The Shortlist

The Shortlist

By Great British Podcasts

Looking for a new favourite podcast? Rhianna Dhillon takes you through the best British podcasts of the past year, as selected by over sixty independent judges of the British Podcast Awards.

Episodes

The Best Daily Shows of 2020

Just two days to go until the British Podcast Awards 2020 - and Rhianna Dhillon is here to reveal the final shortlist of nominees: this time, for Best Daily Podcast. Find out the winners: the live stream begins at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th July at britishpodcastawards.com Best Daily Podcast supported by Podfollow Beyond Today Beyond Today team for BBC Sounds Love Island: The Morning After Kem & Arielle for ITV The Globalist Monocle 24 The Rob Auton Daily Podcast Plosive Productions The Santa Daily Fun Kids Today in Focus The Guardian
09/07/2024m 15s

The Funniest Shows of 2020

It's awards week! This Saturday we'll be streaming the awards live at britishpodcastawards.com, with hosts Clara Amfo and Rhianna Dhillon. To help get you in the mood, here's the nominees for Best Comedy Podcast, supported by Acast, chosen by over sixty independent judges. Rhianna takes us through their funniest moments. Best Comedy Podcast supported by Acast Brian & Roger Great Big Owl Dear Joan and Jericha Julia Davis & Vicki Pepperdine Josh Berry's Fake News Union JACK Radio Kurupt FM Audible UK Mind Canyon Charlie Kemp & Steve Dawson Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster Plosive Productions
08/07/2027m 29s

The Best Fiction Podcasts 2020

From disappearing planes to a divorced men's support group, there's drama and humour galore in this showcase of the best fiction podcasts of 2020, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards. In this last of the series, Rhianna Dhillon takes us through the highlights to find your new favourite show. Catch up on all the great nominees from this year's awards at britishpodcastawards.com/nominations-2020 Best Fiction Brian & Roger Great Big Owl Coexistence Coex Studios Fall of the Shah Steve Waters for BBC World Service Hag Thomas Curry, Harriet Poland, Tom Killian for Audible UK Mockery Manor Laurence Owen & Lindsay Sharman Passenger List Goldhawk Productions/Radiotopia The Shortlist is produced by Cheeka Eyers, with support from Emma Ratyal-Brooks at Podcast Awards Ltd.
17/06/2024m 56s

Best Family Podcasts of 2020

From parenting pods to stories for kids, there are now dozens of great podcasts out there for families looking to listen together. Rhianna Dhillon has the best ones of the year to showcase today, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Best Family Podcast Ask The Nincompoops Great Big Owl Breaking Mum & Dad Anna Williamson David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast Global Diddy Pod Ciaran Murtagh, Andrew Barnett Jones, Steve Ryde for CBBC / BBC Radio The Intended Parent Fran and Kreena The Trap Door Sophie Black
16/06/2028m 27s

The Best Business Podcasts, Unveiled

Insightful, accurate and engaging podcasts about starting or growing a business. There are hundreds out there, so how do you know where to start?  Fear not, as Rhianna Dhillon is here to take you through the best Business podcasts of the past twelve months, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Best Business Podcast Doing It For The Kids Doing It For The Kids Jazz Shapers sponsored by Mishcon De Reya Jazz FM for Bauer Media Money Talks Economist Radio for The Economist Squiggly Careers Helen Tupper & Sarah Ellis Tales Of Silicon Valley The Times/Wireless Studios The Northern Power Women Podcast Northern Power Women for What Goes On Media
15/06/2026m 27s

The Best Interviews of 2020

It's one of the most compelling genres in podcasting, and sounds so simple. But when they're done as well as these interview, you get to understand how much work has gone into putting it in your ears. Rhianna Dhillon takes you through the most fascinating interviews of the year, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Best Interview Trust Issues: The Infected Blood Scandal Rachel Botsman Declassified Michael Coates Homo Sapiens Homo Sapiens How To Kill An Hour Marcus Bronzy for Podcast Studio London Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner Somethin' Else Today in Focus The Guardian
12/06/2029m 16s

