The British Podcast Awards took place this weekend in a star-studded digital event that saw some of the biggest names in podcasting and broadcasting come together to celebrate all things audio.
Hosted by Clara Amfo and Rhianna Dhillion, coronavirus didn’t prevent the festivities as the likes of George the Poet, Annie Mac and Fearne Cotton presented awards to shows across the podcasting spectrum.
Of all the many winners on the night, here are five shows that you need to have in your podcast feed. And if you’re already clued up on the best, then check out the nominees for some more audio inspiration.
5 best British podcasts to listen to
Brown Girls Do it Too
Winner of the Podcast of the Year award and the Best Sex and Relationships Podcast crown too, Brown Girls Do it Too has been overturning stereotypes left, right and centre since it launched on the BBC Asian Network last July.
Hosted by three British Asians, Poppy Jay, Rubina Pabani and Roya Eslami, the trio talk about their sexual experiences and discoveries, in a way that is unlike anything else out there.
Shagged Married Annoyed
One of the UK’s most listened-to podcasts, Shagged Married Annoyed managed to scoop the Listeners' Choice Awards which had over 229,000 people voting in the category.
Hosted by couple Rosie and Chris Ramsey, they talk about life, relationships, arguments, parenting as well as an interesting Q&A section which often features a secret celebrity.
If you haven’t listened to Tunnel 29 then drop everything you’re doing and plug yourself in. Launched on BBC Sounds and Radio 4 last year, the story sees BBC broadcaster Helena Merriman tell the story of a man who helped refugees leave East Berlin for the West via tunnels under the Berlin Wall.
The podcast won Moment of the Year as well as Best Radio Podcast and it is an astounding feat of audio magic through the way it brings to life the how things really were in East Germany and the escapes people were desperate to make.
The Log Books
The Log Books has gained a serious following since it launched last year, so it's good to see it recognised as Best New Podcast by the British Podcast Awards. It offers a unique look at queer history through exploring the Switchboard’s archives, a helpline which provides information, support and referrals for people considering their sexuality.
The Switchboard has been running for years and the podcast is opening up this history, with the help of one of the charity’s trustees.
The Sound of Anger
One of the great things about podcasts is being able to listen and learn about topics you would never normally come across or have time to consider. The Sound of Anger, which won the Smartest Podcast award, is one such show.
Part of the Living with Feeling podcast series, from the Centre for the History of the Emotions and Queen Mary’s University, each episode explores the feelings and emotions around anger - from what is it, the concept of living in an age of rage and how it feels to be angry. Mind-bending stuff.