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Pat Springleaf is in quite the bind. He’s an ex-conman turned undercover cop in the middle of the biggest case of his career - the gang are getting suspicious, his wife wants a divorce, the police are demanding results and his ex girlfriend/ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody...


A new sort-of-true-crime comedy series from James Acaster (Off Menu, Repertoire, Ghostbusters), featuring Bill Bailey, Chloe Petts, Domhnall Gleeson, Evelyn Mok, Finn Wolfhard, Freya Parker, Hugh Dennis, Jack De'ath, Jason Forbes, Jo Brand, Kath Hughes, Kemah Bob, Louis Theroux, Mark Silcox, Michael McKean, Mike Wozniak, Miles Jupp, Milton Jones, Natalie Cassidy, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Nish Kumar, Pat Cahill, Phil Dunning, Phil Wang, Sarah Millican, Sharon D Clarke and Sindhu Vee, with guests Ed Gamble, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Katherine Ryan, Lolly Adefope, Josh Widdicombe, Joe Lycett, Sara Pascoe, Rosie Jones and Guz Khan.


Original Music by NNAMDÏ


Produced by Lyndsay Fenner

A Mighty Bunny Production


www.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk



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Episode 0 - Trailer

Episode 0 - Trailer

2023-11-1302:464

SPRINGLEAF launches Tuesday 21st November 2023 - subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.Pat Springleaf is in quite the bind. He’s an ex con man turned undercover cop in the middle of the biggest case of his career - the gang are getting suspicious, his wife wants a divorce, the police are demanding results and his ex partner-in-crime is blackmailing him.Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody.A new sort-of-true crime comedy series from James Acaster (Off Menu, Repertoire, Ghostbusters), featuring Bill Bailey, Chloe Petts, Domhnall Gleeson, Evelyn Mok, Finn Wolfhard, Freya Parker, Hugh Dennis, Jack De'ath, Jason Forbes, Jo Brand, Kath Hughes, Kemah Bob, Louis Theroux, Mark Silcox, Michael McKean, Mike Wozniak, Miles Jupp, Milton Jones, Natalie Cassidy, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Nish Kumar, Pat Cahill, Phil Dunning, Phil Wang, Sarah Millican, Sharon D Clarke and Sindhu Vee, with guests Ed Gamble, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Katherine Ryan, Lolly Adefope, Josh Widdicombe, Joe Lycett, Sara Pascoe, Rosie Jones and Guz Khan.Original Music by NNAMDÏProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 1

Episode 1

2023-11-2132:056

A true(ish) crime podcast, based on James Acaster's undercover cop alter-ego Pat Springleaf, which sees Pat share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working undercover to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang, led by the villainous Lawrence (Domhnall Gleeson).Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody.In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams (Kath Hughes) play excerpts from his wire recordings to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the comedy career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.In episode 1, Lawrence announces a side-step from drug dealing into a more glamorous branch of crime, Pat's wife Sita (Sindhu Vee) makes some life changing personal and career decisions and Pat takes the advice of fellow comic Evelyn Mok to find a better, more truthful, on-stage comic persona.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoFreya Parker - HecklerJack De'ath - CompereJason Forbes - Police OfficerKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaLouis Theroux - Detective Shane NicelyNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Ed GambleExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 2

Episode 2

2023-11-2830:072

Studio guest Romesh Ranganathan attempts to get a grip on exactly what the podcast is, Sita bags Serpico his first acting role and Pat's crowd-work skills are tested to their limit when Donna encourages Lawrence and Huey to try out their new heist personas in public…A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang, led by the villainous Lawrence.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody.In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfJack De'ath - CompereJason Forbes - Comedy FanKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaMark Silcox - himselfNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Romesh RanganathanExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 3

Episode 3

2023-12-0529:133

Pat is booked as a guest for Tom Allen's new panel show, and Donna persuades the SW6 gang to carry out a practice heist at the studio in preparation for their big casino job - bad news for fellow panellists Jo Brand and Sarah Millican. Meanwhile, 'Sita's Creatures' animal acting agency goes from strength to strength as Serpico cements his reputation as the country's leading Merdog, before making waves elsewhere on set.A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Bill Bailey - himselfChloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoFreya Parker - Floor ManagerJason Forbes - DirectorJo Brand - herselfKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSarah Millican - herselfSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Tom AllenExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 4

Episode 4

2023-12-1231:442

With SW5 member (and fellow undercover cop) Clarke tied up in the backroom of SW6 HQ, Pat needs to come up with a rescue plan, stat. But when he leaks Clarke's whereabouts to SW5 gang leader Janet (Natalie Cassidy), existing tensions between the two gangs begin to escalate. Meanwhile, on the comedy circuit, there's another terrible crime to deal with - a blatant case of material theft...A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoFreya Parker - Audience memberJack De'ath - CompereKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Katherine RyanExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 5

Episode 5

2023-12-1929:241

Lawrence and Janet jostle for position in the newly formed SW11 gang, whilst things look increasingly dicey for Clarke after he's outed as an undercover cop. Desperately in search of a rescue plan, Pat is struck by inspiration whilst filming a TV prank show.A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Domhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFreya Parker - Audience memberKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPatrick Hamer - Pizza Delivery GuyPhil Dunning - DeclanPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Lolly AdefopeExtra jokes by Alison Spittle, Celya AB, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 6

