Crushed by Margaret Cabourn-Smith

Crushed by Margaret Cabourn-Smith

By Mighty Bunny Ltd

Celebrating crushes and unrequited loves in all their intense and embarrassing glory. Margaret Cabourn-Smith chats to funny people like Sindhu Vee, Sarah Millican and Sue Perkins about the crushes they can't forget.


63. Katy Brand

Hello! My guest this week is writer, comedian, actor and all round marvel Katy Brand. Katy is a true crusher, so I know you're going to love the conversation. Apologies in advance though - the sound is a little rougher than the producer likes to let past, but the chat is so good, I thought it was worth it. We talk about so many things - from saving yourself for Jesus, to long lasting devotion to Dirty Dancing, with far, far too many uses of the phrase "god shaped hole". I apologise in advance for that. We have one more brand new episode of the show in 2 weeks time before we take a short hiatus over the summer. I hope you enjoy it! Both the show, and the summer. See you in two weeks! Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/07/2453m 38s

62. Jess Robinson

This week my guest is the incredible comedian/impressionist/actor/writer JESS ROBINSON. This recording was so much fun - I love her. We cover a lot of important ground in the episode, including the hot button topic of developing a massive crush on someone while you're in a panto together and what to do if you fall in love with a fictional detective. And some DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: We will be doing a show in September at the London Podcast Festival (tbc) and on the 19th October (8.30p.m) at the Cheerful Earful Podcast Festival in Clapham. Very exciting guests TBA (they're really very exciting, promise). And as always – I would really love to hear your crush stories, so if you’ve got a cracker you’d like to share, you can email me at LOVEYOUBYE! MCS xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/07/2451m 35s

61. Beth Morrey

We cover some absolute classic crushes in this episode. Not just the horror that is the made up boyfriend (we've all done it, right? Just me?) but the strange allure of a good, albeit dead and murderous, vampire. I think that one is more widespread than people let on. And I know that one definitely isn't just me, as today's guest Beth Morrey shares it. Aside - completely blown away to discover that the actor who played Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (aka James Marsters) isn't actually British. That has blown my mind. Excellent accent work, Mr Marsters. Beth is a novelist and her third novel, Lucky Day, is out now. We had so much fun chatting, so I hope you enjoy the ep. As ever, if you hate ads and love supporting podcasts, Substack is the place to go. We are about to announce a new live date in the Autumn, so keep your eyes on our socials if that's the sort of thing you might be into. (Spoiler: it's in London). And finally - I would really love to hear your crush stories, so if you've got a cracker you'd like to share, you can email me at Or, send us a voice note. That's very podcasty isn't it. That's it for this week. Lots of love, Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/06/241h 1m

60. Jonny Donahoe

Another episode from Machynlleth and A SECOND MAN ON THE TROT as I talk to the lovely Jonny Donahoe (Jonny and the Baptists) about unresolved friend-crushes and abandoning your team (or not). Plus you get the immersive audio experience of a Sunday morning in central Machynlleth - church bells, the lot. If you want to get in touch - email us: Or for exclusive access to ad-free episodes, come and visit our home from home at Or leave a review if you can – I drink a shot whenever a new one pops up. Love as always, MCS xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/06/241h 1m

59. Henry Paker (Live at Mach)

We're Live from MachFest this week with comedian, writer, illustrator and Bean: Henry Paker! (Three Bean Salad, Kay's Anatomy) Henry tells me all about his psychosexual awakening, matrons with sturdy calves (quite a lot about sturdy calves, actually) and a publican's response to his first snog in a booth in a pub near the National Gallery. It's a brilliant fun episode with a fab audience and I hope you love it. Love and thanks - as always - for your continued and valued support. MCS xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/05/241h 3m

58. Nikita Lalwani

Dive into the depths of youthful infatuation with this week's episode featuring the incomparable Nikita Lalwani! Nikita is a Booker nominated novelist and screenwriter, but we talk about all sorts of nonsense despite that. From trying to win the heart of the chess geeks with brain power, to psychically revisiting crushes years later to mine stories for her books, we dive deep into the murky waters of teenage longing. It's a fab episode. Hope you enjoy it. For exclusive access to ad-free episodes, come and visit our home from home at Or leave a review if you can - it puts a real spring in the step whenever a new one pops up. We had a fantastic recording at Machynlleth comedy festival on Sunday with Henry Paker and his - and I quote - "psychosexual awakenings". I can't wait to share that one with you - it'll be hot on the heels of this one. Well, in about two weeks, you know the schedule. Thank you for being a part of this mad, mad thing. Your support means the world to me. With love and gratitude, Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

57. Lucia Keskin

I really feel like I met my twin in today's episode. Lucia Keskin (aka, @ChiwithaC wherever you find your social medias) of the brilliant sitcom Things You Should Have Done, chats with me about her formative crushes, including Roni Mitchell and Kristin Chenowith. And who doesn't love a Broadway chanteuse-y. As always, if you want to find the show online, it is - you can sign up there for an ad free version of the show if that's your thing, or just come and hang out, and revel in my occasional wittering. And if you're going to be in Machynlleth for the Comedy Festival in May, get your tickets for our live show with Henry Paker. I literally can't wait. It's so soon! thanks for listening. Love ya! Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/04/2456m 47s

