Dave Berry recently became a father for the first time, which is why he wanted to create a place for all people to come and celebrate the wonderful, exciting, sometimes scary, but absolute joy of fatherhood!
Join Absolute Radio's Dave Berry as he chats to a different guest each episode to talk about all things involved in being a dad, sharing their experiences of fatherhood (or motherhood in some guests' cases), their relationship with their own fathers, as well gathering some advice (or 'Dad-vice') along the way.
One of the nation’s favourite comedians and father of 4, Jack Dee, joined Dave on this episode of the Dadpod. How have other parents inspired some of Jack’s stand up routines over the years? Jack very honestly explains why he enjoyed going on tour when he had young kids. And he plays as the agony Uncle for one listener.
Novelist, screenwriter, CBE and father to 2 sons, Anthony Horowitz joins Dave for this episode of his Dadpod. How did Anthony’s experience growing up inspire him to provide escapism to other kids? Why is reading so important for both parent & child? And what can we expect from Anthony’s latest mystery in his Hawthorne series, ‘The Twist of a Knife’, out 18th August?
Singer-songwriter, and frontman of chart-topping, Brit award-winning band, Keane, and father of 2, Tom Chaplin joins Dave for this episode of his Dadpod. Why did Tom’s daughter miss the chance to see him live for the first time? What was her unexpected response to finding out he was on the Masked Singer? Plus, Tom opens up about how his family helped him through some personal battles.
As part of this Father’s Day special, Dave pays tribute to his own dad, reads your kind words about the dads in your lives, and hears from his Absolute Radio Breakfast Show co-host, and dad of 3, Matt Dyson. Plus we revisit some of our favourite Dadpod moments over the years.
TV Presenter, Paralympian and MBE Ade Adepitan joins Dave for this episode of his Dadpod. What does Ade’s young son, Bolla, do to prank him? What is Ade doing to help protect the planet for Bolla and children of the future? And how did his appearance at the 2000 Paralympics help with his relationship with his own father?
Award-winning comedian and author Dom Holland joins Dave to talk all things fatherhood in this episode of his Dadpod. Father to 4 boys including a certain Tom Holland, how does Dom feel about being eclipsed by his son? Why was it so important that Dom instilled politeness in his children at an early age and how did that help their successes? And Dave finds out if Dom still tells Tom off, even now he is Spiderman?
One of the nation’s favourite comedians, Jason Manford, joins Dave for this episode of his Dadpod, to talk about all things fatherhood. How do Jason’s kids feel about providing comedy GOLD material for his tours, how has his own parents’ work ethic rubbed off on him as a dad, and also what did his children think when they found out he was the Hedgehog on the Masked Singer?
Actor, writer & comedian Griff Rhys Jones appears on Dave Berry’s Dadpod after he became a grandfather again during lockdown to baby Eris. Dave found it if Griff has been passing down dadvice to his son, George, plus, Griff remembers what it was like watching TV with his dad when he was younger, and what his dad’s attitude was towards him pursuing comedy.
Britain’s greatest ever athlete, Sir Mo Farah joined Dave on his Dadpod to talk about raising his 4 kids, each of whom, Mo dedicated one of his Gold medals to after his London & Rio triumphs. Who will be getting the medal if Mo wins Gold in Rio? And after Mo’s heroics in London 2012, how did he manage to go from national hero to father to newborn twins, Aisha & Amani, a matter of days after his successes?
Britain’s favourite podcasting duo, Shagged Married Annoyed’s Chris & Rosie Ramsey are the Dadpod’s first ever couple guests. They tell Dave about whether they’ll be taking their sons Robin & Rafe on their huge UK arena tour or enjoying a bit of time to themselves. Plus, they discuss why thousands of people across the country take comfort in hearing them ranting about each other and their kids on a weekly basis!
