Hooked on Freddie is a new podcast telling the real-life story of a dolphin whose visit to Amble, Northumberland turned the sleepy seaside town upside down.
Hosted by award-winning journalist Becky Milligan, the six-part series follows Alan Cooper, a lifelong animal rights campaigner committed to freeing captive dolphins, who forms a deep bond with Freddie.
When Alan’s friendship with Freddie is turned against him and he is accused of subjecting the dolphin to an unspeakable act, the rumours trigger a tabloid scandal that grips the nation and a legal case unlike any the courts have ever heard before. And Alan is in the fight of his life.
Becky Milligan first encountered, and even swam with, Freddie the dolphin as a student journalist, and has followed the strange case closely ever since. The series is produced with full access to all the main protagonists, who are sharing their stories for the first time.
Rich Knight, Head of UK Podcast Content at Wondery commented: “Hooked on Freddie is an extraordinary story which is both joyously uplifting and deeply poignant.
“It’s about a magical friendship between species and a bitter rivalry between humans. At its heart, it is a story about how we should treat wild animals.
“We’re delighted to work with Becky Milligan, who has followed the story from the very beginning and tells it with sensitivity and wit.”
Rosie Pye, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Blanchard House added: “This is a truly incredible story that has to be heard to be believed… everything that happened here will leave you astonished!
“It’s not only a story about the power of wild accusations, it is also extremely poignant, as we hear someone’s worst nightmare unfold.
“Working with Wondery to bring the show to life has been a real joy. We have four shows out this year, each extraordinary in a different way, and we can’t wait to share them with listeners.”
From Wondery and Blanchard House, Hooked on Freddie launched on 19th September, with additional episodes available a week early and ad-free on Amazon Music and Wondery+.