56. Helen Lederer

I get to interview someone I have been a fan of for years and years today - the brilliant and iconic Helen Lederer (Ledgenderer more like. It's going to catch on). I found the clip of her on Wogan that I mention in the intro. To make it even more enthralling, it's a real pleasure to see how confused Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are by the whole thing. Forgot they were on the sofa too! Watch that here: We talk about trying to phone Mickey Dolenz from the payphone at school; crushing on George Harrison; and dating artists. We also talk about Helen's new book "Not That I'm Bitter", which lifts the lid behind the scenes of the comedy world of the 1980s and 90s. It's been described as frank and funny and a bit mad - which I'm pleased to say was exactly how she was in person too. Have I said that I'm interviewing Three Bean Salad's own Henry Paker for the live show at Mach? If I haven't, I'm saying it now. I think there are a couple of tickets still left, so if you'll be at Mach, please come and join us. And come and say hi! I think that's all the admin for this week. You can find Crushed at Substack, and if you want to follow us there we'd love to have you. You can also sign up for an ad free version of the show if that's your bag. Til next time, Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/04/241h 4m

55. Kimberley Nixon

A brilliant episode this week with the hilarious BAFTA-winning actress Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat, Cranford, Agatha Christie's Marple) The automatically AI-generated show notes for this ep included the phrase '(Kim) discusses her rich fantasy life and how she can play out multiple scenarios in her head', but let's be honest: that barely scratches the surface here. From her suave encounter with J Smith Cameron, to sliding in to Megan Ganz's DMs, to her lifelong crush on her husband (d'aww..), you're in for a real treat. As always, if you want to come and hang out at then please do - you can sign up there for an ad free version of the show if that's your bag or just show your love by subscribing for free. A few tickets are still available for our upcoming live show at Machynlleth Comedy Festival with the brilliant HENRY PAKER Love you lots, MCS xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/03/241h 7m

54. Elizabeth Day

This week's guest is the amazing Elizabeth Day (How To Fail podcast and author of Friendaholic) who joins me in poring over her many and varied crushes - from a teenage Peter Phillips to Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables - as well as the time she brought a dead bat into school. It was such a funny chat - I loved spending an hour in her company and know that you will too! As always, if you want to find out more, we are – you can join as a member for an ad free version of the show if that’s your bag, or, just come and hang out. thanks for listening! MCS xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/03/241h 6m

53. Lou Sanders

It's a glorious one this week from Cuddle Club's own Lou Sanders! Pin back your ears for tales of chasing boys down in parks, hosting parties to impress boys, and why she'd give it all up for the romantic allure of a cosy retirement with Keanu Reeves.  One. Not. To. Miss.  As always, if you want to find us, we are - you can sign up there for an ad free version of the show if that's your thing, or just come and hang out.  And if you're going to be in Machynlleth for the Comedy Festival in May, get your tickets for our live show. I literally can't wait.  thanks for listening. Love ya! Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/03/2452m 12s

52. Valentine's Special with Isy Suttie

Now, I'm not a fan of the most romantic day of the year TM. In fact I like it so little that I banned celebrating it when I got together with my now husband and 21 years later, we have yet to eat an overpriced meal in mid-February. So, for a treat this week Isy Suttie and I sat down to discuss V-Day - the highs, the lows, and why it might have been most enjoyable in our primary school years. Hope you like it, whether you listen today with a rose and a glass of fizz, or at your leisure (have the fizz anyway - why not!?) love Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/02/241h 3m

51. Sarah Hadland

I think you are going to enjoy this episode. My guest is the wonderful Sarah Hadland (who you'll probably know from Miranda, and The Job Lot and Quantum of Solace). She is wonderfully indiscreet about her early crushes/kidnapping attempts (depending on what side of the curtain you were on); and about briefly meeting some of her more famous crushes through work. Her Brandon Flowers story really tickled me. Hope you like it! As always, if you want to find us, we are - you can sign up there for an ad free version of the show if that's your bag, or, just come and hang out. We are hopefully going to announce a new live date soon, and we'll do that there first. thanks for listening! Love ya, Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/02/241h 4m

50. Best of 2023

Just squeezing in to January, it's our Best Bits 2023. It was such a blast listening back to the interviews we've had over the last year. It honestly made me want to go back and revisit all of these conversations again in full. So, I hope you enjoy this short dip back into the past. From Alison Spittle, explaining the huge part Morrissey played in her early Crush-life (before he let us all down), to Juliet Cowan sharing my passion for Union Leader Mick Lynch, via Rosie Jones talking about using stand up to help her talk about her sexuality honestly for the first time, and Sali Hughes and Caitlin Moran talking about the love that dare not speak it's name (could you have sexual feelings for a sash window?). And of course my favourite bit from the special anniversary episode with husband of the podcast, Dan Tetsell. A patient, patient, man. We've got some lovely episodes coming up in 2024 - Lou Sanders, Elizabeth Day and Sarah Hadland in the next few weeks, and a special Valentine's Day episode with Isy Suttie for V-Day itself. Stay tuned! (Can you tune a podcast?) And come and join the Substack if you haven't. Even just the free bit, as it means we can send you the occasional email when something super exciting happens. You can also join us there for the subscriber-only ad-free version of the show, if ads aren't your thing. Thanks for listening in 2023. Please keep listening in 2024. Love you! Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/01/2437m 49s

