This autumn the BBC is releasing a raft of new and returning podcasts, featuring new voices and well-known names, which will be available to listen to, subscribe and download on BBC Sounds. From gripping investigative journalism to quirky comedy; from dramatic storytelling to pop culture; from unfiltered conversations to frank facts these new series will bring listeners the best in entertaining, experimental and highly creative podcasts.
BBC Radio 4 New episodes Monday – Friday | Available from launch
In a world of non-stop news and soundbite social media, the BBC's topical news podcast Beyond Today takes listeners to the heart of a single story every day.
Born out of Today - Radio 4's flagship news programme - and recasting news reporting for the on-demand world, alternate hosts Tina Daheley and Matthew Price and a team of younger journalists are on a daily mission to explore the right story, the right question with the right people to answer it.
The 15-20 minute intelligent briefing will delve into a big news story with those who know it best. Aimed at anyone interested in making sense of what is happening in the world around us, Beyond Today will be available around 5pm every weekday.
Tina Daheley, presenter of Beyond Today, says: “We know there is a huge appetite for news and current affairs that is both conversational as well as punchy and cuts through the noise. That is who Beyond Today is for.”
Matthew Price, presenter of Beyond Today, says: “Taking what makes the Today Programme great and reimagining it in the form of a podcast allows us time and space to explore the right story for on-demand listeners in the right way with the people who know about it best.”
Don't Tell Me The Score
BBC Radio 4 New Episodes every Thursday | Available from beginning of November
Don't Tell Me The Score is a new podcast from BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. Taking themes from the world of sport, presenter Simon Mundie will take a unique look at how they affect us in everyday life.
Exploring ideas like tribalism, self-belief and resilience, the podcast will hear from a range of voices - from psychologists, neuroscientists, as well as the big names, to explore the deeper aspects of sport that mean more than the score.
EastEnders: The Podcast
A new companion podcast to accompany one of the UK’s best-loved soaps, EastEnders: The Podcast will feature breakout audio dramas closely linked to ongoing storylines and involving key characters from the show.
Live Lounge Uncovered
12 Episodes | Available November 2018
BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge is one of the world’s most famous live music showcases. In this new companion podcast, listeners will follow the evolution of different cover versions performed in the Live Lounge through the eyes of the artist or band who are performing it.
The podcast, hosted by BBC Music Introducing presenter Abbie McCarthy, will take listeners behind the scenes to hear the artists as they debate which track to cover, what elements they want to play with, deconstruct what made the song great in the first place, and follow them as they experiment with their reinterpretation.
End Of Days
BBC Radio 5 Live 8 Episodes | Available November 2018
On 19 April 1993, a horrific fireball engulfed a ranch outside the little known city of Waco, Texas. Inside were more than 80 members of an apocalyptic cult, led by David Koresh, a man who thought he was the messiah. His prophecy was Armageddon and, as the world watched on, he and almost every single one of his disciples, died in that horrific fire.
Surprisingly, 30 of his cult members were from Britain and now, for the first time, their stories are being told. With unprecedented access to the survivors, families, friends, and police we track their journey to Waco, the final, tragic moments of those that died, and the lives of those left behind - who still believe the Prophet will return.
Chris Warburton, presenter of End of Days, says: "Why would anyone follow a man who said he was the new messiah? And why would they follow him even to the very end? In this podcast we try to answer that question by following a cult as it spread through the UK all the way to the prairies of Texas. The secret to a good podcast in my book is characters, and this strange, emotional and often otherworldly story is absolutely full of them."
End Of Days is presented by Chris Warburton with investigative journalist and producer Ciaran Tracey.
The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward
BBC Radio 4 10 Episodes | Available November 2018
BBC Radio 4 presents its first scripted podcast horror series The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, adapted from H P Lovecraft’s classic by award-winning writer/director Julian Simpson.
Inspired by investigative podcasts such as Serial and Tanis, Simpson presents the tale as a truly terrifying ten-part modern mystery podcast, hosted by Matthew Heawood (Barnaby Kay) and his roaming researcher Kennedy Fisher (Jana Carpenter).
At the heart of Heawood and Fishers’ investigation is Charles Dexter Ward, a young man from a prominent family who is incarcerated in a locked room in a mental asylum from which he subsequently vanishes without trace. Their investigations take them across the Atlantic to Providence, New York, and finally into the heart of darkness.
