. They discuss the breadth of his 40 year career from leaving school at the age of 14 to establishing a long standing career in radio and TV. They also discuss in depth the tweet and comments about Meghan Markle that ultimately cost him his job at BBC Radio 5 Live. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob

Adam Kay

Former doctor, turned writer and comedian Adam Kay joins James O'Brien this week. Together they discuss his best selling book, 'This is Going to Hurt' which reflects on his experiences as a junior doctor and why he eventually left the profession, and how he took a different path into comedy and writing for some of the UK's top TV shows such as Mitchell and Mrs Brown's Boys. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
29/07/19·48m 47s

Rory Stewart

From being in the running for party leader, to being asked to leave the party in the space of a mere six weeks, Tory Leadership Contender and Politician joins James O'Brien in his first long form interview since leaving the Conservative party. Together they discuss the breadth of his career from his political life, to being a lecturer at Harvard University, running an NGO and spending 2 years walking across Asia, where he documents his experience in his book, 'The Places in Between.' Together they discuss his 'disastrous' performance in the Conservative leadership debate, what he thinks will happen with Brexit and what he's planning for the next step in his career. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
22/07/19·44m 3s

Chris Moyles

Chris Moyles: always the interviewer, never the interviewee, sits down with James O'Brien for a tantalizing look through the keyhole at the life of one of Britain's most infamous broadcasters. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
15/07/19·55m 14s

Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith is known for her voice: but did you know she found it in campaigning? From Maggie Thatcher's poll tax, to encroaching climate change Paloma has striven and struggled against it all. Join Faith and O'Brien for this in-depth look at one of Pop music's most-formidable singers. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
08/07/19·45m 17s

Katherine Ryan

James O'Brien meets the infamous Canadian-Irish comedian writer presenter and actress Katherine Ryan. They discuss her formative years, her unwaivering self-esteem and her journey from Hooters-girl to revered comedy writer and TV personality. Find out how she has managed to balance her hectic working life with being a single mother and remain grateful for life's experiences. Subscribe on Global Player now! Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
01/07/19·48m 25s

Interview with James O'Brien on his book 'How To Be Right In A World Gone Wrong'

This week, we're doing it a little differently: with thanks to Penguin Random House, James is handing his microphone over to Danny Wallace. Live from The Shaw Theatre in London, the two discuss the secrets of James' bestselling book 'How To Be Right In A World Gone Wrong', now available in Paperback.
24/06/19·48m 51s

Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner is a household name - the comedian, also known for his writing, acting and presenting is in conversation with James O'Brien this week. Together they discuss his career from the very beginning - from being expelled from school, his early days performing as a stand up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and how he eventually broke into the comedy world and became one of the UK's most loved comedians. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
17/06/19·41m 11s

Bill Nighy

Best known for his role in Love, Actually, actor Bill Nighy is in conversation with James O'Brien this week. Together they discuss life growing up, how he came to fame and dealt with the pressures of it in his mid 40s and his most memorable moments from his career so far. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
10/06/19·43m 59s

Billy Bragg

Living Legend Billy Bragg joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. The Barking born, rock & roll raised, English icon takes us on a tour of a lifetime of activism: from the mining strike, the rise (& calamitous fall) of the BNP, right up to the Brexit fallout, Bragg has seen and campaigned against it all. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
20/05/19·41m 0s

Ian Hislop

Have I Got News For You legend, Ian Hislop, sits down with James O'Brien for this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Discover the man behind the machine that is Private Eye: ascending to Editor at the tender age of 26, Hislop boasts over 30 years experience at the brink of breaking news - could he teach James anything? Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
13/05/19·46m 18s

Steve Coogan

Radio royalty Steve Coogan joins James O'Brien for this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Join the two on Coogan's couch in Lewes, as James lifts the veil on Partridge. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
05/05/19·57m 36s

Prue Leith

Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. In the fascinating interview, she discusses growing up in apartheid era South Africa, learning how to cook in France and whether she doubted whether to take the Bake Off job. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
28/04/19·48m 45s

Kenneth Clarke

Father of the House, Ken Clarke, joins James O'Brien on this week's episode of Full Disclosure. Walking James through his near-50 years as a Member of Parliament, from the rise of Margaret Thatcher to the fall of parliamentary decorum during Brexit proceedings, Ken recalls his highs and lows for this week's installment of James' brand new podcast. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
14/04/19·52m 40s

Brian Wood

This week James O'Brien is joined by Brian Wood, a former Colour Sergeant who was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq. However, five years later he was wrongly accused of war crimes. In this episode, Brian discusses his love affair with the army, the public enquiry into the Battle of Danny Boy and how his reslience through these experiences led him to becoming a best selling author and public speaker, through sharing his experiences from the battlefield and suggesting ways that the lessons he has learnt can be applied in the corporate world. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
07/04/19·48m 56s

Sanjeev Bhaskar

This week, James O'Brien is joined by comedian, actor and writer, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who is best known for his roles in Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars and Porters. He discusses growing up in UK in an Asian family in London and navigating self identification as he grew up. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
31/03/19·51m 34s

Deborah Meaden

Dragon's Den star and entrepenuer Deborah Meaden joins James O'Brien this week for an inclusive and in-depth interview. Deborah discusses her journey from starting her own businesses at the age of 19, to becoming a business investor and one of the most famous business women in the UK. She also discusses her view on Brexit and her take on why she feels retainers are the true patriots who love their country. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
24/03/19·44m 48s

Simon Amstell

James O'Brien meets Simon Amstell as he reveals the inspiration behind his film Benjamin, his struggles with social confidence and how his life experiences have spilt into his career. Join James O’Brien as he sits down with Simon Amstell in an in-depth, candid interview for the third episode of Full Disclosure. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
17/03/19·45m 19s

Ricky Gervais

In the wake of the release of his new show, Ricky Gervais talks about his thoughts and inspirations behind Afterlife. Ricky reveals how his real life experiences play a part in his writing, and how he negotiates hostile reactions to his risqué comedy. Join James O’Brien as he sits down with Ricky Gervais in an in-depth, candid interview for the second episode of Full Disclosure. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
11/03/19·49m 7s

Tony Blair

With Brexit drawing nearer, Tony Blair discusses his stance on Britain leaving the EU, the newly formed Independent Group, as well as his disappointment of the Anti-Semitism claims within the Labour party, and his point of view on the recent 'White Savior' debate surrounding his former colleague David Lammy and Comic Relief. Join James O’Brien as he sits down with Tony Blair in an in-depth, candid interview for the debut episode of Full Disclosure. Full Disclosure is an in depth interview series chatting to the world's most fascinating people, hosted by James O'Brien. Rate and subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts and connect with James on Twitter: @mrjamesob
03/03/19·31m 40s

Trailer - Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

Full Disclosure with James O'Brien - a series of in-depth, revealing, long-form interviews with stars of screen, stage, sport, comedy, politics, music and much more.
26/02/19·1m 1s
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