49. Athena Kugblenu

My guest this week is the easily embarrassed Athena Kugblenu, talking about her teen crushes. We dredge our memories for long forgotten 90s boy bands, ponder when an older man is too old and decide whether our allegiance was to George Clooney or Goran Višnjić in the great E.R. Crush Wars of 1999. It's a fantastic episode - not least because Athena seems genuinely embarrassed, and that's always very funny. You can hear more of her in BBC Sounds' DMs are Open which is out now. And more of us next week (or dip into the back catalogue if you haven't for a while!?) As always, you can find us (ad free) on Substack, if that floats your boat. For a little less than $5 a month you can support the show, and stop hearing ads. Or carry on here for a free show, and some ads. It's all good! If you like the show do rate and review it - it's the cheapest way to show your love ;) We have more FANTASTIC guests coming up in the next few weeks. Sneaky peek on Substack soon. Lots of crushy love, Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/01/2454m 35s

48. Kerry Howard

Happy New Year Crushos! This episode is a great one to kick us off - in fact it might be my favourite ever episode. Is that disloyal to all the other episodes? I don't know. It's how I feel now. It features the glorious Kerry Howard on starting slow, and ending up a female incel - taking in scenic stops at how best an 8 year old can compliment a girl in his class, and when Jimmy Carr lost his virginity. It's a hoot. By the way, if you hear what sounds like a lot of heavy breathing, it's not, the producer's husband was using a steam iron in the next room, and we didn't realise it was being picked up. Sorry about that! Come and say hello on Substack if you haven't already - you can also subscribe there to get the episodes ad free if you prefer no ads. Or stick right here if you love 'em! lots of Crushy hugs, Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/01/241h 8m

47. Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Hi all, this week's show features someone I have known for more than 20 years - writer and performer Barunka O'Shaughnessy, as I think you'll be able to tell from the level of giggling. Barunka has a list of credits as long as your arm, including Motherland, Up the Women and Hunderby. But by the end of this episode you'll know her best as a woman with a fine set of childhood crushes - including indie goth legend Robert Smith. Hope you enjoy it. We'll be back the other side of Christmas with a chat with Kerry Howard about her crushes. We met up a couple of weeks ago, and it was absolutely bonkers, so I'm looking forward to sharing that! If you're subscribing on Substack, there will be a festive Christmas Day episode for subscribers in which Julia Raeside and I do the maths for pretty much everyone in Love Actually. I wanted to find a way to say a BIG thank you for supporting the show this year. I really, truly, appreciate it. And you! So, dip in and find that if you're on Substack. And if not - see you on the other side of the turkey. Lots of love and Christmas hugs, Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/12/231h 1m

46. David Reed

My guest this week is actor and Penny Dreadful - David Reed. I love his attitude to crushes - and indeed, his attitude to this conversation. He said afterwards "sorry if I didn't answer all your questions, I had a lot of things I wanted to get off my chest", and I think this is one of those episodes that really digs in to the the loneliness and longing of early unrequited crushes. It's still a funny episode - don't panic. He's very funny and very charming, otherwise, this would just be therapy. David started out as one of two boys at an all-girls school, so has an unusual take on primary school crushes, and a lot of great anecdotes about the embarrassment and heartbreak of crushing as a teen and young adult. I think you're going to love it. If you're not already subscribing, you can join us at, where you can get new episodes ad-free for around $4 a month. There will be a bonus Christmas minisode dropping there for subscribers on 24th December because I really do want to say thank you for the support. It's an enormous boost - and I don't even mean financially. love to you all, Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/12/231h 5m

45. Holly Burn

Holly Burn is my wonderful guest this week, and it's one of my giggliest episodes. You may not know Holly - but she's one of my favourite people. Really open and honest, and this conversation is honestly incredible. We mainly talk about one of her earliest crushes on her friend's brother, and it all gets a bit deep and therapeutic. And very, very funny. Thank you Holly for sharing your inner turmoil so generously. If this wets your appetite for more madness, Holly is appearing in Harry Hill's new film, The Last Caveman, which is out this week. Check it out! Do also check out our Substack if you haven't already. It's building up a stash of articles, extra content from the show, and the occasional candid thing we don't want to put out more widely. It's also the place to go if you'd like to support the podcast in return for ad-free episodes, early access to live shows and subscriber-only content like my Ryan Reynolds story, and a special Christmas episode. I really, really appreciate the support. And if you can't support the podcast financially - tell a friend about it, or leave us a nice review. I love that too. That's it from the blurb this week - til next time, lots of love Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/11/2354m 26s

