By Laura Whitmore + Mags Creative

Are you in search of your next fix of podcast recommendations? Look no further than the podCAST Castaway, the podcast about podcasts. Hosted by broadcaster, performer, chancer and podcast lover Laura Whitmore, Laura is on a mission to uncover the best podcasts out there by interviewing a celebrity guest every week about what they're listening to. Whether you're looking for podcasts about mental health, comedy, love, crime or your next fictional series to binge listen to, Laura's guests have got you covered.

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Emily Atack

Laura is joined by a good mate of hers on today’s episode of Castaway - actress, comedian and impressionist Emily Atack. You might have been introduced to Emily over a decade ago in her breakthrough role as the popular girl Charlotte Hinchcliffe on The Inbetweeners. But Emily’s career has only grown from there as she boasts an impressive CV, which includes ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ as well as her own comedy show and podcast.Laura and Emily chatted about the importance of ranting on ‘What’s Upset You Now’ and how Emily’s love of food, drinks and sun are satisfied by Alan Carr and the Off Menu podcast. Emily recalls the moments that have defined her career on the podcast 'Plot Twist' which leads to a discussion about the challenges of being a woman in the spotlight. Laura and Emily even squeeze in time to talk about Emily’s incaptivating podcast ‘Lie Detector’, where she investigates some of the most unbelievable cases of lies and dishonesty you’ve ever heard. Expect to hear lots of laughs, great podcast selections and a good old natter between mates!Emily’s recommendations:What’s Upset You Now?Alan Carr’s ‘Life’s a Beach’Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James AcasterPlot TwistListen to Emily’s podcast:Emily Atack: Lie Detector Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/06/2258m 8s

Snoochie Shy

This week, Laura is joined by a fellow broadcaster in the form of the extremely talented Snoochie Shy. Snoochie is best known for presenting her specialist rap and drill show on BBC 1Xtra. She’s also not adverse to being pushed outside of her comfort zone as she proved in the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ castle last year. Snoochie is also well versed in the podcasting sphere hosting 'Slide In' alongside Kaz and Jordan where they explore the terrifying but hysterical world of social media DMs! In this episode, Laura and Snoochie discuss important conversations from both black men and women on the 'HCPod Original' and 'The Receipts' podcasts respectively. Snoochie is also big into astrology, which is reflected in one of her choices the ‘Cancer Today’ podcast, so Laura just had to find out whether her and Snoochie’s star signs are compatible! This chat takes many turns - from foot fantasies to dressing rooms sagas - and it’s one not to be missed! Snoochie’s recommendations:Cancer TodayHCPod OriginalThe Receipts PodcastNo Behaviour Podcast6 Degrees from Jamie and SpencerListen to Snoochie’s podcast:Slide In with Snoochie, Kaz and Jordan Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/05/2241m 32s

Pandora Sykes

As we continue to dive into the world of podcast recommendations, who would be better to ask than one of the queens of podcasting herself, Pandora Sykes! Pandora is an acclaimed journalist and author-turned-podcaster. Laura chatted to Pandora about her multitude of podcasts, ‘The Missing’, ‘Doing It Right’ and of course ‘The High Low’ which she presented alongside best friend Dolly Alderton and cultivated a massive following (Laura couldn’t resist asking if it will ever return…!) Pandora also talked about the role ‘The Week Unwrapped’ plays in keeping her up to date with the latest news stories, the fascinating cat-fishing scandal ‘Sweet Bobby’ and a moment between Adam Buxton and Louis Theroux that Pandora holds close to her heart.Pandora’s recommendations:The Adam Buxton PodcastFortunately… with Fi and Jane The Week Unwrapped- with Olly MannSweet BobbyListen to Pandora’s podcasts & audio documentaries:The High LowPieces of BritneyDoing It Right with Pandora SykesThe Missing Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/05/2250m 52s

Ovie Soko

Today’s episode welcomes the very first Love Islander into the Castaway ranks - the brilliant Ovie Soko! Ovie captured the hearts of the nation on Love Island and since then he’s modelled, started his advice-driven podcast ‘Ask Ovie’ and still finds time to play professional basketball for the Shiga Lakestars in Japan. Naturally, Ovie brought some brilliant podcast suggestions to the table, including the food based Off Menu, sharing how the hosts reacted to some of his questionable choices when he was a guest on the podcast. Ovie also divulges his love for ‘Who We Be Talks’ and chats about the important role the podcast plays in promoting the best in Black British music, fashion and culture. Laura and Ovie also found time to talk about podcasts stateside, the business savvy ‘Earn Your Leisure’ and the captivating conversations that unravel on ‘Drink Champs’. An episode full of Castaway firsts today! Ovie’s recommendations:Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James AcasterWho We Be TALKS_Earn Your LeisureDrink ChampsListen to Ovie’s podcast:Ask Ovie Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/05/2251m 6s