The Best Live Podcasts of the Year

Across a range of genres, audiences have been wowed by some fantastic live shows. We hope they will return soon, but in the meantime Rhianna Dhillon gets us comfortable with crowds again as we hear the best live episodes from British podcasts in the past twelve months. Best Live Episode supported by Latitude Festival Blood on the Tracks Shooting Shark Can We Just Ask - Can Anyone Be An Activist? Annie Clarke & Will Clempner Nobody Panic Plosive Productions Tailenders TBI Media for BBC Radio 5 Live Tape Notes Tape Notes The Empire Film Podcast Empire for Bauer Media
09/06/2027m 49s

The Best Current Affairs Podcasts of 2020

This just in... there are some great news and current affairs podcasts for you to discover. Rhianna Dhillon takes us through the best shows of the year, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Featuring: Best Current Affairs Podcast Full Disclosure with James O'Brien Global Original for Global Stance Podcast Chrystal Genesis The Intelligence Economist Radio for The Economist The Tortoise Podcast Tortoise Media The Week Junior Show Fun Kids and The Week Junior Today in Focus The Guardian
08/06/2025m 24s

The Best New Podcasts of 2020

It's one of the most hotly-contested categories at the British Podcast Awards, so if you're looking for a new podcast this is a great episode to explore. Rhianna Dhillon takes you through the judges' top picks. Best New Podcast supported by Factory Accentricity Sadie Ryan Masala Podcast Sangeeta Pillai for Soul Sutras Shagged Married Annoyed Chris and Rosie Ramsey for Avalon Television Ltd The IMO Podcast Chris & Michelle for The IMO project The Last Bohemians House of Hutch The Log Books Adam Smith, Tash Walker and Shivani Dave
05/06/2025m 59s

The Best Podcasts From Radio Shows

Most radio shows thrive on being live - but the contenders in this category are perfectly suited to be binged on later. Rhianna Dhillon takes us through the nominees, including: Best Radio Podcast supported by Radioplayer Ellie and Anna Have Issues Ellie & Anna for Globa Kermode and Mayo's Film Review Somethin' Else for BBC Radio 5 The Chris Moyles Show On Radio X Podcast Chris Moyles for Global The Santa Daily Fun Kids The Skewer Jon Holmes for BBC Radio 4 Tunnel 29 Helena Merriman for BBC Radio 4
04/06/2023m 10s

The Best Sex & Relationship Podcasts 2020

If you're looking for an entertaining, stimulating chat about love and life, these are the shows for you. Rhianna Dhillon looks back at the best sex advice and dating podcasts of the year, as selected by the judges of The British Podcast Awards 2020. Best Sex & Relationships Podcast #QueerAF Jamie Wareham for National Student Pride Amaliah Amaliah Brown Girls Do It Too BBC Asian Network F**ks Given ComeCurious & Studio71 UK Masala Podcast Sangeeta Pillai for Soul Sutras The Breakup Monologues Rosie Wilby
02/06/2027m 34s

The Best Wellbeing Podcasts of 2020

It's one of the fastest-growing categories, packed full of mind-expanding insights... but what are the best wellbeing podcasts of the year? Rhianna Dhillon showcases clips from the nominees, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Best Wellbeing Podcast Declassified Michael Coates GABA Adam Martin Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts BBC 5 Live No Really, I'm Fine Reach Plc Rainbow Dads Richard and Nicholas The Sound of Anger Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions
01/06/2026m 47s

The Finest Arts & Culture Podcasts of 2020

From comedians picking apart their favourite comedies, to work of Tom Waits analysed song by song, Rhianna Dhillon takes us through the best arts criticism of the year, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Best Arts & Culture Podcast supported by Pod Bible Best Pick The Spontaneity Shop Classical Fix BBC Radio 3 Production for BBC Radio 3 Rule of Three Great Big Owl Selfridges Hot Air presents State of the Arts Radio Wolfgang Somerset House Somerset House Song by Song Sam Pay and Martin Zaltz Austwick for Stripped Media Networ
29/05/2025m 39s

