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Comedians Joe Wilkinson, David Earl and Poppy Hillstead learn out ridiculous childhood gossip and absurd native rumours from listeners. It’s not solely hilarious –  there’s additionally one thing oddly nostalgic about it. Very good music and sound design too.

Begin with S2 Ep4: Kiri Pritchard-McLean

The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Undertaking

Through which America’s best character comedian inhabits a succession of evil males: a deviant off-Broadway producer; a sadistic 91-year-old private coach to the celebrities; a devil-worshipping recreation present host. Daly does it so amiably you’ll come to like all of them.

Begin with Hail Devil with Chip Gardner

Expensive Joan and Jericha

Julia Davis and Vicky Pepperdine’s perverted middle-aged agony aunts are simply the filthiest comedy duo since Derek & Clive. Their recommendation couldn’t be worse, however a lot of the enjoyment comes from listening to these two gross-out masters every doing her greatest to be extra mistaken than the opposite.

Begin with S1 Ep One

Comedy Bang Bang

This self-contained universe of recurring characters and insanely dedicated improv may be baffling for first-time listeners. However when it clicks – often when impressionist Paul F Tompkins is doing his Andrew Lloyd Webber or Werner Herzog act – there’s nothing funnier.

Begin with #229 Two Thumbs & Not A lot Else

The Alice Fraser Trilogy

Three storytelling stand-up exhibits from one in all Australia’s most clever comedians, in binaural 3D sound: shut your eyes, and it’s similar to being within the comedy membership. The Resistance, about her childhood in a sort of casual Buddhist commune, is especially pleasant.

Begin with 03 The Resistance Act 1

The Bugle Presents…The Final Submit

Prolific podcaster Alice Fraser (once more!) hops between satire and surrealism so deftly in these each day topical dispatches, you begin to lose observe of the distinction between the 2. Andy Zaltzman, Tiff Stevenson and Nish Kumar are among the many common contributors.

Begin with 64. Future TV information

Beef and Dairy Community

This high-concept, deadpan comedy was picked up by Radio Four after changing into a word-of-mouth hit. It’s ostensibly the podcast offshoot of a dry journal about dairy farming, however every episode quickly descends into freewheeling surrealism.

Begin with Episode 5 – Dustin France

Bunk Mattress

Should you’re confined to your sickbed, why not share it with Patrick Marber and Peter Curran? Every bite-sized episode of this gently charming BBC sequence finds the writers on the verge of sleep, swapping murmured, meandering banter about life.

Begin with Happiness, small birds and Spike Milligan

Contained in the Comic

Fed up with earnest, luvvie-ish interview podcasts? Comic David Reed skewers the format: in his interviews with fellow comics, the one rule is that each reply have to be a lie. His chats with Marcus Brigstocke, Miles Jupp and Rufus Hound are improvisational gold.

Begin with 4.1 – Rufus Hound

No Such Factor as a Fish: James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber

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No Such Factor as a Fish

From the group behind quiz present QI, this weekly podcast combines witty chatter with joyfully abstruse trivia. The place else might you be taught what sort of liquor lemurs like, or hear a couple of robotic constructed to interchange the Duke of York?

Begin with Episode 312: No Such Factor as Quentin Tarantino’s Bambi

The Isolation Tapes

Elis James and John Robins document their video chats and play video games within the time of coronavirus lockdown. It’s humorous, pleasant and listening to it looks like hanging out with buddies.

Begin with #51: Clock on, clock off

Present Affairs

Speaking Politics

David Runciman, Helen Thompson and a solid of speaking heads discover a political matter du jour. The hosts, teachers by commerce, don’t rush to conclusions: the mechanics behind concepts, events and occasions are unfurled and teased out at size.

Begin with 215 What’s the Future for Labour?

Purple Scare

Dasha and Anna, two New York “bohemian layabouts”, drawl their means, in chaotic fashion, by means of the state of up to date tradition and politics. Good issues: Slavoj Žižek, Bernie Sanders. Dangerous issues: #MeToo (“sexual jihad”), Hillary Clinton, Jameela Jamil.

