The Trawl

The Trawl

By Jemma Forte & Marina Purkiss

Broadcaster, Jemma Forte, and political commentator, Marina Purkiss, scroll through Twitter so you don’t have to. For advertising opportunities on this podcast email:


Ep 165: Starmer's Cabinet and Right Wing Meltdowns

Labour are off the starting blocks and at quite a pace. Jemma and Marina discuss everything that's happened since the Labour government got into power which, in a nutshell, is more than the Tories have achieved in 14 years. Inspired appointments include putting James Timpson in charge of prisons, Miliband in charge of climate and a Minister for Education who respects teachers. What are the chances? It might well be a honeymoon period but the Trawl ladies will take it for as long as it lasts. Over in France there's been a result and a half too the French fascists are almost as upset as they are about a Labour win over at GB News and The Telegraph. There they're having a full blown meltdown as is Camilla Tominey who features in Under Rated Tweets of the week. Tonnes of clips and tweets as ever and pudding is served by Matilda Thorpe. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
12/07/2455m 6s

Ep 164: Election Night - the highs, the lows and all the funny bits

The first Trawl under a Labour government is here! Jemma and Marina relive the high and low lights from 4th July, particularly enjoying the dynamic between Alastair Campbell and Nadine Dorries on Channel 4 and Andrew Marr's sign off to Mogg. They also say goodbye to some big Tory scalps, wonder at some of the ones remaining and discuss the results and the complex issue of PR. After all, in reality, Reform should have won a great deal more MP's than they did. Then there's time to hear a few words from an AI generated version on Gareth Southgate plus one of the best Under Rated Clips which stars Captain Wes Streeting who really commits to a ship analogy which gets so out of control, the ship in question could well be The Titanic. Enjoy! Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
10/07/2459m 35s

The Trawl Meets: Jess Phillips

Jemma and Marina were thrilled when Labour MP, Jess Phillips, agreed to take time out of her mad diary for a proper chinwag. The Trawl ladies were fascinated to know how it feels being a female MP during such febrile times and found out what motivates her to keep going. At time of record, Rishi Sunak, hadn't surprised everyone by calling the election so unexpectedly early but Labour were in election mode nonetheless, and Marina and Jemma took the opportunity to find out what Jess makes of Natalie Elphicke's defection from the Tory party and, how it felt when she quit the front bench in 2023 over Keir Starmer's stance on Gaza, after voting in the Commons for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. They discuss the work she does in her role as Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, and her podcast with Beth Rigby and Ruth Davidson, Electoral Dysfunction and ask the question everyone wants answered - will Labour become more 'left' if/when they get into power. EnjoyThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
05/07/2455m 1s

Ep 163: The One before the Election and Glasto Outrage

As Independence Day (from the Tories) looms, Jemma and Marina have gone bumper with this extra long Trawl. They start with a footy update and then dive into the post match analysis of... Glastonbury. Why do all the right-wing bell-ends get so triggered by it? What is it about the musical, magical, cultural playground that annoys them so much? Then, it's into politics we go with a quick round of 'what are the Tories lying about now?' and a look at the desperate lengths The Telegraph are going to to persuade you that Labour equals Armageddon. Still, if you think things here are bad, wait till you hear the clips of Biden and Trump trying to string sentences together, It's disturbing to say the least. And, with one day to go before we get to place our crosses in the ballot box, the rest of the ep is dedicated to remembering why it's s important we don't feel complacent, that we vote and that we make our vote count. Good luck Trawlers - can't wait to meet again soon for all the best takes, for a look back and indeed a look forward. Pudding is by Munya ChawawaGet tickets to The Movement Forward's election party! you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
03/07/241h 3m

Ep 162: Safe Southgate, Fascey-Farage and what the hell is a supermajority?

England are top of the group in the Euros, two clean sheets, and unbeaten - so why aren't we all ecstatic? Jemma and Marina discuss some of the best reactions to Southgate's 'safe' approach with a self-deprecating treat from Danny Dyer.Then from football to fascism, as the ladies visit the latest public soilings from the man who just makes it up as he goes along - Nigel Farage. They discuss his dodgy as hell position on Russia and you won't believe who has been offering their support to Mr Farage on his X account...all the way from the Kremlin!Then it's onto the Tories who have spent the last week trying to convince everyone that a supermajority is a thing - it ain't. Then some superb underrated tweets and clips with an absolute belter via the grandson of Churchill and a brief mention of The Telegraph who appear to be losing their minds more so than usual. Finally, a superb and heart-warming monologue from comedian John Oliver inspires Marina to do her very own election call-to-arms. All wrapped up with a football-themed from Paddy Power. Get tickets to The Movement Forward's election party! you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
28/06/2438m 44s

Ep 161: Tetchy Sunak, Tory Bets and an Army Spat

This episode kicks off with a look at how Starmer and Sunak did on the recent Question Time. We're not saying it went badly for Sunak but the PM was booed very loudly at the end so...And then Jemma and Marina decide to have a flutter. They bet that the Tories will cheat and lie their way right up to the election and it looks like they're both set to win because the latest scandal to hit the beleaguered party is 'fluttergate'. Wrongdoing has been admitted by AI generated Tory, Craig Williams, and yet Sunak chose to do nothing apart from put on an 'I'm angry face' for days on end. Still, he got there in the end. And then it's off to Plymouth to trawl through what Johnny Mercer has accused his Labour opponent, Fred Thomas, of. Warning - it's not dignified. The ladies finish with Under Rated Tweets as per and an invitation to a party. Pudding is by the Exploding Heads - enjoy!Get tickets to The Movement Forward's election party! you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
26/06/2446m 4s

Ep 160: Farage Exposed and AI Patriotism

Depressingly, this episode mainly reflects what's dominating the news, the headlines and indeed social media and, it's Farage. The man is everywhere, like a stain you simply can't get rid off, partly because Sunak et al have pandered to him for years. Marina and Jemma delve into how quite long he's been disrupting from the side-lines with some extraordinary clips to illustrate. Meanwhile, the Reform manifesto (contract) has been announced and it's holier than a piece of Emmental - fiscal black holes all over the shop. So why do people buy it? With so many people turning to Reform it warrants discussion and means no one is entirely sure who the real opposition will be post election. Then we look at the latest spat of strange AI images created for 'patriotic' reasons by right -wingers though the Trawl ladies think it might be a case of 'too much time on their hands.' They've mainly been inspired by the Trooping of The Colour and Alison Pearson might have had the worst take of all. Some great under rated tweets and clips finish off the ep and pudding is superb and very fitting and is by Larry and Paul and the Broken News team. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
19/06/2445m 24s

Ep 159: Did they really say that? Campaign travesties, lots of laughs and Macron's gamble

What would you do if you saw Boris Johnson coming out of a bush? It's a startling sight but it could happen if he happens to be promoting one of his columns for The Mail. As for his sister, she definitely won't be in a Lidl but might be in a Sainsbury's, you'll know why when you hear the clip. Then we head to the campaign trail for 'The Election Section' and Beth Rigby is the latest presenter to have grilled Sunak and Starmer. Starmer may have done better in that arena but neither are covering themselves in glory with the public. One laughs at a doctor, the other has a tone deaf response to a child's story. Still, not much beats the reception, Esther Macvey got when she made some wild claim about her party. Then to France we go and this is where it becomes apparent that Jemma might have had a night on the tiles and be feeling a little 'fragile' during record. Her French accent is more Del Boy than Del Boy's as Marina points out. Why has Macron called an election? What happened in the EU Parliament elections and why can't Jemma pronounce the word 'effortlessly.' There may be a few laughs in this epThen some truly staggeringly bad takes and a plethora of Under Rated Tweets. Pudding is served by Munya ChawawaThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
14/06/2447m 59s

Ep 158: Sunak gaffes, Michael Mosley and Mordaunt's hair

Jemma and Marina barely know where to begin. The Trawl content is simply relentless as the campaign trail continues. However, it seems to makes sense to start with the recently announced Tory manifesto and go from there. The hitting the skids type jokes write themselves. Then it's on to Sunak's latest set of gaffes and the heart-wrenching discovery that he didn't have Sky. The poor widdums, how did he cope? Then it's a rewind as we go back to the debate which featured a member from each of the main parties. It's a good opportunity to hear from Carla Denyer from the Green Party and SNP leader, Stephen Flynn. There's a whole section dedicated to Penny Mordaunt's hair which was truly incredible, for all the wrong reasons. Marina and Jemma are blown away by quite how empty Nigel Farage's policies are when scrutinised and a plea to the people of Clacton to vote for the young Labour candidate who Marina spoke to on the phone. There's a tribute to TV Doctor Michael Mosley and the Trawl ladies feel compelled to mention the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine. Then it's onto the underrated clips and tweets of the week which are gold. The clip of a Reform candidate talking about why the airport made him go into politics will have you scratching your heads. As ever, The Trawl ladies don't hold back. What a time to be alive! Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
13/06/2449m 9s

Ep 157: D-Day Calamity, Tax Lies and an Ed Davey love-in

Jemma and Marina are very excited because in this ep, they are starting off with an actual scoop! Rare on The Trawl but stranger things have happened and we wonder if you'll think it demonstrates what Sunak is really like, and that's before we've even started on his D-Day gaffe. Then, the Trawl ladies hear the figure £2000 bandied about any more their heads might explode. Yes, despite Sunak's claims having been called out as the lies they are, his henchman are still pedalling untruths every chance they get. Marina and Jemma unpack the fallout from the ITV debate and one clip, where Starmer and Sunak debate leaving the ECHR, feels particularly poignant given that this week was the week we remembered the fallen during the 80th D-Day memorial. World leaders gathered to pay their respects on a day when politics should surely be put aside. You'd think that would be obvious but not to Sunak who 'popped in' to show his face then naffed off back to Britain to go on telly to slander Starmer some more. His own party are horrified and Marina and Jemma don't exactly hold back either. Ed Davey gets his own section in this ep and the contrast between him and Sunak could not be more stark. One is a sentient human being, the other left the D-Day memorial service to dash back for some PR. Stay classy Sunak!Some fantastic Under rated clips and tweets wrap this one up along with a pudding by Politics Joe.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
07/06/2454m 10s

Ep 156: Farage fallout, campaigning chaos & Trump's fan club

It's over the pond we go to see what cheesy wotsit toddler, Trump has been up to... which is being found guilty on 34 counts. The ladies discuss those who leapt to his defence and the common thread that runs through them before finishing with a Trump sandwich: white bread, full of baloney, Russian dressing and a small pickle.And while Boris Johnson is still firmly attached to Trump’s bottom, Nigel Farage has chosen to unweld himself and bin off his plans to campaign for Trump in the US - lucky for the US, not so lucky for us. Jemma and Marina discuss what his running means for the election and enjoy some snippets of Farage not doing so well in the face of scrutiny.There's talk of Labour highs and lows, Tories posing as Labour and charm lessons from Kemi Badenoch - who manages to appear rude, arrogant and affronted, all at once, in her latest media rounds. Then it's on to some underrated clips and tweets, including a gem from writer, Michael Rosen, followed by a Trump-flavoured pud from Politics Joe. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
06/06/2441m 30s

Ep 155: Labour's Purge, Conscription Chaos and Telegraph Tits

With the election looming, all the political parties are trying to grab headlines. The Tories want your children to sign up, whether they like it or not. If they don't want to do military service they'll be forced to volunteer their weekends, even if they need to be earning. Rachel Johnson thinks it's a great idea because they could be forced to pick fruit. After all we don't have anyone else to do it due to her brother's Brexit. Yet despite the Tories best efforts to grab all the headlines by bribing pensioners and threatening conscription, Labour have managed to hog the limelight. What a shame it's for such terrible reasons. Starmer is busy blocking candidates from standing, including Diane Abbott. Jemma and Marina discuss the division in the left and plough through loads of Under Rated Tweets and clips. Pudding is from Larry and Paul.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
31/05/2448m 4s

The Trawl Meets: James O'Brien

In this episode, Marina and Jemma meet the person who can, in large part be thanked (blamed?!) for turning their mild interest in politics into a passion - Mr Brexit himself: James O'Brien.The LBC star, journalist and best-selling author of books including his latest, How They Broke Britain, for once finds himself on the opposite side of the interrogating questions. They hear about his leap to fame courtesy of Brexit and take a trip down memory lane with some caller clips that never get old. There's some quizzing on James' position on Labour and the looming election, and his surprising thoughts on Proportional Representation, which Marina and James agree to disagree on. Jacob Rees-Mogg gets a due hammering with some fascinating insight on the effect of public school on public servants, and James reluctantly names who, of those responsible for Britain's demise, he'd choose to go for dinner with - and the ladies coax out of him a hilarious, not-so-polite, run-in with Reform Party's Richard Tice.Order James O'Brien's book here: him here: catch him on LBC every weekday from 10am-1pm.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastYoutube**EXCLUSIVE EPISODE OF THE TRAWL - ONLY ON GLOBAL PLAYER**To hear Marina and Jemma answer your questions in a very special Q&A episode, download the Global Player App or head to and search 'The Trawl'.
29/05/241h 13m

The Trawl: Marina & Jemma Answer Your Questions (GLOBAL PLAYER EXCLUSIVE)

Jemma Forte and Marina Purkiss, co hosts of The Trawl podcast, answer listener questions in this episode exclusive to Global Player. Find out how Twitter (now X) brought them together, how The Trawl came about and what they have in common politically. How do they juggle their other jobs with the making of The Trawl which they write, produce and host themselves and who would be their dream Trawl Meets guests.You can listen to every episode of The Trawl on Global Player, for free. Download it from the App Store or head to
28/05/2430m 0s

The Trawl: Trailer

Broadcaster, Jemma Forte, and political commentator, Marina Purkiss, scroll through Twitter so you don’t have to. Now on Global Player. If you're already enjoying The Trawl, please do leave a rating and a review. And don't forget, you can listen to every episode for free on Global Player. Download it from the App Store, or head to globalplayer.comAnd it's only Global Player where you'll be able to find an EXCLUSIVE bonus episode, with Jemma and Marina answering your questions. Just head to Global Player and search for 'The Trawl'.
28/05/242m 9s

Ep 154: Election Fever - A brewery, The Titanic and some very Accidental Partridge

Election is GO! Marina and Jemma happened to be together when the news broke and enjoy sharing what happened next. Then, it's a look back at the most undignified election announcement of all time and what's happened since. The parties have hit the campaign trail running. Although the Tories are looking pretty desolate and have many seats to fill. Still, perhaps in a passive aggressive act of revenge, they've sent Sunak to a brewery in Wales so people can think 'piss up in' and left him talking to Welsh people about The Euros they didn't qualify for.Richard Tice is out of the starting blocks too. Just a shame one of the Reform accounts has got the wrong date...only two days out. Vote Reform on July 6th.An hilarious lookback at the best tweets and clips with one of the best Under Rated Clips of all time courtesy of Steve Baker - Aha!EnjoyThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
25/05/2449m 4s

Ep 153: Vorder Force, Suella Silenced and an Unexpected Winner

This Ep was recorded the morning of the election announcement so the Trawl ladies are busy collating all the best reactions for the next episode. This one unpacks a strange week for Suella but before they get into that, they begin their trawl with a wonderful moment from Carol Vorderman who had the Joe Lycett audience whooping with delight. The students at Cambridge were much quieter when GB News and Braverman turned up to ask them why they were protesting about Palestine. Words have power but sometimes, so does silence. Although the guest she confronted in the GB News about the same topic, was gloriously outspoken and for once, it seems Suella didn’t have much to answer back with. Then it’s onto some of the reaction from the same news outlet regarding Ofcom’s finding that their ‘Ask Rishi’ forum was impartial. Lastly, Jemma and Marina discuss the fact that Jeremy Clarkson has been voted sexiest man by the female users of a certain dating site. The mind boggles. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
24/05/2437m 34s

Ep 152: 4 Loose Women, 6 Pledges & 72 Genders

We love it when politics goes mainstream... And it did this week when Sunak and Starmer decided to appear on Loose Women and Sunday Brunch, respectively. Jemma and Marina discuss how they both fared, and why one of them went viral - probably because he tried to suggest he was fixing child poverty with an Online Safety Bill.Next up are more culture wars as a result of the 72-gender myth which is resulting in new legislation, despite the only evidence of this being a thing coming from someone's next door neighbour's friend's sister's cat. And you'll be glad to know that it's not just poverty that is spiraling in this country, but Sunak's and his wife's wealth too. Jemma and Marina discuss the growing inequality in the UK and elsewhere, and why soulless Sunak is the last person we need at the helm.Finally, get your patio tables and parasols ready, because Al Fresco dining is about to hit the UK by storm thanks to a new Brexit benefit - apparently. Someone might need to tell Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenoch where the term Al Fresco originates from...Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
22/05/2441m 5s

Ep 151: Is Labour becoming a Tory bin?

Up is down, black is white and now... Blue is red! Because this week, the Labour Party welcomed Tory MP, Natalie Elphicke with open arms, which raised more than just a few eyebrows. Jemma and Marina discuss the mafioso-style tactics from the party of Government to keep defection to a minimum and revisit moments of joy where Tories tie themselves in knots by slating someone - who was one of theirs - until about 5 minutes ago. Count Binface continues to prove he's the hero we never knew we needed, before the episode turns to the series that is sweeping the nation: Baby Reindeer. Then, has everyone got their rainbow lanyards at the ready? Be careful the Minister for Common Sense doesn't whip it off you given her latest culture war hobbyhorse. Pudding served up by comedian, Matt Green. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
17/05/2446m 9s

Ep 150: The Politics of Eurovision - Israel, Palestine and Nul Points for the UK

Marina and Jemma start with a lookback at this year's Eurovision Song Contest and discuss why it was such a political hot potato this year. The UK entrant received a lot of criticism for not boycotting the event and the Israeli singer had unprecedented levels of security. All this makes the notion that it's 'just' a song contest and 'apolitical' for the birds. There's plenty of reaction and clips. Due to the subject matter, it's a more serious Trawl than usual but as Israel carry out airstrikes in Eastern Rafah, after issuing orders for the evacuation of 100,000 Palestinians from part of the city, triggering an exodus of thousands of people, The Trawl ladies felt it was the right time to talk about it. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
15/05/2446m 19s

Ep 149: Count Binface Triumphs - Susan Khan't Believe it

Having raked over the council elections in the last episode, Jemma and Marina spend this one dissecting the Mayoral results. It's a win for Andy Burnham, a loss for Andy Street, a win for Ben Houchen and, most thrillingly of all, a loss for Susan Hall. Susan, who spent her time campaigning telling Londoners that where they live is a hellscape of unparalleled proportions. Funnily enough, that strategy didn't work. In this Trawl, enjoy her entirely graceless speech and Khan's humorous one which references the biggest winner of all, Count Binface. The man who wanted to reduce the price of croissants and bring back Ceefax did very well and completely trounced the Britain First candidate who also suffered a huge bout of sour grapes. Fortunately, there was someone in the crowd to put him right. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
10/05/2435m 7s

Ep 148: The Election Section

Jemma and Marina discuss what were a pleasingly catastrophic set of results for the Tories in the local elections and wonder why everyone knows that, apart from The Mail on Sunday. Oh, and Sunak......yes, the Prime Minister is still convinced his plan is working, despite the country trying desperately to tell him that it isn't. Meanwhile, Suella thinks she has the answer which is her answer for everything. Be More. Right. Wing. No thanks, Suella. Meanwhile, on the Laura Kuenssberg show there are no Greens or Lib Dems in sight, despite their incredible gains, and despite the fact the Lib Dems gained more council seats than the Tories. The delusion is strong and yet of course, leader of Reform, Richard Tice, has had plenty to say even though they won a grand total of two seats. Yes, two. Not two hundred. Two. And which idiot, who should know better, forgot their ID and couldn't vote? Marina and Jemma have trawled some of the juiciest reactions, there are plenty of clips and they haven't even started on the mayors yet, that's in the next episode. Pudding is served by The Marsh Family, Enjoy! Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
08/05/2436m 10s

