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The joy of podcasts.
An accompaniment to when you are cleaning the house, cooking dinner, driving in your car, doing some knitting – listening to a good podcast on your phone is like having a friend you can carry around in your pocket.
However, the world of podcasts can also be a confusing one. With literally millions of podcasts on offer, how do you know where to start and more importantly, how do you go about weeding out the good ones from the… not so good ones?
We have put together a list of five popular podcast recommendations from a variety of genres. We hope these will allow the uninitiated to dip their toe into the unknown waters of the podcast world as well as give seasoned podcast fans some new options.
Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their hypothetical restaurant to choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink.
Ever wanted to eat your dream meal? It’s time to order Off Menu.
A foodie and British comedy fan’s dream podcast, this show is packed full of UK restaurant recommendations, insider food knowledge and laid back laughs.
New to podcasts?
You already have everything you need on your mobile phone.
Just download a podcast app in your phone’s app store, search for the podcast you’d like to listen to and you are off and racing.
The most popular listening apps are Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Find the one that works best for you and enter a world of listening joy.
Episode guests constitute a veritable who’s who of British celebs including Miriam Margolyes, Ainsley Harriott, Sue Perkins, Jo Brand, Louis Theroux, Jamie Oliver, Martin Freeman and Victoria Coren Mitchell to name but a few.
Included in The Guardian’s list of 20 Best Podcasts for 2019 and 2020 as well as being a nominee at the British Podcast Awards in both those years, Off Menu is a weekly podcast guaranteed to make you hungry and put a smile on your face.
Genre: True Crime
Criminal is an award-winning podcast about true crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
Launching in 2014 and with new episodes twice a month, Criminal is widely considered one of the best true crime podcasts around.
Professionally produced and rigorously researched, Criminal is an American podcast that offers a wide variety of crime stories from around the world, regularly involving personal interviews with the criminal perpetrators or victims themselves. It was included in “Best of” lists in TIME, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, and Wired.
These have included interviews with people who make counterfeit money, a woman who discovered a stranger living in the attic crawlspace of her apartment, a nun who accompanies death row inmates to their executions, and a funeral home who were selling dead bodies and giving family members back fake cremains, just to name a few.
Having recently released its 174th episode, Criminal is a podcast where you never know what you’re going to get with each episode and will give you excellent dinner table conversation fodder to impress your friends.
Presented by British broadcaster Fearne Cotton, Happy Place sees British celebrities, personalities and experts in their field, sit down for a simple chat about what makes them happy.
Now in its ninth series and with over 40 million downloads Happy Place offers a deep insight into the variety of people’s lives and encourages listeners to find joy in the everyday.
Happy Place features a wide variety of guests including everyone from Suranne Jones, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Gareth Southgate, Philip Schofield and Jada Pinkett Smith to Russell Brand, Dawn French, Gary Barlow and Tom Daley.
A genuinely enlightening, laid-back and feel good podcast, Fearne Cotton successfully delivers a welcome respite to busy life and a reminder to slow down and enjoy the everyday joys our wonderful world has to offer.
If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
Stuff You Should Know, hosted by Americans Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, is very commonly considered the gold standard of podcasts.
Since debuting all the way back in 2008, Stuff You Should Know is consistently ranked in the Top 10 on podcast charts including Spotify and iTunes and is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, being downloaded millions of times each month.
With over 1,827 published episodes, this podcast represents the true pursuit of ‘knowledge for knowledge’s sake’ with each episode being like a deep dive into an encyclopedia.
In its exceedingly vast history episode topics have included: the Black Panther Party, the Dyatlov Pass mystery, use of the insanity defense, Rasputin’s death, Mexican wrestling, the Underground Railroad, anaesthesia, jet lag, the metric system – truly every topic imaginable is up for discussion in this elegantly educational podcast.
Whilst the final podcast on our list is no longer releasing new episodes, it remains one of the UK’s premier sports podcasts.
Billed as ‘Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark telling you how to be a professional footballer’, That Peter Crouch Podcast provides a stunning insight into the life of a professional player of the nation’s favourite game, from one of the nation’s most decorated players.
Episodes include discussing what really goes on in a dressing room full of millionaire footballers, bizarre gameplay tactics, over the top goal celebrations as well as an episode dedicated to the greatest overhead-kick goals ever witnessed.
That Peter Crouch Podcast has found a totally new perspective on one of the nation’s most discussed pastimes. Full of wit and personality, this is a podcast that has brought people together, regardless of which club they support.
The podcast has been incredibly well received within the UK, winning at the 2019 British Podcast Awards and still featuring on top 10 lists despite it being finished. Giving off a ‘chatting with your mates down the pub’ vibe – That Peter Crouch Podcast is a must-listen for all fans of the beautiful game.
What do you think of our list?
Is your favourite podcast missing? Let us know some of your recommendations and we will add them to our list.