When he’s not scaling mountains or coming face to face with deadly animals, Steve Backshall is a father to 3 toddlers (including twins Kit & Willow), alongside his wife, double Olympic gold medallist rower, Helen Glover. He joins Dave Berry on his Dadpod to find out how he fits everything into his hectic life, if Steve’s kids shown any sign of adventure already, and has he had to tone down his dangerous jobs since becoming a father?
Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace joins Dave to talk all things Dad. He recently became a father again to baby Sid, 20 years after having his first two children, Tom & Libby. Dave found out how he fared and how his parenting style has changed in that time. Plus, he’s used to giving out culinary criticism on TV, but what about when he’s on the receiving end from his own kids?
Dave Berry’s Dadpod returns for a new season, where for over 2 years we’ve been celebrating all things parenthood. Now Dave’s daughter Evie, who inspired the podcast is a bit older, but there’s still more for us all to learn.
That’s why the dadpod will be returning on Thursday 13th May with some very special guests talking all about fatherhood and giving Dave their best dadvice!
David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and father of 3, joins Dave for this episode of his Dadpod.
David talks about why he loves having a big family, what Christmas is like in the Lammy household and the importance of Tottenham Hotspurs to him and his kids. When trying to explain how he balances work and fatherhood, David gets interrupted in spectacular fashion as he chats to Dave from the House of Commons.
David also considers the huge impact his mother had on him as a parent and he explains why adopting his daughter 6 years ago was the most important thing their family has ever done.
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Ben Shephard, TV presenter, journalist, quiz master and father of 2, joins Dave Berry for this episode of his Dadpod.
Ben explains why he loves that his teenage sons are now old enough to beat him at golf and outpace him on runs. He remembers when his son won the jackpot on Tipping Point, and a particularly hilarious story when he tried to give his wife the morning off parenting duties and it all went wrong.
Ben also considers the importance of instilling a charitable ethos in his kids and the challenge of bringing the - often gloomy - news to the nation and then having to raise children in that world.
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Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight champion and father of 5, joins Dave Berry for this episode of his Dadpod.
He took a moment out of his intense training camp to chat to Dave about fatherhood, and how he manages to balance being a dad and the Gypsy King.
Plus he talks about what it’s like sharing his sporting success with his dad in his corner, why it’s important to keep in touch with your inner child and whether he wants to see his kids take up boxing.
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Tyson’s new book, The Furious Method: Transform Your Mind, Body and Goals, is out now.
Joe Swash, a soapstar, King of the Jungle, ice skating champion, tv personality and father of 4 boys, joins Dave Berry for his Dadpod.
Joe talks about his love of being a father to a new-born again, now being part of a children’s TV show he grew up with, Thomas the Tank Engine, plus, Joe tells Dave about his gamechanging bit of Dadvice, the ‘lucky dip’.
Joe also discusses what it’s been like navigating a parental role in a blended family with the sons of his partner, Stacey, and what he learnt from his father who sadly passed away when he was 11.
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Howard Donald, a member of Britain’s biggest ever boy band, Take That, and father of 4, joins Dave Berry in this episode of his Dadpod. Howard explains why he took to reading children’s stories on Instagram during lockdown, what it’s like performing when his kids are in the crowd along with tens of thousands of others, plus he reveals which member of Take That is his 3-year old’s favourite.
Howard opens up to Dave about his guilt over fatherhood, the difficulties of being an older dad and how he managed to juggle touring with Take That and being a father.
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Jeff Brazier, television presenter, author, life coach, football pundit and father of 2, joins Dave Berry on his Dadpod. Jeff explains how his family used lockdown to become closer, how he managed to look after himself, as well as his kids, following the loss of his sons’ mother, plus how he addresses his relationship with his father that he never knew.
Jeff comes armed with tonnes of dadvice after 20 years in the parenting game. Find out why he thinks parenting teenagers is like being in the final rounds of the Apprentice, and why being a father is a lot like being a football coach!
