8 Podcasts Guaranteed to Entertain Right Now

By Daniella Saunders

4 years ago

From Table Manners to The High Low

Our pick of the podcasts to listen to now, covering everything from food to pop culture to entertainment.

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8 Podcasts Guaranteed to Entertain Right Now


The ultimate podcast about podcasts, Castaway delves into the vast world of audio instalments to bring listeners the latest on what to listen to. Presented by TV presenter Laura Whitmore, the show welcomes a celebrity guest each week – from Kelly Holmes to Jada Sezer and Niall Horan – to discover what they’re listening to and why. podcasts.apple.com

The High Low

This weekly podcast needs no introduction. Hosted by the warm and witty journalistic duo Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, The High Low offers engrossing insight into both politics and pop-culture, and everything else in-between (namely Dolly’s long-standing fascination with Rod Stewart). Whether you want the low down on ‘Wagatha Christie’ or a deeper understanding of Alabama’s abortion ban, you’ll find all things relevant (and less so) discussed in this must-listen-to podcast. play.acast.com

Hay Festival Podcast


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#ImagineTheWorld, our new digital series to connect, inspire and entertain, launches today with a new podcast, free films for learners, and a live online Festival in May. . The new Hay Festival podcast offers conversations with the greatest writers and thinkers from Hay Festival events globally. S1, Ep1 with Stephen Fry and Philippe Sands is out now on Spotify (link in bio) with other platforms to follow. Coming up we’ve got Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hilary Mantel, Naomi Klein, Caitlin Moran and more… You’re going to love it. . Film from the Festival’s Programme for Schools events for KS 2,3 and 4 pupils is now available for free, featuring Cressida Cowell, Julian Clary, David Baddiel, Ade Adepitan, Patrice Lawrence, the STEMETTES and more, along with detailed teaching materials for those learning at home. . PLUS the first fully digital Hay Festival will take place online throughout May, bringing writers and readers together in webinars, workshops and live social media Q&As. Featuring highlights from the now cancelled spring edition, including a live Programme for Schools, the full schedule of events will be revealed soon. Festivalgoers can register their interest to take part by signing up at hayfestival.org/join-us. . . . #HayFestival #imaginetheworld #hayplayer #haypodcast #schoolsdays #booklovers #festival #stephenfry #chimamandangoziadichie

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The new Hay Festival Podcast offers access to the fascinating archive from the world-famous literature festival, featuring weekly conversations with some of the world’s greatest thinkers and writers. Season one saw a number of riveting discussions, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Caitlin Moran and Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The second series has just launched, kicking off with a conversation on global health with contributions from Devi Sridhar, Jeremy Farrar, Sally Davies, Thomas Bollyky and Chelsea Clinton. Upcoming themes include climate crisis, AI, ageing and war poetry. hayfestival.com

Table Manners

As if we couldn’t love singer Jessie Ware anymore, then came her fabulous mum Lenny. These two are a mother-daughter match made in podcast heaven, serving up A-list guests hearty meals from their own homes on their hilarious show Table Manners. From Ed Sheeran to Charlotte Tilbury, Nigella Lawson and Sadiq Khan, there isn’t a guest that this diamond duo can’t cater to. Expect raucous laughter, some serious home cooking ‘inspo’ and a few celebrity secret reveals. play.acast.com

My Dad Wrote a Porno

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One week until #PornoDay

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A comedy podcast sensation, My Dad Wrote a Porno has stolen the hearts (and ears) of listeners everywhere, boasting more than 200 million downloads. The show is based on a simple premise; Jamie Morton reads his dad’s erotic novels aloud – with the help of friends Radio 1 presenter Alice Levine and digital executive James Cooper – leading to some side-splitting commentary and comical cliff hangers. Whatever will the salacious Belinda do next? mydadwroteaporno.com

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House Guest Podcast


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Welcome to the House Guest podcast, where C&TH Interiors Editor @carolewannett chats with experts from the world of interior design and decoration, the people behind the houses and hotels you see in glossy magazines like ours. Some of the names will be familiar, and others may be less so, but we’re sure you’ll recognise the hotels and restaurants they’ve designed. And if you’re in the middle of your own building project or restyle, we hope you’ll pick up some tips. Enjoy! This week’s House Guest podcast was recorded at @highclere_castle – home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you will know the house very well, and away from the fictional world of Julian Fellowes, Highclere is very much a family home. Lady Carnarvon kindly welcomed Country & Town House magazine inside for a peek at life without the tv cameras. She revamps and renovates the house, where and when necessary, by herself (with the occasional helping hand). A huge task, as along with the daily visitors and running of the cafe, she is launching a Highclere gin, running events, writing books – new one due out soon – doing yoga each morning in the garden and cycling around checking all is well in the gardens, followed by a gaggle of household dogs. The Downton movie has just been filmed at Highclere. Link in bio ☝🏻

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We couldn’t curate a podcast roundup without including our very own. Hosted by Country & Town House’s interiors editor Carole Annett, the House Guest Podcast introduces listeners to the crème de la crème of interior design, from Sophie Paterson to the legendary Alidad. Delight in interiors inspiration, compelling success stories and an abundance of restaurants, houses and hotels you might just have walked into yourself… The House Guest Podcast

The Lockdown Culture Podcast

Lockdown Culture Podcast

Another Country & Town House-curated podcast, The Lockdown Culture Podcast – hosted by C&TH culture editor Ed Vaizey – is here to keep you entertained through quarantine. Each week Ed gives his unfiltered edit of the novels, TV series’, and digital art exhibitions he’s loving (and loathing), from a virtual tour of The Great Wall of China to BBC’s Normal People. podcasts.apple.com

The Doorstep Kitchen


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Who knows what this is?⁠ ⁠ It’s jack by the hedge aka garlic mustard – quite a love-hate plant. I’m not the biggest fan but why don’t you try it for yourself?!⁠ ⁠ Its faint garlic aroma lends itself well for pestos. You can also use the leaves in salads and sprinkle the flowers over dishes as a garnish.⁠ ⁠ #thedoorstepkitchen #onyourdoorstep #bestofbritish #greatbritishfood #forager #spring #jackbythehedge #eattheseasons #farmtofork #allinthechase #willysacv #willyswellness #wild #foraging #food #seasonaleating #shoplocal #localfood #foodie #forage #wilderness #foodonyourdoorstep #forageuk #keepitwild #landconnection #plantlife #wildfoodlove #forageandfeast #eathewild⁠ #garlicmustard⁠

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This brand new podcast is all about celebrating great British food and drink, offering listeners the chance to discover imaginative new ways to use local food. Each week host and cook Kat Holbrook chats to an interesting figure from the culinary world, with guests including Chase Distillery’s James Chase, Scottish chef Roberta Hall and Will Devlin from the Small Holding in Kent. You’ll also hear from long-time forager Imogen Davis from Native restaurant each week. doorstepkitchen.com

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