Ep 147: Keeping up with the Cameron...and his £42m private jet

Poor poor Lawrence Fox - literally.The episode opens with the unfortunate news of Laurence Fox having to pay large sums in libel damages. Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. Then all aboard the private jet - that's right, Lord David Cameron's £42m private jet, which he hired for his latest jaunt as Foreign Secretary, with the bill being footed by us taxpayers. Just as well he can be questioned about this in the House of Commons...Oh. Next stop is Question Time, and this week was Tory MP, Chris Philp's turn to make an utter tit of himself with geography skills as impressive as Dominic Raab's.Jemma and Marina move on to talk about the latest round of performative cruelty with the Govt's announcement around disability and sickness reforms, and seek to reassure anyone listening with some words of advice from Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis. To finish on a lighter note, Jemma and Marina serve up a Victoria Sponge of an underrated tweet of the week with pudding from Larry & Paul. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
03/05/2435m 44s

Ep 146: Squeaky-bum time for Sunak & 30p Lee fury

It's squeaky-bum time for our Prime Miniature Rishi Sunak this week... Jemma and Marina open with a discussion around the many elections taking place this week that could see things go from bad to worse for Rishi Sunak. And please God, deliver us from Susan Hall becoming the new London Mayor. Then, what's better: Twitter or X? The ladies discuss the worst rebrand of all time before moving on to an MP who this week rebranded himself from Tory blue, to Labour red. We're talking of course, about Dr Dan Poulter who has managed to find his principles so close to a general election - incredible coincidence. 30p Lee has been whinging again... this time about the banning of an old sitcom named Terry & June. Except it hasn't been banned at all. Not content with spouting nonsense about sitcoms, Lee moved on to spouting nonsense about Blackpool, resulting in Jemma and Marina having a good giggle about Lee's prehistoric vision of what he wants Britain to be. Spoiler: Get your headscarves and buckets out, ladies!Then it's onto the resignation of Scotland's First Minister, Humza Yousaf, before a trigger warning discussion about Reform's Ben Habib and the shock remarks made about migrants drowning in the channel.To end, Jemma and Marina serve up some epic underrated tweets and finish with another musical masterpiece from The Marsh Family. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
01/05/2447m 22s

Ep 145: Sunak's Sick Note Britain & Ridiculous Honours

The episode opens with a visit to the US courtroom where strange noises and smells have reportedly been emitted from a somewhat sleepy Donald Trump...Then it's onto the latest performative cruelty policy from the party of Government as they announce punitive reforms to sickness and disability benefits, because why would they sort out the collapse of our National Health Service, when they can simply scapegoat the people who need it?Included is some context that shows we might not be quite the 'sick note culture' we're being made out to be, plus a throwback clip to when people complained that their GP appointments were given too soon!Next, Jemma and Marina discuss a laughable headline from The Telegraph's Camilla Tominey. And from laughable news titles, to laughable Royal titles - because it appears King Charles has been busy dishing out a load more honours to his wife, bro and kids. If you thought The Order of the Thistle was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet...Patreon
26/04/2437m 35s

Ep 144: 3am Sleaze, Marathon Glory and Rwanda Shame

Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, has said that the Tory's have overshot all their targets.... without laughing....on National TV. This is such an outlandish claim, she almost deserves a medal but not as much as Chris Packham does for his outstanding performance on the Laura K show. And certainly not as much as everyone who ran the London Marathon does. Jemma and Marina enjoy some highlights and chat about what impressed and inspired them most about the annual, 26 mile, test of endurance. It won't surprise regular listeners to discover that Marina's favourite moment involved wine. Then, the Trawl ladies rake over what happened at 3am one night when Tory MP, Mark Menzies, put in a phone call because he needed to pay off some 'bad people.' Talking of bad people, Jemma and Marina are gutted that after many rounds of political ping pong, the Rwanda bill has finally been passed. A moment of national shame that ironically comes on the same week as St George's Day. But when does national pride become pure nationalism? Pudding is served by comedian Matilda Thorpe. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
24/04/2444m 6s

The Trawl Meets: Gary Stevenson

Marina and Jemma are thrilled to chat to activist and author of the No 1 Sunday Times Bestseller, The Trading Game, Gary Stevenson. They hear about his humble beginnings, his route to university and what it felt like to be Citibank's most successful trader. They're particularly fascinated by the reasons that at age 27, Gary eschewed his life in the city to start explaining why the system is rigged and profoundly unfair. The Trawl ladies talk to him about wealth tax, being a 'patriotic millionaire' and who he thinks does speak sense. Gary's Channel you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
19/04/2451m 29s

Ep 143: Trussterf**k & Petrified Non-Doms

Jemma and Marina open with an emotional appeal...For a group of people who feel petrified, forced to flee their homes against their will. They're talking of course, about... non-doms. Then it's straight into the latest from Liz Truss' deluded book tour in which Jemma and Marina try to outdo each other with the worst clips of our former PM that they can find. They discuss Truss' latest bid to ditch the Supreme Court, leave the ECHR and her attempt to ditch The Equality Act - when she was equalities minister no less.After a few more excerpts from her book, the ladies move onto satirical takes, which are harder to distinguish from reality than you'd first think. The final segment has a good laugh at those on the right who are dabbling with Artificial Intelligence to show us what the world should look like according to them, and it isn't pretty - nor even vaguely plausible.Then it's a pic n mix of delicious underrated tweets and clips, with a pudding from Larry and Paul about Prince Andrew. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
18/04/2439m 8s

Ep 142: Laura K BBC Bias

Reform have had a fair few struggles with their vetting process but this week have surpassed even themselves by cancelling an inactive candidate who turned out to be.....dead. A pulse is probably necessary, even at Reform. Then, it's time to look at the papers and, despite the prospect of WW3, The Mail are focusing on Angela Rayner and what she 'might' or might not owe in capital gains tax.Jemma and Marina discuss how Laura Kuenssberg can't get enough of the story and pay tribute to writer, John O'Farrell's, glorious contribution to the show. They go on to discuss a topic the BBC won't be covering any time soon - it's BBC bias and what's happened to the News department since Tory donor, Robbie Gibb, was put in charge.There follow masses of Under Rated Tweets and the Trawl ladies are definitely bias because they think they're very funny. Pudding is interactive. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
17/04/2441m 14s

Ep 141: Rwanda revelations & career advice from Ms Money-Coutts

Just when you thought the Glaswegian Wonka was the worst ever entertainment experience, along comes Nigel Farage with his 60th birthday party celebration... Jemma and Marina discuss the bizarre goings-on from the bash and what one is supposed to do with a Farage-shaped ice luge. Then it's onto the latest social calamity X post from the Govt of the second most powerful country in the world - or at least it was the most powerful country according to the Conservative's X account earlier in the week, but seemingly not by the end of the week, by which point they had deleted said post.The Rwanda plan takes a hilarious new turn... turns out £500m doesn't just buy you no asylum seekers in Rwanda, but also no planes and no homes too. Terrific. Need some career advice? Well, you're in luck. Telegraph columnist and granddaughter of Telegraph grandee, Sophia Money-Coutts (yes, that is her real name) has some advice for our lazy Gen Zs on how to hustle - just like she did. After more hammering of our young, Jemma and Marina finish on some epic underrated tweets and an ECHR-flavoured pudding that reminds us how utterly insane it is that our unelected hedge fund manager PM is trying to drag us out of it.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
12/04/2448m 35s

Ep 140: Forget Wragg, what about Rayner?

Financial advice from Sunak, anyone? Because that's what was offered by our PM in his latest comms disaster video put out by No.10. The ladies discuss the desperate attempts by the PM to shift public perception, as well as the very obvious flaw.Then it's onto "courageous and fulsome" William Wragg - whose latest accolade includes being praised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for sending photos of his meat and two veg to a perfect stranger on the internet before compromising his colleagues, some of which, went on to do the same. What a time to be alive!But who cares about Wragg, or indeed the billions of pounds squandered, evaded or funnelled by Conservatives, because EVERYONE LOOK AT ANGELA RAYNER! Jemma and Marina discuss the crazed efforts of the right to try and make us angry about a potential £1.5k tax issue from a lady who sold her council house 9 years ago and wasn't even an MP at the time, with desperate Dan at The Mail on Sunday leading the charge. Then it's onto some mispronunciations that may offend your ears, before a delightful pudding finisher from The Marsh Family. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
10/04/2446m 53s

Ep 139: Merde Island - sewage spills and micro shorts

Tory MP for Uxbridge is campaigning hard for a fish and chip shop in the centre of Uxbridge, and that's despite refusing planning permission for one in 2019. Marina and Jemma rarely start an episode with their head in their hands but this time they do. And their despair isn't going away because this ep has sewage at it's heart and some dismal facts about how badly privatisation has failed us all. Jemma tries to change the subject / lighten the mood with a series of tweets Marina is only half sure about. Enjoy! Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
05/04/2434m 56s

Ep 138: Hot Cross Tories - an Easter Basket

Jemma and Marina kick off with a quick look at the latest MRP poll as reported in The Times, which doesn't read well for Sunak and Co. For some unknown reason, Rishi is still laughing however, as are the Question Time audience when Esther McVey is asked about her role as 'Minister of Common Sense.' Though arguably X (formerly known as Twitter) could do with some sort of Common Sense Tsar because over Easter there was a lot of performative Christianity happening which was more sickening than overdoing the chocolate, frankly. Everywhere you looked Tories were outdoing themselves with their devout displays of worship - to the point where Liz Truss saw fit to stand outside a boarded up church clutching a live lamb that looked like it really wanted to escape. The Trawl ladies discuss the juxtaposition between supporting the Rwanda policy, wanting to criminalise the homeless and painting over murals to make refugee centres less welcoming, and being Christian. Interesting. Meanwhile, just before the Easter break, Sunak sneaked out his latest list of people he wants to stuff into the Lords. Marina and Jemma inspect a few of them. Easter themed Under rated Tweets and clips finish of the episode along with an Easter themed pudding. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
04/04/2442m 17s

Ep 137: Gullis promoted, the £100k struggle & Owen Jones

It's another jam-packed pod... opening with furious reaction to Nike's England flag rebrand and some commentary from Marina which resulted in an Express news article dedicated just to her.Then it's onto Owen Jones, who this week announced he was leaving the Labour party, to a very mixed reaction. Marina and Jemma explore their own thoughts and feelings on this, because despite the polling and the complacency - it ain't over till it's over. Hunt gets his own section thanks to his tone-deaf comments about people in his constituency not getting by on £100k. Something has to have gone pretty wrong in an economy if you can be earning £100k and still not make ends meet. The ladies discuss and share the best reactions and explore what 30p Lee might have said. Learn to budget better perhaps?The Kate Middleton news gets a brief mention as the ladies chat through the reaction to the announcement before moving swiftly on to the big news in town... The Conservatives have a new Deputy Chairman and his name is Jonathan Gullis! He must be thrilled to be promoted to a job he's going to lose in 5 months. Then Jemma and Marina finish with the latest and greatest bit of disinformation put out by Tory Twitter before finishing with a perfectly on-topic pudding about flags. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
28/03/2455m 54s

Ep 136: Useless Ofcom, Holly Vallance defects & Freeports

Did you even realise the LibDems had held their Spring Conference? No, nor did Jemma and Marina. So in a bid to readdress the balance, the ladies open with a rather compelling snippet from leader, Ed Davey.Then it's onto a rare moment where Keir Starmer offers hope (but careful, it's the hope that kills you), before delving into GB News' latest accolade: yet another strongly worded letter from Ofcom regarding their breaching of the impartiality rules. But you know, these things happen...once, twice - or in the case of GB News - 12 TIMES. But maybe next time they'll face a proper section. The 13th time's a charm...Sticking with GB News, unlike their viewers, Jemma and Marina discuss Rees-Mogg's reaction to Ofcom's mild telling-off before getting stuck into the update you were all waiting for: Holly Valance's change of heart from Conservative to Reform. Jemma and Marina look forward to the next GB News installment where broadcasters bemoan Gary Lineker for not sticking to football, without even a hint of self-awareness. And it's about time a special mention was given to Special Economic Zones and freeports - a sinister policy and plan from this Government that is sweeping the country with very little coverage or accountability. Thankfully, Carol Vorderman is on hand to deep dive with the accuracy we all know and love her for.Finally a few tweets with some speculation over Obama's visit to Number 10 and a pudding from The Exploding Heads on Ofcom's latest weasel words. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
22/03/2439m 59s

Ep 135: Tories plotting & Kate-spotting...

Does anyone else have a strong sense of déjà vu? Because it appears it's that time of year again: When the Tories decide to ditch their useless leader. Yep, because as Sunak continues to take his taxpayer-funded chopper on tour to tell us all that his plan that clearly isn't working is working, in other corners of the Tory party, the penny is dropping... Penny Mordaunt to be precise. The ladies discuss the rumour mill of letters of no confidence going in, election dates, and revisit Penny Mordaunt's brief time as Liz Truss cheerleader and defender - "I think the Right Honourable Gentleman will find, she is absolutely not hiding under a desk".Then it's onto extremism, as Michael Gove announces Govt's new definition of this, but fails to mention that if you donate £10million to The Tory party, or indeed £15million then you can indulge in all the extremism you like and still have a massive hold on the party of Government. Christian forgiveness and all that... And Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle also gets a little mention for failing to see Diane Abott bobbing up and down at PMQs like a busted Jack in the Box. The Kate-Gate saga shows no signs of stopping, so Marina and Jemma dive straight in and touch upon some rather intriguing reporting from The Independent on a certain Marchioness of Cholmondley, plus the latest sighting of Kate (?) at her local garden centre. Then it's a Kate-inspired pudding to finish, from the genius Munya Chawawa.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
20/03/2444m 12s

The Trawl Meets: Natasha Devon

Jemma and Marina are delighted to speak to LBC presenter and writer, Natasha Devon, about the time she was fired by the government, why the younger generation prioritise work/life balance and why callers need to be ‘match fit’ if they want to talk about Meghan. Plus, Marina and Jemma spring a round of Education Secretary bingo on her. A wonderful chat with a friend of the pod. Enjoy!Natasha's Website: Follow her on Instagram and Threads as @_natashadevon.Clicks: How to Be Your Best Self Online: you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
16/03/2454m 15s

134: Order of the Thistle and Other Mad Plots

Jemma and Marina pay tribute to Theresa May who will be standing down at the next election. If by pay tribute you mean, remembering what she was known for re Windrush, the Hostile Environment and Brexit, amongst other 'hits.' And then it's back to the big political news of the week. Lee Anderson is off to Reform. Getting suspended and then being offered a lot of money had nothing to do with it. He just wants his country 'back' apparently. The ladies wonder what it is he wants it back from....There's a lot to talk about when it comes to the press conference, plus what it means for The Tories. Nadine Dorries thinks Johnson is the answer, but then she always thinks that Marina and Jemma discuss whether or not the the chances of his return are anything more than pure fantasy. And then it's on to Kate Gate, that photo, and some of the tweets surrounding it. In other Royal news, Edward has been awarded the Order of The Thistle. It's safe to say Marina probably isn't going to be booked as a Royal correspondent any time soon given that she's not entirely sure which one Edward is. She also can't stop laughing at the Order Jemma has decided she should be awarded. Lots of incredible Under Rated Tweets finish this episode off. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
15/03/2446m 17s

Ep 133: Racist donors, reckless ministers & an Oscars highlight

Murdoch is engaged again. Marina and Jemma ponder this romantic news before delving into the aftermath of last week's budget. If the Tories had been hoping for a bounce in the polls, their political hearts will have dropped when they saw the latest results from Westminster Voting Intentions. Turns out, 2p off your NI hasn't had the cut through they were hoping for...funny that.The Trawl ladies trawl through a few clips from the aftermath, some wonderful ones and some bias ones. Laura K they might be looking at you. Then, Michelle Donelan's had her legal costs paid for by the treasury. Everyone alright with that? Jeremy Hunt seems pretty relaxed about it but then he also thought a 2p NI cut would make up for 14 years of Tory misery. Still, Donelan's legal bills were a snip compared to Truss' travel expenses and plane food bill. No cost cutting going on there. It seems cuts are only reserved for our public services. Then, Jemma and Marina discuss the abhorrent comments made by Tory donor Frank Hester. The comments were dangerous and inexcusable and yet some MPs were OK with not dealing with them in the strongest of terms. Why did it take so long for the top Tories to call out for what it is - racism. After all that political grit we're off to the Oscars for a bit of glamour. Jimmy Kimmel gets Under Rated Clip of The Week. Pudding is served by Larry and PaulThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
14/03/2450m 26s

Ep 132: Budget, bluster and bell curves...

It's budget day! And at time of record, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt had just dropped what the ladies hope will be the last Tory budget. Imagine that... Jemma and Marina give some initial reactions to Hunt's speech which opened with lies, continued with lies, and then finished with lies - because if there's one thing Hunt is good at, it's consistency. The ladies then move from the goings-on in Westminster to those in Rochdale with a lookback at George Galloway coming first in the Rochdale by-election, and Richard Tice's Reform candidate coming fourth - in a two-horse race, no less. Then it's onto that Sunak speech outside number 10 on a Friday at 5:30pm, which for all his faults, Boris Johnson would never have done - most probably because it would have eaten into wine-time Fridays. This week's underrated section is a buffet of delicious clips and tweets, including THAT Grazia interview with Rishi Sunak and his wife as they tried to convey themselves as totally normal, and came across as anything but. The ladies finish with a clip of Sky's Sophy Ridge that felt heaven-sent for The Trawl, plus a smash hits pudding from Munya Chawawa. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
07/03/2448m 7s

Ep 131: Right gone wrong - Suella, Lee and Liz

Like Mariah, Celine and Whitney, Tory bells Lee, Suella and Liz need only their first name for instant recognition. But sadly, instead of singing absolute belters, this trio of wrong' uns are spewing hate, division and stoking fear.This pod is sectioned, as some might suggest our trio should be, to allow for individual dissection of the latest line-crossing of these three Tories, who are seemingly on a mission to get themselves so far to the right, that our hope is they tip over. Jemma and Marina discuss Suella's latest Torygraph article where she declared the Islamists, extremists and antisemites are now in charge of Britain, which makes somewhat of a change from it being the blob, the elite establishment and the tofu-eating wokerati.Then it's onto Lee Anderthal, who limited his apparent Islamophobia to London and its Mayor instead of the whole of Great Britain - how very restrained of him. The ladies discuss the dangerous conflation between Islam and Islamists, and the shocking results of a Tory member poll that shows this dangerous conflation is having an impact., before attempting to lighten the tone with some wonderful reactions to Lee's latest cock-up.And when is racism, not racism? Well, when it's covered by the BBC and is demoted to just 'criticism'. Astounding coverage of these events followed astounding interviews where ministers and Secretaries of State metaphorically soiled themselves on air, which are served up for your listening pleasure. Finally, it's onto Liz - who last week found herself serving her South-West Norfolk constituents all the way from a far-right conference in the US. Staying true to form, Liz spent her time trying to wreck things as quickly as possible - not the UK economy, mortgages and pension funds this time - instead she has moved on to US/UK diplomatic relations. Well done, Liz.The ladies praise Sunak's efforts in doing what no PM has done before - uniting Liverpool and Chelsea fans. Then it's onto a few delicious underrated tweets to help you get through the sheer ridiculousness of it all, before pudding from Larry & Paul. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
01/03/2457m 33s

Ep 130: Dying for Russia vs shilling for Russia

Some of the London Underground tube lines have had a rebrand and one of the commentators at the Daily Telegraph isn’t happy. Apparently the Lionesses, the Suffragettes and the Windrush generation are all ‘hard left’. So there you go. If you find yourself in the capital and use the tube, you’re basically a communist. Obviously it’s all Sadiq Kahn’s fault and yet what Conservative HQ have tried to do to the Mayor really is something to be appalled by. Marina and Jemma listen to a clip they put out, where they deliberately cut Khan off at a very crucial point, just as he was about to correct himself. It being The Trawl, the Trawl ladies play you the longer version too. That way you can judge for yourself what the truth of the matter is and whether the chairman of the Tory party’s defence is good enough. Meanwhile, across the pond, ex Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, has been fawning over Putin in a bizarre interview and extolling the virtues of living in Russia. He also seems entirely comfortable with the notion that all leaders kill people. He uttered this statement a mere few days before Putin’s opponent, Alexei Navalny, did indeed get killed. Jemma and Marina pay tribute to Navalny’s bravery and hope his death wasn’t in vain. Pudding is unusually emotional but that seems fitting for this episode. You never know when your time might be up. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
23/02/2436m 32s

Ep 129: Into the "mild" recession we go...

