Daily Mail launches podcast on the the last men hanged in Britain for being homosexual

Limited series is hosted by gay Labour MP Sir Chris Bryant

News publication the Daily Mail has launched a new podcast telling the story of the last two men in Britain who were hanged for being homosexual, according to an announcement by its parent company DMG Media. 

The three-part podcast titled The Tragedy of James [Pratt] and John [Smith] is part of a new wider series titled Lost Voices, which is dedicated to telling stories that should have never happened. 

Series one is hosted by openly gay Labour MP Sir Chris Bryant, who uses archive material including law records and workhouse registers to capture what it was like to be a gay, working-class man in the early 19th century. Bryant described the series as a tale of “prejudice and judicial murder” and said that it will “stir your heart”. 

“Chris tells this tragic story with such verve and empathy,” said DMG Media’s head of podcasts Jamie East. “This may not be what you expect from the Daily Mail but we are extremely proud to elevate this awful miscarriage of justice.”

Episode one of Lost Voices: The Tragedy of James and John is out now across all major podcast platforms and will continue to release weekly. The series is created by the team behind the Daily Mail’s hit true crime podcast The Trial, which became a global hit after the release of The Trial of Lucy Letby, which was reportedly downloaded more than 13 million times. 

DMG Media appointed East – a podcast veteran, TV presenter, broadcaster and journalist – as head of podcasts in July last year in an effort to expand the Mail’s podcast and digital operations by commissioning new shows and making East responsible for overseeing its podcast content strategy.

Prior to joining the team, East co-founded his own podcast production company Daft Doris in 2020 after launching and hosting his own hit daily news podcast The Smart 7. Since joining DMG Media, East has worked on a number of podcast projects for the Daily Mail including sports podcast It’s All Kicking Off ahead of the Premier League season, with former professional football player Chris Sutton and Daily Mail football editor Ian Ladyman.

As part of its expansion into the podcast industry, DMG Media’s advertising arm Mail Metro Media appointed former Guardian Advertising sales director Guy Edmunds to lead its podcast advertising strategy in July last year.