The cast also features Alun Armstrong, Adam Godley, Nicola Walker and Steven Mackintosh.
The Sista Collective
BBC Radio 5 Live 8 Episodes | Available November 2018
The Sista Collective offers candid conversation by women of colour, for all to enjoy. It is the BBC’s first home-grown podcast hosted by black British women.
Driven by BBC Radio 5 Live journalist Jessie Aru-Phillips and her regular podcasters - Team GB athlete and Olympian Anyika Onuora; Paula Akpan, co-founder of BlackGirlFest; and former star of The Apprentice Joanna Jarjue, they are on a mission to explore what it means to be a woman of colour living in the UK today.
Leading a conversation that is funny, thought-provoking and relatable, the four hosts invite contributions from women from around the country. They offer varied perspectives on topics such as relationships, colourism, identity, body image and what's trending on #blacktwitter - all alongside a big name guest each week.
Jessie Aru-Phillips, presenter of The Sista Collective, says: “The Sista Collective will bring you conversations that you've never heard before, with three Northern women and a Londoner in the mix. You'll hear real conversations by real women. Sometimes lit, at times serious and always honest.”
6 Episodes | Available November 2018 Radio producer and reporter Abby Hollick climbs into bed with special guests for an intimate chat and a chance to bunk-off and hide under the covers.
Over this initial run of six episodes Abby will be joined by a range of frank-talking celebrity guests, including Zawe Ashton and Bryony Kimmings, for a series of unfiltered one-on-one conversations which will take a deep dive into her guest’s careers, mental health, childhood and relationships.
Covering everything from coping with life stresses to what a ‘duvet day’ means to them, these honest chats will reveal something new and unexpected about celebrities.
The PopMaster Podcast
BBC Radio 2 Monday - Friday | Available November 2018
The PopMaster Podcast is a daily download of the hugely popular music quiz from Ken Bruce’s mid-morning show on BBC Radio 2.
The much loved slot features two listeners who each answer 10 questions on pop music from the past 50 years. The winner then has to name three UK single chart hits by a certain artist in Three in Ten. Alongside the quiz, it will also feature exclusive chat from Ken recorded especially for the podcast.
1800 Seconds On Autism
6 Episodes | Available November 2018
Hosts Robyn, Jamie and Lion (you'll see) bring their experiences as autistic people to the table in a new series about how their lives are lived. In each episode they invite guests to join in navigating subjects like home and family, obsessions and geek-dom.
This is a podcast which will make you think twice about how you think.
BBC Radio 4 7 Episodes | Available November 2018
Life Lessons is a new podcast featuring young activists and campaigners from around the UK. In this moving and highly relevant series from BBC Radio 4 we hear how their life experiences have led directly to the causes they champion.
From period poverty with campaigner Amika George, and questioning the food we eat with farmer Kate Moore, to the Brexit divide with vlogger Jazza John, and cancel culture with Chidera Eggeru (The Slumflower), each episode will feature two different issues explored by people who really know what they’re talking about.
Life Lessons is a collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and BBC Ideas. Accompanying the podcast is a series of videos available to watch online at BBC Ideas.
BBC Radio 4 8 Episodes | Available November 2018
Former Economics Editor and recently appointed Editorial Director of BBC News Kamal Ahmed and entrepreneur Rohan Silva present eight unfiltered, revealing and unsparing interviews with the world’s pioneering entrepreneurs: from Julie Deane (founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company) and Justine Roberts (founder of Mumsnet) to Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) and Demis Hassabis (CEO of DeepMind).
Lifting the lid on the realities of starting your own business, these are stories about risk, ambition and failure - a how-to guide to everyone can relate to - not just entrepreneurs.
Step Back In Time With Rylan Clark-Neal
6 Episodes | Available from November 2018
Rylan Clark-Neal invites a showbiz pal into his time-machine to whizz back to a momentous year from the 80s, 90s or 00s for a celebration of its pop culture highlights.
Each year is sprinkled with era-defining music, television, adverts, toys and tech along with all-but-forgotten gems, surprise reunions and offbeat recollections. Buckle up and join them on their journey back to the glory days!
Rylan Clark-Neal says: “I'm beyond excited to be hosting Step Back In Time on BBC Sounds. Life moves so quickly these days but Step Back In Time presents an opportunity for us all to catch our breath and raise a glass to the years that shaped us. With an iconic guest joining me each week I can’t think of a better way to relive my youth. It’s gonna be a right old laugh.”