Jemma and Marina open with a tribute to the late, great BBC Radio host, Steve Wright who we lost last week - Sunday Love Songs will never be the same...Then... Should the ladies try to be more poetic when talking down the Tories? Bells and bollards are fine, but perhaps they would fare better taking inspiration from the Nigerians. There's a lot of fun to be had when the ladies put this into practice.Next, it's onto those massive by-election losses for Labour - which the Tories and their client journalists will still try to have you believe show no enthusiasm for Labour. If that's the case, goodness knows what it means for enthusiasm levels for the Tories. Rees-Mogg gets a little section all of his own for being thicker than average - or as the Nigerians might say: for being chased by wisdom, but choosing ton outrun it. The ladies discuss Mogg's latest milk-based outburst and try desperately to remove toxic visions from their minds when talk turns to Mogg's nanny and his...bitty.Then it's a celebratory moment for the fact that the UK has entered a recession - but just a little, mild, technical one - in fact, one of the best ones we've had in years according to the BBC - how lovely. But don't even think about blaming the party of Govt for the last 14 years, instead be sure to blame students who play truant, as suggested by the seemingly crack-smoking jounro at The Telegraph, who suggested as much in their headline.Then it's a quick despair at being walked at gunpoint to the cashpoint by our Govt and utility firms to pay for their record profits, before some topical tweets and a GB News pudding that may invoke a tiny bit of vom. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
22/02/2437m 55s

The Trawl Meets: Carol Vorderman.

Jemma and Marina were thrilled to speak with the leader of the opposition AKA Carol Vorderman. They talk corruption, boobs, bums and politics. A juicy Trawl for your delectation. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
15/02/2454m 20s

Ep 128: UnPop Cons, Holly Vallance & Gregg Wallace...

Grab your popcorn, we're off to Pop Con...Jemma and Marina take you through the lowlights of the Popular Conservatism conference - the latest Tory splinter group headed up, unironically, by the most unpopular Conservative known to man, Liz Truss.After realizing they are both "left-wing extremists" in Truss's power-sodden mind, Jemma and Marina discuss how after the anti-elites Pop Con conference, 30 Conservatives gathered for cocktails at Rees-Mogg’s £5m Westminster townhouse, at 2pm, on a Tuesday, like we all do.Then it's move over Mike Graham - there's a new genius in town, and this one is the MP for Ashfield, 30p Lee who took to the stage to declare that coal is sustainable, just like concrete.Jemma and Marina explore the underlying beliefs that drives all conservatives, before putting to the test a crucial theory posed by James O'Brien: Would Jacob-Ress Mogg be taken seriously if the guff that fell from his mouth was delivered with a working-class accent? The results are 100% conclusive.Then it's onto THAT clip of Holly Vallance, in which the ex-soap and pop starlet declared lefty ideas to be "crappy". And that everyone starts off a lefty until they get houses or jobs - and then they move to the right. Or in Vallance's case, they marry a billionaire.Moving on, the ladies chat through a day in the life of MasterChef's, Gregg Wallace after an article he wrote for The Telegraph Magazine left a lot of us questioning his life choices...and then our own...and then also fancying a Harvester breakfast.The Trawl ends with some tips from the Daily Mail for how to fend off an XL bully if you find yourself under attack - really useful stuff, just remember not to leave the house without your spare carrier bag of attack meat. And Marina offers up her own eye-opening advice, which requires no props at all.To finish is a delightful pudding from Satirist Sue Harrison of Liz Truss - if she went to an improv class.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
13/02/2447m 24s

Ep 127: Sunak's Gaffes

We'd bet you a £1000 you've heard about the bet between Sunak and Piers Morgan, only there's a cost of living crisis and we're not that crass. Yes, the Prime Minister of Britain actually thought it was appropriate to allow himself to be boxed in by Morgan to the point where he shook his hand on television, betting that he'd get a plane load of refugees into the air. A new low. His defence? I was taken by surprise. Marina and Jemma aren't entirely sure that's much comfort coming from the leader of the country.Then, to make a bad week even worse, Sunak makes a 'joke' in Parliament about Starmer not knowing what a woman is, on the day the mother of murdered trans girl Brianna Ghey is in the chamber. Despite how appalling this is, no apology has been made. Instead, MP after MP fall over themselves to defend, gaslight and double down. Warning - none of it is edifying but Jemma and Marina try to make sense of it and discuss why they think Sunak gets it so wrong time and time again.We finish off with a bit of corruption and a fantastic pudding from Munya Chawawa.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
11/02/2440m 31s

Ep 126: Brexit Anniversary: Four years on.

In this ep Jemma and Marina are 'celebrating' the fourth anniversary of Brexit by listening to some old clips of people who were certain it would be marvellous. The Trawl ladies were tempted to exchange gifts but in order to stick to the theme, they'd have needed a ring which turns your finger green or a carriage clock that doesn't work.They particularly enjoyed the compare and contrast moment of the lead singer of Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, talking about how his industry wouldn't be affected back in 2018 vs him speaking now, in 2024 about how....his industry has been affected. Ah, hindsight's a wonderful thing though to be fair he probably had slightly more of a grasp on Brexit than the Love Islanders. Though only slightly.Still, at least he's not a politician who has championed something she said would be great for business who now says businesses need to suck it up ( not actual words). Cue Andrea Leadsom. Once Andrea has said the word so many times it no longer means anything, we turn to Jacob Rees Mogg to hear what he's up to on this glorious anniversary. In a quite extraordinary clip, hear him trying to tell a farmer about farming. (Spoiler the farmer isn't delighted with Brexit).Then, Marina and Jemma take a moment to ponder why the French rioted when they found out their retirement age was to increase by two years, whereas here, it's being said we'll have to work till we're 71 and no one's batted an eyelid.A glorious exchange between Matthew Wright and Ann Widdecombe is a wonderful palate cleanser before pudding by The Exploding Heads.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon
10/02/2441m 12s

Ep 125: Lucy Frazer calls bias, we call bull...

The Tory bellendery is strong in this ep... First, we have the audacity of a Govt known for 'losing' its WhatsApps announcing its new Govt WhatsApp, followed by a series of car crash interviews that are almost painful to listen to - a pile-up if you like. Staring with... Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer, the little girl who cried bias. Or was it perception of bias? Or evidence of bias? Same Same. Jemma and Marina explore the possibility that the BBC may be bias, but arrive at a conclusion that is just a tad different to Lucy's. Next up for interviews they'd rather forget was Tory MP, Huw Merriman who has a perception that the BBC is bias because The News Quiz mocked Tory MPs and the Government - which ironically gives us even more reason to mock Tory MPs and the Government. And finally, it's guaranteed-to-go viral, Susan Hall, the Tory Mayoral candidate who does Sadiq Khan's campaigning for him. In another Nick Ferrari interview on LBC she is exposed for not knowing the stuff she is supposed to know about now, and then not really knowing the stuff that she supposedly once knew about - splendid stuff. The ladies touch upon that moment when Sunak laughed in the face of a woman asking him about the NHS and reminded us that he has less charisma and likeability that Mark Francois on a Tory rebellion day. Then it's into underrated tweets, followed by a pudding so powerful that it couldn't be left out. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/01/2438m 31s

Ep 124: Steel yourself - we're off to Port Talbot

Jemma and Marina decide this episode is an 'eat your greens' type of ep because what's happened in Port Talbot certainly isn't funny. Around 3000 people are set to lose their jobs when the blast furnaces are closed so the tone is perhaps more serious than usual because the Trawl ladies really want to look at how it's got to this point. After all, Sunak gave Tata Steel £500 million to 'protect jobs', only it turns out he didn't get any assurances in return. Now, a community is decimated and we'll be the only country in the G20 not to be making steel. The majority of the media are blaming Net Zero so thank goodness for Byline TV and ex first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones who actually utters the 'B' word and explains why Brexit has caused this. It won't come as a huge surprise to find out that the people of Port Talbot voted Leave, but then they were targeted with Facebook ads which claimed in order to protect the steel industry that was what they needed to do. It's a sorry mess. Thank goodness for the Nicola Sturgeon WhatsApp online brouhaha. There are also some excellent under rated tweets to lighten the mood and, in Jemma's case, lower the tone. Pudding is from the magnificent Munya Chawawa and is Traitors themed. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/01/2440m 59s

Ep 123: Sniggling - When 30p Lee became Hurty Lee

Another week of Tory psychodrama, another week of Tories making utter fools of themselves. It's hard to know where to start, so Jemma and Marina intro with a gem from Tory mayoral candidate, Susan Mason and her Essex nightclub howler.Then it's a quick chat about THAT YouGov poll - and how it was oh so perfectly timed to collide with the Rwanda vote. And my word...what a kerfuffle. All that noise, pressure, threats, resignations - all for the bill to pass with just 11 looney rebels prepared to stand firm. Trust Tory rebels to be too incompetent to rebel.Jemma and Marina savour the moment '30p Lee' became 'Hurty Lee' and invented a whole new word to describe the utter trauma of being...sniggled at. The ladies chat through the desperate lengths Sunak is going to in pursuit of his albatross Rwanda bill - including his magic trick, where from out of nowhere he is going to abracadabra up 150 judges. It would be rude not to include Therese Coffey's ruinous House of Commons moment regarding Rwanda, and then it's onto an observation of "Dodgy" Dave Cameron's Brexit admission on the Laura Kuenssberg show.To finish, Jemma shares some cheeky weather reports, Marina brings up the Royals - because apparently we are a nation reeling and worrying ourselves sick over how Prince William will manage bathtime, and you're in for a treat with a perfectly on theme 30p Pudding. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/01/2450m 29s

Ep 122: A Very British Post Office Scandal

Why can’t every freeborn Briton burn his Christmas tree in his own hearth? Jemma and Marina ponder how this question, that is on precisely nobody's lips, was chosen by blovitaing bell Boris Johnson as the hill to die on for his £15k per column article in the Daily Mail. You've got to wonder if they're having buyer's remorse yet. Then brace yourselves, as it's onto our new Brexit benefit! Move aside pint of wine, because now we have shellfish in the Thames! Prawn cocktail a la Thames, anyone? Or perhaps a bit of Coquille St Craps? But the meat of this pod is dedicated to the utterly gut-wrenching Post Office scandal. The ladies discuss why this story has finally captured everyone's attention and how it is sadly symptomatic of a country where the rich and powerful can cheat and crush the little person.They discuss the gross gangster-style bullying and intimidation carried out by the Post Office and talk about the person who is really at fault here... Keir Starmer - apparently! Plus they pay homage to tireless campaigners of the cause like Priti Patel, or at least she made out she was, until a Community Note on X proved otherwise. After a delicious dose of fury from Ian Hislop as he schooled Tory MP Jake 'not very bright' Berry, the ladies move on to Kate Middleton's winning fashion formula, which is totally accessible for all - we just need to wait for H&M to start stocking diamond-encrusted tiaras, shields and tridents. Then it's onto underrated tweets and clips of the week, including a particularly cheeky Farage-flavoured one and a belter of a Post Office pudding from the wonderful satirist, Rosie Holt.  Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/01/2450m 23s

The Trawl Meets: Jen Brister

Comedian and writer Jen Brister eschews X but is massive on Instagram where clips of her brilliant stand-up frequently go viral. Jemma and Marina love her so much, they've both been to seen her live so imagine their delight when they found out Jen, not only listens to The Trawl, but also can't stand the Tories. Inevitably, politics is at the forefront of their minds in this get together, but there's plenty of chat about parenthood and why it's OK to admit playgrounds are boring (for adults). Marina and Jemma enjoy playing clips of their Jen Brister highlights and it all makes for a very fun Trawl. Jen's new special: The Optimist you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/01/241h 4m

Ep 121: Sunak tries to be normal...

It's the first Trawl of 2024 and the ladies are back with a bang - or indeed, a massive bell!Jemma and Marina lament taking quite so long to record the first new year's Trawl. They expected the Tories to be less chaotic over the festive period and into the new year, but alas, they got that as wrong as a Patrick Minford economy prediction.There were many uncool yule moments, and many festive bells, but in this episode Jemma and Marina explore the lowlights of a man with more community notes than your local civic centre: Rishi Sunak. And the little weasel has been busy...First Rishi did Home Alone, then Rishi did Southampton FC, then Rishi did the oldest youth centre known to man - but what Rishi didn't do, was the truth. Sunak's 2023 lookback was interesting... In that it was a lookback on a 2023 that will have been familiar to absolutely no one, but worry not, as you'll be sure to find comedian Tilly Thorpe's version is far more on point. The ladies discuss the latest in global Britain, including Sunak opening the year with a tweet announcing the end of global Britain. Because stopping a Chinese student from bringing their mother to the UK is now delivering for the British people...Then it's onto the biggest bells of all - Gongs! Jemma and Marina lament a country where Sir Wetherspoon is now a thing and breakers of electoral law don't get banned from parliament, but instead embedded within it. They also wonder what cup size one must reach before their political opinions become irrelevant - this might be one for Lord Bailey of Paddington to answer. Underrated tweets include a fox hunting gem, all polished off with a tuneful treat from The Marsh Family regarding those peerages, with a sing named:  “Does Truss not feel ashamed?” Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/01/2447m 59s

Ep 120: Festive Trawl - Jingle Bell Ends like Mone and Gullis

Jemma and Marina invite you to The Trawl Christmas Party. It's in your ears, whenever you want to attend. Wear what you want, it's all very laid back though the chat veers from serious to light, to ridiculous and the drinks are imaginary. The slow dance isn't obligatory but does add the office party feels...First Marina and Jemma toast the fact that 2024 will hopefully be the year we finally get a general election. A glimmer of hope on the Tory landscape. Then the Trawl ladies wonder why it's so hard to find press coverage of Prince Harry's win in court. It's almost like the press don't want to besmirch the press.Then - we need to talk about Mone. After all, she's the one who organised an interview with Laura Kuenssberg, which went about as well as the one Prince Andrew did. Come to think of it, he didn't think he'd done anything wrong either. Marina and Jemma are not impressed by Mone's defence that the millions are her husband's so 'nothing to do with her, honest guv' or the facts of what went on during the pandemic when it came to doling out PPE contracts. The party is taking a turn for the grim, so the girls turn their attention to some of the funniest clips of 2023 and chat about their favourite Christmas movies. Though Marina might be having a rethink on one of hers.....There's just time for some underrated tweets and some thank you's. Marina and Jemma have had a ball trawling this year and literally couldn't do it without you. Merry Christmas you filthy animals. They'll be back in January ready for a massive 2024 xx Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/12/2350m 52s

Ep 119: Lost WhatsApp's, memories gone & former-footballer fiascos

Sunak and Johnson have both lost their whatsapp messages - the ones which were sent when they were Prime Minster and Chancellor and in charge. It's 'such' a coincidence and makes total sense that it's magically happened to both of them. Jemma and Marina are totally convinced - honest guv. Marina's worried about Sunak's memory too. The poor sausage can't recall anything. Jemma suggest fish oils maybe? Still, Dorries is on hand to thoroughly discredit her love, Johnson, without even realising she's doing it. In fact, in her world she's supporting him, it's quite a talent. Lineker is blowing up X again by daring to reply to people and Mone has paid for a documentary which is entirely neutral and fair. In other news Joey Barton has decided women shouldn't be allowed to commentate on football. Marina and Jemma have a lot to say on this and just hope Joey is alright with that. Oh and Farage is back from the jungle having come in at 'who cares' third place. Pudding is quite sublime and suitably festive. Politics Joe have pulled it out the bag again. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/12/2348m 0s

Ep 118: 5 Families, 0 Rebellions & 1 Massive Bell

Five seconds after Jemma and Marina finished recording the last Trawl, typically, British politics took a new turn for the mad. Cleverly has declared that unless you earn £37.5K you can't settle here with a foreigner. Having crushed millions of people's hopes and dreams and stuck a big Tory finger up to romance, there's hardly time to scream 'But what about Shirley Valentine?' before moving on to the next psychodrama. Oh yes, it's Rwanda shitshow time. The Tories are fighting like rats in a sack, determined to get the 'Rwanda Safety Bill' through and to hell with the law. None of it has been edifying but Mark Francois strutting about talking about his 'star chamber' and 'spartans' and the 'five families' is particularly astounding and generates a lot of great tweets.George Monbiot put in a brilliantly impressive turn on Question Time so Marina and Jemma make sure you hear a bit of that. Then it's time to pay tribute to poet Benjamin Zephaniah who sadly died. It's fitting that this episode finishes with a poem for pudding. This one is written by Michael Forte (Jemma's dad) and the Trawl ladies think it's got Trawl written all over it. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/12/2345m 41s

The Trawl Meets: Dan Hodges

This month, The Trawl met someone you might not expect us to... Someone who certainly bucks the trend of people we’ve spoken with thus far, because it’s a person, who you could argue, finds themselves on the other side of the debate more often than not.Even if you don't know of Hodges himself, you'll definitely know who he works for - The Mail, or as Jemma and Marina tend to refer to it - "one of those Tory right-wing sh*trags".At time of record, Braverman has just been sacked following the remembrance day riot at the cenotaph, which one could argue was almost sponsored by the papers Hodges is associated with. Needless to say, the ladies quiz him on this and how someone with such a well-known, anti-Tory, Labour MP mother, could end up working where he has. Disagreements ensue, from the pro-Palestine and pro-ceasefire marches to who it is that really chooses our leaders: the electorate or the press barons? Jemma asks whether Dan cares about the non-dom nature of his big boss and if ever he and his colleagues turn up to work and despair at the bilge they're paid to write. Prepare to be shocked by Dan's verdict on the Tory VIP PPE lane, and to be not shocked at all by his thoughts on the revolving door between press and politics - after all, what would you expect from the man once referred to in The Spectator as David Cameron's "new favorite columnist?An interesting chat, somewhat baffling and, at times, a lot like nailing jelly to a wall. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/12/2344m 45s

Ep 117: Starmer Drama and Tory Trauma

The Trawl schedule has gone off piste due to haywire Christmas diaries (normal practice will resume next week). And so it is that this week, Jemma and Marina find themselves trawling, just as news is breaking that Cleverly has announced a tranche of policy, supposedly designed to cut immigration figures. Their heads are spinning as they try to absorb the latest ill thought out Tory batshittery which means foreign carers won't be able to bring dependants with them (nice). Oh, and if you fall in love with anyone foreign, unless they earn 37K, they can't come and live with you. OkaaaaaThere do follow some reasons to be cheerful - more Tory MPs are reportedly considering leaving the sinking ship before they can be booted out. One of the names mooted is Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, but she's busy wreaking havoc before she offskies. Childcare is the latest sector under the Trawl spotlight and Marina and Jemma's conclusions are that.....things aren't not looking good. Free hours can only be free if someone pays for the labour.A lot of people of note have sadly passed since the last ep. The Trawl ladies take a look at the people who have died in the last week and discuss whose deaths have moved then personally in the past. Jemma would never have predicted who Marina says. There's news from the jungle, tweets from Cop 28 and a chat about why on earth Starmer felt the need to describe Thatcher's legacy as 'meaningful.' It's caused a ruckus on the left that's for sure. Cilla's back for a quick blast and Larry and Paul serve a very well themed pudding. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/12/2349m 27s

