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Best BBC Radio podcasts we could find (updated February 2020)
Best BBC Radio podcasts we could find
Updated February 2020
Updated February 2020
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Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
The latest from the Premier League, EFL, European football and more!
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies
One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.
Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark bring you their guide to being a professional footballer. #backstronger
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
The podcast formerly known as Brexitcast. Adam Fleming, Laura Kuenssberg, Katya Adler, Chris Mason and friends chat about the news, including how Brexit is going.
Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White with an alternative (and sometimes musical) look at cricket...
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
Have your say on the latest football action
Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
Elis James and John Robins with big laughs and top quality #content. Email: email@example.com #elisandjohn
5 Live's science podcast, featuring Dr Karl, plus Dr Chris and Naked Scientists with the hottest science news stories and analysis.
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week
An hour of fresh new tunes from BBC Music Introducing handpicked by Tom Robinson each week in the early hours of Monday morning.
Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
Join Radio 1’s resident film buff Ali Plumb for movie news, reviews and extra behind-the-screens fun.
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 live’s award winning gaming podcast, discussing the world of video games and games culture.
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
Chatting through the stories that matter. Hosted by Ben Zand and Linda Adey. Soundtracked by BBC Music Introducing.
Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
Colin Murray talks to some of the biggest names in sport in a truly unique setting...in either his house or theirs!
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
A hilarious look at the volatile world of sport where guests compete for points with their sporting punditry. Informed comments are rewarded but witless outbursts are penalised.
Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Nish is joined this week by Kerry Godliman, Fern Brady, Andy Zaltzman and Elis James.By BBC Radio 4
A new ballet 'The Cellist' opens tonight at the Royal Opera House in London. It’s inspired by the life and work of the British cellist, Jacqueline du Pré. It portrays the highs and lows of the virtuoso’s life after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, aged 28. Its choreographer, Cathy Marston, talks to Jane Garvey about why it was such a pers…
Boring or bored? Learn about words that look similar but have very different meaning.By BBC Radio
Coronavirus and its impact on British tourism. And does the funeral industry need a shake up?(Image: a woman wearing a face mask passes a Public Health England sign at Terminal 4 of London Heathrow Airport. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)By BBC Radio 4
Nature Table is comedian, broadcaster and writer Sue Perkins’ new comedy ‘Show & Tell’ series celebrating the natural world and all it’s funny eccentricities.Taking the simple format of a ‘Show & Tell’, each episode Sue is joined by celebrity guests from the worlds of comedy and natural history. Each of the natural history guests brings an item lin…
An hour of top tunes from WORKING MEN’S CLUB, LONG LEGGED CREATURES, PRINCE OMARI, THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV, ARTIO, JOE BY THE BOOK, MUSUMBA, ELLUR, HARRY HANSON, VAN HOUTEN, DENSE, FARRAH & HOLODRUM handpicked by Emily Pilbeam from the BBC Introducing Uploader.By BBC Radio 6 Music
Is Villa conceding late goals against top sides a self-fulfilling prophecy and could Tottenham sleepwalk their way to Champions League football? Lee Hendrie, Melissa Reddy and Ben Haines join Emma Saunders to discuss a crazy match at Villa Park with big implications at both ends. Plus, is Jordan Henderson now undeniably world class, could a siege m…
Your football calls and reaction with Robbie Savage and Sam Quek. Phone 08085 909693 free from mobiles and landlines. Text 85058 at your standard message rate. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.By BBC Radio 5 live
England achieved their second highest ever T20 run chase to beat South Africa and take the T20 series. We hear from winning captain Eoin Morgan on what they’ve learnt from the series, and whether Alex Hales has an England future. Jos Buttler talks about his relief at the end of a difficult tour for him, and reveals that he worried that he wouldn’t …
Police declare major incident in South Wales because of flooding from Storm Dennis.By BBC Radio 4
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom reflecting the range of contemporary life in the country.Emma Jane Kirby, in Birmingham, reports on the seeds of magic sown by teachers there in schools serving deprived neighbourhoods - but also on the sometimes…
When Professor Dame Sally Davies left her role as Chief Medical Officer for England in Autumn 2019, she didn't go quietly. Instead, she published a strongly titled, independent, 96 page report 'Time To Solve Childhood Obesity'."The Government ambition" she wrote "is to halve childhood obesity by 2030 – in England, we are nowhere near achieving this…
