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Luminary to launch British Villains podcast - an insider look at the Great Train Robbery


New York, NY, October 6, 2020 - Luminary, a subscription podcast network, announced today the launch of British Villains, a compelling new podcast documenting England’s Great Train Robbery of 1963. With plenty of thick South London accents, British Villains is a humorous and engaging evaluation of the historic robbery and UK crime culture.

In British Villains, a Luminary Original series, host William Green - a Brit with an inside story to share - tells the intricate tale of the legendary 1963 heist and the evolution of the modern London villain through the lives of people connected to or directly impacted by the crime, including Green himself. The Great Train Robbery remains the most famous and widely-told crime story in Britain, but this podcast promises to reveal new information and intimate accounts from the last remaining gatekeepers of the event.

The episodes of British Villains feature interviews that chart the planning, execution and fallout of the Great Train Robbery as well as first-person tales of lesser known true life capers that shine a light on UK crime culture, including the introduction of guns and drugs, and how it has changed over time.

British Villains is executive produced by William Green and Aaron Ginsburg at The Cut, Jimmy Miller and Hans Sahni at Ninth Planet Audio, and Ben Adair at Western Sound. The series is written by Rosecrans Baldwin and Vanessa Sadler.

About Ninth Planet Audio

Ninth Planet Audio is the podcast production arm of Mosaic Media. Their diverse slate of shows spans from true crime, to docuseries, to scripted comedy with an emphasis on compelling storytelling from powerful voices. Previous shows have included The Black List Podcast and Telephone Stories on Luminary.

About William Green

William Green is a producer and co-owner, along with Aaron Ginsburg, of The Cut, a film and television production company. His television credits include Snatch for Crackle, and the upcoming Netflix documentary about Biggie Small. He also produced Vital Signs, a television series starring hip-hop legend Dr. Dre and Sam Rockwell for Apple. Past produced movies include ‘Mojave’ starring Oscar Isaac and ‘The Monster’ starring Zoe Kazan both for A24 and ‘The Man on Carrion Road’ with Patrick Wilson and John Leguizamo.

About Western Sound

Western Sound is the Los Angeles-based production studio of Peabody-Award-winning podcaster Ben Adair. They’ve been behind some of podcasting’s biggest hits, including The Score: Bank Robber Diaries and The Sterling Affairs. In the last year alone, Western Sound’s shows have been downloaded over 75 million times.

About Luminary

Luminary is a subscription podcast network featuring award-winning talent, diverse voices, and important stories you won’t find anywhere else. Download the Luminary app and subscribe today for access to original shows from top creators—including Trevor Noah, Lena Dunham, Roxane Gay, Russell Brand, and more.

Luminary was founded by Matt Sacks in 2018 with backing from NEA, a global venture capital fund with $20 billion in assets under management. Driven by the singular mission to improve the podcasting experience for both listeners and creators, Luminary is making it easier for podcast listeners to find great content and for podcast creators to do their best work. The Luminary app is available on iOS, Android, and web.

Luminary offers all listeners a seven-day free trial of Luminary. After the free trial, the monthly subscription price is $4.99 for U.S. subscribers, and the annual price is $34.99, or about $2.99 per month. Luminary subscriptions are also available for international listeners with a seven-day free trial, including in Canada (Monthly: CA$4.99/mo, Annual: CA$34.99), U.K (Monthly: £3.99/mo, Annual: £28.99), Australia (Monthly: AU$5.99/mo, Annual: AU$34.99), Ireland (Monthly: €4.99/mo, Annual: €34.99), South Africa (Monthly: R34.99/mo, Annual:R249.99), and New Zealand (Monthly: NZ$7.99/mo, Annual: NZ$58.99).

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