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The week-long podcast that puts one of Britain’s most elusive figures in true crime history on trial, fifty years on from his disappearance…The Trial of Lord Lucan

The week-long podcast that puts one of Britain’s most elusive figures in true crime history on trial, fifty years on from his disappearance…The Trial of Lord Lucan


May 30, 2024

The week-long podcast that puts one of Britain’s most elusive figures in true crime history on trial, fifty years on from his disappearance…

The Trial of Lord Lucan

Listeners become the jury and make their LIVE final verdict on the mysterious crime that gripped the nation

Episodes out now with the trial unfolding every day from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June


The Trial of Lord Lucan launches for a week-long podcast series that asks listeners to be the jury in one of the most elusive crimes in British history.

In 1974, British aristocrat Richard John Bingham, otherwise known as Lord Lucan, became the prime suspect in the murder of his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett. He vanished soon after the incident, sparking one of the most sensational manhunts in Britain and leaving justice undone. Until now.

On the 50-year anniversary of his disappearance, this brand-new podcast is holding the trial that never was.

Hosted by journalists Caroline Cheetham and Stephen Wright, The Trial of Lord Lucan will bring together prosecutor, Max Hardy, and defence barrister, Edward Henry KC, to finally decide whether Lord Lucan was guilty or not guilty.

The hosts and legal minds will use exclusive, never-before-seen documents written by Det Chief Supt Roy Ranson, who headed the 1974 murder investigation and spent most of his career searching for the elusive Lucan.

Every day from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June, audiences will hear the trial unfold and discover new information never disclosed to the public before. Listeners will then their say in a live public vote, with the final verdict being announced the following week.

Prepare to discover the truth behind the crime that gripped the nation…


Notes to Editors

The Trial of Lord Lucan is available on all major podcast platforms.

Episodes out now, with the trial unfolding every day from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June.

All relevant information for jurors can be found at


About Caroline Cheetham

Caroline is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and podcast producer. She began her career 25 years ago in local and regional newspapers. Caroline covered courts, councils and breaking news across the North West before joining the BBC as a producer for BBC Radio 5 live based in London.

After producing the award-winning Breakfast Programme with Nicky Campbell and Victoria Derbyshire, she became the station’s Investigative Reporter. She then moved back to Manchester to be the Network Radio Correspondent for Radio 4 and 5 live, where she covered the biggest stories across the North of England.

Since 2022 Caroline has been the co-host, writer and producer of the award winning ‘The Trial’ Podcast, the first in the UK to follow a criminal trial week by week. Now in its fourth season, the podcast has been listened to more than 26 million times.

About Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright is a multi-award-winning crime and investigative journalist who has worked for the Daily Mail since 1993. Stephen won critical acclaim for his work on the Stephen Lawrence killing which led to the famous ‘Murderers’ Daily Mail headline in 1997. Stephen obtained the world exclusive document.

About DMG Media

DMG Media’s brands include Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Metro, i, MailOnline, Mail+, and reach 190M unique browsers every month. Their newly launched podcast division, headed up by podcast veteran and broadcaster Jamie East have already achieved over 21million downloads and the 2024 slate is set to cement them as one of the biggest audio networks in the country, Seriously Popular.

Edward Henry KC

A giant figure at the Bar, Mr Henry is renowned for his immense intellect – a lawyer who has been described as a ‘phenomenon at all stages of case. Astonishing advocacy skills have earned the respect of clients, colleagues, and the judiciary alike: he is a force to be reckoned with’.

He has appeared in many high-profile cases, including the successful overturning of a rape conviction at the Court of Appeal in the case of Andrew Malkinson. With great authority, he has also represented former sub postmasters and sub mistresses in the Post Office Horizon Inquiry – where he is accused its disgraced former boss Paula Vennells of being ‘in La-la Land’ – and defended in the largest money laundering allegation in British criminal history.

A larger-than-life character and courtroom favourite, he has been described as the ‘advocate’s advocate’ and is head of Regulation at Mountford Chambers. Called to the Bar in 1988 and made silk in 2018, he is a leading specialist in defence whose practice encompasses all forms of serious crime. He has been instructed to act in over 40 murder trials, cases of terrorism (IRA, Tamil Tiger, and Al Qaeda), serious sexual assault, serious drugs, money laundering, immigration fraud, people trafficking and firearms.

According to the Legal 500 guide to best lawyers, he pays ‘unparalleled attention to details and fights every single point. He’s the person you want in your corner when your back is to the wall.’

Max Hardy

A veteran of hundreds of trials, Mr Hardy specialises in prosecuting cases but has also defended a range of criminal offences. Called to the Bar 20 years ago, he was seconded to Crown Prosecution Service’s London Homicide Unit in 2018 assuming responsibility for murder and fatal road traffic prosecutions.

He has also spent time on secondment at the fraud prosecution division of the CPS as a senior crown prosecutor. He assumed a serious and heavy caseload – providing pre-charge advice to investigators, making charging decisions, and drafting letters of request for international assistance.

Mr Hardy, widely seen as a rising star, has been a tenant at 9BR Chambers in London since 2007 and now has a busy homicide practice including trials at the Old Bailey. More recently, he represented Andrew Malkinson in his successful appeal against his conviction for rape in one of Britain’s worst miscarriages of justice. He was led Edward Henry KC, his opponent in the Trial of Lord Lucan.

Mr Hardy’s work has earned praise from the prestigious Legal 500 guide to best lawyers. It says: ‘Max is one of the finest young barristers around and he has emerged into a powerful prime – he’s a silk in all but name. He is versatile, demanding of himself, and utterly dedicated to his client’s interests.’