The Best True Crime Podcasts of 2020

It's still the most popular genre among podcast listeners - and it's been another stunning year for new series. Rhianna Dhillon takes us through choice clips from the best, as decided by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Best True Crime Podcast Paradise Dan Maudsley for 5 Live & BBC Sounds The Bellingcat Podcast: MH17 Novel The Hurricane Tapes Steve Crossman & Joel Hammer for BBC World Service The Last Days of August Jon Ronson, Lina Misitzis for Audible UK The Missing Cryptoqueen Georgia Catt & Jamie Bartlett for BBC Sounds Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes Somethin' Else
28/05/2029m 29s

Best Branded Podcast 2020

Celebrating the podcasts that have made listens with brand's hard cash - a tricky tightrope, which Rhianna Dhillon can take you through in today's installment. Triggers: grief, sexual abuse, strong language Best Branded Podcast #QueerAF Jamie Wareham for National Student Pride DeepMind: The Podcast Whistledown Productions for DeepMind Meet Me at the Museum Art Fund On the Marie Curie Couch Marie Curie Penguin Podcast Somethin' Else The Rough Guide to Everywhere Aimee White with Reduced Listening
27/05/2024m 38s

The Best Sport Podcasts of 2020

It may be a rare thing at the moment, but that doesn't mean we aren't still obsessed with all things sport. Rhianna Dhillon takes you through the finest shows made in the past twelve months, featuring: Best Sport Podcast supported by Audioboom COPA90 Football Inside Out - FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 We Are Grape for COPA90 The Beautiful Brain Hana Walker-Brown for Audible UK The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe The Exs and Os Podcast Exs and Os The Game Changers Promote PR The Totally Football Show Muddy Knees Media for Totally Football Network
26/05/2027m 54s

The Bullseye Award

Celebrating the smaller shows that are hitting their audience with laser precision - Rhianna Dhillion takes us from fiction to finance, true crime to inspiring stories. WARNING: references to sexual assault. The Bullseye Award supported by Blue Microphones After: Surviving Sexual Assault BBC Sounds Strong Manchester Women Vic Elizabeth Turnbull at MIC Media The Investor's Guide to China Fidelity International The Offensive Stakhanov Things Unseen: Entombed CTVC This Is Spoke Penguin Random House UK, Fremantle, BMG
25/05/2024m 38s

The Biggest Moments In Podcasting, 2020

From the biggest laughs to incredible revelations, the past year has seen podcasts big and small make the headlines in the UK. Rhianna Dhillon reveals the shortlist for the best moments of the past twelve months, as chosen by the judges of the British Podcast Awards 2020. Acast Moment Of The Year #QueerAF  Jamie Wareham for National Student Pride Happy Place   Fearne Cotton No Such Thing As A Fish  No Such Thing As A Fish RHLSTP  Sky Potato, Go Faster Stripe & Fuzz Productions Tunnel 29  Helena MerrimanBBC Radio 4 / BBC Sounds Ways to Change the World  Channel 4 News
22/05/2029m 21s

The Spotlight Award

The biggest shows of the year, rated by the British Podcast Award judges - the Spotlight Award is for shows that reach audiences of over 100,000 listeners per episode, and do it in style. Rhianna Dhillon takes us through the list, that includes... The Spotlight Award supported by DAX Deliciously Ella Deliciously Ella for Mags Creative Elis James and John Robins Audio Always for BBC Radio 5 Live Happy Mum Happy Baby Giovanna Fletcher My Dad Wrote A Porno Jamie, James, Alice & Rocky Table Manners with Jessie Ware Jessie Ware The Guilty Feminist The Spontaneity Shop
21/05/2027m 16s

The Smartest Podcasts of 2020

Are you looking for a new podcast to make your more cleverer? You've come to the right place, as Rhianna Dhillon takes us through the smartest docs and factual shows Britain has produced this year. Smartest Podcast supported by Rethink Audio Food Actually Chalk & Blade / Pushkin Industries for Luminary Media Power Corrupts Brian Klaas Tales Of Silicon Valley The Times/Wireless Studios The Listening Service Radio 3 Production for BBC Radio 3 The Sound of Anger Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions The Tip Off Maeve McClenaghan
20/05/2029m 23s

