A new three-part podcast series about the life and death of Bernie Katz, written and narrated by journalist Mark Edmonds is available from today.
Edmonds has worked as a journalist for more than 40 years, holding executive positions at the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Financial Times and Daily Telegraph. He now writes for a range of publications including Private Eye and Tatler and works as an editorial consultant. He has been a member of the Groucho Club since 1986 and knew Bernie Katz well.
The podcast includes exclusive interviews with Stephen Fry, Alison Steadman, Richard Bacon, Helen Lederer and more.
Bernie Katz was an institution in London Soho’s club scene for over 30 years. A confidant and friend of the rich, famous and louche, Bernie was the former front-of-house manager at Soho’s exclusive Groucho club. He was the guy who could get anything done. He was a celebrity in his own right, with his own radio show. His friend Stephen Fry christened him ‘The Prince of Soho’.
In August 2017, Bernie was found dead in his North London flat aged 49 in mysterious circumstances. Suddenly, there was an outpouring of love for Bernie. But what wasn’t clear from the thousands of tributes was that in his final months, Bernie’s life had unravelled quickly, quietly and catastrophically. He had been removed from his position at the Groucho Club, all the money from his private art collection had disappeared and he was being pursued by Albanian gangsters.
His funeral in September 2017 was a huge occasion. The cortège, led by a horse-drawn Victorian hearse carrying a floral tribute bearing the words “The Prince of Soho”, accompanied several hundred mourners.
Among the crowd were Sienna Miller, Sadie Frost, Alfie Allen and Noel Fielding, all of whom had known Bernie. The streets of Soho have witnessed many memorable tableaux over the years, but the funeral of Bernie Katz, the former front-of-house at the Groucho Club in Dean Street, ranks among the most remarkable.
But who was the real Bernie Katz? And what led to his untimely death? In this three-part podcast series, journalist Mark Edmonds speaks to Bernie’s close friends and the celebrities who knew him well to tell Bernie’s story, learn about the demons he left behind – and piece together just what happened to ‘The Prince of Soho’.
Bernie: Who Killed The Prince of Soho? is available weekly on Apple, Spotify, Acast and all podcast providers from today, Tuesday 1 June.