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8 of the Best Podcasts to Banish Boredom

Friday 29 May 2020

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In recent years podcasts have become extremely popular, with nearly six million people in Britain tuning in to one every week! They cover a wide range of subjects, from light-hearted comedy to important topics like mental health. There is a podcast for everything. We’ve taken a look and picked out our top podcast choices for you to listen to.

The Travel Diaries

We all love to listen to stories about travelling, don’t we? Travel Diaries is the UK’s #1 Travel podcast and includes several celebrity guests talking about different travel chapters in their life. Presenter Holly Rubenstein describes The Travel Diaries as the travel version of Desert Island Discs, where celebrity guests reveal the travel experiences that shaped them rather than songs. Listen here

Elis James and John Robins: The Isolation Tapes

It’s been an odd time for us all recently and being at home with the same people 24/7 can drive us a little crazy. This is where Elis James & John Robins come in. They’ve recorded over 70 podcasts from their homes to give you that little touch of light-hearted escapism while touching on some of the challenges and mundanities of our new lives in lockdown. Listen here using BBC Sounds.

That Peter Crouch Podcast

Although football may not currently be available to play or watch live, Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce & Chris Stark are still working from home and providing you with some funny football stories. The episodes also provide insight on everything from dressing rooms, transfers, keeping on the good side of your manager and where to sit on the team bus. Listen here using BBC Radio 5 Live.


For those who’ve reached the end of their ‘to read’ pile, the Bookclub podcast can help you choose the next book to get stuck into. Host James Naughtie has conversations with some of the greatest authors in the world, followed by questions from an audience of readers to discover more about their bestselling books. With a huge number of episodes available, you’re sure to find your next book. Listen here on BBC Radio 4

Armchair Explorer

Want to travel from the comfort of your armchair? Armchair Explorer has you covered! Each episode includes a great adventurer telling their best story from the road. Each of these episodes is cut documentary style and set to music and cinematic effects to create an immersive storytelling experience. So, what are you waiting for? Hop in and enjoy the adventure! Listen here

Conversations Against Living Miserably

This is another podcast to have come from the pandemic. TV channel Dave and the charity CALM have teamed together to create special podcast episodes. Previous guests on the show are now telling stories from isolation and giving advice. Want to catch up on the others? There are another 34 episodes with many top comedians discussing life beyond the stage. Listen here using iTunes

Happy Place

If you’ve read our Mental Health Top Tips blog you’ll have already read about how Happy Place is one of our favourite mental health podcasts. Fearne Cotton has recorded over 70 episodes with many celebrities. From sports stars to Instagram influencers, Fearne talks to them about life, love, loss, and everything in-between, as they reveal what happiness means to them Listen here on Spotify or here on iTunes.

'Seeing Red'

Seeing Red is a True Crime Podcast where every Wednesday the hosts take it in turns to tell each other about true crimes they find interesting! They’ve explored all areas of true crime from murders, heists, scams and much, much more, along with some theories about unsolved cases. Listen here.


Written by Julia

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