44. Megan Ganz

Megan Ganz, the amazing writer whose work includes Community and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (and co-host of The Always Sunny Podcast) is my guest this week, as we swap stories about crushes real and fictional, and politely mark our territory with regards to Hugh Laurie. He's mine, back off buster. Expect teenage angst aplenty, alongside 90s nostalgia for the now-traditional animated crush of the week - in this case Trent, from Daria. We'll also have a little insight into one of our former guests (who is also Megan's husband) - my Ryan Reynolds obsession-enabling friend Humphrey Ker. Thanks so much to people who have sponsored us (that can't be the right word, we're not a walk) on Substack or Kofi. It means the absolute world to have you with us. If an ad-free version is up your street, check us out at And if merch is your thing, check out our merch store We make absolutely no money from the merch (actually, that's not quite true, we make about 80p per tote bag) but we love merch so much ourselves that we had to set it up. lots of Crushy love Margaret xxx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/11/2359m 29s

43. Sarah Millican

I'm so excited to share this episode. I've been looking forward to putting it out since we recorded it with lovely, lovely Sarah Millican at the Leicester Square Theatre in July. In a cupboard, in case you thought podcasting was always glamorous. Sarah was in town recording RHLSTP with Richard Herring, so I managed to catch up with her backstage to chat about her crushes - pure and not so pure. It's a brilliant episode, full of stuff that made me HARD RELATE - and also has some excellent advice for how to tell a boyfriend he's less than fragrant. Not that either of us need it right now. It's also been a big week for the podcast as we've decided to turn on subscriptions on Substack - which is terrifying, and exciting, in around about equal measures. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far - it means THE WORLD. It honestly does. I really want to keep the podcast fortnightly, and we just can't do that without ads and sponsorship. is the place to head if you want to check it out. The good news is that nothing changes - if you're not in a place right now where you can subscribe, or you dip in and out and you just don't want to right now then that's absolutely fine. We still love you! You can still get the podcast via your normal route, with ads, and those ads help us put the show together. If the idea of an ad-free version appeals - or you want to give us a bit of extra support - head to substack and subscribe - either for a month at $5, or a year at $50. We'll bung some extra premium content there a couple of times a month (it will be things like the first thing we're putting up - my story of meeting Ryan Reynolds backstage at Wrexham). Do footballers call it backstage? It sounds a bit weird. Anyway, if you subscribe this week, that will be waiting for you to enjoy. If you're super-keen, you can also become a Founder where your one-off donation will get you a free ticket to the next live show you can make, and a video from me doing the maths for you and your crush. We've already got 2 founder members (THANK YOU) and I am really looking forward to some extra maths. IT'S SCIENCE. Head to if you like the show and want it to keep coming. We had some tweets after we set up the Substack that some people would prefer to have the option to pledge on Kofi - and you absolutely can send us a coffee that way if you prefer.                So, there it is - hope you stick with us, hope you'll support us if you can. But if you can't afford it and you want to support us another way - recommend the show, share an ep on socials or leave us one of the old 5 star reviews somewhere. Thanks guys - I really love making this show and it means the world that you listen. Love Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/10/2356m 56s

42. Anna Richardson

This week, Margaret Cabourn-Smith steps into the world of unrequited infatuation with the delightfully frank Anna Richardson, host of Channel 4's "Naked Attraction." Anna reveals her formative crushes and the candid tales behind them, from memorable encounters with Tom Cruise to playful - if unsuccessful - flirtations with Mick Hucknall and the alluring mystique of a certain hot priest. It'll have you reminiscing about your own past crushes, and maybe even blushing a little. Or a lot, when they get on to anuses. For more of Anna's candidness, be sure to check out her own podcast, "It Can't Just Be Me," available here. Anna's podcast promises to solve listeners big dilemmas - from sex and motherhood, to menopause and divorce. Do come and join us on the Substack if you haven't already - we're going to have some merch news for you next week. (Is it just us who love merch? No problem. We will WEAR IT ALL OURSELVES). Love ya, Margaret & Team Crushed x Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/10/231h 1m

41. Caitlin Moran & Sali Hughes

It's a bumper episode today - true tales of lust and heartbreak from the fabulous Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes, sharing anecdotes as only best mates can. This episode is a romp through their lives in crush form, from Hip Hop Dads, to toilet graffiti. Thanks for listening! love you! Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/09/231h 20m

40. Kiell Smith-Bynoe

Hello! In this episode, I talk to Ghosts' Kiell Smith-Bynoe about his crushes and unrequited loves. From a primary school wedding, to dating his parents' best friend's daughter, and falling in love with the prettiest girl on the bus - it's a funny, silly, set of stories. Do come over and say hello on Substack if you haven't - we post there infrequently, so won't bombard you, but it's a good way to get details of gigs when we're doing them. Talking of gigs - we're at The London Podcast Festival on 14th September (tonight, if you're listening early) so looking forward to seeing some of you there. Come and say hi. Especially if you're accompanied by a dog in knitwear. Guests are Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes. And if you can't make it - I know not everyone is based in London, or keen on live shows - we'll be releasing it as an episode soon so definitely look out for that. I've been told to ask Caitlin about Vladimir Zelensky and sit back... Whatever that means, we will find out! Enjoy the show. Love you! Margaret x Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/09/2352m 46s