Stephanie Beatriz

Welcome back to a brand new series of Castaway! And what could be better than kicking off with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Encanto star Stephanie Beatriz who is also something of a true crime aficionado! As well as sharing recommendations from across the pond including ‘My Favourite Murder’ and ‘True Crime & Cocktails’, Stephanie also talks about narrating her own podcast series ‘Twin Flames’, a chilling tale of how a couple orchestrated a cult that ruined people’s lives. Along the way, Stephanie shares stories of her incredible career and why she feels proud to be voicing a diverse Disney princess which has helped widen the perceptions of countries like Colombia. Stephanie’s recommendation ‘Celebrity Book Club’ also invites Laura and Stephanie to talk about the portrayal of women in the media and a curiosity for uncovering the real stories behind some of the most iconic women in showbiz. We know you’ll love this one - it’s the start of a brand new season jam packed with juicy podcast recommendations to sink your teeth into! Stephanie’s recommendations:My Favourite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia HardstarkTrue Crime & CocktailsCelebrity Book Club with Chelsea Devantez Listen to Stephianie’s podcast:Twin Flames Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/05/2243m 56s


It's been said that laughter is the best kind of therapy and in today's roundup we'll be sharing recommendations from a host of celebrity guests on all things comedy. And boy, did we have some excellent recommendations over the past four series! From satirical style shows to overheard hilarious conversations with friends; we'll be going back over some of the shows that had some of our guests chuckling including Iain Stirling, Tan France, Evanna Lynch, Giovanna Fletcher, Jamie Laing, Gemma Styles, Jordan North and Edit Bowman.Shows included in the episode are:The Adam Buxton PodcastThree Girls One KeithMy Dad Wrote A PornoSh*gged Married AnnoyedPrivate PartsThe Chris Moyles ShowDear Joan & JerichaOff Menu Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/09/2144m 22s


If you’re someone who feels like you’re cheating on music with podcasts, then look no further as we marry the best of both worlds by taking a deep dive into all things musical! Laura will explore the very best music podcasts out there with a star studded panel including Clara Amfo, Daisy Lowe, Edith Bowman, Dermot O’Leary, Frankie Bridge and Niall Horan.Shows included in the episode are:Hip Hop Saved My LifeAnd The Writer Is...The HangSong ExplodeSoundtrackingTeenage Mixtape with Joel Dommett and Steve DunneGeorge Ezra & Friends Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/09/2144m 6s


In this episode, we’re sharing some of the most juicy and delicious podcasts out there; today we’ll bring to you all the mouth watering shows that get us in the mood for food. Our foodie loving guests today are Jessie Ware (and a little bit of Lennie too), Tan France, Evanna Lynch and Joss Stone.Shows included in the episode are:Table MannersOff MenuThe ChickpeepsDeliciously Ways to Feel Better Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/09/2126m 25s

Pop Culture

Today's popular culture episode encompasses, well, a little bit of everything - from famous faces, to cult classics, and dare I say .. podcasts! This is one for the pop culture obsessives as we celebrate the great recommendations from pop culture fans, Dolly Alderton, Gi Fletcher, Jordan North, Deborah Frances White, Emma Gannon, Hannah and Suruthi from Red Handed, and Jamie Laing. Enjoy!Shows included in the episode are:Here's The Thing with Alec BaldwinDavid Tennant Does a Podcast With…Chris Evans' “How To Wow”Fake Doctors, Real FriendsThe Best Pick Movie PodcastAwards Chatter The Hollywood ReporterBack IssueConan O'Brien Needs a Friend Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/09/2145m 39s

Investigative Journalism

This week Katherine Ryan, Lance Bass, Nicola Coughlan, Rankin, Munroe Bergdorf, Jessie Ware and Kate Thornton are sharing their top listening recommendations - through the lens of gripping, hard-hitting investigative journalism. For investigative journalists, podcasts offer a space for storytelling like no other, a place to uncover mysteries, learn about some of the most fascinating people in society, and shine a light on some of the most scandalous moments to date. So join Laura as she shares the juiciest real life dramas and the voices that go about uncovering them.Shows included in the episode are:Missing Richard SimmonsS-TownThe Mystery ShowLast Days of AugustTiger KingDolly Parton’s AmericaThe Dropout Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/09/2143m 30s