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Dave Berry's daughter Evie is now a little older, which means so is the Dadpod! After a first season in which brand new Dad, Dave Berry, gathered invaluable dadvice from the likes of Tim Minchin, Emma Willis, Chris Kamara, Rob Beckett and more, Dave has a new set of challenges as a parent. His daughter has started walking and talking, so he needs some more help - cue Dadpod Season 2!
Dave Berry's Dadpod is back by popular demand with new episodes and a range of parenting guests, weekly from November 5th!
Chris Kamara, professional footballer, manager, much-loved sports pundit, TV host and now music star tells Dave all about life juggling both a football career and a family.
Kammy’s got some hilarious stories about Roy Keane in a lift, a Chris Waddle wonder goal and getting up to mischief in Japan with Jeff Stelling.
He’s also the first grandparent to appear on Dave Berry’s Dadpod, so what does Kammy’s grandson think when he gets asked for selfies?
Plus, he tells us about the festive period in the Kamara household, with his birthday being on Christmas Day!
Chris’s debut album, Here’s To Christmas, is out NOW!
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Tim Minchin, comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist, director, multi-award winning man of many talents and father of 2, joins Dave for this episode of his Dadpod.
He’s co-written one of the best-loved musicals in recent years, Matilda, but what do Tim Minchin’s kids really think of the smash-hit phenomenon?
Tim also talks about savouring the early moments of being a Dad, why he doesn’t always share his kids’ sense of humour and Dave asks him to convey the stages of fatherhood using a child’s keyboard.
Details about Tim’s brand new TV show, Upright:
Sky Atlantic, 28th November
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Kojo Anim, star of Britain’s Got Talent, stand-up comedian and father of 1, explains to Dave Berry why becoming a father has given him a new lease of life which has led to success off and on-stage. It doesn’t take long to realise just how in love with fatherhood Kojo is.
He talks about his experiences in foster care and his incredible Aunt Sandra who raised him and why fatherhood is such a good topic for comedians and audiences to connect on. Plus, what does Kojo think of his son potentially supporting a rival football team?
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John Thomson, star of Cold Feet, the Fast Show and father of 2, joins Dave Berry for this episode of his Dadpod. Comedy legend, John, has been in the fatherhood game for 17 years now, and so Dave is keen to learn as much as possible.
John talks to Dave about growing up in an adopted family, the power of reading to his kids, and reveals what he does to annoy his children. Let’s just say, it’s quite painful!
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Rob Beckett, the hilarious comedian and father of 2, talks all things Dad with Dave Berry. Rob chats about juggling his brand new stand-up tour as well as being a father, and how being a parent has influenced his act.
Rob’s a very funny man, but how do his kids make him laugh? He tells us about how his girls have started to boss him around, the pressures of wanting to give them everything that he missed out on when growing up, and needing a tutor to keep up with their education.
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Emma Willis, TV presenter and mother of 3 tells Dave Berry what her 3 kids think of her and husband Matt’s unusual careers, how important the support she received from her father was when growing up, as well as how she was one of the first people to find out that Dave was to be a Dad.
All that plus, Dave and Emma open up about the first moments they spent as parents, and she shares some of the amazing stories from her brilliant TV series Delivering Babies!
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Simon Hooper, social media phenemenon and father of 4, joins Dave Berry in this episode of his Dadpod. They chat about how Simon has managed to balance being a Dad to 4 daughters, working a day job and entertaining over 1 million Instagram followers as Father_Of_Daughters with heart-warming pictures of everyday family life!
Along with heaps of useful Dad-vice, we find out if Simon’s girls think he’s cool with his social media stardom, why he’s decided to speak out for fathers, and whether he’s brave enough to answer the question, who’s your favourite child? His answer might surprise you!
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A little sneak preview of Dave Berry's Dadpod, showing you what you can expect in the forthcoming series. Guests will include Rob Beckett, Tim Minchin, Kojo Amin, Simon Hooper (aka @father_of_daughters) and Emma Willis!