Begin with Disgrace Idea

Purple Scare: Anna Khachiyan and Dasha Nekrasova

Chopper’s Politics

The Telegraph’s chief political correspondent Christopher Hope manages the tough balancing act of being without delay chummy and difficult in his interviews. His weekly podcast is often recorded in Westminter’s Purple Lion pub, however is at the moment (and fairly sensibly) coming from his entrance room. 

Begin with Jeremy Corbyn on the Coronavirus response, management regrets and being a backbench insurgent

Mamamia Out Loud

One other entry within the flourishing “ladies in a room speaking” podcast style, however what ladies they’re. Twice every week from Sydney, two Aussies and one Brit argue concerning the information with a wit and open-mindedness usually missing in comparable exhibits. No matter is just too shallow or too critical, and the episodes protecting Australia’s bushfire disaster had been exemplary.

Begin with Why I Didn’t Like Your Instagram Submit

New Statesman Podcast

Brief, sharp, common: Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and co present a weekly survey of British politics. Often there’s a cultural angle, although principally it’s information by means of and thru. Bush dominates the airtime, however the quiet gem is the journal’s political correspondent Ailbhe Rea.

Begin with The Cupboard of Dr Keirstarmi

Who? Weekly

After all you don’t a lot care concerning the lives of D-list celebrities or bottom-feeding influencers, and nor do the hosts of this entertainingly disdainful podcast devoted to their actions. The common “What’s Rita Ora as much as?” section is a pleasure.

Begin with Spencer Pratt?  

Corbynism: The  Submit-Mortem 

Journalist OzKaterji tackles a distinct theme in every episode as he seems to be at what went mistaken for Jeremy Corbyn within the basic election final yr, with enter from journalists and political figures. 

Begin with 4: The 2019 Normal Election Defeat

The Coronavirus Newscast 

The group behind Brexitcast have turned their present right into a coronavirus information programme. Presenter Adam Fleming and correspondents discover some refreshing views on occasions, together with store-cupboard baking suggestions with Nadiya Hussain and Nigella Lawson, and recommendation on residence haircuts from professional hairdresser Nicky Clarke.

Begin with STAY AT HOME!

Trump, Inc

The American President’s quite a few vested pursuits – some apparent, many much less so – are given the sunlight-is-the-best-disinfectant remedy on this punchy investigative sequence. It’s like a conspiracy thriller unfolding stay.

Begin with The Household Enterprise


You Should Keep in mind This

From pre-code puritanism to Manson-era extra, LA journalist Karina Longworth combs Hollywood historical past for scandal, long-forgotten cautionary tales and epic energy struggles. 

Begin with Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen  

The Director’s Reduce: A DGA Podcast

Half-hour parts of starry Hollywood store discuss, recorded stay on the Administrators Guild of America’s Los Angeles HQ.

Begin with Knives Out with Rian Johnson and Denis Villeneuve (Ep 241)

Movies to be Buried With

British actor and comic Brett Goldstein asks his visitors to replicate on the films that modified their lives from an imagined posthumous perspective. The self-esteem shouldn’t be (fairly) as morbid because it sounds, and it makes for unusually heartfelt and spontaneous dialog.

Begin with Claudia O’Doherty #53

The Rewatchables 

The employees of web site The Ringer host a nerdy dialogue of movies individuals love sufficient to observe a whole bunch of instances.

Begin with The Satan Wears Prada


Be part of superfan Michael Chief and newcomer Jake Cunningham on a stroll by means of the movies of Japanese animation home Studio Ghibli. Knowledgable, wry and unexpectedly soothing, it’s ideally pitched for buffs and novices alike.

Begin with Spirited Away #1

Ghibliotheque: a scene from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro

Kermode & Mayo’s Movie Evaluation

The key to the BBC’s best-loved movie present isn’t the wit and fervour of Mark Kermode’s criticism nor the benefit of Simon Mayo’s internet hosting, however its fusing of the 2 right into a once-a-generation double act.

Begin with John Turturro, 4 Youngsters and It and The Whalebone Field

One Warmth Minute

Hilariously obsessive – and fully merited – minute-by-minute evaluation of Michael Mann’s near-three-hour LA crime opus Warmth. Critic Blake Howard swaps theories and insights with fellow obsessives, culminating with Mann himself.

Begin with Episode #30 – Manohla Dargis


Convivial weekly chats hosted by Edith Bowman concerning the vibrant relationship between cinema and music. Bowman wears her deep data evenly.

