The BBC has released the first episode of a five-part podcast into the life and death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, with Michelle Fairely – best known for playing Catelyn Stark on Game of Thrones – voicing the Maltese journalist.
The episode starts with a sombre scene depicting Caruana Galizia’s last moments, teasing her son Matthew about his cooking skills before walking out of the house to drive to the bank, unaware that a bomb had been placed under her car.
Daphne: “I’ll only be an hour, tell your dad when he gets home.”
Matthew: “I’ll make ravioli”
Daphne: “We can make ravioli”
Matthew: “I can make ravioli”
Daphne: “Or something resembling it, I’m sure”
The rest of the episode focuses on Caruana Galizia’s work as a newspaper reporter prior to opening her blog. It portrays her as a stubborn and uncompromising journalist, who was immensely disillusioned at how so many people put their career prospects and their fear ahead of their thirst for justice.
At one point, a government cameraperson hands Caruana Galizia footage he had taken of a group of soldiers beating up an African migrant at the Safi detention centre.
However, instead of thanking him for the exclusive story, Caruana Galizia berates him for not publishing the photos himself.
“This country is being eaten up by cowardice,” she exclaims.
Later, Caruana Galizia berates a lawyer friend of her husband Peter for adopting a nuanced view of the situation at the detention centre and warns Peter that she is ready to blow the lid on his friend’s affair.
“That man of false integrity… you know he’s having an affair with his assistant. I wrote it up for my column last month. Friends like him aren’t worth having, Peter.”
According to the podcast, Caruana Galizia decided to start her own blog after her house was attacked by anti-migrant arsonists and her editor refused to describe it as attempted murder.
“If there’s no free press on the island, I’ll create my own bloody press,” she tells Matthew in frustration over the phone.
The podcast is written by Lizzie Nunnery and Alys Harte and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.