Ep 116: Tax cut lies, Susan Hall lows & Elon Musk meltdowns

The episode opens with a trip to the Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on, where Torty MP, Johnny Mercer is met with a different type of Christmas cheer. Then it's report time... Because last week the OBR published its economic and fiscal outlook for 2024, and it's a grimmer read than one of Nadine's dirty novels - though in the OBR report, a significantly higher number of people are getting screwed. Jemma and Marina discuss the numerous newspaper headlines celebrating Hunt's tax cuts, which is problematic, given we're now facing the biggest tax burden since WWII. But hey, why let the truth get in the way of a client journalist's headline?Then settle in for a gripping, action-packed, true crime story, featuring Tory Mayoral candidate Susan Mason. Less Die Hard, more Lie Hard.Underrated clips of the week include Elon Musk wiping another few billion off the X share price during a public soiling of himself, and a little treat from Cilla Black - God Rest Her Soul.Pudding is served up by Moog with his version of Susan Mason's terrifying run-in with the criminal underworld of London. Sadiq Khan has a lot to answer for...Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/12/2337m 39s

Ep 115 Greek marbles, Rwandan sovereignty & British denial

When all about you are losing their marbles... Greece is trying to claim theirs back. And it's computer says no from Rishi Sunak who has decided to start a diplomatic war with Greece because he doesn't want to give them back their marbles - which is exactly the response you'd expect from our populist PM, and incidentally, also a spoilt toddler. Then it's onto our new Home Secretary, James Cleverly, who, despite the House of Commons being laden with cameras and microphones, decided to direct profanities at the entire constituency of Stockton, and then despite recorded evidence of exactly this, tell us he didn't. More records are smashed for Sunak - just in the wrong direction to what he promised with this week's revelation of unprecedented migration figures. And Richard Tice takes to X to chat about climate change in a clip that gives Cillit Bang's, Barry Scott a run for his money. Underrated tweet is a naughty little jab at GB News from Aid Thompsin and for pudding, comedian James Acaster gives his take on the Elgin marbles debacle. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/12/2341m 24s

Ep 114: Rwanda, Vallance's Diary & Exploding Heads

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to the Covid Enquiry we go to hear what Vallance and Whitty had to endure during the pandemic. Spoiler alert - incompetence, idiocy and disrespect mainly. We also find out they were burdened with a PM who didn't understand the science and thought if people died it was 'OK' if they'd had a 'good innings.' Lovely.But first, Jemma and Marina are thrilled that The Exploding Heads' catchphrase 'Love to the family Colin' is catching on. Hear an extraordinary caller who was so aerated about immigrants he was positively yelling at Tom Swarbrick on LBC. Then Jemma also encountered yet another 'Colin' on Jeremy Vine. 'Love to the to the family' was the only worthy response. Funny how it's always 'foreigners' these 'types' get so worked up about. Which brings us to Rwanda- ie the most unworkable, costly, morally dubious idea ever to have been deemed unlawful multiple times. The latest ruling by the Supreme Court is in and when Sunak binned Braverman he had the perfect opportunity to bin the policy off with her. But no, Dr Death (as he's being referred to on X due to his ill advised Eat Out to Help Out policy) is standing by it, doubling down and trying to change the law in order to change fact.  On a lighter note, Cliff Richard, went on This Morning and told the world that he didn't get photographed with Elvis because he'd put on weight. At times like this Twitter can be fun. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/11/2335m 17s

Ep 113: Jungle Ratings, Populism and Class War

The I'm a Celeb ratings have plunged since last year. Two million fewer people are watched the launch compared to last year, despite what the GBeebies gang are saying. Then again, they did get hold of the wrong data. In reality, it looks like, booking a 'fash for cash' isn't the ratings hit ITV hoped it would be. The Trawl ladies discuss whether or not there's a difference between someone's values and someone's opinions or, whether it's OK, necessary even, to conflate the two in order to get the measure of someone. Meanwhile, over in Argentina, far-right, self-proclaimed madman, Javier Milei, has been voted into power. Chainsaw wielding, anti abortion, gun-loving Milei wants to legalise the sale of human organs, abolish the central bank and privatise everything. What could possibly go wrong? With inflation rampantly high and 40% of Argentinians living in poverty, Marina and Jemma discuss the links between desperate times and populism. It isn't the first time a leader with unkempt hair has struck a chord with a disillusioned electorate after all. Then of course, there's the usual array of Tory bellendery (new word) to mull over. The run up to the budget has seen Hunt mooting slashing inheritance tax whilst making cuts to the benefits of the long term sick. Bit rich from the man who 'bulk bought' six flats and managed to evade paying stamp duty on them thanks to a terribly convenient loophole. Alright for some eh? With underrated tweets and pudding as normal. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/11/2343m 57s

Ep 112: Dodgy Dave is back...

It's reshuffle time...First, Steve Barclay goes from deeply sh*te Health Secretary, to deeply compromised Environment Secretary, and Victoria Atkins becomes Health Secretary in charge of managing the nation's obesity crisis while married to the CEO of British Sugar...let the lobbying begin!The ladies run through who stays and who goes, which includes deputy chairman, Lee Anderson who stays on despite suggesting that the party of law & order should simply ignore law & order. Common sense is in abundance, with our new Common Sense Tzar who thought the suffragette movement included Emmeline Pankhurst winning the vote for women while lying naked with her bum out. And then they reach the crescendo of the reshuffle - the appointment of a literal f*ckpig, back to the scene of his crimes with a peerage to boot. Who doesn't just LOVE British democracy?The ladies discuss the best reaction to our new Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron of Greensil who seemingly saw fit to rejoin our cabinet because he was "bored sh*tless". Lucky us.Then it's underrated tweet time with a mic-drop moment to savor and a stroke of magic from Politics Joe to commiserate Dave's return.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/11/2341m 25s

Ep 111: I predict a riot...and a sacking.

Get on your knees... It's Tory MP remembrance Sunday photo-op time! And boy, did they all get the memo - because nothing says heartfelt moment of solemnity like a staged pic for the socials.Jemma and Marina discuss the events of Saturday when a brainless crew of Suella's biggest fans descended onto the streets of London to defend...the realm. Did The Mail take any responsibility for their whipping up of hate? Did they f*ck. Instead, their post-event coverage centered on a "jostled" Michael Gove who just happened to find himself amid a Palestine protest group. The ladies discuss the fun day out had by the far-right 'patriots' - because nothing says respecting our war dead like a punch-up at the Cenotaph.Then...ding-dong the witch is dead. Braverman gets the boot and becomes the proud author of one of the bitchiest resignation letters of all time with more than a few self-owns. The ladies then have some jungle chat - both incredulous that a figure as damaging as divisive as Farage was deemed a fantastic new protagonist for a family TV show. And we wonder why the country is in the state it's in...Then it's onto some underrated tweets, with a splash of sass, including a gem from Joe Lycett, before an impeccably on-brand pudding from Munya Chawawa.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/11/2334m 3s

The Trawl Meets: Jenny Jones

This month, The Trawl Meets Green Peer, all round Wonder Woman and good egg, Jenny Jones. Regular Trawl listeners will have often heard Jemma and Marina singing Looooord of the Week before reading some suitably bonkers tweet from a Lord, so who better to chat all things House of Lords with someone who is a bona fide 'Good Lord' (Baroness).Jemma and Marina are fascinated to find out what really goes on in the hallowed corridors of Parliament. Which party are the friendliest? (The answer to this may surprise you...) What does Jenny make of Lord Frost's climate denial? And can Jenny persuade Daniel Hannan to unblock Marina. Find out what happened when Jenny was arrested and how she felt when she pretty much single- handedly prevented an horrific piece of water-polluting Tory legislation. An inspiring chat which lifts the lid on the goings on in The House of Lords and is surprisingly affirming. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/11/2356m 1s

Ep 110: A storm in an M&S teacup & Sunak belly-rubs Musk

It's back to school and detention for you!Jemma and Marina open on the latest batshittery from Britain's strictest headteacher who chose the most bizarre hill of all to die on: the latest Marks & Spencer Christmas advert. And thank goodness she did, because your reactions were a joy, which coincidentally is what headteacher Kathrin Birbilsingh appears to be in short supply of. Then it's onto the main event: the man who is currently f*cking up Twitter sat down with the man who is currently f*cking up the UK. Sunak interviewed Musk - or rather, Sunak belly-rubbed Musk, in an attempt to secure himself a new job at Musk Towers once the British people boot him out of office. It was a joy to behold.Things get very profound and thought-provoking with some words from philosopher, Noam Chomsky, before the ladies turn to the Brexit latest. Spoiler: it's grim. And if you thought Gordon Ramsey was lacking in self-awareness, then brace yourself for Osborne and Balls as they regale you with a heartwarming tale that saw the Queen's favorite bagpipe schools saved from brutal austerity cuts, but f*ck everyone else who didn't happen to have a queen advocating for them. Dorries and the disgraced daughter of Captain Tom Moore are the subject of the underrated tweets, before a superb pudding of Colin from Portsmouth - served up by the super talented Exploding Heads. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/11/2341m 5s

Ep 109: Tents: The al-fresco living lifestyle choice

Hear ye! Hear ye! Brace yourselves because it's that time of year again... When an unelected man puts a crown of jewels worth more than Kent on his head and reads out a list of Government bills that will do absolutely nothing to tackle the cost of living crisis. Makes one proud to be British.Jemma and Marina discuss one of the most verbose but substance-free monarch's speeches for decades, before discussing Marina's new al-fresco living lifestyle choice. In post-truth Brexit Britain, it now appears living homeless in a tent is a lifestyle choice, but living with your folks rent-free while you cream £25k off the taxpayer is just impressively shrewd and totally within the parliamentary rules. Obvs. And while the state of events is dire, your responses to it are not - and the ladies delight in reading out some epic tweets in response to the latest installment of the Cruella horror show.Then it's onto protests - which are now called hate marches thanks to our Home Secretary's desperate need to whip up hate and sow division. Not to mention her shocking undermining of the met police - which comes at an interesting time considering last week our Govt wanted to label anyone undermining our institutions as an extremist. Projection much?The Covid inquiry takes a new turn and gets the ladies talking about times they've had to adapt to male-dominated environments - with Marina once working in a marketing team that the CEO affectionately labeled 'the crayon girls'.Then they wrap up with some choice underrated tweets before finishing with a Covid-themed pudding from Mathilda Thorpe.  Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/11/2347m 9s

Ep 108: Flag Waving Idiots and Plagiarism

Apparently, Sunak is thinking of making Clare Coutinho Chancellor, so he can thwart Rachel Reeves' ambitions of becoming the first female Chancellor.  Meanwhile, Rachel Reeves has written a book about economics which claims that women aren't credited enough for their ideas. So it's a terrible shame she's been caught out with not crediting people's ideas. The FT have discovered twenty examples of pretty blatant plagiarism in her book. Ouch. She's getting some flak but perhaps not as much flak as Steve Coogan is getting for a remark he made on a podcast. He accused Royal fans of being 'flag waving Idiots'. Over at GB News they're very angry. Someone who was a big fan of Coogan's work as Alan Partridge was Matthew Perry who sadly died this week. Jemma and Marina pay tribute and recall what Friends meant to them. There's an Under Rated Clip of The Week and, as ever, The Trawl would not be The Trawl without pudding. This time it's from Larry and Paul. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/11/2332m 25s

Ep 107: Johnson joins GBeebies and the Covid Enquiry

Jemma and Marina are only too aware of how bleak the news is currently. Marina didn't sleep prior to discussing the situation in the Middle East on LBC so they begin the episode with a very powerful clip on the topic. They are also aware, however, that The Trawl provides levity during such unsettling times and so it is that the rest of the episode is purposefully diverting. There is a look at Nadine Dorries' lack of digital/tech know-how, which may or may not surprise you coming from the woman who thought tennis was played on pitches. Still, Marina and Jemma think she might be pleased about GB News' new signing. They've signed her crush, the man who she'll defend to the hilt no matter what, Johnson. And X (Twitter) has delivered. Lots of people have suggested titles for shows he could present - Would I Lie To You is just one example.Talking of lying, this episode features an incredibly powerful call from a nurse to Sajid Javid on LBC. A moment of talking truth to power that you shouldn't miss which Javid counters with some 'questionable facts.'Then, to the Covid Enquiry we go and what is already a slightly sweary episode turns completely blue but it's not Jemma and Marina's fault. Unfortunately, you can't report the govt comms without landing some pretty fruity language. The ladies do warn anyone who might be listening with children around!Pudding is served by comedian Matt GreenThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/11/2339m 26s

Ep 106: One Year of Sunak

Jemma and Marina pay tribute to the late, great, Sir Bobby Charlton, and the celebration of a life well-lived is in stark contrast to what is happening in the Middle East. Then, it's been a year since Sunak came to power. At first the Trawl ladies are struggling to find the best words to describe how he ended up in the top job but they decide eventually that Johnson started a relay race of corruption, a tag team of terrible, if you like. He promised integrity, professionalism and accountability but this episode demonstrates he's failed on all counts. Meanwhile, at the BBC, MP's are telling them how to cover migration and anything to do with small boats. Not worrying at all......Ditto the Department of Education keeping notes on teachers who post anything negative about policy on their social media accounts. Totally normal. Thank goodness for some light hearted under rated tweets of the week and a fabulous pudding. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/10/2333m 47s

Ep 105: Babet and By-Election Bull

Spirits are high in The Trawl camp post the Tory trouncing's in the Tamworth and Mid Bed by-elections. Jemma and Marina are the first to admit that The Trawl podcast isn't exactly hot off the press, on this, or your go to for the news 'as it's happening', due to being a team of........them, plus Max, their editor. But the time lapse also does mean they have all the best reactions and fallout. But first they have to mention the extreme weather that parts of the UK has been experiencing. Imagine your home has been flooded, your possessions are ruined and then, to add insult to injury, Therese Coffey turns up. The clip of her being quizzed by MP's will leave you in no doubt, she's making it up as she goes along. Then to Tamworth and Mid Beds we go, and indeed to television studios across the land to hear various Tories pretending their massive defeat was actually fine and not an indicator of anything really. As for Andrew Cooper's defeat, it couldn't have happened to a lovelier guy who handily posted a flow chart which spoke volumes.Lastly, Marina and Jemma are both amused and astounded by Gordon Ramsay's incredible lack of awareness on another pod. His story involves a Porsche and needing to ask his wealthy in laws for a massive loan. The heart bleeds!Lots of laughs in this one. EnjoyThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/10/2338m 59s

Ep 104: Pincher pinching, now Peter Bone...

The ladies open with Sunak getting a panto-themed roasting, which seems apt, given that sat just behind him on the front bench were Tweedledum and Tweedledee having a right-good giggle at the most inappropriate of times.Then it's onto the least surprising news ever: Tory MP Peter Bone enters the Tories ever-expanding sexual deviant hall of fame. It appears sexual deviancy is one of the few areas where Tories really do deliver growth. Pincher, then Bone...the nominative determinism is strong, which is why Jemma and Marina descended into a fit of giggles as they trawl through some of the golden responses to this latest Tory scandal.Then it's time for a cuppa in a cafe... with man of the people, Rishi Sunak. Brace yourself for the highlights, or perhaps lowlights, of his encounter with 'ordinary working people' when he tries, and fails, to be normal. And what would you expect from the party of law and order? Why of course, it's for prisons to be so full that convicted criminals go free. The ladies discuss this latest failure and the incapability of the Tories to ever apologise.We have a quick reminder that in our totally normal country, during Covid, it wasn't our PM running the country, enjoy one of the best underated tweets of all time, and dip into a beautifully on-theme pudding by the geniuses @LarryandPaul. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/10/2332m 54s

Ep 103: Hard to Handle News and Tory Confrontation

Jemma has had a set two with a Tory MP but before they get into that, Marina and Jemma talk about what's been another harrowing week in the Middle East. It's such a sensitive topic and some broadcasters and politicians are acquitting themselves better than others. What's inarguable is that the world has never needed good leadership more. On a far more optimistic note, in Poland the 'youthquake' have ensured the end of the far right populist government. Donald Tusk has won the election thanks to proportional representation. Marina and Jemma are struck by how many young voted and wonder what can be done over here to create the same sort of engagement. Sadly, over in Australia, democracy has had a bleaker result as the recent referendum saw Australians voting against allowing the indigenous population a say. There's an underrated TikTok of the week and pudding is served by Larry and PaulThank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/10/2338m 52s

Ep 102: Q&A

This episode is not a regular Trawl. Instead Jemma and Marina tackle some of the questions you’ve been asking the Trawl ladies over on Patreon.Find out how they’d rate the last five Prime Ministers from bad to worse and whether they’d prefer a night on the tiles with Suella Braverman or dinner with Rees Mogg.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/10/2326m 15s

Ep 101: Israel & Labour Conference

Events in Israel and Palestine made for a very difficult week of Trawling. Jemma and Marina open on the tragedy unfolding in the Middle East and discuss why sometimes it's best to defer to those who know better...It's a difficult topic to segue from, as demonstrated in this episode in a clip from Sky News. There's a time and a place to announce Holly Willoughby is leaving This Morning - against a backdrop of a mourning Jerusalem ain't it.Marina shares her experience from attending the Labour conference - prepare to be surprised with whom she ended up having dinner one evening. The ladies discuss their best bits from conference and what stood out - for the Mirror's Kevin Maguire, it was when Keir Starmer "jacked off" during his speech. No wonder Sir Keir was so relaxed throughout...And while the Labour conference was receiving praise, even as far as the GB News corridors, the Tories were busy soiling themselves in desperation to detract from it, with Sunak once again getting fact-checked by X for not even being straight about his location. Prepare for some cringe-worth coverage of MPs tweeting in a desperate bid to discredit's almost as if their jobs depend on it!And finally.... a profound pudding that will equip you with all you need to drown out the dog-whistlers.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/10/2337m 36s

The Trawl Meets: Gary Lineker

In their new series, The Trawl Meets, Jemma and Marina meet someone they find interesting and admire and 'trawl' topics they're passionate about. This month, their guest is Gary Lineker and Jemma and Marina see it as the perfect opportunity to ask him about 'that' tweet and Gary more than delivers. Find out how it felt to be at the centre of that huge social media storm, the one that ended up being discussed in Parliament. The ladies also want to know if Gary ever heard the GB News version of MOTD that went out when he was off air? He hadn't, but he has now and Marina and Jemma very much enjoy his reaction to the clip.The ladies also quiz him on who his dream dinner guests would be, who he'd have for PM, what his tweeting 'rules' are and whether or not he'd kiss a Tory. In other words, this is the chance to ask Gary the questions he wouldn't normally be asked.And they do..... they really do.Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/10/2357m 3s

Ep 99: Tory conference goes post-truth

Jemma and Marina open the doors on the Tory conference and dive straight in, wearing full PPE, to the conference that had it all: lies, conspiracy theories and even a Prime Minister reported to the police for potential contempt of court. 'Inadvertent' contempt of court, obvs...It was all happening in Manchester, except ironically, the HS2 to Manchester. Then the ladies mull over the party's sharp shift to the right, pausing to discuss a few of the most car-crash moments from Sunak to Susan - yes, Susan Hall, the Tory candidate for London Mayor who suggested that the Jewish community is frightened of Sadiq Khan, despite her playful response to a rainbow swastika posted on Twitter by a certain ex-GB News presenter.Could it be time to make lying in politics illegal? Jemma and Marina discuss this and the willingness of the Conservatives to trade in fear (of non-existent threats) to win votes.Then it's onto the real threat - Suella Braverman, whose victims now include guide dogs and the eviction of the most softly-spoken heckler of all time - from the party of free speech, no less. Before the dessert cart of puddings served up in this week's bumper episode, perhaps grab a drink - and join the ladies for a new drinking game inspired by Penny Mordaunt's speech - all you need to do is take a sip every time you hear the word 'fight'...and prepare to get sozzled.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/10/2348m 8s

