podcasts

The serious world of podcasting

Ways to Change the World: Krishnan Guru-Murthy talking to Jameela Jamil (credit: Channel 4)

Podcasts are not all about comedy, true crime and self-help – increasingly, news and current affairs are fuelling the boom in the audio format.  

At the beginning of this month, the BBC’s Global News PodcastThe Economist Podcasts and The Rest Is Politics, which is hosted by New Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell and ex-Tory minister Rory Stewart, all featured in the top 10 most popular UK podcasts.  

Making Podcasts: A Mini Masterclass

With so many podcasts on the market, how do you make yours stand out? And what are the essential tips and tricks that will help you make your mark?

In this session, we hear from the brains behind some of the best podcasts of the past year:

Marianna Spring, BBC Disinformation Reporter & host of The War on Truth and Death by Conspiracy

Nina Hodgson, Senior Podcast Producer at Channel 4 News for The Fourcast and Ways to Change the World

Hosted by Ed Gove, Channel 4 News

How podcasts stole the TV star

My Dad Wrote a Porno (credit: Acast)

When BBC journalists Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis announced they were following in the footsteps of Andrew Marr to join LBC and Classic FM owner Global and make a podcast, it left many people asking why – and wondering whether we have reached “peak podcast”. 

According to the most recent figures from Enders Analysis, podcast listening has almost doubled over the past four years – in an average week, just over 17% of the UK population listen to a podcast.  

Ear Candy: In Writing with Hattie Crisell

In each episode of In Writing, journalist Hattie Crisell seeks solidarity and insight from one of the best of any and all genres. Among the 25 to date are playwright and screenwriter Lucy Prebble, novelist David Nicholls and writer and performer Robert Webb. 

The interviews feel less like formal conversations than intimate visits. Crisell starts each one by asking the writer to describe their writing room. 

RTS Futures NI: Hit TV programme to binge-worthy podcast

“Focus on your audience and give them an elevated but inviting, stimulating, playful conversation,” said Lily Ames, Chalk & Blade’s head of production and culture.

Ames, a Canadian who has been based in London for the past six years, was talking at an RTS Futures NI event in late August to Conor Finn, creator and host of the Finnterviews podcast.

She described Chalk & Blade, whose clients include BBC Sounds and the Guardian, as well as brands such as Net-a-Porter, as a “boutique podcast production company”.

Ear Candy: Talking Sopranos

Thirteen years after the dramatic finale, co-stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa have reunited for Talking Sopranos, a new re-watch podcast that takes fans through each episode from the very beginning.

The pair recount behind-the-scenes stories, their favourite memories from filming and some surprising facts about the real mob lifestyle they portray on screen.

The friends give fans an insight into their own lives and friendship. They discuss their experiences in the TV industry and the intriguing characters they’ve met on their journeys to stardom.

Ear Candy: Grounded with Louis Theroux

It is his first foray into the world of celebrity since the TV series When Louis Met…. As he and his guests navigate the new territory of remote interviewing, his signature silences could be mistaken for a Zoom glitch or a phone delay.

Theroux kicks off the series with a conversation with his professional rival, documentary-maker Jon Ronson.

They discuss their shared TV experiences and some of Ronson’s notable career moments. These include trying to organise a night in a haunted house for Robbie Williams.

Ear Candy: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton (Credit: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)

Start your engines! RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally made its way across the pond for a UK makeover – and a weekly podcast from BBC Sounds for even more content about the nation’s favourite drag queens.

After 11 series of the popular US drag competition, diehard fans rejoiced when it was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race would be heading to BBC Three for the first UK series.