Podcast

Ear Candy: Bunk Bed

Bunk Bed (credit: BBC Radio 4)

It probably sounds strange, but there’s no better way to put the brakes on your own racing thoughts than to listen to two grown men lying in a bunk bed, rambling on about life and death and everything in between.

That’s the basis of their podcast, Bunk Bed, which first aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2014 and has just finished its ninth series. There’s no structure, only what they describe as a “stream of semi-consciousness,” which gives rise to any number of random thoughts, often silly but sometimes quite profound.

Ear Candy: Female Pilot Club

The findings suggest the bias against female TV writers is caused by a straightforward lack of representation. But perhaps, as Georgia Pritchett suggests in the first episode of Female Pilot Club, there is a concern that if there is more than one woman in the same writers’ room, “Their ovaries will start synchronising, clubbing together and forming a suicide pact.” 

Ear Candy: Things Fell Apart

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In Things Fell Apart, he excavates the battlegrounds of the American culture wars to find their origin stories, and explains how, exactly, things fell apart and left the country so fractured and polarised. Abortion, homosexuality, cancel culture, Satanism – he picks the biggest and most violent battles. But the episodes start in such obscure places and take such unexpected turns that each one is a revelatory listen. 

Ear Candy: Storytime with Seth Rogen

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The concept sounds standard enough: actor and comedian Seth Rogen asks famous friends to tell a personal story. But Rogen transforms the stories into breezy “audio documentaries” that are, by turns, wholesome, funny and surprisingly revelatory. 

The first episode, Glorious Basterds, is a definitive rejection of that old adage, “never meet your heroes”, as comedian Quinta Brunson recalls her chance encounter with Paul Rudd at a matinee of Inglourious Basterds, where he inspired her to leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pursue freely a career in comedy. 

Ear Candy: Inside Inside No. 9

So, if ever the fans of a TV series might have pleaded for a podcast that deconstructs each episode, Inside Inside No. 9 answers that call.

Becoming even more granular than the series itself, the two creators and stars, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, dissect each episode after it has aired.

Every week, the masters of mis­direction are joined by a different member of the Inside No. 9 team to talk about the making of the programmes.

Ear Candy: 10/10 (Would Recommend)

The Receipts Podcast presenter Tolani Shoneye joins co-host and friend Gena-mour Barrett – who works for Netflix – on the streaming service’s rebranded podcast, previously called What to Watch on Netflix.

The duo trawl through 32,600 hours of content on Netflix (though they may have fast-­forwarded parts of the catalogue…) to the must-see shows for ultimate escapism, from big hitters to the hidden gems.

Ear Candy: My Life in TV

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The weekly pod invites celebrity guests to discuss their own lives on television, from favourite TV moments to their childhood on-screen inspirations. 

The likes of Mo Gilligan, Emily Atack and AJ Odudu choose the shows they would “bin, binge or bring back” and share their personal career journeys in television. Hammond’s own path to success started with a much-loved stint in the Big Brother house, after which she established herself as a permanent fixture on daytime TV. 

Ear Candy: From the Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast

He has topped an illustrious career in news, chat and daytime shows, not to mention his stint on North Norfolk Digital Radio, with the conquest of a new broadcasting bastion: the podcast.

What he once assumed was the domain of “pale, tech-obsessed social lepers who couldn’t get a platform on any meaningful broadcaster” has become his creative audio kingdom.