Tom Sainsbury's Small Town Scandal

Tom Sainsbury's Small Town Scandal

SEASON TWO IS OUT NOW! An 8-part mockumentary true-crime podcast parodying the podcasts like Serial, Teachers Pet and Drop Out. All voiced by one actor - Tom Sainsbury. After a successful first podcast season – exposing his Uncle Mitch’s killer – Toby Buchanan was settling into a quiet life writing ads for the local car dealer when it was rudely interrupted by another mystery. He received a severed toe in the mail, and some mysterious communication about something horrific happening in the Wairarapa beach town of Ruatuna on New Years Eve. Unable to resist the pull of another mystery, Toby heads to Ruatuna to see if he can use his investigative skills to solve the mystery and finds a town full of small-town characters who are all as suspicious as each other. The perfect road trip binge, summer never sounded so mysterious. Facebook: Tom Sainsbury - Comedian and Snapchat Dude | Facebook Instagram: @thomassainsbury / @iheartradionz

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March 20, 2023 1 min

A 6-part murder mystery series, voiced entirely by New Zealand's leading comedic satirist Tom Sainsbury, playing character...

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In the first episode, disgraced journalist Toby Buchanan finds himself back in his hometown and after a voice message from his Uncle Mitch, asking him to meet at his mansion, he finds him dead. Officially it's labelled a heart attack, but thanks to the voice message he thinks there is more to it.

 

He does what all good middle-aged men do, starts a podcast. Only this podcast is to solve an active murder case. 

 

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Toby follows up the first lead, suspicious of his Aunty Janine and her motives to kill his Uncle Mitch. Still not convinced it was a heart attack, he tries to track down the autopsy with little luck to begin with, before he leaves his journalistic integrity at the door to get an Irishman drunk. Thats when he learns the most shocking detail so far!

 

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Te Hoiho is a horse town, so Toby goes looking for the possible source of the Ketamine that was in his uncle's system when he died. After failing spectacularly, he then shifts his investigation to the automatic mowers, and whether they are capable of the gruesome injuries they inflicted on Mitch. Then, in a shocking turn, he learns his father is in town, and might have a reason to have committed a murder.

 

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In search of the source of the ketamine Uncle Mitch's has in his system, Toby stumbles across a small-town swingers' party...

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Toby finally gets the courage to find his father and have a conversation, which raises even more questions. Dinner with Ka...

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Buckle up for final episode of Tom Sainsbury's Small Town Scandal. Old school friends reveal more mysteries, pet food come...

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November 30, 2023 30 secs

SEASON TWO DEBUTS ON 7TH DECEMBER 2023

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Just when he thought he was out of the podcast business, Toby Buchanan receives a gruesome package in the mail. Intrigued by the severed Toe and before he even rings the Police, Toby picks up his dictaphone and starts recording a new podcast, much to the disappointment of his new girlfriend Kristy.

The correspondence is accompanied by a series of letters and emails encouraging Toby to travel to Ruatuna, a small beachside town in th...

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After escaping his security conscious and geriatric Air BnB hosts, Lynn and Stan Winstanley, Toby finally makes it out into the small town of Ruatuna. Starting at the local drinking hole he meets the vigilant and close-knit locals and doesn’t get a very warm reception.

He does get one lead though, David Dearlove – the town’s much loathed property developer trying to make Ruatuna a town for the metropolitan elite of Aotearoa. The to...

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Toby heads out to the peninsula to meet with Dawn – the hermit who is blocking Dearloves development dreams – she seems friendly enough until she inadvertently admits her dark past.

On his way home he stumbles across another lead with a very angry conservationist who is dedicated to protecting the breading grounds of an endangered bird – could she be an eco-terrorist? Feeling more confused than ever, Toby meets the troublesome teen...

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After breaking the news to David Dearlove, Toby continues the investigation. The leads are all a bit cold, until he finds out that Anthea has headed out on a boat with the bullying teenagers from the beach. Why would she have lied to him?

Trying to get to the bottom of the whether Levi Levarne will be in town and what that might have to do with the New Years threat, he tries to find out more from the teenagers in town and social me...

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Sprung by the Winstanley’s guests and potentially in the middle of a meeting to plan the downfall of a town, Toby bluffs his way out of a sticky situation, but now he has a new lead – his Airbnb hosts…

He’s then drawn to a scene on the beach with the potential eco-terrorist, getting himself into a bind by offering help her while she goes for a rest. He also gains the attention of the policeman who took his statement at Dawns, is he...

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Trying to get to the bottom of where the teenagers are going, Toby goes back to check on Anthea and see if she will give him clues for his mystery. He doesn’t get much help, until he meets two more locals who offer to take him out on their boat to search the islands for the music festival the teenagers are hiding from him.

Back on dry land, things go from bad to worse, back to good again. The police are interested in where he was b...

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December 6, 2023 28 mins

Toby finally gets to the island that the teenagers are inhabiting for their New Years celebration with Levi Levarne. With only hours to go until midnight, will this be the end of him? Will this be the end of the world? Or will Toby manage to solve the mystery and save the small town of Ruatuna?

Only time will tell.

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Rescued from the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, Toby finds himself alive but confused on New Years Day. The whole story unravels with all the twists and turns you’d expect from the small town of Ruatuna, but will Toby get out alive? 

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