Ep 98: Stuffing the North, Levelling Down

Marina's back from holiday and the Trawl ladies barely know where to begin. They start with a quick GB News debrief - a roll call of presenters who've been suspended or sacked, and then it's straight into political nitty gritty. Apparently we're a nation of drivers and Labour (who haven't been in power for 13 years) have waged a war on motorists? Jemma and Marina hadn't noticed this war and are also partial to using public transport - when it's running - so it's a mystifying statement, as is Sunak's claim that inflation is tax. At least the Tories have got 'spades in the ground' everywhere. It's their new planned soundbite and they're really getting their money's worth. They're all saying it only no one, including Marina and Jemma, knows what it means. Plus, if there are spades in the ground, it's a huge shame they're not digging to finish HS2. Instead, Sunak's scrapping it, despite his mandate to 'level up.' It's a slap in the face for so many Northern cities who had hoped to have better connectivity and the costly destruction of wildlife and land that's happened for no good reason is mind boggling. Still, if you're going to shaft the good people of Manchester, where better to do it than.....Manchester? Pudding is matchy matchy because it's train themed.Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/10/2336m 42s

Ep 97: Seven Bins Sunak and Portacabin Fever

It's been a particularly ludicrous week in Tory Britain. And that's saying something. Jemma and Marina plough through what feels like some sort of political fever dream. Starmer has announced he wants to renegotiate the Brexit deal, only we're pretty sure no one's told the EU and, unless we re-join the single market, is there any point just tinkering round the edges?Watch out everyone, Truss is on manoeuvres again. It's been a year since she absolutely devasted the British economy so she's returned to tell us all that she was right and what other things she'd love to do to damage it further. Meanwhile, Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, has been extolling the virtues of children being educated in portacabins. Kids love it apparently, so that's alright then. Then, to round off a truly inept week, Sunak held a press conference to tell the British public that lots of things that were never going to happen are not going to happen. So in case you've been lying awake worrying about having seven bins, worry no more. Finally, Marina and Jemma have been watching the Laura Kuenssburg show State of Chaos. They give their verdict and tell you the fantastic guest they've got for the next Trawl Meets......Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/09/2350m 10s

Ep 96: Russell Brand : Discussed

This Trawl focuses entirely on the recent allegations against Russell Brand. Jemma and Marina deliberately don't go into any of the detail outlined in The Times piece or C4 Dispatches as obviously the subject matter could be fairly triggering for some listeners. Instead, they take a look at the varying reactions to the allegations and discuss why they might be so polarised. It seems that everybody had something to say on the matter and some of the discourse has been exhausting, frankly. For Jemma it stirs up memories of what it was like being a young woman back in the noughties during the era of Loaded, Nuts magazine and High Street Honey's and so on, and Marina reflects on why she had to 'tap out' of one particular chat about it all.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/09/2342m 32s

EP 95: Fry Speaking Sense and GB News Meltdowns

This episode of the Trawl features a fine mixture of people soiling themselves on telly and also being magnificent, starting with Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly doing the former while being quizzed on Tory maths by Good Morning Britain's, Kate Garraway.Then you're in for a treat - with some pure Trawl gold courtesy of GB News presenter (if you can call him that), Martin Daubney, who demonstrates why this telly lark isn't as easy as it seems. Then it's onto the magnificence of Stephen Fry delivering Brexit truth bombs on the BBC, much to Laura Kuenssberg's dismay. Next it's EU flags at the ready as Jemma and Marina mull over the blizzard of snowflakes who were furious at the BBC's coverage of Last Night of the Proms, and discuss how democracy, for some, appears to have been a one-time event that happened in 2016. A quick summary of Labour highs and lows, Sir Alan's tax avoidance and some Chinese Spy underrated tweets before a delightful gammon-flavoured pudding.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/09/2338m 55s

Ep 94: Vorders' revenge and Proms flags outrage

This Trawl is a trawl in it's simplest form - a meander through clips and tweets that have caught Marina and Jemma's attention. First up, Johnny Mercer has posted a picture of his child which led to a lot of Twitter (or X) questions surrounding privacy, permission and safety. The mere mention of the Mercer's leads nicely into a chat about the fierce Carol Vorderman magazine cover in The Times last week. The Mercers aren't exactly fans so Jemma and Marina hope they got a copy. Ditto Greg Hands who seems far more bothered about what Carol's tweeting than the consequences of his email introduction from Mark Higton to the VIP PPE lane, which resulted in Luxe Lifestyle being awarded a £25 million PPE contract. Twenty million pounds worth of what they produced wasn't usable but apparently anyone asking questions...shouldn't. Or, at least,that's what Sunak thinks because he has declared the whole subject shut. Ah well, perhaps if we go to The Proms and waggle a flag we'll feel better. But which flag? Union Jack or EU? There were plenty of both on display at The Proms but certain types were livid with the BBC for showing the EU ones. Even though no one's sure how they could have avoided it. The word disgrace has been a bandied about a lot however. Though Jemma is more concerned about the lyrics of Rule Britannia but hey, each to their own. And as for that Harry, he's also a disgrace (according to the same sorts). His crime? He went to pay respects to his grandmother, the late Queen, wearing a shirt. Marina and Jemma aren't entirely sure why anyone has a problem with that. Pudding is beautiful and reflects the pomp featured in this episode. It's Alan Partridge in all his Coronation commentator glory.Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/09/2344m 46s

Ep 93: Crumbling Schools and Keegan's kickbacks

It's back to school week, or at least it is if you don't go to one of the 104 schools which have been deemed unsafe due to crumbling concrete. If you were in a position of power and had been warned for years that school buildings weren't safe, what would you do? Jemma and Marina are hot and bothered, in the week when Britain went all Club Tropicana weather wise - only the drinks aren't free, nothing is and the price of a Tory government is getting more exorbitant by the minute. They discuss Gillian Keegan's disastrous week and wonder why more people aren't calling out the £34 MILLION refurb she deemed necessary for her offices. Yes, that's right. THIRTY FOUR MILLION. An old Trawl catchphrase is used once again - regular listeners will know which one. Meanwhile, Lee Anderson has been striding round a shopping centre being rude to people and Colin from Portsmouth has been on the blower again.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/09/2337m 36s

The Trawl Meets: Dale Vince

The Trawl Meets is a brand new series. Each month, Jemma and Marina will meet someone they admire and find interesting.Their first guest is Dale Vince. Jemma and Marina first became aware of Dale when he appeared on Question Time and spoke persuasively on wealth taxes and climate issues, leaving his Tory opponent looking utterly flummoxed.When Dale’s not sticking up for what’s right by doing the media rounds, he’s certainly not twiddling his thumbs. He’s a United Nations climate change champion who has the letters OBE after his name He’s the founder of Ecotricity and also happens to be the chairman of Forest Green Rovers football club. The Sunday Times once described him as ‘Labour’s Green knight’ due to his sizeable donation to the party.Marina and Jemma really enjoy talking to Dale about climate issues and, of course, there’s a Trawl. They play Dale lots of clips and also chat about his experience of social media, who he follows and who we can rely on for the best and worst takes.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/09/2343m 1s

Ep 92: Go Nads - Good to see she's not bitter...

Marina opens with an idea... one inspired by the Tory Government last week. Though the ladies can't see it flying outside of Westminster - just like most of the shenanigans they get up to, which would never be acceptable in the real world. Then it's good news! Well sort of good news, well, maybe not quite... after Ofgem lowered the energy price cap. Though as always with this Govt and its client journalists, there's always more than meets the eye, so don't go spending your projected energy bill savings any time soon. Then finally - the lingering member for mid-Bedfordshire lingers no longer! And what an exit... The ladies discuss that resignation letter and its next-level delusion - not to mention the book plug: a national first! You can trust Nadine to provide some laughs, even on her way out as she celebrates her 'new' role. Then it's onto a real mixed bag of underrated tweets of the week - and prepare to get one old-school jingle stuck in your head. The episode closes with a Broken News report from satirists, Larry and Paul. Though these days, satire and reality become evermore difficult to distinguish...Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/09/2337m 44s

Ep 91: Trump Lies Bigly & Braverman’s Crime Week

Jemma and Marina open on the latest from kiss-gate featuring Spanish player, Jenni Hermoso and Spanish FA president, Luis Rubiales, and the plot twist that no one was expecting.Then they cross over the Atlantic to discuss that mug shot...though is it the most famous in the world? Marina thinks it has contenders. The ladies discuss the hilarious fall-out from Trump's fourth arrest including the figures supplied to the Georgia courts for Trump's weight and height...fair to say, that someone is telling porkies - again. Then it's back to the UK again for Crime Week, in a stark realisation that our newspapers have ceased reporting the news, and now serve only as Govt propaganda pamphlets. Enjoy clips of Braverman being exposed for the bullshitter that she is, and a beautiful tweet to sums her up by none other than the artist, Simply Red. Pudding is then served... and it's a Dorries-flavoured number to whet the appetite ahead of our next pod where the ladies delve into her departure...and it didn't disappoint!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/09/2335m 31s

Ep 90: Stuff A-Levels, try "inadvertent" corruption instead...

It's an odd opener in this episode - as it's not every day you hear news broadcasters laughing at people dying on air. But it is a clip from GB News, so perhaps not so surprising after all...Then it's onto the education minister, Gillian Keegan showing that she doesn't actually care all that much about education, when she implied that there's no need to care so much about A-Levels because in 10 years' time they won't matter. Cheers for that, Gill. Then the ladies discuss the awful news that Angela Rayner is...relatable. This followed an interview where she talked openly about raving till the early hours, drinking 'venom' cocktails and enjoying fast food. Heaven forbid.And as for Sunak... Now there's a PM who goes from bad to worse and Marina is losing her shit with him. When he's not rolling out the red carpet for Saudi Princes alleged to have murdered dissenting journalists, he's getting "confused" about how best to raid the public purse to enrich his wife further. Integrity and accountability, eat your heart out.To end, it's the most delicious pudding yet... It's profound, perceptive - it's perfect. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/08/2336m 38s

Ep 89: The episode that "left nothing out there"

Jemma and Marina open with a tribute to Parky, plus a few of his best bits, including one clip that showed he may have shared some Trawl values.Then it's onto some of the reaction to the Lionesses reaching the World Cup Final - brace yourself for the clip of Andrew, who called into LBC to offer some opinions that made Jemma think that perhaps Andrew has never had a girlfriend - or indeed friends. Perhaps we should be grateful to Andrew for being direct and honest about his thoughts on Women's football, compared with say Prince William or our PM, who were otherwise engaged on this momentous occasion - though clearly not momentous enough for the president of the FA to clear a space in his diary...A quick Trawl through more World Cup fallout, before a major key change as the girls discuss the horrifying story of Lucy Letby and debates that have arisen as a result around the NHS, race and whether a law to force criminals to attend their sentencing is quite as sensible as first seemed. The ladies close with some confessions - not their own - but some absolute dynamite ones from random Twitter users, finished with a Parky-flavoured pud.A jam-packed episode where the ladies "left nothing out there".Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastPatreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/08/2340m 27s

Ep 88: Lionesses, NHS Week and Corruption

Jemma and Marina are so blown away by Russ Jones' 'Week In Tory' thread on Threads, they set some of it to music to open this episode. After, there's time to wish the lionesses luck, before diving in to the latest Tory calamity. You see the same government who bought you 'Stop The Boats' week, decided to bring you a sequel. This time it's 'NHS Week' and they're celebrating our National Health Service by scrapping targets for cancer patients.There are terrible takes as ever, clips for your delectation and a wonderful pudding by The Marsh Family, dedicated to missing in action politician, Nadine Dorries Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/08/2331m 36s

Ep 87: Barge Disaster and Brexit Backlash

It's August so the news is slow and the papers and the debate shows are scraping barrels for topics. And yet, Marina and Jemma are confident they've still found enough content for two Trawls this week. This one begins with a few bad 'politician turned journo' takes, including one from Boris Johnson who insists on labelling Britain as 'Brexit Britain' which doesn't feel like a moniker to boast about frankly. Especially given that this week, even The Telegraph have reported that according to polls, a second referendum would be popular. It appears 'Bregret' is more than just a hashtag.And then it's onto Small Boats Week which has been a disaster from beginning to end. Some migrants were moved onto the Bibby Stockholm barge, only to be moved back off again when it was reported that Legionella had been found onboard. But Sunak still has faith in Braverman.....apparently. It's a pretty dismal tale of utter incompetence. One conservative councillor compared the govt handling of the entire episode to Fawlty Towers. Marina and Jemma discuss, and despair.Pudding is appropriately themed.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/08/2334m 34s

Ep 86: Jenrick evades, Anderson annoys and Edwina Currie can do one...

Jemma and Marina open with a segment on businesses being bells... First Just Eat have a moment, then a PR company gets itself in a pickle after trying to get a bakery to work for free in return for celeb exposure. Last time they checked, exposure doesn't pay the bills.Then the ladies shine a light on radio hosts not taking any shit - and with Tory MPs doing the media rounds, there’s a lot of it to take. Starting with Justice Minister, Robert Jenrick and the case of the missing name, followed by Tory MP Tom Hunt suggesting that the BBC manipulate their callers, which begs the question: why are there so many hunts in the Tory party?Then it's all aboard the Bibby Stockholm - a barge that the Daily Mail would have you believe may as well be. 30p Lee had a few choice words to say about the barge and the migrants who might complain about them - words, which in normal times, would have been reserved for miserable little bigots, but now get platformed by the Govt's Deputy Chairman and indeed endorsed by No10. Then it's onto some delicious underrated tweets - including a moment of, unexpected, pure beauty from the BBC. And, as former Tory minister, Edwina Currie has come out trying to talk down Carol Vorderman, Jemma and Marina pull out a few underrated tweets that highlight why it's probably best that Currie sits this one out.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/08/2330m 39s

Ep 85: Sunak's house turns black, Tory ads turn green

Jemma and Marina are back from Wilderness Festival where, if Jemma's voice is anything to go by they might have slightly overdone it. Still, fully recovered, they're ready to Trawl and start by regaling the Twitter (X but who's ever going to call it that?) tale of Georgie Grier. Georgie took to her socials with a teary face when only one person turned up to her show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Cut to an outpouring of kindness and support until.....The Sun got involved. Feel-good part of the pod over, Marina and Jemma discuss the Greenpeace protest against Sunak doshing out licences to oil and gas companies and reneging on any promises he may have made to go green in order to try to combat climate change. Was it ok to target his home in the face of his negligent U turn?And, from Greenpeace to Greenwashing. There's a new thing happening. Suddenly, Tories are changing their posters and pamphlets from blue to green and omitting the word conservative. It's almost like they're embarrassed by how toxic their blue brand has become or something. But surely they wouldn't want to mislead people? Would they? *scratches head.Lastly, the Trawl ladies serve some Underrated Clips for your delectation before Pudding which in this episode is a brilliantly appropriate clip from The Exploding Heads. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/08/2333m 18s

Ep 84: Vitriol for Vorderman, Woke Watch & Sunak Strife

Jemma and Marina have noticed that Carol Vorderman is getting under the skin of all the right people. In fact, the more Carol holds the government to account, the more the right-wing press sharpen their pencils. The more Carol spits facts, the more vitriol she’s exposed to on social media. In this trawl Marina and Jemma ponder why and read out some tweets which wholly champion her efforts. It’s called balance – quite the shocker in this pod.Then, to The Daily Mail we go, because they’ve published their ‘Woke List’ – yes, that’s honestly a thing, and it’s quite the hall of fame of people who are largely decent and great. Jemma and Marina wonder what the opposite sort of list would look like and are pretty sure it would include Sunak. Sunak has been scampering around the country in jets and choppers determinedly wrecking things and when challenged, is completely belligerent about his travel habits.There are some joyous underrated tweets as per and pudding. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/08/2339m 24s

Ep 83: A license to drill & 30p Lee overspills...

The ladies open with a brief, but apt, reaction to the continuous wall-to-wall coverage of Farage and his bank account woes, and touch upon the high-calibre nature of some recent GB News bookings. Then it's a trip down memory lane to Cop 26 - when the UK hosted and championed a global summit committed to achieving net zero. Fast-forward to three Prime Ministers and one Uxbridge and S.Ruislip by-election later, and things have changed somewhat...The ladies discuss the decision by Rishi Sunak to give the go-ahead to hundreds of new oil and gas licenses in the North Sea. This is apparently all to do with energy security and nothing to do with Sunak's family business ties...But worry not about the rapid heating up of our only planet, because as Dave Frost says: we can adapt. Climate change herd immunity, anyone? Then it's onto the latest golden nuggets from Tory MP, 30p Lee, who shows us what happens when the right tries to be funny, and also what happens when Lee fails to sense-check his tweets before hitting send. Finished off with a delightful clip from the satirist, Matilda Thorpe and she too shares a sobering tale of when her child returned home from one of those BLOODY WOKE universities...Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/08/2335m 46s

Ep 82: Popcorn out for Sunak, Barbie & Wootton

The episode opens with Marina reminding Jemma how she once hoped that Sunak taking over might have resulted in the adults being back in the room. Update: they're not. Because this week Sunak put out a tweet that proved he's just as base as 30p Lee...just wears a more expensive suit. Then, let the Barbie chat commence - and what a weekend it was for cinema with two huge summer releases. Joyful. Though not, it turns out, if you're in possession of a very fragile male ego. Jemma and Marina chat through some of the reactions to the movie - including a very frustrated Piers Morgan. Bless.And, we need to talk about Dan... Dan Wootton of GB News, because let's face it - not many people are. The ladies discuss the relative media blackout compared with the scandal surrounding Philip Schofield and Huw Edwards. Plus, you'll enjoy a little mass-hypocrisy-exposing montage from GB News, before moving on to Charlotte Owen - or rather - Lady Charlotte Owen, our new Baroness Owen of Alderley Edge. Owen is the 29-year-old recipient of Johnson's peerage for services to God knows what...such is the nature of our wonderful British democracy. And it's all topped off with a Brexitey pudding from comedian Omid Djalii. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/07/2337m 33s

Ep 81: Rhodes Burns and Frosty Climate Denial

Jemma and Marina open with tributes to the BBC's George Alagiah and singer Sinéad O'Connor who we both sadly lost this week - RIP. Then it's onto a story that has rightly been dominating the news this week (apart from the frog-faced old man who can’t bank with Coutts) - and that's climate change. They chat through the hot (and not so hot) takes of what's happening in Rhodes and Palermo, with expert insight from Professor Richard Betts and...Julie, who had a wonderful holiday in Crete and doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. The ladies discuss the insane potential row back on green policies from Labour and The Conservatives and discuss the very real possibility that the general election could see marginal seats being fought as de facto referenda on green policies - joy. Because what should one do when the world is burning? Well, you ditch your green plans and net zero targets because fewer than 500 people in Uxbridge and S.Ruislip resulted in a shock by-election Tory hold…obvs.Then it's onto Lord Frost (or Dave as Marina refers to him) and the terrifying climate denial nonsense that is now being spouted in the House of Lords. Because that's what happens when you let someone like Boris Johnson put unelected bureaucrat bezzies into our upper chamber. Then it's a wrap - with a topical pudding from The Exploding Heads. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/07/2336m 48s

Ep 80: Rip-off boats, rip-off degrees & stolen kidneys...

