Well, this is awkward. In 2013, when the first series of The Corrupted was broadcast to much acclaim on Radio 4, I missed it. I also missed the second series, and the third. Back then I wasn’t a radio critic, you see, but a respectable office worker. You can’t go about listening to Afternoon Plays in the office, no matter how groundbreaking they might be.
So I came to season four of G F Newman’s epic saga – which traces the history of one East End crime family from the Fifties to the present day, weaving in real characters and events from history – in a state of dewy ignorance. I only knew I needed to take it seriously, because Newman is a big noise in the broadcasting world. Law & Order, his...
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