This Christmas and New Year listeners can enjoy brilliant box sets, festive podcast specials and exclusive seasonal music mixes on BBC Sounds.
Surrogacy: A Family Frontier
BBC Radio 5 live, 7 December
Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black investigates UK attitudes towards surrogacy in a new podcast series for BBC Radio 5 live.
Lance and his husband, British Olympic diver Tom Daley, became parents in June 2018 to Robbie Ray, who was born via a surrogate. Over the course of the podcast Lance will explore the personal, scientific, financial, and legal aspects of surrogacy and challenge the many misconceptions which surround it.
With a three-year Law Commission review into UK surrogacy laws underway, Lance asks the question: are our current laws doing enough to protect surrogates and intended parents?
Dustin Lance Black says: “The greatest gift I’ve ever had in my entire life is this son that I’m holding and I didn’t do it alone. There are two women out there who made this possible.”
BBC Radio 5 live, 17 December
Must Watch is a brand new podcast from BBC Radio 5 Live guiding you through what you can’t afford to miss on TV and on demand. 5 live’s Nihal Arthanayake is joined by two of the most influential TV journalists around today, Scott Bryan from Buzzfeed and journalist and presenter, Hayley Campbell. Must Watch is the chat we all have with our friends after watching a TV show.
Exclusively available on BBC Sounds
Rare and extended interviews with some of music's biggest icons; Courtney Love (1998), Bob Marley (1980), Madonna (1994), Spice Girls (1996/98), Iggy Pop (1976), Public Enemy (1990), David Bowie (1983) and Adele (2007). Unearthed from the BBC Archive, portions of these interviews have never been available to the public.
Radio 1’s Drag Queen’s Den
BBC Radio 1, 7 January 2019
In this new podcast series, the outrageous host Glyn Fussell lifts the wig on all things Drag in the UK.
Each episode, Glyn Fussell is joined by two guests for an eleganza extravaganza of gossip and an intimate kiki about this week's big topic. Glyn will guide the listeners on a journey around all aspects of UK Drag culture, from the North-South drag divide and political Drag Queens to the development of Drag culture in Britain, we'll find out exactly what UK Drag culture is and what makes it so special. Throughout the series, listeners can expect a line-up of high profile guests including Sam Smith, Jade Thirlwall, Olly Alexander, Beth Ditto, Melanie C, Nick Grimshaw, Greg James, Clara Amfo, Maya Jama, Dev, Chris Stark, Jordan North and many more.
Kicking off the new podcast series is a scandalous line-up of fabulous Queens, Michelle Visage and Jacqui Potato, as they answer your questions in Dragony Aunts, catch-up with our first Drag Addict, Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix, and reveal the secrets behind creating your perfect Drag name.
The Hurricane Tapes
BBC World Service, 14 January 2019
A journey into an era where crime, racism, and injustice merge. In the early hours of June 17th 1966, two black men walked into the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson and shot four white people, killing three of them. One of America’s most famous boxers - Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter - was convicted of committing these brutal murders. Throughout his 18 years of imprisonment he insisted he’d been framed by a corrupt and racist police force.
In this new podcast and radio series, we meet the people involved in the case. We hear from everyone from John Artis, who was convicted of the murders alongside Carter, to the cops and detectives who put them away and the judge who overturned their guilty verdicts. And, from Carter himself too. Rubin died in 2014 but two BBC journalists have gained access to 40 hours’ worth of audio recordings that he made. The revelations in these old fashioned cassette tapes have never been heard before.
More than 50 years on, The Hurricane Tapes will hear from those caught up in one of the most contentious court cases in America and seek the truth of what happened that night inside the Lafayette Bar and Grill.
BBC Radio 1, 14 January 2019
Dating in 2018 is a minefield: dodgy profile pictures, strange Tinder bios, sliding into the DM's only to discover your new love is very good at sending memes, but rubbish at making conversation. Everyone has an embarrassing dating story, no matter how famous, fit, funny or fabulous. In this new podcast series, Worst Dates will spill all of the gossip. Because a worst date shared, is a worst date worth having.
Each episode, podcast hosts Arielle Free and Luke Franks are joined by two guests to discuss their most terrible dating secrets. From awful first impressions, to the cringiest DM slides to the most embarrassing burns, our celebs come into our safe space to reveal dating gossip that they have never told anybody else before. Throughout the series, listeners can expect a line-up of high profile and fabulous guests including Jamie Laing, Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson, Kira Kosarin and Georgia Kousoulou, YouTube Mark Ferris, Marnie Simpson, New Hope Club, David ‘Sideman’ Whitely and many more.
The podcast will hear from listeners with terrible dating stories, as well as answering some of life’s biggest dating dilemmas: how soon can you leave a terrible first date? What is the worst place to take a first date? How many people can you be unofficially seeing at once without everything going wrong?
Fall Of The Shah
BBC World Service, 28 January 2019
In a new nine-part drama podcast and radio series, Fall Of The Shah tracks the downfall of the Shah of Iran in the late 1970s and the rise of a forceful new Islamic Republic.
Launching at the time of the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, this visceral epic drama is seen from a range of vantage points: it is a thrilling account of a revolution whose effects still reverberate around the world. It is created by the acclaimed writer Steve Waters and award-winning producer Marc Beeby for BBC World Service.
Table Manners With Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware hosts a podcast about food, family, and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a bite and a bit of a natter. Oversharing guaranteed.