Jemma and Marina open with a toast to the 10th anniversary of the Same Sex Marriage Act - the way Cameron and Sunak have been tweeting about it would make you think the Conservatives are to praise for it - spoiler: they're not. Then it's on to the trade deal of the century - the £12 trillion trade boost to the UK via the CPTPP! What joy...the ladies ponder what the Conservatives will spend it all on..except it's not £12 trillion, and it's already been spent. Winning. Next they discuss the Govt of fiscal responsibility's latest purchase which delivers incredible value for money for the tax payer - quite literally: incredible. Then it's onto the thread that had Jemma and Marina in stitches (ironically), because whatever you do, don't take medical advice from Boris Johnson's ex, Petronella Wyatt...Finished off with a pudding from @Exploding_Heads, and poor Colin from Portsmouth is furious with the by-election results.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/07/2335m 25s

EP 79: Bye bye elections and Wootton earth is going on?

Jemma and Marina discuss the devastating Conservative by-election results - or as GB News optimisically put it: Rishi Sunak AVOIDS horror triple by-election wipe out. Ok hun... Johnny Mercer continues his run of revealing himself to be a massive bell by aluding to the 25 year-old Keir Mather who took the Selby seat as an "inbetweener" - apparently he's too young for people to relate to him, to know what it's like with a job and kids. Not like our super relatable man-of-the-people, married to a billionaire's daughter PM, Rishi Sunak...And then it's on to the stench surrunding GB News. Then a pudding that perfectly encapsulated why whether you like it or not, even if you think you don’t do politics, actually…you do. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/07/2337m 37s

Ep 78: BBC Huw-dunnit, Osborne Confetti and Mural Immorality

Marina and Jemma are trying to make sense of the BBC presenter scandal, the timing of it, the execution of it, the point of it. They wonder if it might be distracting from more important news, like global warming, the mortgage crisis or Johnson refusing to give up his phone. But, it's trending so they trawl and then there's also the Osborne wedding to discuss. It was all happening for the happy couple, what with THAT email dropping and then THAT orange confetti being thrown. What on earth is going on?Jemma and Marina have been burning the midnight oil so it's all a bit bewildering, although on the issue of the mural that Jenrick had painted over in the refugee processing centre, they're completely clear. Vile. Light relief is provided by Lee Anderson's GB News Show. Which isn't supposed to be funny. But is. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcastHosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/07/2344m 55s

Ep 77: Mercer madness, Tory travesty and our NHS.

It’s been an interesting week for the Mercers. Tory MP, Johnny Mercer, said repeatedly that if veterans were using food banks it was about ‘choices’. Lovely. Meanwhile, Johnny’s wife, Felicity, wrote a pretty vicious piece in The Telegraph about Carol Vorderman. Jemma and Marina discuss the inevitable Twitter storm that followed. Sunak has been busy. He’s had questions to answer although the one Marina and Jemma would like to ask him is ‘why do you hate young people so much?’ The NHS is 75 years old. Pudding is a tribute to it. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/07/2342m 50s

Ep 76: Farage's Bonkers Banking and Tory Tumbleweed

Marina's back from her holidays. Back to a broken freezer and a load of rotten food, which feels like a great metaphor for the state of the Tory party. To cheer her up, Jemma gives her a few welcome home treats. There's the audience reaction to the Rwanda plan, the very definition of tumbleweed, a particularly poignant question for Helen Whatley to answer, and some excerpts from Lee Anderson's show on GB News. Plus why was Nigel Farage locked out of his bank account and will he leave Britain because of it? Marina and Jemma have got everything crossed before a chat about Threads v Twitter and a glorious pudding from a new account. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/07/2334m 21s

Ep 75: Submarine Spats, Twitter Scraps and Class War

It's all kicking off in this episode of The Trawl. Twitter polls are not getting the results pollsters want with hilarious consequences. An MP is using his platform to lay into people in a manner that feels neither fitting nor appropriate. And Johnson's column in The Mail is stoking hatred. Marina and Jemma discuss the submarine tragedy and why it's led to Johnson accusing anyone who was fearful of it, as a leftie. There's a spat, a tantrum and all out class war. Michael Spicer delivers the knock-out punch with an excellent pudding that hits the mark. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/07/2334m 10s

Ep 74: Clacton Spills, IKEA Chills and Glastonbury Tingles

We’re off to the seaside! But don’t get too excited - it’s for the ‘Leavers only’ edition of Question Time which will leave you bathed in bewilderment as opposed to sunshine.And then to IKEA we go where Robot Rishi is telling everyone it’ll all be ok. Coooolll.In fact, apparently, we all need to just ‘hold our nerve’ because that’ll pay the bills.Marina and Jemma discuss festivals and the highlights from Glastonbury 2023. Only GB News don’t approve and somehow manage to compare it to the migrant situation. Astounding really.Pudding is a beauty. What’s known as a spine - tingler. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/06/2338m 54s

Ep 72: Johnson’s defeat, jingles & mingles and a Dorries megamix...

In this bumper episode, Jemma and Marina open with a tribute to Labour firebrand MP and actress, Glenda Jackson...and a stunned Jemma couldn't quite believe who her son is. Then it's jingle and mingle time, as the ladies discuss THAT christmas party footage. Prawn ring, anyone? There's a quick Hancock pit-stop given his odd rambings on Tik Tok before moving onto the vote. Yes, the vote with a 354 to 7 landlside which perhaps indicates that Johnson isn't quite as popuar as his industrial-sized ego would have him believe. Spare a thought though for Dorries - who could maybe benefit from an intervention - and enjoy a megamix of her best/worst bits. The ladies congratulate Johnson on his brand new job: writing guff for the daily mail before crowning their repeat offender, Loooord of the Weeeeeek. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/06/2350m 57s

Ep 70: Dishonourable Honours, Odious Odey and Dorries.

Jemma and Marina are glad to be at their mics after what has been an explosive week in British politics. Crispin Odey has been investigated by the FT and is facing multiple allegations of sexual assault - he's the man who shorted the pound after Brexit and laughed about it. He isn't laughing now.Boris Johnson's honours list is causing problems left, right and centre due to the fact he included three sitting MPs on it. Marina and Jemma tour through the list which reads like an episode of Friends 'The one who.....' Meanwhile, it's fair to say Nadine Dorries hasn't taken the news that she's' not going to be getting a peerage very well. She's touring the studios bemoaning her fate and blaming the fact she's working class and from Liverpool. Nothing to do with Johnson messing up, Honest guv. It doesn't look like many of her fellow Scousers are feeling much sympathy for her though. There's an incredible pudding from Politics Joe which really is the icing on the cake.Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/06/2350m 51s

Ep 67: Eamonn Dishes and Starmer's Brexit Stance

It's a telly-tastic Trawl because Twitter has been agog, not only at all the This Morning drama, but also the serialisation of Eamonn Holmes' revenge on GB News. Nadine Dorries has been putting her two pence worth in as well. And as for Kim Woodburn, sometimes less is more?Then Marina and Jemma have to address the 'B' word because Starmer is being all final and absolute about 'Making Brexit Work' even though it doesn't, can't and won't. There's a legend of the week in this episode. It's Jenny Jones the Green Peer who is singled out for being incredible in Parliament. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Mike Graham who makes a bit of a clanger in the most extraordinary clip.There are tweets galore, clips and a pudding from The Exploding Heads. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/06/2337m 16s

Ep 66: Johnson's Whatsapp's, Dodgy Donors and...Peter Andre

GB News have hired a new presenter. It's political heavyweight, Peter Andre. No one saw that coming but Marina and Jemma are enjoying people's reactions on Twitter. More predictable is the chaos surrounding Johnson and the Covid Inquiry. Johnson says he's handed over everything, but hasn't, and Sunak seems reluctant to co operate. It's almost like they don't want us to know how they handled things and, at time of record, it looks like the government are going to be suing themselves.... You can't make this stuff up.Then, Jemma and Marina take a look at some of the scandal that Carol Vorderman has been unearthing about PPE contracts and discuss who Labour have taken a large donation from and who the Tories have landed £5 million from. Pudding is from Matilda Thorpe.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/06/2336m 49s

Ep 65: Johnson procreates, Britain stagnates...

This episode opens up with the news of yet more impending fruit from the loins of Boris Johnson - the PM credited with withdrawing from the EU, but seemingly incapable of withdrawing elsewhere. Jemma and Marina ponder how this news has gone down with his father, Stanley Johnson given his somewhat controversial views on population control.Then it's on to talking shit...literally. Because while the world and their dog can see what's happened to our once beautiful waterways, our Secretary of State appears in denial, and not just about our water - like Manuel from Fawlty Towers: she knows nothing.Jemma and Marina touch upon the latest Brexit benefits, which include more corporate socialism (it's the only type the Tories like) where taxpayers are footing the bill for basically begging for foreign investment because that's how unattractive we've become. What's not to like?Then the ladies wrap up with a clip of Richard Madeley desperately seeking his Aha moment in an interview with Gary Lineker...and failing abysmally, before finishing up with a pudding from Mr North Nofolk himself, Alan Partridge.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/05/2335m 5s

Ep 64: Schofield Leaving, Suella Speeding, Rishi Reeling

Jemma and Marina begin by paying tribute to the legend, Tina Turner, who sadly died this week. Then they have to touch on the drama that's been playing out, on, and around, the This Morning sofa. From Holly Willoughby's statement, to the first show post resignation, Twitter has been alight with opinion about what might, or might not, be going on in the world of daytime telly. And Braverman's in the headlines for all the wrong reasons - again. This time, a speeding offence has come to light and it looks like it might be her 'Al Capone' moment. Or will it? Marina and Jemma think Sunak might be stuck between a rock and a hard place..... Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/05/2337m 27s

Ep 63: The Nat C's, Farage Admits and Phil and Holly.

The National Conservatives are in town and it's a pretty sinister guest list. David Starkey has been making bizarre and worrying statements, an author downplays WW2 and a headmistress does some shouting. But the Home Secretary is there too, and Gove and Lee Anderson and Mogg..... Marina and Jemma try to make sense of it before moving on to what's been trending on twitter for days - Phil and Holly. So, not exactly from the sublime to the ridiculous.... but.....two other words.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/05/2330m 21s

Ep 62: Gerrymandering, PR and Topsy Turvy Views

The world's gone mad. Lord Cruddas is 'threatening' us with the obliteration of the Tory party if Labour bring in Proportional Representation. Jemma and Marina love the sound of that, yet Starmer won't commit (even though he said he would in 2019). Nick Ferrari is making sewage sense and Jacob Rees Mogg finally tells the truth. He admitted, publicly, that introducing voter ID was gerrymandering, which is pretty jaw dropping and taught Jemma a new word. Plus, because Marina and Jemma trawl through Twitter, they feel obliged to include their own Twitter bell-end moment.Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/05/2337m 18s

Ep 61: Trump Gets Thumped and Punch & Judy PMQs...

Turns out that yes, the UK is a basket case, but you can rest assured that in our times of trouble and strife, across the pond, the US tends to always find a way of saying: hold my beer. Because this week, former US President, Donald Trump was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation. But sadly the stench made its way over here with sitting MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a devout Christian no less, appearing on GB News to leap to Trump's defence.Jemma and Marina ponder the absurdity of it all, the glaring absence of Ofcom, the worrying normalisation of male violence against women and then unironically segue to the Punch and Judy politics of the UK - as displayed in this week's PMQs.Verbal punches were thrown, knock-outs were landed - and yet Jemma and Marina can't help feeling that literally no one emerges as the winner. Least of all our exhausted and exiting GPs, who it appears the Govt is seeking to placate by installing...a new phone system for a better hold experience. And the Lords are very much awake for this episode...doing some great work to try and stop the human rights-breaching immigration bill. Then it's onto pudding from comedian, Trevor Noah that might just leave a sour little taste in one's mouth...Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/05/2326m 56s

Ep 60: Local election carnage and more Coronation chaos...

What a time to be alive...better still, what a time to be British! Jemma and Marina enjoy a momentary gloat at the public pummeling that was the May Local Elections. How could they not, when Tory MP Jonathan Gullis had his bluff and bluster drowned out by the sound of Labour victory cheers? All the while, Tory MPs, ministers and shills desperately scrambled around looking for positive spin, when alas, there was none. And from one celebration to another - the King's Coronation! In this episode, Jemma and Marina provide audio footage of what was being said during that heated exchange between Charles and his Queen (not Consort) in the golden, gilded carriage. And sadly that wasn't the only blight on the event, because for many the day will be remembered as a dark one for British democracy. Jemma and Marina discuss the fallout of Priti Patel's handiwork, the new Public Order bill, before finishing on a lighter note - their favourite, but unexpected hymn from the Coronation ceremony choir and a pudding that celebrates our new modern Britain. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/05/2335m 19s

Ep 59: You're poor - now lump it, HIGNFY and Lordy Lords

Turns out, those sunlit uplands are quite bleak and a bit shady. In this episode we learn that a top Bank of England official has been saying that people need to accept we're now poorer. So, all that post Brexit paradise we were promised…it's been cancelled, or at least, it's been cordoned off for the majority of us…Marina tells us what it was like appearing on Have I Got News For You which leads nicely into the detail on how Richard Sharp has finally resigned as Chairman of the BBC. Then, more men in Chairs but this time it's Deputy Chairman, Lee Anderson whom Marina and Jemma are interested in. His questioning of the Met Police Commissioner, Mark Rowley, was quite something which didn't escape Twitter's attention. Laurence Fox also got a schooling or two this week and Jemma and Marina recount what happened when they were let into the House of Lords, courtesy of GOOD Lord of the week, the wonderful Jenny Jones of the Green Party. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/05/2337m 36s

Ep 58: Dodgy Sunak, Nurses, and Coronation Chaos

Isn't it interesting how Sunak's wife and extended family, benefit so often from various government enterprises and grants. Marina and Jemma ponder the latest revelations from Byline and The Times and conclude that, just perhaps, the PM isn't in office 'just' to serve the people. *Scratch chins/give knowing looks*. Then, to the strikes. Which ones you cry? Fair question, it's hard to keep track. But in this ep it's the nurses and The Trawl has produced some clips which are well worth a listen. Pat Cullen, who represents the Royal College of Nursing, is convinced the Health Sec is telling porkies for instance. But the latter half of this Trawl is dominated (as is the British press and media and social media) by the Coronation and the chaos surrounding it. The Mail are desperate for us all to pledge allegiance to the King. Jemma and Marina laugh their way through some pretty astonishing clips and aren't totally convinced that standing on a roundabout for hours on end, or lying in the Mall is necessarily their idea of fun. But hey, each to their own....Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/05/2334m 43s

Ep 57: Blue Ticks, Diane Abbott, Govt Alert and the Brexit Inquiry

Space Karen (AKA Elon Musk) has been busy wrecking Twitter by confusing everyone and helping no one, by removing, then reinstating ticks all over the shop. Are you who really say you are if you haven't paid him for FREE SPEECH. It used to be cool to have one, but now anyone can get one, it's cooler not to. Confused? You should be. Then, Marina and Jemma discuss the words of Diane Abbott which led to her being swiftly suspended by Keir Starmer. Plus, did you get a government alert? Jemma didn't and Marina missed hers but more importantly, what was it for? According to Russell Kane on Instagram Britain has invented the equivalent of a 'leaves on the line' alert.And then to the debate which was triggered by a petition demanding an inquiry into Brexit and it's impact. Funnily enough, the government don't seem keen!Enjoy! Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/04/2330m 56s

Ep 56: Marina meets Mogg, Raab goes, and the new Nat C's

This week the pod opens with a tribute to Dame Edna Everage who sadly passed last week - who, as well as her infectious personality and talent, also had the measure of Boris Johnson long before many of us did.Then it's onto Marina Vs Mogg - as Jemma and Marina discuss that head-to-head meeting which, at the time of record, had clocked over 7 million views on Twitter. Then ding dong, Raab has gone - with reactions ranging from profound, to hilarious, to just plain idiotic. Jemma and Marina contemplate how on earth Oliver Downden will fill those teeny-tiny Deputy PM shoes. Given his latest interview with Sophie Ridge on Sky: not well.Then it's a quick stop on the new plan to save Britain (wonder why it needs saving after 13 years of Tory rule) which is...more British Conservatism- brought to you by wrong-about-everything, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Lord David Frost. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/04/2337m 19s

Ep 55: Quiche Overload, Maths and Corruption

How many headlines about quiche is too many headlines about quiche? Maybe someone should ask Sunak because, according to him, maths is the be all and end all. Sunak has broken pre election purdah (the May elections are imminent) to rehash his idea that all students should be forced to learn maths till they're eighteen. Which is a bit rich seeing as he's under investigation for failing to declare his wife's shares in a childcare company which could benefit from recent free childcare plans. Shifty....Jemma and Marina chew the fat but not the quiche. Enjoy! Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/04/2323m 23s

Ep 54: Government gas-lighting, the demise of Tupperware and yet more Brexit benefits

This episode opens with the heart-warming tale of Carly in Harlow and her allotment, but any warm and fuzzy feelings will be short-lived as Jemma and Marina follow this with a discussion on that Liz Truss speech and some of the best reactions to it.Then it's a quick stop off at the Reform Party Spring rally - because you wouldn't want to stay there any longer - before discussing a Daily Mail article that appeared to imply that women doing well were to blame for the downfall of Tupperware.Then, and how could they not, Jemma and Marina chat through some of the latest glittering Brexit benefits and touch upon a very exciting head-to-head that is coming up next week (get your popcorn ready), before finishing on a Brexity-flavored pudding from The Exploding Heads. Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/04/2329m 24s

Ep 53: Brexit benefits, racist karaoke and barge holiday capers with 30p Lee.

This episode opens with aptly named, Bell and Spurling, the one-hit wonder duo who performed what can only be referred to as racist karaoke, to a somewhat less than diverse crowd, on GB News, with their new song, 'Nigel says'. Jemma and Marina then try to digest the news that, according to polling, Liz Truss is set to win her seat in South West Norfolk, before discussing Patrick Minford: Truss' trusted economist, who can be trusted, but only for being wrong about everything.Then it's on to 30p Lee Anderson who this week sent out a tweet that was like starting a fight, in an empty room, with himself, before heading off on his thrilling barge holiday and documenting it bit by bit on his Twitter feed - lucky us.Up for discussion next is the latest Brexit benefit: rejecting schoolchildren from the EU - how lovely, before a quick chat on the junior doctor's strikes and the right-wing blame game. Jemma and Marina are having none of it...Before finishing on the King's forthcoming coronation - the position he worked so hard for that the book series Little People, Big Dreams have made a book about him. Really...All polished off with a pudding by Aid Thompsin who highlights the rare moments that this Tory Government is very happy for us all to engage in a spot of socialism. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/04/2337m 38s

Ep 52: Labour Attack Ads, Corruption and Woke Soup

Jemma and Marina begin this one by reflecting on some Tory Easter tweets in a section they call Easter hypocrisy. Then it's onto This Morning's, Alison Hammond, who's had a mare. Unwittingly she endorsed some terrible behaviour and the theatre world weren't happy. She apologised whole heartedly, but does that do the trick these days?Then it's onto 'those' Labour tweets, the ones which accused Sunak of, amongst other things, not thinking child sex offenders should be in prison. Should Labour be doing better?There's a healthy smattering of old fashioned CORRUPTION CORRUPTION CORRUPTION in this one thanks to Scott Benton and then the girls talk woke soup. Yes, soup. Apparently, it can be woke. Pudding is served by the iconic Kathy Burke.Enjoy!Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/04/2330m 50s

Ep 51: Wake Up and Smell the Coffey - sewage, wet wipes and a Royal portrait.