The Best Entertainment Podcasts

Rhianna Dhillon is back to reveal all the nominees from the British Podcast Awards 2020 - as chosen by over sixty independent judges across the UK. We start with the nominees for Best Entertainment podcast - supported by Sony Music's 4th Floor Creative. They are: Help I Sexted My Boss  William Hanson and Jordan NorthAudio Always No Country For Young Women Radio 1 and 1Xtra Production for BBC Sounds Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster Plosive Productions Sam Walker's Desert Diaries Sam Walker Something Rhymes with Purple Somethin' Else George Ezra & Friends  4th Floor Creative
19/05/2026m 41s

Best Entertainment & The Spotlight Award

Rhianna Dhillon ends the round-up of the finest podcasts Britain has produced this year, with the nominees of the Best Entertainment podcast and The Spotlight Award, for shows that are reaching big audiences with amazing listening experiences. The list of British Podcast Awards 2019, powered by DAX, includes: Best Entertainment supported by Sony Music’s 4th Floor Creative Blood on the Tracks - Shooting Sharks Productions for BBC Sounds Desert Island Dicks - Desert Island Dicks Podcast Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster - Plosive Productions Private Parts - Jamie Laing & Francis Boulle for Spirit Media Spark True Stories - Elle Scott This Paranormal Life - Rory Powers & Kit Grier Spotlight Award Fortunately...with Fi and Jane - BBC Radio 4 George Ezra & Friends - George Ezra Happy Mum, Happy Baby - Giovanna Fletcher for Pixiu Happy Place - Fearne Cotton Katie Piper's Extraordinary People - Katie Piper for Somethin' Else That Peter Crouch Podcast - 5live for BBC Sounds
17/05/1934m 42s

Best Family Podcast, Best Radio Podcast & Best Branded

Three more categories get The Shortlist treatment from Rhianna Dhillon, including today: Best Branded Podcast Awake at Night - Chalk and Blade and Bethany Bell for the UNHCR Feminists Don't Wear Pink - Penguin Random House / Scarlett Curtis Fresh Eyes - Radio Wolfgang Healthy For Men - The River Group (on behalf of Holland & Barrett) Meet Me at the Museum - Whistledown Productions for Art Fund Rough Guide to Everywhere - Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening Best Radio Podcast supported by Radioplayer Brexit: A Love Story? - World at One for BBC Radio 4 Fun Kids Science Weekly - Fun Kids Radio Multi Story - BBC Local Radio ShoutOut Radio - ShoutOut Radio Tara and George - Audrey Gillan for Falling Tree Productions The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X  - Global Best Family Everything Under The Sun - Molly Oldfield Fun Kids Science Weekly - Fun Kids Radio Made By Mammas  - Create Productions Ruthie: Me and My Dad - talkRADIO / Wireless Studios Surrogacy: A Family Frontier - Dustin Lance-Black, Tracy Williams and Jane Andrews for BBC Radio 5 Live The Long Road to Baby - Sophie Sulehria  
16/05/1950m 28s

Best Sport, Best Sex & Relationships and Best Interview

In the fourth instalment, we hear the very best sports shows, sex & relationships shows & interviews of the past twelve months. CONTENT WARNING: references to sex, rape. This edition features clips from the following British Podcast Award nominees: Best Interview Breaking Mum and Dad: The Podcast - Anna Williamson, Create Productions Declassified - Michael Coates Homo Sapiens - Will Young and Christopher Sweeney for Banana Stand How To Fail With Elizabeth Day - Elizabeth Day Sex Talk - Prison Radio Association The Modern Mann - Olly Mann for Rethink Audio Sex & Relationships #QueerAF - National Student Pride & Jamie Wareham Project Pleasure - Anouszka Tate and Frankie Wells Qmmunity  - Alexis Caught, Kevin Morosky, Christania McPherson The Receipts Podcast - Audrey Akande/Milena Sanchez/Tolani Shoneye The Sugar Baby Confessionals - Sara-Mae Tuson for Fable Gazers Unexpected Fluids - BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 1 Best Sport F1: Beyond The Grid - Formula 1 for Audioboom LS11 - Darren Harper and Ryan Wilson for Proper Sport The BBC's LGBT Sport Podcast - Jack Murley for BBC Radio Jersey The Big Interview with Graham Hunter - BackPage Media The Cycling Podcast Féminin - The Cycling Podcast The Totally Football Show with James Richardson - Muddy Knees Media for the Totally Football Network
15/05/1949m 54s

