Our podcast-obsessed Marketing Executive, Katie Roberts, reveals her top podcast picks to help take your mind off things over the next few months.

If you’re yet to join the 7.1 million people listening to podcasts on a weekly basis, now seems like a great time to start. There’s a podcast out there for literally everything – whether you want an in-depth dissection of your favourite 90s TV show or a gripping audio drama; and there are so many ways of accessing them. Most podcasts are free to stream or download on platforms such as SoundCloud, Spotify and iTunes, and subscription platforms such as Luminary and Audible host and commission their own productions.

BLF Marketing Executive Katie is a podcast fanatic, so she’s put together a list to get you started, including some of her personal favourites alongside titles that everyone is talking about.

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Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4’s flagship music show has been offering a musical insight into its celebrity guests for decades, and they’re all available to stream or download from the BBC website. Go all the way back to 1959 to hear Alfred Hitchcock’s selection, visit 1977 for Dame Daphne Du Maurier or start in 2020 and work your way back.

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All Killa No Filla

Successfully combining the strange bedfellows of comedy and serial killers, comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean do a deep dive on some of the world’s most notorious serial killers – and some more obscure cases – with a hefty side helping of hilarious ‘filla’ from their own lives. Always punching up rather than down, Fairburn and Pritchard-McLean also manage to stay respectful to victims throughout, whilst discovering common traits of these most feared criminals. They’ve just started a three part-er on Yorkshire’s most notorious killer Peter Sutcliffe, so there’s no better time to start listening.

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Obsessed With…

Recorded to coincide with some of the BBC’s biggest drama offerings, Obsessed With… is the ultimate audio companion for TV fans who want to go a bit deeper. So far they’ve covered Line of Duty, Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders and Dracula; and the latest series accompanies dystopian drama Noughts + Crosses.

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Teenage Scream

Did you come of age in the 90s? If so, there’s a high chance you remember Point Horror, the formulaic teen horror book series with creepy covers and a love for horror tropes. Authors Kirsty Logan (former BLF panellist) and Heather Parry dissect a different title every episode, calling out problematic 90s misogyny and fashion trends as they go.

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The Receipts Podcast

Co-hosts Milena, Tolly T and Audrey have produced such a successful blend of hard-hitting chat and hilarious anecdotes that they’ve just completed a sell-out live tour of UK venues. They tackle big issues for women of colour, examples of everyday racism and cultural appropriation, whilst still finding time to debate who was better, Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC.

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Under the Skin

Russell Brand is very much like Marmite, but if you are a fan you’ll love Under the Skin. Taking the form of a long chat with a public figure or academic, Brand talks philosophy, spirituality, environmentalism and globalism in a way that will have you questioning societal and economic structures. Although new episodes are only available to Luminary subscribers, there are some 80+ older episodes available for free on other podcast platforms.

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Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

Another former BLF guest, George the Poet’s podcast is a very different beast. Resisting any particular genre, George flips between poetry, music, fact and fiction to reveal his current state of mind, taking the podcast form into uncharted territory. If you’re tired of the same old podcast content, refresh your palette with George the Poet.

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Philosophize This!

If you’re planning on using your lockdown time to expand your mind, give Philosophize This! a go. Host Stephen West covers the many complex philosophical ideologies from through the centuries, breaking them down into relatively easy to digest episodes. Excellent listening to accompany a jigsaw.

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The Adam Buxton Podcast

Adam Buxton may be familiar to some as one half of 90s comedy duo Adam & Joe, but he’s gone on in recent years to make one of the UK’s most popular podcasts. Always bookended by walks with his beloved dog Rosie, each episode features an in-depth and enlightening interview with a celebrity – from author Philip Pullman to filmmaker Greta Gerwig, Buxton’s podcast is always interesting and often surprisingly emotive.

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Casefile

True Crime and podcasting are a match made in heaven. The long form audio format was made for tales of gruesome murders and Casefile is one of the best. The anonymous Aussie host narrates brilliantly researched true stories from around the world. However, it might be a good idea to avoid the nightmare-inducing three-parter on the Original Night Stalker while you’re on lockdown…

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