Unless you are in a breaking news situation, there is no excuse to use phone audio in a podcast, so I was surprised to hear large chunks of interviews resort to this. Firstly it’s easy to have people record themselves on their smartphone or equivalent. Secondly, there is a ready supply of independent producers who will record an interview inexpensively on location. You rarely, if ever, hear phone tape on e.g. This American Life. Following on from Serial, Offshore, the bar has also been set high when it comes to crime storytelling. This story could have been better structured and edited. At times it was disjointed and confusing. That may just reflect a lack of expertise within the BBC at podcast production and narrative storytelling. While it is worth a listen, it could have been so much better.
Loved the "Serial" quality of the production and the smooth storyline. Makes important conclusions about current Chinese politics. Looking forward to the prequel or sequel soon!
It left me wanting to hear more-I hope the same creative team does other stories in the future.
I really enjoyed this, well written and like most true stories, stranger than fiction., Thanks very much
Being an expat is China, I was very interested in this podcast. I'm now viewing my surroundings in a different way. Loved the story and the production of the show.. just wish each episode was longer.
Great long form piece.
A fascinating story. This is just the kind of true crime story that's totally my bag.