39. Sindhu Vee and Deborah Frances White

Hot off the editing desk, here is a very special episode recorded at the Soho Theatre in last month. A glorious mash up of Crushed and The Guilty Feminist, with one of my favourite stand ups, Sindhu Vee, and one of my first ever guests, the glorious Deborah Frances White. Expect indiscretion galore, plenty of embarrassment and more than a little smut. And if you've got a taste for the live episodes, don't wait a moment longer! Hop over to the London Podcast Festival and book a ticket for our live recording on 15th September with two amazing guests - Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes! Two for the price of one. Guests, not tickets. And if you do come, please, please come and say hi afterwards. I would absolutely love that. I think that's all the admin for this week. Love you, Crushos. Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/09/231h 18m

38. Tatty MacLeod

Tatty MacLeod joins Margaret to talk about crushes and unrequited love. We talk about the procrastination crush; how a cute guy in a library can improve your mood; and why French and English women approach crushes very differently. We've just announced our guests for the London Podcast Festival - Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes. Do not miss it, it's going to be a riot. Not literally, hopefully. Though with those two... Tickets available here: I think we've got enough badges to go round too. Note to self - order more merch. See you next time! Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/08/2352m 39s

37. Rosie Holt

It's an Edinburgh special with Non-Censored's Rosie Holt making time to talk to me before she heads to the festival. It's the most wonderful time of the year - I met some of my favourite crushes, and one of my favourite husbands in Edinburgh, after all. Rosie's Crush journey is full of lovely moments - from the Guardian reading, sarcastic boy in the sixth form common room, to the pressure of living up to a will-they won't-they build up. I definitely felt we have a lot in common. Or at least, we'd have fought over the same boys, aged 16. Keep an eye on Instagram if you want to find out how I get on tracking down Ryan Reynolds in Wrexham (this is only going to end in tears), and if you haven't already, please get your tickets for the London Podcast Festival on 15th September - we have two amazing guests and you'll kick yourself if you miss it. That's all for now. See you next time, if I'm not I jail for Ryan Reynolds related reasons. Actually it's fine, we've already recorded the next episode so even the law won't hold me back. Margaret xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/08/2349m 13s

36: Helen Zaltzman

Hello Crushos, here is a joyous chat with the lovely Allusionist, Helen Zaltzman. We had such a wide ranging chat - from youthful crushes that lasted years, to Judy Blume's bluest YA novel Forever, and the love of - well I would say a man in uniform, but I think Detective Inspector Morse is in plain clothes so that doesn't quite work. Let's just say, a man with a badge... And if you like badges (segue!) look out for tickets for the two live events we have coming up. On 12th August we're doing a crossover event with The Guilty Feminist: And on the 15th September, we've got a live recording at The London Podcast Festival. Do come along - badges for everyone! Helen is of course podcasting royalty, but if you haven't heard The Allusionist before do check it out. It's one of my absolute favourite series, and you'll never hear a duff episode. They're all good. Do come and find us on Substack if you'd like occasional bits of behind the scenes silliness, and you can tweet at us, as long as the little bird lives, @crushedbymcs or see photos from recordings on Instagram on the same handle. Come join us! It's not a cult. Not yet anyway. Love you! Margaret x Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/07/2350m 3s

35: Nish Kumar

Hello my fabulous Crushing friends! New logo, new platform (hello Auddy!) and new episode.... This week is awesome Nish Kumar who talks me through a whole lot of romantic failure and nerdy fantasy. There’s also some good gossip about comic Ed Gamble, which is especially good as Ed refuses to do the show. He joins a list of people who find the sheer EMBARRASSMENT of the topic too much. It’s interesting - comics tend to lean one way or the other (the other being a desperation to unburden themselves).  Nish was brilliantly honest and funny and also introduced me to the internet theory that Ferris Bueller is in fact, Cameron’s Tyler Durdenesque fantasy come to life which makes a lot of sense. Cameron was a big early crush of mine. I’ve still never had an underwater kiss. And Alan Ruck who played him, has become Connor in Succession who is a FAR less appealing snog (although, Cousin Greg? Would. Sorry). Don’t forget to book for the 15th September, London Podcast Festival! We’ve had some AMAZING guests confirm. Don’t miss out… love Margaret xx ffc4b7b3324dc42207de4c3d382374341e3e4eeb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/07/231h 6m

34: Sara Barron

Stand up and host of the brilliant Succession podcast Firecrotch and Normcore, Sara Barron, is Margaret's guest this week.  It's a very giggly show that lurches from the pitfalls of writing tween erotica, falling in love with Elliot after Elliot, the improbably named Baskin twins (no relation to Carol, I assume) and the allure of a bad boy. Or even, a boy who knows a bad boy.  Margaret is still locked out of her Twitter (Elon, if you're listening, could you step up?) so do follow her (and the show) at @crushedbymcs on Twitter.  The Substack is the place to head if you want to see a sneak peek at our new cover artwork which will be making it's debut next episode, or find out more about our London Podcast Festival guests. It's going to be pretty special.  That's all the admin! Til next time, Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/06/2353m 36s