This episode begins with a spectacular clip from Question Time. An audience member gets stuck into the Conservatives and no one's disagreeing with her utter evisceration of them. Then again, when our island is surrounded by sewage, perhaps it's not surprising. Yes, unfortunately, the topic of sewage is back on The Trawl menu. The situation is so dire people are checking apps and being told to swim with their mouth shut. So good thing Therese Coffey is in charge. She's sprung into action to announce her intention to ban wet wipes, which was also announced in....2018. Banning wet wipes which contain plastic would be great, but are they going to do it? And how does that help prevent raw sewage being poured into the waterways? Still, we Brits might not be able to swim anywhere safely but hey, at least we can all gaze at a portrait of King Charles. The government has set aside £8 million to ensure every school and police station in the land can gaze upon the Royal visage. Who needs school dinners or equipment anyway? Then there's Eurovision 'outrage' before Marina and Jemma go very off-piste and introduce not just an underrated tweet of the week but an underrated call AND an underrated clip too!Pudding is Trump flavoured. After all, he has been arrested..... Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/04/2339m 26s

Ep 50: Brexit benefits unleashed - Dover queues, a new trading bloc & Suella de Vil

This episode opens with the sad news that Ruper Mordoch's recent engagement has fallen through. Which means he's back on the market ladies...Sadly, it was downhill from there as Jemma and Marina discussed the latest media rounds from our Home Secretary, Suella de Vil where she appeared as heartless as she is mendacious - quite the accomplishment.Then it's on to dissecting the new TCTPP trade deal - the one that The Sun claims to be a "new £13trillion deal - we kid you not. Before ending on a Lord of the Week who also wins the award for biggest British exceptionalist bellend, and a pudding by Tory MP satirist, Rosie Holt. Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/04/2338m 3s

Ep 49: £1k fines for the homeless, £10k fees for Tory MPs

Marina and Jemma open with a mic-drop clip about Jacob Rees-Mogg.Then dip into the scandal that saw our ex-chancellor change his going rate from $10k per month to £12k per day - and we wonder why his mini-budget screwed the economy...Then it's on to the Govt's new crack-down on crime which includes the genius idea to fine beggars £1,000 for causing "public distress" while cringing violently at Sunak's attempt to sound...normal.  Meanwhile, over the pond, A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow finds herself in court facing what might be the most sycophantic line of questioning the world has ever seen.Polished off, with a delightful Rishi Sunak-flavoured pud from Munya Chawawa. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/04/2336m 25s

EP 48: Led By Donkeys scandal and a Sunak cringefest

On the week when the new leader of the SNP was announced, Jemma and Marina pay tribute to the late, great Paul O Grady ( as did Dominic Raab, who rather insultingly got his name wrong in Parliament)The big news in this episode is the latest sting by Led By Donkeys. MPS FOR HIRE! Hancock, Brady, Williamson and Kwarteng all feature in negotiations which are both grubby, embarrassing, unprofessional an..... entirely legal...Spare a thought for England captain, Harry Kane. He had to take a call from Rishi Sunak - it's pretty horrendous to listen to and sounds a lot better once Michael Spicer has changed it up. The results are this episode's pudding.Find us on Twitter @jemmaforte @MarinaPurkiss @TheTrawlPodcast and Jemma is on insta @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/03/2333m 37s

Ep 47: Did Johnson mean to lie when he lied and is Brexit done yet?

Jemma and Marina wonder what it was about ancient multi millionaire Rupert Murdoch that persuaded his fifth bride to tie the knot.And then there's the Johnson enquiry to discuss. Johnson's integrity was being scrutinised and questioned on the same day he snuck into Parliament to vote against Brexit getting done. Meanwhile, for some unknown reason, Sunak thought this would be a good day to publish his tax return and Steve Baker has been dropped from the ERG WhatsApp group. Pudding is a clip from Yes Prime Minister which proves that in the world of politics, some things never change.....Find us on Twitter @jemmaforte @MarinaPurkiss @TheTrawlPodcast and Jemma is on insta @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/03/2337m 15s

Ep 46: Nurses Shafted and Suella's Right Wing Jolly to Rwanda

This episode kicks off with a clip from a podcast which couldn't be more different from The Trawl. Apparently, according to the hosts, women need to be validated by their husbands. You can imagine what Marina and Jemma make of that notion.And then we're off to Rwanda, only we might have to sneak in as left wing representatives aren't invited. Suella is off, inspecting facilities which could see her 'dream' a reality. But while she's having a whale of a time, everyone else is wondering what's so funny about sending refugees away against their will to a far flung land they haven't chosen. 'That' picture set Twitter alight with condemnation. As for nurses, they've been offered a paltry 5%, wait for it, from existing NHS budgets. Jemma and Marina discuss street parties and more and end with pudding from The Exploding Heads. Chris from Plymouth has called in once again and it couldn't be more apt for this ep.Enjoy! Find us on Twitter @jemmaforte @MarinaPurkiss @TheTrawlPodcast and Jemma is on insta @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/03/2331m 1s

Ep 45: Bin Juice Views and a Very Hunty Budget

It's not often that Marina and Jemma are truly shocked anymore, but gold medal to Kelvin Mckenzie for managing to articulate views so abhorrent they even jar on GB News. Given they're happy to platform hate speech, it seems strange that Jeremy Hunt has agreed to talk about the budget on the very same channel. Though perhaps the fact he's going to be interviewed by two Tory MPs was the clincher. Rules? What rules? Morals? What morals?Jemma and Marina look at the budget, what's been announced (leaked at time of record) and try to tally the headlines with the actual policies. A childcare win. Or is it? Pension wins? Or are they? There are clips and tweets as ever and pudding is lovely and sweet because you'll need a palate cleanser after this one. Enjoy!Find us on Twitter @jemmaforte @MarinaPurkiss @TheTrawlPodcast and Jemma is on insta @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/03/2333m 3s

Ep 44: Oscars, Gary-gate and Tories watching football

This week, Jemma and Marina, cordially invite you to The Troscars (that's the Trawl Oscars). Hugh Grant wins one for 'most whatevs performance on a red carpet' and there are many more virtual, meaningless awards to be bestowed throughout the ep. The 'Stop The Boats' saga rumbles on, with the policy only ever seeming more cruel the more you scrutinise it. 'Gary-gate' reached extraordinary proportions, culminating in the entire BBC Sports department not working in a heart-warming show of solidarity. Unfortunately, GB News were there to step into the breach with their version of the show. It was, as you might expect, terrible but pure gold for The Trawl. Tories pretended to love football and seemed unable to fathom that the ratings had anything to do with rubberneckingWhat a time to be alive.If you enjoy, please tell your friends and spread the word.Tweet us at @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte Or find Jemma on Instagram @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/03/2337m 33s

Ep 43: Refugees: Gary 1 - Tories 0

After a quick ode to anyone with bosoms of any type whatsoever (International Women's Day), Jemma and Marina dive into the government's latest immigration 'plan' to stop the boats. It's controversial, sinister, cruel, probably illegal and no doubt unworkable so there's a lot to unpack.Phil calls into LBC to tell Shelagh Fogarty people should stay in their own country even if they die as a result, the policy is holier than a slice of Emmental and Suella Braverman says 'billions' of people want to come here. Marina and Jemma try to stay calm while wading through the Twitter carnage. Johnson wanting to give his dad a knighthood has to get a mention as does hero of the hour, Gary Lineker. If you enjoy, please tell your friends and spread the word.Tweet us at @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte Or find Jemma on Instagram @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/03/2333m 26s

Ep 42: Lockdown Scandal, Sue Gray Beef and Coach Trips to GB News

Marina and Jemma start with a clip that hugely inspires them both. Across the pond, Jon Stewart, shows how to hold someone to account in an interview.Then, Isabel Oakeshott and Cathy Newman have a tete- a -tete (or tete-a- tit) in an exchange with a very different vibe before our hosts dive into the increasingly appalling and enlightening Lockdown Files.Meanwhile, over at GB News, a lawyer is furious with someone for doing exactly as he asked them to do and then, the woman who was once on everyone's lips, is back. Sue Gray is making headlines once again. Jemma and Marina explore what her new appointment could be about. Thank you for sharing and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte @TheTrawlPodcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/03/2346m 17s

Ep 41: A shot of Oakshotte and a dash of Hancock.

At the time of recording, Jemma and Marina had just learnt about the 'lockdown files' and their explosive contents. Before they get to that, they pay tribute to Betty Boothroyd who has gone to the big Parliament in the sky. Then, it feels only fair to warn you, this trawl is Isabel Oakeshott heavy, but then she's been doing the media rounds and trending on twitter so perhaps it's not surprising. And her journalistic integrity is being scrutinised almost as much as the thousands of confidential WhatsApp's she sold to The Telegraph. In other news, Brexit is one of the topics on Ridge on Sunday, and Jacqui Smith actually tells Oakeshott to shut up. Deserved? Or overstepping the mark? Meanwhile, James O Brien isn't impressed by Laura Kuessenberg. When an MP states that Johnson is a liar, her response is 'that's quite a charge.' Marina and Jemma discuss other opportunities when this phrase might apply. It's another spicy trawl that's for sure. If you enjoy, please tell your friends and spread the word.Tweet us at @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte Or find Jemma on Instagram @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/03/2334m 0s

Ep 40: Turnip Dystopia and the Windsor Framework

Therese (lots of accents) Coffey has out Marie Antoinette’d Marie Antoinette herself. Instead of cake, our Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, hath proclaimed we can eat…..turnips. Egg and turnip sandwich anyone? In PMQ’s Coffey is stuck for words, but Jemma and Marina aren’t. They’ve got tonnes to say, as per…..Meanwhile, Sunak is celebrating! He’s absolutely buzzing because he might have pulled off fixing the botch job he once voted for. Perfectly normal country. Trouble is he’s so pleased, he’s reminded everyone that having access to the single market aswell as the UK is optimal. Yeah, cheers for that. We would love you to share and spread The Trawl word and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforteEnjoy! Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/03/2334m 12s

Ep 39: Sensitivity warnings for tomatoes, Dahl and the Northern Ireland Protocol

This trawl begins with headlines about two different people's living arrangements - One is The Andrew Formerly Known As Prince, the other is Johnson, who's definitely on maneuvers. There's an amazing clip of a caller on Talk Radio. Hannah is utterly sick of migrants coming here and living in hotels so wants to emigrate. Marina and Jemma are fascinated by this logic plus her list of potential locations are interesting too. Hannah is also convinced that everything would get worse if Labour got in.The Northern Ireland Protocol is back in the news. (Cue one lone party popper). The politics are all very 'deja vu' and the Tory party is like a nest of vipers.Then there's some tomato chat. Jemma and Marina ponder the veg shortages and wonder, is it really just weather that's the issue, or is the 'B' word striking again? Russel Kane's got something to say about Roald Dahl's sensitivity readers, and pudding is by Larry and Paul.We would love you to share and spread The Trawl word and do tweet us @MarinaPurkiss @jemmaforte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/02/2336m 0s

Ep 038: Daily Mail Fails, BBC Bias & Sexists on the BBQ...

In this episode, Marina and Jemma step into their TARDIS and head back to the 1050s' given that's where some right-wing newspapers have regressed to with their coverage of the tragic cases of Nicola Bulley and Emma Pattison.They explore a shocking revelation of the partiality of what should be an impartial BBC Question Time and share the witty tale of Mike Graham - the shock jock who showed us all, that if you behave like a sexist pig, then you best be prepared to get barbecued.Please share if you enjoy The Trawl and tweet us @jemmaforte and @MarinaPurkiss Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/02/2333m 59s

Ep 037: Britain’s Kicking Off, Corbyn’s out, Sturgeon’s off

In this episode Marina and Jemma discuss Starmer’s decision not to allow Corbyn to stand as a Labour MP and Sturgeon’s sudden resignation. Then, from Brexit wars to culture wars….Marina thinks 30p Lee Anderson’s appointment as Party Chair, could be proper “get the popcorn in” fodder as he’s already stated that Sunak’s not a vote winner. And, it’s official, Sunak’s strategy to deliberately fuel division is exposed.But this approach has consequences. Jemma and Marina talk about the tragic and senseless killing of Brianna Ghey, the sixteen-year-old transgender girl who was stabbed to death by two fifteen-year-olds, in broad daylight, in a park in Warrington last week and the shocking riots in Knowsley.It's all kicking off in The Trawl in this one.But there is pudding. There’s always pudding. Please share if you enjoy The Trawl and tweet us @jemmaforte and @MarinaPurkiss Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/02/2334m 23s

ep 036: Three years on - A Brexit special

In this Brexit special, Jemma and Marina unpack where the country finds itself three years on from leaving the EU. There's a look down memory lane with an interesting take on David Cameron, the man who started it all, and even a Brexit benefit or two...The episode takes us to present day, where arch-Brexiters are partaking in the ultimate blame game as to why Brexit isn't working and Jemma shares how she feels when she hears Labour tell us time and time again, how they'll "make Brexit work"... Seen a great tweet? Tweet us @TheTrawlPodcast Follow @MarinaPurkiss and @jemmaforte on Twitter and @jemmaforte on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/02/2341m 22s

Ep 035: Dorries does Johnson, teachers and 30p Lee

This week Jemma and Marina discuss Dorries’ new career as a broadcaster. Paxman and Maitlis probably aren’t losing any sleep…….The Trawl pledges solidarity to teachers and looks at what Twitter makes of Truss’ ‘defence’ and Lee Anderson’s promotion. As ever they’re spoilt for choice with Twitter gold and clips galore. Pudding is served by James O Brien Seen a great tweet? Tweet us @TheTrawlPodcast Follow @MarinaPurkiss and @jemmaforteon Twitter and @jemmaforte on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/02/2335m 26s

Ep 034: You Couldn't Write It - Only they have. When Headlines take a Turn for the Strange....

This trawl is one of the weirdest. Jemma and Marina are wondering why so many of our national newspapers have taken a turn for the deeply weird. From reporters wearing masks in bathtubs, ridiculous headlines about Kate Middleton's latest venture to war mongering in the Express, it's all gone a bit bananas.  And that's before you discover that Nadine Dorries has been given her own TV show.  Join Jemma and Marina to try and make sense of all of this with the help of some brilliant tweets.  Buckle up, it's a surreal one.  Seen a great tweet? Tweet us @TheTrawlPodcast Follow @MarinaPurkiss and @jemmaforteon Twitter and @jemmaforte on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/02/2338m 44s

Ep 033: Ding Dong Zahawi's gone, Sam Smith's bits and Brits and Poundshop Farage

Jemma and Marina discuss the latest Sam Smith video which is causing a lot of pearl clutching in certain circles. But is it any more outrageous than thousands of other videos that have gone before? This leads into the bizarre fact that not one woman has been nominated for Best Artist at this year's Brits. Oops. Then - Zahawi's been sacked as Chairman of the Conservative party. Yes! But he's still an MP. Oh. Any small win is cancelled out by the heinous behaviour displayed by Jonathan Gullis in Parliament. Marina and Jemma reveal what his reaction was to hearing that 200 migrant children have gone missing whilst under the supposed care of The Home Office. To lighten the mood again, there's an Under Rated Tweet of The Week, a Lord of the Week and a Pudding - always a pudding. Seen a great tweet? Tweet us @TheTrawlPodcastFollow @MarinaPurkiss and @jemmaforteon Twitter and @jemmaforte on InstagramHosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/02/2331m 34s

Ep 032: Ding Dang the Smell of Corruption is Ripe

In this trawl through Twitter, Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte delve into the batshittery of our Govt fining universities if they train too many GPs (during a healthcare crisis, no less), wade through the endless Govt corruption, corruption, corruption and finish with a pudding that highlights just how pathetic the need for an investigation into clear-as-day wrong-doing actually is...And, to switch things up, our Lord of the Week on this very rare occasion, is a Good Lord!Seen a great tweet? Tweet us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss and @JemmaForte on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/01/2335m 0s

031: Drinking Hunt's Coffee Beside The Brexit Bonfire of EU Laws

In this trawl through Twitter, Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte dive deep into the so-called bonfire of EU regulations, Rishi Sunak evades questions when being grilled in Scotland, and there's some laughs at Hunt's latest promo video.Our Lord of the Week makes some odd comments about Eastenders and this edition's pudding comes from Ian Hislop.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/01/2338m 27s

030: MPs Behaving Badly

In this week's trawl through political happenings in the Twittersphere, Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte rummage in a tombola of Tories, to discover what they've been up to. They find a former chancellor wrestling with HMRC, 30p Lee's latest saga, Suella Braverman reacting to a holocaust survivor and a confession about the RMT strikes.Plus there's a saucy little extract from Prince Harry's book and a youngster speaks up in our underrated tweet of the week.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/01/2333m 7s

029: Unlawful Lords Laws, Pegg’s rage, and Sunak’s Private Strife

This episode ends, like all editions of The Trawl, with a bit of fun. In 029 it's the return of amazing satirist Rosie Holt, who is best known for her Tory MP alter ego, which tweeters often mistake for a real Tory MP such is the bonfire Britain we live in. This slice of pudding features a "handy" tip for how to navigate the cost-of-living crisis… and that sort of sums up the tone of this edition of Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte's trawl through Twitter, in which multi-millionaire Sunak won't admit to having private health care (reportedly he does), whilst celebs like Simon Pegg and Carol Vorderman are speaking up about the 'permacrisis' we're living through. Also in this episode Richard Madeley does another Richard Madeley, an update on the NHS negotiations with the govt... and all the while, quietly in the background, the Lords are leaping to attend votes to ensure some things remain unlawful rather than illegal.As ever, if you've seen a great tweet, tag us @thetrawlpodcast. Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/01/2340m 14s

028: Harry's Frostbitten Sceptre, Lucrative Second Jobs, and Nadine Dorries

In this week's episode of the podcast that trawls social media so you don't have to, you'll meet Politico Bob who is a member of the electorate who picked up 40k+ new followers this week after Nadine Dorries MP sent him a rather spicy reply. There's also the climate emergency being eclipsed by Prince Harry and some rather shocking revelations about how much MPs earn from their second jobs (and often it seems as if being an MP is in fact their side hustle...).Plus a vintage slice of Boris Johnson being shouted at and a double helping of Jeremy Vine and Tony Blackburn flavoured pudding to finish.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/01/2335m 8s

027: Harrowing - An NHS Special

“What are we meant to do with 180 people in a department built for 50?” - a rhetorical question from an NHS staff member.Whilst the UK’s Health Secretary tweets about the couch to 5k app and PM Rishi Sunak discusses the need for more maths, the NHS is in crisis. How is anyone going to run when they have to wait for years for a hip replacement?Is it democide? According to Wikipedia "Democide is the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder…" and Collins Dictionary's definition is "the killing of members of a country's civilian population as a result of its government's policy, including by direct action, indifference, and neglect."Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte discuss all of this plus Lord of the Week, Mick Lynch, and more in this special edition of The Trawl.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForteHosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/01/2335m 31s

026: Sunak, Tate and Make Twitter Greta Again

Political commentators Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte took one week off for festive merriment and now catch up on a coupla weeks of tweets about toxic misogynist Andrew Tate vs environmentalist Greta Thunberg, alongside a serving of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaking to the homeless, Trump's troubled festive message, the strange case of US politician George Santos, and there's also Jemma's "interesting" way of pronouncing spud-u-like.Given the subject matter of what Andrew Tate has said and the allegations about him, please consider this a trigger warning.Here's the video for this episode's pudding (a little funny treat we pop on the end of each episode) if you want to see it with visuals.Further Reading: Inside the violent, misogynistic world of TikTok’s new star, Andrew Tate (The Observer)Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/2331m 28s

025: A Festive Trawl With Season's Tweetings

A little Christmas edition of The Trawl, which is less a trawl of the internet and more a trawl of the trawl.Marina & Jemma are in a reflective mood, recounting how much has happened in such a short space of time since the podcast began. There’s been scandals galore, more prime ministers than you can shake a stick at. There's also been tales of portable loos, falling cabinets, and accidentally mooning the monarchy.As well as revealing our festive party guestlist, there are clips from our archive of shows, there are new bits from sneezy BBC presenter Shaun Lay, funny political TikTokker Aid Thompsin, some of Liz Truss's greatest hits, a nose laugh from Sophy Ridge, Steve Bray blasting a tune for Hugh Grant, a dose of Dorries, and we revisit the brilliance of Joe Lycett.Oh, and who is the Lorrrrrrrd of the Year?! Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte  Leaving Twitter? We'll become ungovernable before we leave Twitter but you can also find our pod on Facebook, Instagram, or get our emails on Substack. Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/12/2238m 28s