Begin with Episode 155: Quentin Tarantino on the Music of As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood

I Was There Too

Bit-part gamers inform host Matt Gourley what it was prefer to be a sufferer in Silence of The Lambs, or a passenger on the Velocity bus.

Begin with The Exorcist with Eileen Dietz (on Stitcher Premium)


Freedom, Books, Flowers & The Moon

Stig Abell, TLS editor, lends his blokey enthusiasm to rounding up the week in books and the humanities extra extensively. It could actually all sound just a little too keen, however the number of protection, from web literature to visible artwork, is great.

Begin with Prize controversies

The Slowdown

Every each day episode is a five-minute nugget of poetry introduced by Tracy Ok Smith, the previous US poet laureate. The readings combine the canonical with the up to date, from Jackie Kay and Jay Bernard to William Carlos Williams and extra.

Begin with 171: Spring Morning by A A Milne

The Allusionist 

Helen Zaltzman’s long-running podcast about language is at all times enlightening and sometimes very humorous. Among the subjects she chews over embody why individuals change their names; how meteorologists select the fitting phrases to explain climate; and whether or not swearing is nice for you. 

Begin with 95. Verisimilitude 

Ebook Membership

A sequence of full of life conversations on writing and studying chaired by The Spectator’s literary editor Sam Leith, full of heat, wit and easy-going erudition. Whoever the visitor of the week occurs to be, you’ll really feel better-read only for having eavesdropped.

Begin with Piers Torday on the magic of youngsters’s books

Marlon and Jake Learn Useless Individuals 

This sequence induced controversy just lately after Booker Prize winner Marlon James and his editor Jake Morrissey made devastating assessments of, amongst others, Charlotte Brontë. It might elevate your hackles, however there’s something bracing in its revisionism, too.

Begin with Trashy Novels to Die For   

Marlon and Jake Learn Useless Individuals: co-host Marlon James

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The New Yorker: Poetry

A easy format that brings the perfect out of its contributors: every month a visitor poet chooses a poem they love and unpicks it line by line with The New Yorker’s poetry editor (Kevin Younger, or in earlier episodes Paul Muldoon). 

Begin with Nick Laird reads Elizabeth Bishop

Reith Lectures

The archive of this seminal annual lecture sequence, from 1948-2019, is obtainable as a podcast. Highlights embody Daniel Barenboim on music, Grayson Perry on artwork and Atul Gawande on drugs, however begin with Hilary Mantel’s talks on historic fiction.

Begin with Can These Bones Reside?

The Verb

Radio 3’s “cabaret of the phrase” options fiction, poetry, music and snippets of drama, in addition to chat between visitors equivalent to Eimear McBride and Tim Minchin. Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan is the avuncular host. 

Begin with Novels that Formed Our Language  

One thing Rhymes With Purple 

This terrific podcast options Gyles Brandreth and Countdown’s Susie Dent exploring completely different phrases and phrases with unusual etymologies. Namby-pamby, the blind main the blind, grockle… Every is mentioned in a light-hearted, whip-smart means.

Begin with Boycott

Boring Books for Bedtime

If you’re unable to sleep as a result of you’ve listened to one thing actually gripping, right here is the antidote. Deliberately soporific readings from books on quite a lot of topics together with Dangerous Drains and Tips on how to Take a look at Them.

Begin with The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur  Conan Doyle


Brian Moore’s Full Contact Rugby

Spicy, opinionated and with an excellent rugby mind, The Telegraph’s Brian Moore chats with the good and the great of the sport. Should you love your rugby, there are few higher commentators.

Begin with Brian Moore: Taking part in behind closed doorways is healthier than nothing  

Rapidly Kevin; Will He Rating?

For soccer followers of a sure age, that is irresistible. Comic Josh Widdicombe – with mates Michael Marden and Chris Scull – interviews footballers from the Nineties, who inevitably include a kitbag of hair-raising tales.

Begin with John Moncur: S04 E07  

Prime Flight Time Machine

Sam Delaney and Andy Dawson, the hosts, declare this isn’t a soccer podcast (it began off as one, then drifted), however whereas their basic output is entertaining, the actual gold lies of their hilarious “deep dives” into the autobiographies of Roy Keane and Kevin Keegan.