33: Juliet Cowan

Actress Juliet Cowan is our guest this week, and Hoo Boy, this week's episode has it all, from gaslighting French pen pals (aged 12), to sisterly love rivalry, via far too long spent lusting over discussing Top Trade Union Totty Mick Lynch. It's lovely and mad, and very relatable content. Especially if you fancy Mick Lynch, but honestly - even if you don't. But why wouldn't you? He's a fine man. Oh dear. I seem to have come over a bit unnecessary.    In admin news, we're putting together a live show for the London Podcast Festival on 15th September. Do come!  Margaret's Twitter remains lost - in the meantime do follow @crushedbyMCS on Twitter or - you've guessed it - join us on Substack!  til next time!  Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/06/2358m 3s

32: Sue Perkins

The lovely Sue Perkins joins Margaret Cabourn-Smith this week to talk about her crushes - from high-kicking, back-flipping martial artists to wise-cracking Marion Ravenwood - Indiana Jones's brilliant love interest in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  It's a brilliant, funny and occasionally moving conversation - hope you love it as much as we do.  As always, do feel free to get in touch on Twitter and don't forget to follow us on Substack - @crushedbymcs or We love to hear from you!  Til next time, Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/05/2356m 29s

31: Eleanor Morton - Live at Machynlleth Comedy Festival

Eleanor Morton talks cartoon crushes, actors who weren't problematic in the 80s but sure are now, and the Yeo Valley Yoghurt Boys with fellow crush addict Margaret Cabourn-Smith. We had an absolute blast in The Swallow Theatre at Machynlleth Comedy Festival. We gained a beautiful embroidered logo from the lovely @purplestrawbs1 (follow her on Twitter for some gorgeous embroidered love of Taskmaster and Three Bean Salad); found a jar of pickle that went out of date three years ago; and gave a dog some merch. r In fact we liked it so much we've just signed up to do another live show later in the year at the London Podcast Festival in September. We will share a booking link when it's live. Margaret's Twitter woes continue - she's still locked out of her account, so do follow us on @crushedbymcs on Twitter, or give in to peer pressure and come and join the cult gang on Substack.  We have some great guests coming up in the next few weeks including Sue Perkins and Nish Kumar - so if you haven't already, hit the subscribe button and make sure you don't miss it.  Til next time! Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/05/2359m 22s

30: Otegha Uwagba

Otegha Uwagba - writer, speaker and total crushaholic - is Margaret's guest this week. They've got a lot in common. Otegha tells Margaret about her first crush - who went on to be a famous actor; and the impact Peter Andre had on her in his Mysterious Girl video. From uni crushes, work dalliances, to flying across the world to stalk meet the object of her affections... Twice. Frankly, it's too much to fit in an episode! Followers of Margaret on Twitter will know already that she's currently locked out of her @mcabournsmith handle. Do follow our show handle in the meantime if you like tweeting. Follow @crushedbymcs if you want to make her day. Dare I mention the substack. We've got a substack. It's free, and it's the place to head for any juicy add ons we couldn't fit in the episode. Sign up if you'd like to see photos behind the scene at Machfest this weekend. And if you're in Mach - come to the show!! We have badges!! 'Til next time, Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/04/2355m 37s

29: Danielle Ward

It's a very special throwback Friday episode today - Margaret's guest is her former Do The Right Thing collaborator Danielle Ward. There's plenty of discussion of why stand ups make terrible boyfriends, which two qualities you'd have to have to date Danielle, and some frankly filthy discussion of the hottest star of Red Dwarf - Chris Barrie. Yes, you read that right. Chris Barrie. I.... can't quite explain it.  Mind soap at the ready. When you've finished listening, why not hop over to see us at Substack. It's how we'll keep in touch if Twitter falls into a bin, which seems quite likely some days. It's all free and we post about one thing a week. So no spam. Promise. You can also email us if you have a Crush story of your own you'd like to share. We'd love to hear them.  That's all for this week - see you next time! Team Crushed xxr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/04/2351m 28s

28: Angela Barnes

Hot off the presses - it's Margaret's conversation with Angela Barnes earlier this week.  Angela shares some of Margaret's worst crush excesses. Beardy nerds? Check. Comedians from the 1990s? Oh yes.  Angela's crushes include Kenny Everett (note for anyone born after 1979 - he was a very funny, very gay, very rude primetime ITV family entertainer. The 80s was a different time). George Michael gets a mention, as do John Lennon, and a man who once pissed her off so badly she filled his bed with Frosties while he was on a date with someone else. It's a crushed-packed 55 minutes, that's what we're saying. Don't forget to come and join the cult Substack - we post about one thing a week, so you won't be bombarded, and it gives us another way of keeping in touch if Twitter ends up in the bin. It's looking quite likely isn't it? Quick reminder of our live gig at Machynlleth on 30th April 2023 - we would love to see you there. We got some badges made, and if that won't persuade you to make the journey to North Wales, I don't know what will. Our guest Eleanor Morton, maybe? She's great, and we're very excited about finding out what her crush history is like.  Tickets available here: That's all the admin for this week. Til next time,  Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/03/2357m 51s

