Body on the Moor: For when you need a quick burst of true crime
The Premise (from Apple Podcasts):
A body is found on the moor, with no clue as to who the man was. And he died from poisoning. Who is he? Why was he there? Jon Manel follows the police inquiry for BBC Radio 4.
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Investigative true crime
Approximate length of episodes:
10 minutes (told you it was short)
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Podcast Librarian’s Review:
This is a short BBC series (each episode is only around 10 minutes!) about an unidentified man found on a moor in northern England. It has shades of both Death in Ice Valley and Room 20 in that the man’s identity was unknown for a long time, and the case is now able to be investigated further with modern testing, like isotopic testing. The pod’s style sounds very much like a BBC Radio report; I don’t get the impression that it was designed to be told as a podcast specifically. The reporting is pretty straightforward, and because the episodes are so short, there is not much dramatic buildup or opportunity to get connected to the victim or others involved. However, if you’re looking for a quick true crime pod that has a relatively satisfying ending, then this might hit the spot.