Begin with The Keane Odyssey –  Half 2  

The Grade Cricketer

Offered by “three common cricketers who by no means fairly made it”, The Grade Cricketer is a witty and really Australian tackle all issues leather-based and willow. Sure, they get massive names in to speak to, however the soul of the podcast is within the grassroots. One for village cricketers in all places.

Begin with 81. Oh. My. God.   

Athletico Mince

This one actually isn’t a soccer podcast, although it began off that means, with comic Bob Mortimer and his pal and long-suffering Sunderland fan Andy Dawson (him once more). What this actually is, is a automobile for Mortimer’s sensible and surreal comedian thoughts. It’s a few of his greatest work.

Begin with Ep. 41 – Meet Barry House owner  

That Peter Crouch Podcast: former footballer Peter Crouch

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That Peter Crouch Podcast

Peter Crouch and mates change enjoyable anecdotes from the world of sport, and speak about things like the nonsense footballers say to one another within the tunnel, dressing room etiquette, and the dos and don’ts of purpose celebrations.

Begin with That Homes Episode  


An oddball trio of BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James, England fast-bowling titan Jimmy Anderson and indie guitarist Felix White of the Maccabees indulge their love of cricket and all its quirks. It’s joyous, foolish and welcoming even to cricket novices.

Begin with The Finest Day Ever

Bizarre & Fantastic

The Rob Auton Day by day Podcast

Comedy? Poetry? Social historical past? Philosophy? You would file these gnomic circadian musings from Yorkshire author and stand-up Rob Auton below all the above. In reality, although, they’re a podcast class unto themselves; concise, intriguing and cherishably odd.

Begin with Ep73: Lego Truths

Reply All

The web is a jungle, filled with risks and curios. Each week, hosts P J Vogt and Alex Goldman examine its weirdest, deepest recesses, from youngster hackers to vanished pop songs and creepy surveillance software program.

Begin with #158: The Case of the Lacking Hit

Ologies with Alie Ward

Alie Ward interviews specialists in extraordinarily particular issues. So that you get to search out out all concerning the work of spidroinologists (consultants within the properties of spider webs), ludologists (video games), corvid thanatologists (the demise rituals of crows, after all) and lots of extra.

Begin with Astrobiology (ALIENS) with Kevin Peter Hand

CBeebies Radio

Compilation of the perfect of the underrated CBeebies radio channel geared toward under-sixes, together with audio variations of Postman Pat, Andy’s Adventures, Peter Rabbit and Biggleton’s Large Information. If you’re not a mum or dad of a younger youngster, it will imply little to you, however if you’re, it’s ultimate to placed on as a substitute for display time.

Begin with Andy’s Sound Adventures, British Woodland


The ghosts of Black Mirror and Blue Jam hang-out this anthology of 10 unusual tales, every one advised in a collage of conversational snatches and ambient sound. It’s ultimate bedtime listening: headphones and a darkish room are a should.

Begin with 1: Over and Out

Story Pirates

A troupe of actors, comedians and musicians adapt concepts written by kids into hilarious sketches. A riotous, child-focused and really foolish household podcast, Story Pirates encourages children to flex their artistic writing muscle mass to give you extra madcap tales for the group to behave out.

Begin with The Lady Who Was Spaghetti

Imaginary Recommendation

Something goes in poet Ross Sutherland’s great, however erratically launched podcast: ambient music, an experimental documentary about washing machines, a spoof of The Exorcist, a cut-up poem produced from clips of John Humphrys on the At the moment programme. Oh, and he teaches a pc to do stand-up comedy.

Begin with 45 S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.


Straight Up

Why did Ed Sheeran change into well-known and the way does Adele write her songs? Co-hosted by The Telegraph’s Eleanor Halls Straight Up talks to the gatekeepers of UK music: from Grammy-winning producer Fraser T Smith to PR veteran Barbara Charone.

Begin with Straight Up with BBC Introducing founder Jason Carter

Rolling Stone Music Now

Rolling Stone’s weekly deep dive into a few of rock and nation’s most cherished musicians and their again catalogues is a must-listen for music lovers who can’t stand the brand new faculty of SoundCloud rappers and bubblegum pop.