27: Dan Tetsell

Aka, Mr Margaret Cabourn-Smith. And Happy Birthday Crushed - it's a whole year since we released the first episode. It's a special birthday episode, with Margaret put on the spot by her husband, and guest, Dan Tetsell. Dan is a writer and actor who you may have seen in everything from puppet-actor-fest Mongrels to hot-actor-fest Hollyoaks (and most recently Eastenders). He's also Margaret's husband - and the man who has to live with her crushes on a day to day basis. Is that hard? He'll let us know. They talk about his crushes - from school to screen, and the Christmas Crushed Calendar he makes Margaret every year, featuring her latest pashes. Which frankly should be merch (note to self, ask Dan how many can he make...) It's hard to believe it's been a whole year of Crushed. Thank YOU so much for listening, for supporting it, and to everyone who has left kind words on Twitter, reviews on podcasting apps or followed us on Instagram or subscribed to our bloody Substack - thank you, thank you, thank you. Honestly - it makes us feel so happy to have you with us. We have lots of plans for the show this year. Our first live date is on sale now here: More to follow when we can book them in. Margaret's article looking back at the show is here: (Yes, it's on Substack, we're not obsessed it's just Twitter seems to be on fire at the moment, so we thought we'd better branch out).  We'd love to hear from you. You can email us: Or find us on Twitter or Insta @CrushedbyMCS Or sign up for the bloody Substack and then we can send you occasional emails to let you know about things like the live shows.  No pressure.  Til next time, Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/03/2352m 32s

26: Sanjeev Kohli

Still Game's Sanjeev Kohli is Margaret's guest this week.  It's a bit of a tearjerker, looking back at Sanjeev's primary school crushes. As he says - for the first 30 years of his life, all his love was unrequited. Except for his mum. (Life was tough for a Glaswegian metalhead in the 1980s).  Sanjeev and Margaret talk about first love, 1980s hedge porn, and running into your old flames at a school reunion. Admin klaxon - We have finally sorted out our first live date - head to Substack for details, we'll post a link to tickets. It's going to be very exciting. As always, you can email us at It's a big one next time - Crushed's first anniversary. Margaret's husband Dant will be popping in to shed some light on what it's like living with someone who has so many crushes, and sharing some of his own stories from his teenaged years. Absolutely glorious. Look out for that.  Til then,  Team Crushed x  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/03/2352m 9s

25: Rosie Jones

The magnificent Rosie Jones drops in this week to talk to Margaret about her crushes. And it's a doozy. Or should that be doozie? Please advise. Rosie is so prone to crushes that she likes to think of them like a trifle - layers of custard, cream, jam and strawberries. But no sponge fingers. We always knew she was a maverick. It's a wide-ranging episode from the deep to the dippy, with Rosie talking about having to overcome internalised homophobia and ableism to feel worth of love, and why she just can't resist a very good British actress. Who can? We had an email from Susie who heard Alison Spittle's story in episode 24 about "winning" a sweat drenched t-shirt Morrissey threw into the crowd by holding on to it with her teeth and thinks she can top it. She says - "In the late 90s I was a huge Robbie Williams fan, and kept a bottle of water from a Take That gig because it had been in the same room as him, and might have had his breath in it". If you can beat that for either optimism (surely this is not scientifically possible?!) or devotion, let us know. As ever you can email us on: or find our Substack at: Rosie's website is here, if you want to find out more about her, or join her mailing list. Transcript here: Til next time, Team Crushed x  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/02/2357m 56s

24: Alison Spittle

In this episode, Margaret Cabourn-Smith interviews comedian, and little legend Alison Spittle about her crushes and unrequited loves. We don't want to say she picks badly, but Morrisey and Kanye West both get a mention. Listeners of a sensitive nature may like to know that there are frankly filthy discussions about Bob Hoskins's hairy back. Listener discretion is advised. Find us on substack or email us: Check out Alison's tour dates here: And her podcast here: And we'll leave you with some more hot Bob Hoskins action - here's that clip Margaret and Alison were talking about: see you next time! Team Crushed x Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/02/2339m 39s

23: Sooz Kempner

Actress, singer, comedian, Twitter star and all round good egg Sooz Kempner is Margaret's guest this week, with crushes that manage to encompass Top Cat and Bruce Forsyth. I'd like to see that Venn diagram. Note to keen listeners - the science this week is... inaccurate, due to Margaret not counting the Vs correctly in this weeks Maths. For those of a more precise nature (as fans of Sooz's big Crush might be), the correct score is 84%, and not, as stated in the show, a measly 17%. Congratulations Sooz! Admin Klaxon We've started a Substack for the show, as a way of sharing fun bits, and a place to build a leaderboard showing which guest is scientifically most compatible with their Crush. For posterity.  You can find it here: We're planning some live shows later in the year - if that sounds like the sort of thing you'd like, come and follow us on Substack as we'll announce them there first. More info will follow soon.  It's free to sign up - do come and say hi!  See you in two weeks!  Team Crushed xx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/01/2340m 30s