Ian Wright is a former professional footballer and now a football pundit on TV and radio. He began his career at Crystal Palace before moving to Arsenal where he became their highest goal scorer of all time, a record only surpassed eight years later by Thierry Henry.Born to a Jamaican couple in south-east London, Ian grew up with his mother and ste…
Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists team give some startling facts about bees, and explain the science behind turbulence.By BBC Radio 5 live
Emma is back on the big screen, with Anya Taylor-Joy as Jane Austen's beloved antihero and Johnny Flynn as the dashing Mr. Knightley. In this interview special you'll also hear from director Autumn De Wilde and the legendary Bill Nighy, as they talk to Ali about bringing the classic novel to life,By BBC Radio 1
Mark Chapman presents a look back at Saturday's Premier League and EFL action, as Liverpool go 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Norwich. We hear from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Norwich boss Daniel Farke. There's also reaction from St Mary's where Burnley beat Southampton to go 10 points clear of the rel…
Alistair Bruce-Ball and Clinton Morrison took your calls on all of Saturday’s football action.Fans rang in both attacking and defending the decision to ban Manchester City from European competitions for two years for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.Liverpool fans reacted to their 1-0 win away at Norwich, as they went 25 points clear at th…
Soldiers have been brought in to help as Storm Dennis hits the UK. France registers the first coronavirus death outside China. Duchess of Cambridge talks of motherhood.By BBC Radio 4
Emma is one of the most adapted books by Jane Austen. It returns to the big screen this week. We hear from the director Autumn De Wilde and Anya Taylor-Joy who plays Emma.Yvette Cooper the Labour MP talks about the increasing number of violent threats being made to her and other MP’s. She tells us why she wants political parties to draw up a new jo…
A lot has changed since our last episode covering the numbers behind the coronavirus - for a start it now has a name, Covid-19. This week news has broken that deaths are 20 per cent higher than thought, and the number of cases has increased by a third. Tim Harford talks to Dr Nathalie MacDermott, a clinical lecturer at King’s College London about w…
Should the unwed lose out on a benefit paid to married people? Bereavement Support Payment is available to the widows, widowers or surviving civil partners of people who died on or after 6 April 2017. There's additional money if they have children. A recent High Court judgement held that the Pensions Act, by excluding bereaved unmarried partners fr…
BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, sports broadcaster Bianca Westwood, sports journalist Thom Gibbs and comedian Elis James join Colin Murray for an hour of sporting punditry, humour and entertainment.Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion, but taken away for nonsense and answers lacking in conviction.In the final round, the top two p…
French prosecutors announced this week that say they have started an investigation into the business activities of the Maltese magnate charged with complicity to murder the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. It’s just the latest development in a scandal that shocked Europe and led to the resignation of Malta’s prime minister last month. The inquiry…
Another day, another final-ball nailbiter in South Africa, this time it’s England who edge it to level the series. Tom Curran talks us through his final over, Eoin Morgan explains just how he manages to stay so calm under pressure, and Jonny Bairstow says that he’s looking forward to having some time at home after being dropped for the Sri Lanka se…
Emma Saunders, former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown, ex Wolves winger Michael Kightly, Senior Football Reporter Ian Dennis & Football Reporter for BBC Sport Simon Stone discuss the news that Manchester City have been banned from European club competition for the next two seasons after being found to have committed "serious breaches" of U…
The High Court says the police response into allegedly transphobic tweets was unlawfulBy BBC Radio 4
The big four-oh sees John embarrassed by his full-time fiance on Valentine's Day, comedian Alex Horne jumps on the Chesham bandwagon and our Unsung Hero is an absolute belter.By BBC Radio 5 live
Insomnia affects about a third of adults in the UK according to the NHS. It also says adults should be getting between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night, but very few of us actually get that. We speak to Samantha Harvey who has written a book called ‘The Shapeless Unease’ about her year of not sleeping. We also speak to Stephanie Romiszewski, a sleep psy…
Mary's uncle is planning to escape from Jamaica Inn. He fears someone wants to kill him.By BBC Radio
Covid-19 stats, spreading jam far and wide, cooking with AI, and James Wong on vegetablesBy BBC Radio 4
Anya Taylor-Joy talks Emma. Plus film reviews including Jim Carrey in Sonic the Hedgehog and animation Spycies. Mark and Simon chat through all the films worth seeing in UK cinemas in the UK Box Office Top Ten, we tell you the best and worst films on TV next week and recommend a home entertainment purchase in DVD of the Week. 00:23:05 Box Office To…
Ali and Ace chat about the latest Sonic movie starring Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey, the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma as well as their verdict on the new Billie Eilish Bond Theme.By BBC Radio 1