Best Comedy, Moment Of The Year & Bullseye Award

Rhianna Dhillon is back to showcase more of the British Podcast Awards nominees... including in this episode: Best Comedy supported by Spotify Beef And Dairy Network Podcast - Benjamin Partridge for Maximum Fun Birthday Girls' House Party - Whistledown Productions for BBC Sounds Dear Joan and Jericha - Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine, A Hush Ho/Pepperdine Productions/Dot Dot Dot Co-Pro The All New Angelos and Barry Podcast - Alex Lowe and Dan Skinner for Great Big Owl The Guilty Feminist - Deborah Frances-White The Horne Section Podcast - Pixiu for Deezer Originals Bullseye Award supported by Podiant Probably True - Scott Flashheart Ask The Nincompoops - Andy Stanton and Carrie Quinlan, Great Big Owl Centuries of Sound - James Errington Somerset House Studios - Somerset House Studios Farmerama - Jo Barratt, Katie Revell, Abby Rose BBC Somerset's Cricket Show: Extras - BBC Somerset Acast Moment of The Year Dear Joan and Jericha - Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine, A Hush Ho/Pepperdine Productions/Dot Dot Dot Co-Pro Have You Heard George's Podcast? - George The Poet My Dad Wrote A Porno - Jamie, James, Alice and Rocky Over The Bridge Podcast - Bilal, Kweku, Patrick & Tom Ways to Change the World, with Krishnan Guru-Murthy - Channel 4 News/ITN You, Me and the Big C - BBC Radio 5 Live
14/05/1945m 34s

True Crime, Best Fiction and Best Arts & Culture

Find you new favourite podcast. In this second of six episodes, we Rhianna Dhillon trails the nominees of three more categories in this year's British Podcast Awards. * Content warning: suicide  Including clips from: Best True Crime Case Notes - Classic FM for Global Dead Man Talking - Peter Sale & Alex Hannaford - DMT Media & Audioboom Death in Ice Valley - Neil McCarthy/Marit Higraff for BBC World Service/NRK End Of Days - Ciaran Tracey & Chris Warburton for the BBC RedHanded - Hannah Maguire & Suruthi Bala for Acast The Doorstep Murder - Fiona Walker for BBC Scotland Best Fiction Calais 2037 - New Time Productions Limited Double Bubble - Prison Radio Association Have You Heard George's Podcast? - George The Poet The Amelia Project - Philip Thorne & Oystein Brager for Imploding Fictions The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - Julian Simpson, Sweet Talk Productions for BBC Radio 4 The Offensive - Radio Stakhanov Best Arts & Culture BLANK - with Jim Daly and Giles Paley-Phillips Excuse The Mess - Ben Corrigan Folk on Foot - Matthew Bannister Have You Heard George's Podcast? - George The Poet How To Fail With Elizabeth Day - Elizabeth Day Stance Podcast - Heta Fell & Chrystal Genesis
13/05/1945m 22s

Current Affairs, Smartest & Best New Podcast

Rhianna Dhillon runs down the nominees of this year's British Podcast Awards, featuring today: Best Current Affairs Beyond Today - BBC Radio 4 Have You Heard George's Podcast? - George The Poet Stance Podcast - Heta Fell & Chrystal Genesis The Grenfell Tower Inquiry with Eddie Mair - BBC Sounds The Intelligence - The Economist for Economist Radio Today in Focus - The Guardian Smartest Podcast About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge - Reni Eddo-Lodge & Renay Richardson Have You Heard George's Podcast? - George The Poet On The Road - Prison Radio Association Shedunnit - Caroline Crampton The Tip Off - Maeve McClenaghan for Acast The Urbanist - Monocle 24 Best New Podcast A Mile in My Shoes - Empathy Museum and Loftus Media About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge - Reni Eddo-Lodge/Renay Richardson Have You Heard George's Podcast? - George The Poet No Country for Young Women - BBC Sounds On The Road - Prison Radio Association Today in Focus - The Guardian
12/05/1941m 31s
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