Begin with Woodstock at 50: The Untold Tales


Take pleasure in glowing music journalism with no trace of snootiness from the pop music group at The New York Instances, who spend an hour every week sinking their tooth into the sort of quirky music debates you gained’t see within the information.

Begin with What’s the purpose of album covers in a post-album period?

Folks on Foot

Matthew Bannister meets folks musicians (together with the Younger’uns, the Unthanks and Peggy Seeger) and explores the landscapes that matter to them. The musicians play acoustic songs on location towards a backdrop of babbling rivers and rustling leaves. Restorative and delightful.

Begin with The Unthanks on the Northumberland Coast

Folks on Foot: The Unthanks performing on the 2019 Cambridge Folks Competition

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David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast

The prime-time polymath turns his hand to classical music for kids on this exuberantly foolish academic sequence: assume Horrible Histories with harpsichords. An eclectic syllabus takes in the whole lot from Mozart to Ethel Smyth and John Williams’s Star Wars scores.

Begin with Episode 7: Beethoven

Track by Track

That is the sort of hyper-specific concept that podcasts have created an area for: two musicians, Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay, analyse each single track in Tom Waits’s huge discography, tackling one per episode, with assist from less-obsessed visitors (together with writers and artists). That is unashamedly pitched at Waits superfans. 

Begin with Black Wings, Bone Machine, Tom Waits [199]

Beatles Metropolis

A historical past of the Beatles made by the Liverpool Echo, telling the story of Beatlemania, with the assistance of people that had been actually there. And I imply actually there: Paul McCartney talks about his childhood residence and Pete Finest recollects his drumming days.

Begin with Sir Paul McCartney


Bryony Gordon’s Mad World

Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon talks to the good and the great about psychological well being. Their frank conversations usually generate headlines – not least her revelatory interview with the Duke of Sussex.

Begin with Prince Harry

WTF with Marc Maron

Movie star-on-celebrity podcasts are actually inescapable, however that is the unique. Perpetually ticked-off comic Maron’s huge archive of humorous, revealing chats with presidents and Hollywood greats proves he is among the greatest interviewers round.

Begin with Episode 67: Robin Williams  

Meet Me On the Museum

A well-known cultural determine, equivalent to Jackie Kay, Lemn Sissay or Cariad Lloyd, guides a pal round their favorite museum. Every episode is a beguiling and pleasant half-hour.

Begin with Lemn Sissay on the Foundling Museum  

Confessions with Giles Fraser – UnHerd

Followers of Thought for the Day will know the way punchy and persuasive the great reverend Fraser may be. Right here, visitors together with Mary Beard and the late Roger Scruton speak about their beliefs.

Begin with Charles Moore’s Confessions – Thatcher, theology and the Tories  

Feminists Don’t Put on Pink

Author Scarlett Curtis speaks to Keira Knightley, Lena Dunham, Zoella and others about what fashionable feminism means to them. 

Begin with Keira Knightley  


Comic Cariad Lloyd talks with fellow comics and writers, equivalent to Robert Webb, David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe about their very own experiences of bereavement and ideas on “the weirdness of demise and dying”. 

Begin with Ep 18: Emily Dean  

Griefcast: host Cariad Lloyd

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Tips on how to Fail with Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day interviews literary figures and invitations them to recall 3 times they’ve “failed”. Visitors embody Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sebastian Faulks, Olivia Laing and Gina Miller, and the failures recounted vary from broken-down relationships to disappointing cricket matches. 

Begin with S1, Ep1 Phoebe Waller-Bridge   

How Do You Cope?… with Elis and John

Elis James and John Robins (sure, them once more) ask a well-known title to debate how they handled a traumatic episode. Eye-opening.

Begin with #4 – Tom Bradby: ‘The psychological well being equal of a coronary heart assault’  


By writers, with writers, for writers. Every episode is a one-on-one dialog with a author of longform items. Whether or not it’s sports activities writing or tech journalism, over a mild, probing hour, you learn the way they do it.

Begin with #297: Elif Batuman  

Recent Air

How did Joaquin Phoenix lose all that weight for his Oscar-winning function in Joker and the way would Winston Churchill have dealt with coronavirus? NPR’s Terry Gross engages actors, historians, writers and musicians with empathy, grace and humour.