Texting Keith Olbermann
7 Episodes | Available November 2018
One night in 2016, Ros Atkins, anchor of Outside Source on the BBC News channel, saw he had been retweeted by prolific US broadcaster Keith Olbermann. The comment? “Thank god you’re back.”
Two years on, Keith and Ros were texting each other most days. Keith would send Ros pictures of his dogs, the view from his Manhattan penthouse, shots of the oysters he’s about to eat, and nightly feedback on Outside Source.
But being friends with one of the US’s most notorious broadcasters was never going to be easy. In Texting Keith Olbermann, we’re given a window into the unusual relationship between the two broadcasters - and what Ros’s wife Sara makes of it all.
BBC Radio 4 Series 1 - 3 | Available November 2018
To coincide with the return of comedian Tez Ilyas' hugely popular Radio 4 series Tez Talks, every series will be made available as a podcast for the very first time.
Tez Talks is a podcast about life as a British Muslim. Everything you need to know is here - the dos, don'ts, and avoid-or-you'll-be-arresteds. It is simultaneously a hilarious, joyous take on British-Muslim life - and a thoughtful satire on society's attitudes to Islam.
BBC Radio 5 Live 50 Episodes | Available November 2018
It is 90 years after the first football commentary was broadcast on BBC radio and Colin Murray delves deep into the BBC Sport archives to uncover classic moments in sporting history.
Classic commentaries featured on Replay include the likes of Ali v Foreman in The Rumble In The Jungle in 1974; Celtic beating Inter Milan in 1967 to become the first British team to win the European Cup; Andy Murray winning Wimbledon in 2013; James Hunt becoming the Formula One world champion in 1976 and Jessica Ennis winning gold at London 2012.
Colin Murray also rediscovers interviews with legendary names from the world of sport, such as Bill Shankly, Mary Peters, Seve Ballesteros and Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins.
World Parenting Podcast (w/t)
BBC World Service 12 Episodes | Available December 2018
This is the global parenting podcast that finds out what science has to say about the problems and challenges involved in bringing up children. Are you worried why your two year-old isn’t talking yet? Has your son become a fussy eater? Wondering about the best way to discuss 'bad people'?
The podcast will take a listener’s question and, looking at the science, suggest the possible solutions to global parenting dilemmas. Listeners will hear from a worldwide network of experts, as well as learning from the perspectives of different parenting cultures.
Books To Live By
6 Episodes | Available December 2018
Mariella Frostrup scans the bookshelves of well-known readers including Dominic West, Carlos Acosta and Professor Brian Cox, and invites them to share the books they live by.
As well as dipping into the texts for favourite nuggets of wisdom or joy, Mariella explores how reading fits in with the lives of her guests and what their choice of literature reveals about them.
In episode one Mariella visits actor Dominic West at home, to talk about Les Miserables, WB Yeats and erotic verse.
Konnie Huq’s Switched Off
6 Episodes | Available from January 2019
TV writer and presenter Konnie Huq goes on a journey of discovery with big-hitters from the world of social media, including Rylan Clark-Neal, Scarlett Curtis and Stacey Solomon, to find out how each of them is ‘plugged-in’ to the system and how their public image has been built online.
In each episode Konnie challenges her guest to go without their smartphone and switch off completely for a full week. When they meet a week later she reveals the talking points, memes, and trending topics they’ve missed whilst going cold turkey.
Konnie will probe why her guest has become addicted to social media, what it means to them and to their sense of self. She will also explore the impact the challenge has had on their mental health and whether it changed the way they communicated with others.
All Hail Kale
6 Episodes | Available January 2019
Tim Samuels (an award-winning documentary maker and sucker for any health fad that comes his way) will provide the entertaining voice of sanity in this new podcast that cuts through the hype and hysteria of the three-trillion-dollar wellness industry. Tim will investigate what foods, therapies, gurus and lifestyles you should be embracing, which are total nonsense and others that might just work.
Each episode in this six part series will focus on a different wellness issue which will see Tim attempt to beautify builders, prepare for a nutritious post-apocalypse, go through cheese rehab, rewire his brain and delve in to future treatments for depression.
Providing the medical voice of reason is a New York-based gynaecologist who is the only doctor who doesn’t screen Tim’s calls.