22: Rachel Parris

Comedian, musician and improviser Rachel Parris talks to Margaret about Leonardo di Caprio, Spike from Buffy and fills in the gaps on how she got together with last week's guest; crush-turned-husband Marcus Brigstocke. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/01/2342m 49s

21: Marcus Brigstocke

Margaret talks to comedian Marcus Brigstocke about his plethora of crushes ranging from Robert Smith from The Cure all the way through to Susan Kennedy from Neighbours (with a sprinkling of Morten Harket along the way). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/12/2245m 25s

20: Sophie Black

Margaret talks to writer, podcaster and producer of this podcast Sophie Black about John Lennon, being attracted to a cartoon wolf, and writing to Just Seventeen to get a photo of a bloke in The Bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/12/2249m 38s

19: Abigail Burdess

Writer-performer Abigail Burdess talks to Margaret about falling in love on a family holiday and a boy with 'the voice of an angel' at whose house she caused a massive security breach.  Abigail's novel Mother's Day is out in March 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/11/2237m 20s

18: Daisy Buchanan

Writer Daisy Buchanan talks to Margaret about her love of Kermit the Frog, Declan Donnelly and being confident enough to say she loves Mariah Carey (let alone PJ and Duncan). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/11/2254m 47s

17: Rosie Wilby

Relationship expert and comic Rosie Wilby talks to Margaret about a university crush that had her crouching behind the bins and 'the only man for her' George Michael. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/10/2248m 59s

16: Jenny Eclair

Margaret talks to stand up and self-proclaimed 'snog monster' Jenny Eclair about the allure of Rod Stewart, Peter Noone and the-actor-who-is-about-to-play-Elvis-in-an-upcoming-biopic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/10/2248m 2s

15: Mina Anwar

Actress Mina Anwar talks to Margaret about her Geography teacher Mr Simkins who not only inspired her to sing but also looked uncannily like a ginger Magnum PI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/09/2247m 48s

14: Richard Herring

Writer, podcaster and downright comedy legend Richard Herring talks to Margaret about how, as a teenager, being both square and smelly cost him huge. He goes on to talk about how he went out with someone he had made a shrine to on national television and the importance of dealing with his own fans' crushes sensitively.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/09/2252m 18s

13: Heidi Regan

Aussie stand up Heidi Regan remembers loving Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher from afar and harbouring a beautifully life-changing crush on Andrea Corr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/09/2248m 9s

12: Katy Wix

Actor and writer Katy Wix talks to Margaret about her most memorable crushes - from Heathcliff to a boy in the canteen to King Kong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/08/2255m 3s

10: Sarah Kendall

Award winning writer and stand-up Sarah Kendall looks back on the crushes from her youth - from Alan Alda to Dustin Hoffman via a boy called Piccolo. She also talks about the challenges of coming out in her 40s and the deeper understanding she has gained of herself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/07/2248m 26s

9: Humphrey Ker

Writer, actor and executive director of Wrexham AFC, Humphrey Ker, talks to Margaret about his most ardent of crushes - from Sgt Callahan in Police Academy to Jennifer Aniston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/07/2258m 35s

8: Shaparak Khorsandi

Comedian Shaparak Khorsandi talks to Margaret about all her crushes; from the boy she knew as a teenager to the newsreader Jon Snow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/06/2251m 19s

7: Sara Pascoe

No-one knows more about the power of the crush than comic, writer and actor Sara Pascoe who literally wouldn't exist without it - her mum camped out on her Dad's lawn until they got together. Sara also talks about her own crushes from boys at school to Robbie Williams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/06/2258m 44s

6: Chris Neill

Writer performer Chris Neill talks about growing up gay in the 1980s; the lure of accountants, oboeists and pen and ink drawings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/05/2252m 31s

5: Isy Suttie

Comic, writer and actor Isy Suttie talks about writing songs for her crushes at school and the art of the double crush; lusting after twins with her best friend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/05/2258m 1s

4: Lucy Porter

Comedian Lucy Porter talks about crushing on indie bands and comedians as a teenager and her first crush of all time - a potentially surprising choice - Spike from Hi-Di-Hi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/04/2248m 52s

3: Jess Fostekew

Comedian Jess Fostekew talks about her first uber crush, her English teacher Mr. Ray. She did what all right minded teenagers would do - write ‘I love him’ about 100 times on her hand and waft it in his face as she left the room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/04/2240m 5s

2: Deborah Frances White

Writer and podcaster Deborah Frances White talks to Margaret about how she ignored the hottest guy in her class to gaze at her music teacher Mr Gilmour espousing the merits of Bach's rules of harmony. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/04/2255m 18s

1: Dolly Alderton

Margaret talks to writer and podcaster Dolly Alderton who admits she would find it difficult to deny some of her most outrageous lovesick behaviour as Margaret has witnessed most of it. Dolly talks about DMing her favourite celebrity crushes and remembers falling for her dance partner in a school production of West Side Story  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/03/2258m 13s
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