Murder mysteries, quick-witted comedians and historic sports events – these podcasts are the cure to your lockdown boredom.
We’re all cooped up in the house and in need of a little escape, so what better time to get into a podcast? There are loads of binge-worthy series online and we’ve rounded up 10 of the best. From spine-tingling true crime tales to hard-hitting spoken word and entertaining showbiz gossip, there’s something for everyone, so plug in your headphones, tune out of the world and immerse yourself for an hour or two.
Have You Heard George’s Podcast. You can hear the critically-acclaimed North London poet George Mpanga at his best on this podcast. Through an artful mix of poetry, music, history and news, George opens a window into the experiences of black youth in the UK. It’s hard-hitting, but a must-listen.
Serial. An investigation into murky crimes and cover ups, Serial is one of the best true crime podcasts going. The first two series look at a high school murder and a deserting soldier, while the final one explores the extraordinary cases from a Cleveland courthouse. Is justice served? You decide.
The Gemma Collins Podcast. For funny, light entertainment, look no further than the GC. Tune in and you’ll hear insider gossip and hilarious anecdotes from the diva’s life. She’s all about self-love and there are no-holds-barred as she dives into her love life, her family and her Hollywood dreams.
Off Menu. A popular podcast that’s loosely based around food, Off Menu sees witty comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble invite a celebrity guest to their imaginary restaurant. Each celeb orders their dream meal, but not without some hilarious scrutiny of their choices from Acaster and Gamble.
Newscast. This daily podcast will help you stay up to date on the latest political and cultural developments. Presented by a variety of BBC political editors and correspondents, it gives you a 30-minute look at the biggest news event of the day, from the new lockdown in England to Spain’s handling of the pandemic.
Desert Island Discs. One of the best podcasts of all time, Desert Island Discs couldn’t be missed off this list. Each week a celebrity is invited on the show to discuss what music, books and luxuries they would take if they were cast away. There are over 2000 episodes spanning 75 years available online.
Drunk Women Solving Crime. This isn’t your usual true crime podcast. It’s true crime with a splash of gin. You’ll join a group of female comedians and writers as they get drunk and attempt to solve crimes. It’s a wonderfully funny podcast that tackles both serious and ridiculous cases in a tongue-in-cheek way.
Replay. If you’re a sports fan, Replay is the podcast for you. Colin Murray has unearthed 90 years of sporting history from the BBC’s archives. It’s a mix of commentaries and long-forgotten interviews, so you can tune into England’s 1966 World Cup victory or an interview from George Best.
Literary Friction. One of the top podcasts for literary buffs and budding authors is Literary Friction. Every month, friends Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright are joined by an emerging or established author for a lively discussion about fiction. There’ll be recommendations, interviews and music thrown in.
Welcome to Night Vale. Full of strange happenings and unsettling tales, Welcome to Night Vale is one of the best fictional podcasts online. It’s framed like a radio show – the mysterious Cecil Gershwin Palmer is your host and he’ll tell you about the unusual events that happen in the town of Night Vale.