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.
Evil Genius With Russell Kane
15 Episodes | Available November 2018
Award-winning comedian Russell Kane returns with the second series of his BBC podcast, Evil Genius.
Each week Russell is joined by a panel of friends including Alan Carr, Lou Sanders, James Acaster, Desiree Burch and Romesh Ranganathan to delve into the darker, lesser-known sides of some of the world’s great cultural icons, weighing up the good against the bad to decide whether they were ‘Evil’ or ‘Genius’.
This time Russell and friends will be putting the likes of Sid Vicious, Tupac Shakur, JFK, Coco Chanel, Enid Blyton, Joan Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even Darth Vader under the microscope. No icon is safe.
BBC Radio 4 20 Episodes | Available November 2018
From the team behind the Guilty Feminist and BBC Radio 4 comes the second series of GrownUpLand.
Each week, comedians Mae Martin, Ned Sedgewick and Bisha K Ali (or in her absence guest hosts including Kemah Bob, Athena Kugblenu and Daniella Isaacs) talk honestly about issues they’ve faced - from what makes a bearable housemate and whether sex warrants the feeling of shame, to how fear, guilt and lust shape our everyday lives. Along the way they pick up advice from one another and from across the Radio 4 schedule.
Each week a special guest helps to answer listeners’ questions and candidly shares their own experiences. Whilst Steve Ali, a refugee from Syria now living, working (and podcasting) in the UK, helps to put everything into perspective.
The Receipts - 1Xtra Chat
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6 Episodes | Available November 2018
The Receipts - Tolly T, Audrey and Milena - continue their collaboration with BBC Radio 1Xtra bringing a second series of their hugely successful podcast The Receipts to 1Xtra Chat.
The ladies will conclude the series with a special podcast on Christmas Eve.
Birthday Girls’ House Party
BBC Radio 1 25 Episodes | Available from November 2018
Birthday Girls are comedians Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan. In each episode they invite you to a different themed party they are hosting - from a wake to a posh dinner, a pyjama party to a village fête. With drop-ins from their comedy friends, the second series will feature guests including Rose Matafeo, Adam Riches, Fern Brady and Emma Sidi.
The Boring Talks
16 Episodes | Available November 2018
The Boring Talks with James Ward returns for a second series looking at the fascinating facts behind some of the most ‘boring’ subjects.
The podcast was born out of James’ hugely popular Boring Conference, now in its eighth year. Over the course of its second series the podcast will cover a diverse array of subjects, from the taxonomy of cornflakes and Jeremey Bentham’s Auto Icon to toilet graffiti and the phonetic alphabet.
BBC Radio 4 9 Episodes | Available November 2018
Matthew Broughton’s award-winning conspiracy thriller returns for a third series, starring Hattie Morahan and Jonathan Forbes.
Dr Helen Ash discovers she’s pregnant, but she hasn’t had sex since her husband died 18 months ago. And things are about to get stranger...
Fit And Fearless
Radio 5 Live Available November 2018
Want to get fitter, healthier and feel amazing doing it? Fit And Fearless is your one-stop shop for all things feel-good, presented by three friends on a mission.
Vic Spence, Zanna Van Dijk and Tally Rye started the #GirlGains movement, an Instagram fitness community designed to bring together anyone with a love of health and happiness looking for inspiration.
From weight training to gut health, intuitive eating to body image and confidence, pre and post-natal fitness to cardio, the Fit And Fearless podcast covers all areas of physical and mental health to help get more people moving and feeling good.
BBC Radio 5 Live Available November 2018
BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host and cricket geek Greg James, Test cricket’s most successful fast bowler Jimmy Anderson, and Maccabee’s guitarist Felix White take an alternative look at cricket in BBC Radio 5 Live’s popular podcast.
Tailenders takes a sideways look at the game, mixing humour, music, puns, stories and general mischievousness. And now, the unruly threesome are taking the hit podcast live for the first time.
This December Greg, Jimmy and Felix will record an instalment of Tailenders live at the BBC Radio Theatre. Expect a variety of well-known guests, cricket-themed chat, lots of singing and some mild mayhem.
Test Match Special
BBC Radio 5 Live Available November 2018
Join TMS’s unrivalled cricketing experts Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughn for a daily review of England’s Test series in Sri Lanka. Each day’s play will be analysed and discussed in the definitive cricket podcast, which is a must-listen for lovers of the sport. England’s first Test against Sri Lanka begins on Tuesday 6 November.
You, Me, And The Big C
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Rachael Bland died in early September from breast cancer after sharing her experience of living with cancer on her chart-topping podcast, You, Me, And The Big C.
Now, just as she wanted them to, Rachael’s co-presenters Deborah James and Lauren Mahon are honouring their friend in the best way they know how - continuing the conversation about cancer with a new podcast series.
You, Me, And The Big C was crowned Best New Show/Podcast at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs) earlier this month, which Rachael’s husband, Steve accepted on her behalf. It was also named best podcast the Northern Blog Awards at the end of September.
The new series returns later this year to talk about life after Rachael, the profound impact she had on the world, and the next chapter for those still living with cancer.
Blood On The Tracks
BBC Radio 2
10 Episodes | Available November 2018
Following its debut on Radio 2, Blood On The Tracks is back for a second series as a podcast, to once again gather together four music obsessives to pick and tell stories about their favourite songs guided by a series of questions set by Colin Murray.
The ‘winner’ leaves with a piece of vinyl from Colin’s collection and the honour of playing the show out with any song of their choice. Joining Colin for series two are Scott Mills, Annie Mac, Russell Kane, Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari), Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters), James Haskell, Linford Christie and Skin (Skunk Anansie).
BBC Radio 3 Available from November 2018
Returning for a second series is BBC Radio 3’s podcast Classical Fix designed for music fans who are curious about classical music and want to give it a go.
In each episode, broadcaster and writer Clemency Burton-Hill curates a bespoke playlist of tracks for her guest, who will then join her to discuss their impressions of their brand new classical music discoveries.
The second series will feature guests such as writers Dolly Alderton and Elizabeth Day; Shingai Shoniwa, the vocalist and bassist for indie band Noisettes; Rohan Silva, co-founder of Second Home; and singer-songwriter Marika Hackman.