024: Treason, Bootlicking, And A New Coal Mine

In case you’re wondering how things are going in Britain after 12 years of Tory hell, here’s a snapshot: Nurses and ambulance drivers are on strike so the government have block booked taxis to take people to hospital, which isn’t ideal for obvious reasons but also means far fewer taxis will be available at a time when rail strikes mean you also can’t get a train. The country is basically grinding to a halt... Oh, and in a bid to feel truly Victorian, we’re opening a coal mine.However, in this episode we focus on the battle of who cares most about Harry & Meghan's Netflix doc, a weird comment from James Cleverly, Starmer's remarks on Gareth Southgate, and there's a bit of cringe from Matt Hancock. Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/12/2227m 22s

023: Mone Money Mo' Problems

There’s just never a dull week is there? Although trawling through Twitter is a little different these days. Since man child Elon Musk took the reins (Or Space Karen as he’s now known), our Twitter feeds throw up so many more right-whingers.In this edition of The Trawl, Marina & Jemma stumble across clips of Kanye, hot takes on Nadhim Zahawi's odd logic about NHS nurses needing to stand up to Putin, James O'Brien on Hancock's "diaries", and Carol Vorderman has entered the chat about Baroness Michelle Mone.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte Leaving Twitter? We'll become ungovernable before we leave Twitter but you can also find our pod on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook or get our emails on Substack.Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/12/2236m 38s

022 - Part 2: Starmer, Tory Inbetweeners, and Trawling Through Your Qs

Part 2 of this week’s pod is a little different. Seeing as we are now 22 episodes in, we thought it was high time we answered a few of your questions about everything from UK Labour’s stance of Brexit to botox.Thank you for all your brilliant Qs. Let us know if you enjoyed this format and we might do it again in future.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte Leaving Twitter? We'll become ungovernable before we leave Twitter but you can also find our pod on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook or get our emails on Substack.Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/12/2232m 47s

022 - Part 1: Scottish Independence, Katherine Ryan and Manifesting Maniacs

In this week’s trawl of Twitter, political broadcasters Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte explore the latest supreme court ruling on Scottish independence, reports of dodgy PPE deals allegedly earning one lord many millions, Katherine Ryan’s allegations about a famous man, and a sprinkling of Lords atop a second serving of Michael Spicer for this week’s puddy-pud-pud.We’re currently aiming to post new episodes on a Wednesday evening (tech gremlins and life allowing). Part two will be along on Thursday evening.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte and our producer @seaninsound.Leaving Twitter? We'll become ungovernable before we leave Twitter but you can also find our pod on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook or get our emails on Substack. Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/12/2230m 13s

021 - Part 1: Brexit betrayal, GBeebies polls and Hunty budgets

This is our first trawl of Twitter since the Jeremy Hunt Autumn budget, so we take a look at that underwhelming despair fest. But, don’t worry, twitter has provided plenty of funnies this week tooPlus in part 2 (coming on Friday) our political pair will discuss the World Cup and how Space Karen aka Elon Musk is still on the rampage.Another phenomenon that Marina and Jemma have noticed lately, is the ramping up of much more honest chat about Brexit as people finally start to face reality… no, really!Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Follow @MarinaPurkiss, @JemmaForte and our producer @seaninsound.Leaving Twitter? We'll become ungovernable before we leave Twitter but you can also find our pod on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook or get our emails on Substack. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/11/2235m 27s

020: Reasons To Be Cheerful - Part 2

We’re not going to put a “positive gloss” on things, Brexit isn’t going well.In the second part of this week’s episode, political commentator’s Jemma Forte and Marina Purkiss continue their trawl through Twitter, wading through Brexit BS and pondering what Matt Hancock really meant when he was wanging on about “pivoting” his answers to questions from journalists.There’s also fact checks from Femi and Peter Stefanovic plus a powerful slice of pudding from Joe Lycett.Leaving Twitter? We'll become ungovernable before we leave Twitter but you can also find our pod on Facebook, Instagram or get our emails on Substack.Not leaving? Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/11/2223m 33s

020: Reasons To Be Cheerful - Part 1

This week’s trawl sees our political pair yank at the short and curlies of Brexit but not before pondering disgraced PM Truss’ attendance at the remembrance service.They also explore a few bits of good news from the US and Brazil, as well as share some great things the Germans are doing to try to avert the climate catastrophe.There was so much to discuss this week that part two will be along on Friday.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/11/2226m 4s

019: I'm A Twitterer... Get Musk Outta Here!

This week’s edition of The Trawl spans from Matt Hancock’s appearance on I’m A Celeb, to people on Twitter having a LOT fun making fake verified accounts at Elon Musk’s expense,. There’s doctors explaining just how bad things are within the NHS, a few thoughts on Gary Neville working for Qatari state TV during the World Cup, and Marina & Jemma tell us what they really think about Sir Keir Starmer.Plus there’s a little look at the latest fiasco in the Tory party, with bullying accusations surrounding the disgraced partygate-er Gavin Williamson, and of course there’s also an under-rated tweet of the week (or three).However, one thing is missing this week. See if you can spot what it is.RELATED LINKSYou’ll find the full NHS special which Jemma Forte recorded for BylineTV here.Here’s the link to watch Help on All4 starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, which Marina recommended.Here’s the longer clip of the brilliant Nicola Thorp on TalkTV.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/11/2243m 8s

018: Braver-mon? Bra-verr-man? Fascist or Fast-whisk?!

What is wrong with seeking a better life? Marina and Jemma take a look at the so-called “migrant crisis” overseen by disgraced - and recently fired and rehired - Home Secretary Suella Braverman. Our political pair also come up with some slogans to help the raw sewage situation, ponder reports of the former PM’s phone being hacked by Russian intelligence, and discuss a hereditary peer who’s taken a swipe at the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds.Meanwhile, there’s GBeebies presenters concerned that attending COP27 won’t achieve anything, but can they explain what the point of attending PMQs is?! Oh and don’t worry, the reaction to Matt Hancock gets a mention.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | Pocketcasts This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/11/2250m 9s

017: Suella, Sunak, Schools, and The Sunburnt Bladder

How do we even begin?Jemma “I liked my own tweet” Forte and Marina “there are a lot of Hunts” Purkiss are running out of descriptors for how much trouble Britain is in with these self-serving lunatics at the helm.We have a new PM – our 5th since 2016. Meanwhile, the appetite for a general election increases daily and yet all we’re being served is a s—t sandwiches and cringe worthy dramas, whilst the rest of the world watches on and reports about the UK’s breakdown to their bewildered audiences. On our trawl of Twitter this week, our political pair ponder what they’d say if they met our disgraced former PM and whether Nadine Dorries should become a full-time TV host, alongside what sounds like more corruption or incompetence in the Home Office and the crisis in schools.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/10/2254m 11s

016: Dial H for Hunt. Wot Miriam said...

Since our last episode, Twitter’s been livelier than a 90’s warehouse rave, spicier than a vindaloo, and as fractious as nursery full of toddlers who have missed their nap.The Tory party is imploding and we have a new chancellor. The British government are all over the shop but… for anyone who was wondering why there was a little gap between episodes, we take a moment at the top of the show to welcome to the world the newest member of the anti-growth coalition.Elsewhere there’s Sturgeon’s thoughts on the Tories, Hunt-Hunt-Hunt, a lot of very strong language, Yvette Cooper demolishing Suella Braverman, and some thoughts on the new health secretary’s week that in any other week, would be the worst performance by a politician without soiling themselves live on TV in a white suit.Producer’s note: If you can hear some occasional banging, it definitely isn’t Jemma fracking in her back garden.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/10/2251m 22s

015: Fly Cruella Airlines

Uplifted by the idea of sending people seeking refuge to Rwanda? Vote Tory.In episode 015 our intrepid political podcasters (aka enemies of the people!) look at Twitter’s reaction to yet another bin fire of a week from Truss and co.There’s been the Tory conference which, some pictures and reports have indicated, hasn’t been the jubilant sell-out extravaganza they might have been hoping for…The karaoke night has been canned (karaoke queen Thérèse Coffey will be gutted!) and Rees-Mogg was greeted somewhat unfavourably as he made his way in…Plus Beth Rigby gnaws on Margarine Thatcher, pod fave Russ In Cheshire sums up the week in Tory, Jemma & Marina have a run-in with a Gbeebies presenter, there’s some love for BylineTimes, and we all go a bit giddy for Lewis Goodall’s underrated tweet of the week.As always, there’s a lord of the week, and our political pair leave you with some pudding.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/10/2243m 57s

014: Let's Be Clear, Liz Truss Woz 'Ere

How much money is enough? That’s one of the big questions political commentators Marina Purkiss & Jemma Forte wrestle with this week, alongside discussing the Lords of the Week, who’s to blame for the crashing economy, incandescent broadcasters, and some hilarious reactions to another bleak week in British life.We also check in on Joe Lycett, Femi, Jonathan Pie, and the tweeter who’s @LizTruss. Plus Marina once again recommends the podcast “Aid Thompsin & Other Disappointments” so you best get subscribing here. Small request: If you’re enjoying Purkiss & Forte’s weekly analysis and exasperated laughter about the tweets they dredge up, please consider sending this podcast to a friend, your baffled WhatsApp group or DM it to that friend who keeps sharing political memes.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | Pocketcasts This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/10/2247m 0s

013: Liz Truss Doesn't Accept The Premise of Your Mortgage

Our trawl of Twitter this week will inevitably be focussing on the fall-out of the not so “mini”, mini-budget and we thought it might be interesting to have a gander at the impact it will have specifically on mortgages and therefore renters too.With a morbid fascination, Marina & Jemma also observe the reactions to the budget, which range from shock, fear, denial, delusion, and for the very few pure delight!We also look on with awe at broadcasters in BBC local radio, as they quiz the Prime Minister and show little deference to power, pushing her to actually answer their questions on the budget, fracking, and more (and yes, The Trawl will continue to use Oxford Commas!).Small request: If you’re enjoying Purkiss & Forte’s weekly analysis and exasperated laughter about the tweets they dredge up, please consider sending this podcast to a friend, your baffled WhatsApp group or DM it to that friend who keeps sharing political memes.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | Pocketcasts This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/09/2245m 31s

012: The Dark Arts of Thinkie Tankie Bankies

In the 12th edition of The Trawl, Marina Purkiss & Jemma Forte take a deep dive into two articles that feel worthy of some proper scrutiny. In short: basically we’re now being governed by extremists. There’s a lot of Think Tank chat too… one of whom has blocked one of our hosts.The political pair also discuss UK PM Liz Truss’ tete a tete…or tete a tit as far as Truss is concerned… with Joe Biden at the UN conference.Plus there are some clips from LBC’s James O’Brien on trickle down economics, some reminders of lies told by “Brexiteers”, a fun description of new health secretary Therese Coffey, and a few pies of despair…Here are the two articles discussed in the show Liz Truss – a foot soldier for American economic and religious fundamentalists? by Ann Mood for Yorkshire Bylines American Dark Money, the Mercers and the Conservative Party A Network of Influence by Nafeez Ahmed for Byline TimesSeen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | Pocketcasts This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/09/2241m 27s

011: Spanking The Treasury - (Mini) Budget Special

Who really benefits from Kwasi Kwarteng’s changes to taxes and government investment? Marina & Jemma trawl through Twitter to make sense of what the government is describing as a “fiscal event”, whilst some people online are describing the trickle down illogic as “a raid" on the economy.It’s a weird week when even Julia Hartley Brewer – a staunch supporter of Brexit and the Tories - says that she’s `’struggling with this mini Budget. I’m largely pro cutting taxes and smaller government, but millions of families and businesses desperately need help thanks to disastrous energy policy and lockdowns. SO why cut taxes for the rich – the only people who don’t need help.”Plus duh-duh-duh, there’s some light relief from Sam Fender’s crowd, satirist Rosie Holt, and one of the best phone-ins to the radio… EVER!Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/09/2239m 52s

010: The Bankers' Bonus "Fiscal Event"

As the UK transitioned from pomp to politics, the Tories prioritised some of - you guessed it! - the richest in society.In this week’s trawl, Marina & Jemma crawl through the debris of The Queue, struggle to side-step the national debate surrounding the privilege of queue-jumping, and then focus on chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s gift to bankers during a cost of living crisis… he even reduced benefits for the poorest in society to, whattaguy!Hang on, did anyone see banker’s bonuses written on the side of the bus as a Brexit benefit? Of course not... On Twitter, there were some quite visceral reactions to the rich getting richer (and a reminder that not all of them are awful), our political pair ponder the myths of growth, and we’re reminded why the unlimited bonuses cap was introduced.Plus… this week’s pudding is from The Exploding Heads.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.Sign up for updates by emal over at This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/09/2238m 27s

009: Historical, Hysterical, Socialism, Corruption and... Top Gear

The Queen died last Thursday on the 8th September and, as you’d expect, Twitter lit up with tributes from dignitaries from around the globe and tweets from millions of people expressing heartfelt sadness and grief. Then, as the days went by a lot of it sort of transcended into some absolute sheer, solid lunacy. Reporters who’d been on duty for hours started scraping the barrel for both superlatives and stories, fights between republicans and monarchists broke out and certain media figures started competing to show who was mourning privately hardest, in a way that could hardly be described as private given it was posted all over twitter.Marina and Jemma also discussed Liz Truss’ biggest donor, fracking, Rees-Mogg, and debate whether this week’s Lord of the Week could be a future PM.Snigger warning: Contains mentions of bare bottoms.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast.🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | Pocketcasts This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/09/221h 5m

008: New Cabinet Carnage, Bonfire of Rights and “Specific & Limited” Tory Dystopia

This week’s trawl includes the world’s best booking on a politics show, Twitter’s thoughts on the UK’s new PM, breakfast telly lunacy and more besides. There’s a breakdown of the new cabinet with singing from Jemma whilst Marina gives listeners an illuminating explanation of fracking (can you guess how many of the 20k wells we need have been built?).In a dark week, there are a few shin kicks for right-wing commentator Mike Parry, discussion of the various names of Grant Shapps, and our political pair ponder Laura Kuenssberg’s ‘reporting’ of statements from ‘unnamed government sources’.Seen a great tweet? Send it to @TheTrawlPodcast on Twitter. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/09/221h 1m

007: Heckling Tories, Meeting Starmer, BBC Impartiality

This week’s Trawl is brimming with corruption, politicians getting an earful, cost of living panic, Tory incompetence and Twitter take downs. Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shares some thrifty advice, Marina discusses meeting the Labour leader, and Jemma sings a new jingle for lorrrrrrrrd offfff the weeeeeek!!There’s also a gut-punch clip of a dinner lady discussing the reality of poverty in the UK, which will be exacerbated by the looming energy crisis, and several moments where the British public show their displeasure for the government in a way that makes you feel a little bit patriotic. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/09/221h 6m

006: Lord of the Lies, Honest Government, Tory Obliteration

Rishi's lovin' it and Truss is ready to go nuclear... whilst Johnson is missing in action.In this week's episode Marina 'still en France' Purkiss and Jemma 'was on TalkTV' Forte scroll through 1000s of tweets, so you don't have to.In their trawl of Twitter our duo have concerns about Sunak's big little lies, share some lolz about the Boris Johnson movie (not sure Jemma's alternative title will pass the marketing dept), and there’s a bit of pudding at the end of the pod about the glamour of staying in.Plus, don’t worry, there’s also update on Marina's 'they're just as bad as each other' brother-in-law.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/08/221h 2m

005: Tories Urge Whilst Prices Surge

🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | PocketcastsIn episode five, political commentators & broadcasters (& can they call themselves podcasters now too?!) Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte sigh and laugh and sigh some more. Our chuckling duo also find some solace in the shape of a few visceral and fact-filled voices.As Jemma points out, Britain’s basically stopped working and needs switching off and on again. People on Twitter have got plenty of ideas on how to fix things but sadly aren’t in government... Meanwhile, due to climate change it’s been insanely hot in the UK, yet we’re all focused on not freezing in the winter.Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is on holiday once again and so is Marina, but at least she’s fully across her brief and has dialled in whilst being “en France”. Purkiss for PM, anyone…?This episode features clips from LBC, Piers Morgan Uncensored, Daviemoo, Larry and Paul, and Jeremy Vine, plus some Mike Graham “gold”, an underrated tweet of the week from Professor Brian Cox, and there’s two brilliant tweets from pod-fave @pandamoanium.Seen a great tweet? Twit us @TheTrawlPodcast. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/08/2255m 28s

004: Tory clowns, the UK frowns, and a lorra Brown

“Perhaps a nice contrast to nuclear annihilation…” Jemma ‘is back from beefa’ Forte and Marina ‘has the builders in’ Purkiss, once again scroll through Twitter, so you don’t have to.In the fourth episode of the pod they discuss former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s comments on the UK’s economic crisis, ponder little Englander Liz Truss’ latest remarks about the Welsh & Scottish leaders, and there’s your weekly dose of trade union heart throb Mick Lynch.🎧 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | PocketcastsSeen a great tweet? Submit your recommendations to @TheTrawlPodcast This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/08/2246m 18s

003: RMT dreamboats, tits and Tories

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Podtail | PocketcastsBroadcasters and political commentators, Marina and Jemma, contemplate why the focus of the latest Conservative leadership debate appeared to be on how cheap Liz Truss’ earrings were, when simultaneously Martin Lewis was shouting into the Twittersphere about warm banks. Our hosts grapple with Labour’s stance on labour and when that all gets too much, they turn to Mick Lynch for some words of wisdom. As ever there’s an underrated tweet of the week and more.Seen a great tweet? Submit your recommendations to @TheTrawlPodcast This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/08/2251m 37s

002: 55% Tory Dimwittery vs 3% climate and 100% Mick Lynch

From Don’t Look Up to maximum cringe… this week political commentator Marina Purkiss and broadcaster Jemma Forte discuss the UK government’s removal of bodily autonomy from an international human rights statement (could UK abortion laws be changing?!), the Conservative leadership race including how anyone overseas can vote, and Supertanskiii’s appeal.This episode also contains clips from Andrew Marr on LBC, GB News, and our podcast chart rivals, Newscast.Give us a follow over on Twitter, we’re @thetrawlpodcast and/or subscribe to our newsletter on Substack.No context quotes from this episode:“There’s no revolution just yet””We should start naming heatwaves after fossil fuel companies”“Anyone in China, join in, get a bit of British democracy” “When you become Prime Minister evict him”“Handsmaid’s Tail meets Jilly Cooper”“Is he single, Mick Lynch?” This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/07/2236m 36s

001: The Tombola of Tory Talent

Political commentator Marina Purkiss and broadcaster Jemma Forte delve into the week in tweets.The Trawl doomscrolls Twitter so you don’t have to. Each week our hosts discuss who in politics has digitally soiled themselves and who has been excellent in no more than 280 characters.Following hot on the hells of the pilot episode, Episode 1 was recorded on Sunday 17th July 2022 during the wearying heights of the Conservative Party leadership election amidst record temperatures in the UK.You can now subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.RSS feed: Join our email list: This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/07/2233m 31s

The Trawl podcast: Pilot Episode

Here’s the pilot episode of The Trawl.Please let us know if there is anything you’d love to hear more of in future episodes by sending us some feedback over at @TheTrawlPodcastWe’ll be on “all the networks” soon.For now, keep in touch by subscribing to get our emails: This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/07/2236m 44s
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