Episode 6

2023-12-2633:28

Having survived his unfortunate interaction with Huey's shotgun, Clarke goes into hiding, while Angela faces the consequences of her unauthorised stint undercover. Pat, Evelyn and Sita wait for an update on the future of their prank show and, over at SW11 HQ, Lawrence and Janet continue to clash as the Leader-Off enters the final stages...A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEd Gamble - himselfEvelyn Mok - herselfFinn Wolfhard - SerpicoJason Forbes - SuperintendentKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeRob Beckett - himselfSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Josh WiddicombeExtra jokes by Celya AB, Jen Ives, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 7

Episode 7

2024-01-0233:24

Joe Lycett is in the studio with Pat and Adams this week, and it gets quite messy quite quickly. With Janet newly installed as leader of the SW11 gang, the criminals pivot from drug dealing to phone scams and Donna discovers a hidden talent for the artform. Clarke unexpectedly turns up in a new role at the police station, leaving Nish feeling abandoned and alone in his fuggy hillock house. Meanwhile Lawrence is not taking his defeat in the Leader-Off well, and decides that revenge - like pizza - is a dish best served delivered to the doorstep.A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceChris Day - Train AnnouncerDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFreya Parker - StaceyJason Forbes - Rich GuysleyKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaMiles Jupp - himselfNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Dunning - DeclanPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSara Pascoe - herselfSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Joe LycettExtra jokes by Celya AB, Jen Ives, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 8

Episode 8

2024-01-0931:162

The gang start plotting to spring Lawrence from prison, making Clarke's decision to close the case look increasingly suboptimal. Angela heads to the Big Top to track down Nish, and Milton Jones has the worst week of his life courtesy of the Only Joking team. Sara Pascoe joins Pat and Adams in the studio, where she is disappointed by the absence of her favourite member of the Springleaf crew...A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceChris Day - AndyEvelyn Mok - herselfFreya Parker - Circus Audience MemberJason Forbes - MarcusKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaMilton Jones - himselfNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Dunning - DeclanPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Sara PascoeExtra jokes by Celya AB, Jen Ives, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 9

Episode 9

2024-01-1630:161

Rosie Jones, the most notorious bully on the comedy circuit, joins Pat and Adams in the studio this week as events really start to come to a head. Sita tells Pat an uncomfortable truth, which is a devastating blow for someone with a pathological need to be liked. Clarke also drops a bombshell - the sort of bombshell with 'you're fired' written on the side. And worlds collide when Pat decides to leverage his position on the Only Joking team to spring Lawrence from the big house, culminating in a bad day for Hugh Dennis...A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFreya Parker - WardenHugh Dennis - himselfJason Forbes - DavidKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKatie Sayer - SuzyKemah Bob - DonnaNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyPat Cahill - RegPhil Dunning - DeclanPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Rosie JonesExtra jokes by Celya AB, Jen Ives, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode 10

Episode 10

2024-01-2339:09

It's the final episode of the series. The truth about Operation Pot Roast is revealed, as a recording of Detective Nicely (Louis Theroux) preparing to confront Police Chief Rittenberger (Michael McKean) is unearthed. There's a prison break. There's a casino heist. There's an armed stand off with the cops. There are ice cream sandwiches. Basically, there's a lot going on.A true(ish) crime podcast, which sees undercover cop Pat Springleaf (James Acaster) share police wire recordings from the biggest case of his career: working to infiltrate and bring to justice the notorious SW6 gang.Back in 2013, ex-conman-turned-undercover-cop Pat was in the middle of a career-defining undercover gig - but problems beset him on all sides: the gang are getting suspicious; his wife wants a divorce; the police are demanding results; and his ex partner in crime is blackmailing him. Not an ideal situation for someone with a burning need to please absolutely everybody. In 2023, meanwhile, Pat and his producer Adams play clips to studio guests as they unpack the criminal hijinks that launched the career of the man now reasonably widely-known as James Acaster.Featuring:Chloe Petts - NanceDomhnall Gleeson - LawrenceEvelyn Mok - herselfFreya Parker - WardenHugh Dennis - himselfJack De'ath - CopJake Ashton - PrisonerJason Forbes - Casino EmployeeKath Hughes - Detective AdamsKemah Bob - DonnaLouis Theroux - Detective NicelyMichael McKean - Chief RittenbergerMike Wozniak - Ring Binder Factory Tour NarratorNatalie Cassidy - JanetNathaniel Metcalfe - HueyNish Kumar - himselfPat Cahill - RegPhil Dunning - DeclanPhil Wang - Detective Clarke BurbridgeSharon D Clarke - Police Chief AngelaSindhu Vee - Sitawith studio guest Guz KhanExtra jokes by Celya AB, Jen Ives, Ken Cheng, Matthew Crosby, Rose Johnson and Toussaint DouglassOriginal Music by NNAMDÏSound design by Charlie Brandon KingAssistant Producers - Katie Sayer and Mikaela CarmichaelProduced by Lyndsay FennerA Mighty Bunny Productionwww.springleafpodcast.com / www.mightybunny.co.ukMerch? Merch! https://springleaf.teemill.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Alison Burford

looking forward to the next episode

Nov 15th
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