Begin with Jordan Peele / Francis Ford Coppola

Conan O’Brien Wants a Good friend

Liberated from Trump jokes and boring visitors plugging their new “tasks”, US TV’s longest-serving discuss present host lastly will get to discuss. Come for the anecdote-rich interviews with movie star buddies such as Martin Brief or Eric Idle, however keep for the cruel ribbing of his assistant-cum-co-host Sona Movsesian.

Begin with #12 David Sedaris

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite a visitor to debate the greatest starter, essential dish, aspect, dessert and drink they’ve ever had, to make up their dream meal. It’s funnier than it sounds.

Begin with Ep 9: Selasi Gbormittah

The Adam Buxton Podcast

Feeling grumpy? Let comic  and actor Adam Buxton tickle you along with his deliciously meandering conversations with high-profile visitors (Billy Connolly, Brian Eno, Simon Pegg). The expertise feels much less like listening to a celeb interview and extra like eavesdropping on two mates catching up on the pub.

Begin with Ep 76 Charlie Brooker

Mel Giedroyc is Quilting

The comic and actress is making an attempt to make a patchwork quilt utilizing squares of cloth donated by listeners, who additionally share their recollections. It’s candy, soothing and delightful.

Begin with Touching Jochen’s Velvet



The podcast answerable for the deluge of true-crime podcasts. The first sequence is a brilliantly advised, totally unhappy story, specializing in US highschool pupil Adnan Syed, who was accused of murdering his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Totally compelling.

Begin with S1 Episode 01: The Alibi  

Sluggish Burn

Who had been the actual victims of Watergate? How sleazy was Invoice Clinton? Who actually killed Tupac? Deeply researched and sober, but a breezy hear, this sequence means that you can indulge your American tabloid behavior with not one of the guilt.

Begin with S1 Ep 1: Martha

The Habitat

One for the present local weather. The Habitat tells the story of the six volunteers who agreed to stay on a faux Mars habitat for one yr, for a Nasa mission. Their dwelling house is the scale of two tennis courts. One in every of them brings a ukulele.

Begin with Episode 1: That is the Approach Up

Ear Hustle

An interesting perception into life in an American jail, made by individuals with direct expertise of the justice system, and that includes interviews with present and former inmates.

Begin with Prime Actual Property 

The Secret Lifetime of Prisons

A British reply to Ear Hustle, this podcast made by former inmates is all about what life in jail within the UK is de facto like, detailing the whole lot that occurs to prisoners from arrival to launch. 

Begin with Episode 1: The Arrival  

Pretend Heiress

An exciting true crime podcast with no single lifeless physique, that is the story of the faux New York socialite Anna Delvey, who talked her means into fancy celeb events, conned the wealthy and highly effective – and was then convicted of fraud.

Begin with Ep 1  

Pretend Heiress: Anna Delvey, AKA Anna Sorokin, in courtroom

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Hidden Mind

Shankar Vedantam presents this long-running, well-informed podcast about human behaviour, together with why we’re tempted to ignore official warnings, and the way Ikea influences the behaviour of unsuspecting customers.

Begin with Warnings, Warnings In all places


This weighty sequence provides almost two hours to every despot (one episode on his rise, one on his fall). Its rogue’s gallery contains Hitler, Stalin and Ivan the Horrible.

Begin with Vlad the Impaler Pt 1: Wallachia (Romania)   

Cautionary Tales 

Tim Harford (presenter of Radio 4’s sensible Extra or Much less) has give you this fascinating sequence during which he tries to search out classes from historical past. Why, for instance, did John Maynard Keynes fail to foretell the Wall Avenue Crash?

Begin with La La Land: Galileo’s Warning  

The Lacking Cryptoqueen

This high-profile podcast is all about Dr Ruja Ignatova, a Bulgarian lady who in some way managed to influence hundreds of thousands of individuals to hitch her monetary revolution… after which promptly disappeared.

Begin with Introducing The Lacking Cryptoqueen  

You’re Useless to Me

Made by the individuals behind Horrible Histories, this has a lot of the impish appeal of that sequence. It’s deliciously eclectic, with topics starting from Saladin to Stonehenge, from Harriet Tubman to the historical past of soccer.

