Believe in Magic explores the extraordinary story of a teenage girl battling a brain tumour and her charity, Believe in Magic. Jamie Bartlett investigates how the charity got the support of pop megastars One Direction and transformed the lives of sick children. But it sheds light on some darker sides, too.
Believe in Magic was catapulted to fame in 2015 for its mission to brighten the lives of terminally ill children. Supported by celebrities and even praised by then Prime Minister David Cameron, the charity appeared to bring light to suffering children. Yet, it became suspicious when the organization asked for donations for Megan’s emergency treatment.
Megan Bhari, reportedly diagnosed with a brain tumour, passed away in 2018 at 23. Posthumously, her condition became the subject of speculation, leading to theories that this podcast examines. Jamie Bartlett portrays both the scepticism surrounding Megan’s illness and the denial by her mother, Jean. Bartlett focuses on the online deception and the potential manipulation in a world quick to believe and support.
Believe in Magic explores the complex world of illness influencers, examining how they impact public views through medical terms and emotional stories. While it focuses into the mix of sympathy, support, and doubt these influencers create, acknowledges the real happiness Believe in Magic brought to many children.
Believe in Magic is a personal journals podcast by BBC Radio.
Country: United Kingdom
Episodes count: 33
Average duration: 27'
Frequency: Seven episode series