Sajid Javid has shocked Westminster by quitting as chancellor in the middle of Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle. Mr Javid rejected the prime minister's order to fire his team of aides, saying "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition(Image: Sajid Javid Credit: Reuters)By BBC Radio 4
Is chivalry dead? What is chivalry these days? Is it picking up the bill and opening a door? Is it just up to men or should women be chivalrous too? Podcaster and writer Tolly Shoneye talks about it with Amanda who's dating now. “To say that humans have overthought sex is something of an understatement.” That's according to Dr Kate Lister, a univer…
Two boys out sledging in their local park find the body of an old woman in the snow.Gradually, through exchanges between members of the woman's family, between friends and between people she has only met briefly, we learn what led her to that point. A moving and entertaining account of modern life and loves.PC Hayley Morton is desperate to discover…
A look at what we can expect from the new Chancellor, first set of RBS results under Alison Rose's leadership and London Fashion Week begins(Image: a combination picture of newly appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid in London)By BBC Radio 4
"My question is about something I became aware of at a young age," explains Samantha Richter from Cambridgeshire."I was sitting on the carpet at school, being read a story by the teacher. My hair felt as though it was standing on end as waves of a tingly sensation washed over my head. I subsequently found certain scenes in films had this effect, wh…
Adam Rutherford concocts an Old Fashioned. First listen to our episode on ASMR, then grab some headphones and let Adam mix you a cocktail. Let us know if it gives you the brain tingles, or any other kind of reaction, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.By BBC Radio 4
Hannah Fry mixes a mojito. This ASMR recording accompanies the episode of The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry on the science of ASMR. Listen to that first, then grab some headphones and let us know if it gives you the brain tingles by emailing email@example.com.By BBC Radio 4
Colin Murray invites Steve Davis to his place, to talk about his domination of snooker in the 1980s, his record collection and other obsessions, to his new career as an electronic musician and DJ.By BBC Radio 5 live
It's hard to think of a more intimate, personal form of communication than the love letter. We seal them with our kisses, salt them with our tears, are present in every inky smudge. So it's a truth universally acknowledged that we usually write them ourselves.But not necessarily...Cathy FitzGerald hears what it's like to be a love-letter ghostwrite…
Morgan M Page, Jana Funke & Senthorum Raj look at how we apply modern LGBT+ language and identities to historical figures both real and fictional and what it means to have to "prove" your identity today in today's legal world. Shahidha Bari presents.Morgan M Page is a writer, performance + video artist, and trans historian whose podcast is called O…
Newscast ushers in Sajid Javid's replacement the way Newscast does best... with the world’s first Rishi Sunak quiz! The Saj's former special advisor Salma Shah joins us to unpick the cabinet reshuffle. And Rory Stewart wants a sleepover.Producers: Emma Close and Ione WellsEditor: Dino SofosBy BBC Radio
Sinn Féin's historic result in the Irish election has the potential to change the face of Irish politics - dominated for the past hundred years by the two main parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. So what lies behind the rise of Sinn Féin? And to what extent has it put its past association with violent republicanism behind it? David Aaronovitch is j…
Former Chancellor said he couldn't accept conditions given for his remaining in office. He's been replaced by Rishi Sunak. Labour demands investigation into PM's holiday.By BBC Radio 4
Steve Crossman is joined by Kristof Terreur, Julien Laurens and Rafael Honigstein to look at the big stories from around Europe. The team reflect on Jurgen Klinsmann's departure from Hertha Berlin, look at the state of the Serie A title race and assess next week's games in the Champions League last 16. And after Emmanuel Adebayor made the move to P…
It’s been two years since the Windrush scandal, where at least 164 black British citizens were wrongly deported to countries of their birth or detained in the UK. The scandal has had a lasting impact on the Afro-Caribbean community, with many owed compensation from the government. The Home Office recently approved a flight from London to Jamaica wh…
Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave are back together once again to discuss the latest news in the fantasy football world.Statman Dave has taken the winter break seriously and gone to the Alps, so Chris and Ali are left to their own devices at the start of pod.They chat Lord Lundstram's return and if the team are good at skiing.…
For the past 220 years Ordnance Survey have been mapping Great Britain with extraordinary accuracy. But as Gareth discovers when he visits their HQ in Southampton, GB's master map is not a static printed document. It's a 2 petabyte database which is updated up to 20,000 times a day. This adds up to 360 million updates a year. Since the development …
Rob and Georgina discuss resilience and teach you related vocabulary.By BBC Radio