Begin with Eleanor of Aquitaine  

The Guests From Maida Vale

This unusual, fascinating story relates what occurred in 1989 when Patrick Lau, a TV director dwelling in London, was contacted by two Chinese language strangers in search of asylum within the mild of the Tiananmen Sq. Bloodbath.

Begin with Episode 1  

Wi-fi Nights

Jarvis Cocker is your soft-spoken information by means of this dreamlike, experimental documentary about nocturnal goings-on, recorded on location in all places from a Berlin night-train to the mountains of Morocco. An immersive marvel. Begin with The Darkest Hour


Company Lunch

The weekly fashion podcast of American GQ is a quick-witted dissection of traits, concepts and style information. It’s savvy sufficient for the in-crowd, lucid and affected person sufficient for everybody else.

Begin with 83: Rubbish Podcast with Molly Younger

Holy Smoke

One in every of Spectator Radio’s many sides is its irregular version on faith. Hosted by former Telegraph author Damian Thompson, it takes a punchy have a look at the church’s function in fashionable life.

Begin with Has the Church of England surrendered to “smooth socialism”?  

Thankfully with Fi and Jane

Radio Four stalwarts Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are in gloriously relaxed, anarchic and humorous mode right here, interviewing visitors and speaking about no matter they fancy. It’s addictive, joyful listening that can make you cackle with glee.

Begin with 57. Miriam Margolyes is a woman of nice passions  

Thankfully with Fi and Jane: Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

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The place Ought to We Start? With Esther Perel 

Every episode is a real-life, unscripted {couples}’ counselling session with intercourse therapist Esther Perel. The periods are dramatic and intimate, addressing subjects equivalent to anger, parenting, infidelity, intercourse after trauma and even the impression of the present lockdown on relationship dynamics.

Begin with {Couples} Underneath Lockdown: Sicily, Italy

HandCut Radio

Journalist Aleks Cvetkovic discusses all issues menswear with a variety of daring and distinctive voices from all corners of the  commerce. The discuss is compelling, the sartorial recommendation sound – and elegance, versus style, is the watchword.

Begin with Benjamin Glyn Phillips (Drake’s) #004

Discuss Artwork

Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament convey a cheery, unpretentious enthusiasm to this podcast, during which they, sure, “discuss artwork” with a starry line-up of artists (Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, Rose Wylie) and movie star artwork fans (Lena Dunham, Michael Stipe).

Begin with Sir Ian McKellen CBE

Blissful Mum, Blissful Child

Giovanna Fletcher hosts a heat dialog about parenting, with no matter out of bounds. Anticipate high-profile visitors – even royalty.

Begin with The Duchess of Cambridge on the early years



Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer star on this delicate psychological thriller set at an enigmatic authorities facility, later tailored right into a TV present. The soundscapes are eerily life like, and with simply 12 episodes it’s excellent binge-listening.

Begin with 1. Necessary


A genuinely horrifying horror story with shades of Stranger Issues, introduced as a documentary a couple of mass disappearance. Should you’re of a nervous disposition, don’t take heed to this one after darkish: there are issues that go bump within the evening.

Begin with Episode 1: What We Know

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

Utilizing poetry, fiction, music and information bites, spoken-word artist George Mpanga, aka George the Poet, reframes what it means to be black and British, to mesmerising impact. His independently produced first sequence proved so widespread, the BBC snapped him up for a second.

Begin with 3. A Grenfell Story  

Welcome to Night time Vale

This influential horror-comedy-drama has had greater than 100 million downloads. It’s set in the neighborhood radio station of an imaginary desert city the place eerie issues are afoot. Suppose Twin Peaks-meets-Underneath Milk Wooden, as rewritten by H P Lovecraft.

Begin with Ep19A – The Sandstorm  

Inside the Wires

Every season of this slow-burning anthology drama borrows a distinct medium for its creative storytelling: dystopian sci-fi within the type of rest tapes, say, or (in the masterful second season) a romantic whodunit advised by means of a museum audio information. 

Begin with Season 2, Cassette 1: Tate Trendy (1971)  

Picket Overcoats

Following the misadventures of two feuding funeral parlours on a fictional channel island, this full-cast manufacturing is among the funniest British sitcoms of latest years, in any medium. Brilliantly acted, it faucets into an Ealing-ish vein of genteel black comedy.

Begin with Season 1 Episode 1 – The  Bane of Rudyard

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