Self Help

There’s a real power in podcasts that make you feel less alone. So many of the shows that have been discussed on Castaway have helped our guests through their darkest and most difficult times. And so, today’s episode is dedicated to those conversations of vulnerability and truth. We’ll hear recommendations from an incredible list of fellow podcast-lovers including Daisy Lowe, Jessie Ware, Annie Mac, Gemma Styles, Tan France, and Emma Gannon.Shows included in the episode are:Happy PlaceUnlocking UsSuper Soul SundayNature Therapy PodcastOn BeingHow To Fail with Elizabeth Day Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/08/2139m 35s

Sex and Relationships

Ready to get a little hot under the collar? Today we’ll be sharing some recommendations from that all important genre: sex and relationships... In this episode we hear podcast recommendations from Giovanna Fletcher, Evanna Lynch, Dolly Alderton, Gemma Styles, Clara Amfo, Irene Agbontaen and Jordan North so tune in to hear what our celebrity guests over the past four seasons have recommended when it comes to all things sex and relationships. Shows included in the episode are:Thirst aid kitThe Receipts PodcastAuthentic SexGuys We FuckedLove StoriesWhere should we beginHelp I sexted my boss Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/08/2142m 59s

True Crime

In this week’s episode, we’re going to explore the dark and nefarious world of true crime, one of the most popular genres of podcasting. What is our fascination with getting every grisly detail from a true crime pod? Here to help answer that question and scratch that itch with some of their own podcast recommendations on the matter are today's gore and law loving line up: Hannah & Suruthi from Red Handed Podcast, Frankie Bridge, Munroe Burgdorf, Lance Bass and Sara Pascoe.Shows included in the episode are:All Killa No FillaMy Favourite MurderCultsSerialRoot of Evil Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/08/2131m 26s


We're back for a special summer series of Castaway, kicking off the first episode by celebrating some of the incredible shows and, of course, women that are at the forefront of feminism in the podcast universe. We'll hear from Munroe Bergdorf, Deborah Frances-White, Jordan North, Katherine Ryan and Irene Agbontaen about their favourite feminism related shows.Shows included in the episode are:The Gurls Talk PodcastThe Guilty Feminist‎Football, Feminism & Everything in BetweenThe Receipts Podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/08/2125m 20s

Gemma Styles

In the last episode of this series of Castaway - Laura speaks to fellow podcaster, the brilliant Gemma Styles. Gemma’s podcast ‘Good Influence’, covers a range of different topics from climate change to therapy, food waste to sustainable fashion. On today’s episode, Laura asks Gemma how she’s found life as an influencer, her love of food and some of the causes she’s really championing through her podcast recommendations. Some of Gemma’s choices included some first timers here on Castaway like Nature Therapy and Remember Who Made Them, to some firm favourites like How To Fail and Off Menu.Gemma’s podcast recommendations include:Good Influence (Gemma's podcast)Off MenuLove StoriesRemember Who Made ThemHow to FailNature Therapy podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/04/2148m 43s

Hannah & Suruthi from RedHanded Podcast

In this episode of Castaway, Laura welcomes Hannah and Suruthi, the hosts of RedHanded podcast. The duo discuss their fateful meeting at a party where they bonded over their love of True Crime which led to their spontaneous decision of launching a podcast together. Millions of downloads later, they haven’t looked back. In this episode, Laura speaks with Hannah and Suruthi about some other true crime recommendations such as The Root of Evil Podcast and The Forgotten: Women of Juarez. Some Castaway favourites are also mentioned including The Blindboy Podcast and Back Issue which tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture.Hannah and Suruthi’s podcast recommendations include:Red HandedRoot of Evil PodcastBack Issue - Tracy Clayton & Josh GwynnThe Blindboy PodcastHarmonTownForgotten: Women of JuarezThe Creep DrivePod Save America Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/04/2157m 23s

Jordan North

Laura goes back to her jungle roots, as she welcomes latest I’m A Celebrity! star - Jordan North. The BBC Radio 1 presenter speaks about his experience in the Wales-version of ‘the jungle’ and his iconic moments that won the nation's hearts on the show. Jordan, who has his own podcast called 'Help I Sexted My Boss' with etiquette expert William Hanson, also brings some new recommendations to Castaway, including Football Feminism and everything in between, The Chris Moyles Show and How To Wow with Chris Evans. Jordan’s podcast recommendations include:Help I Sexted My Boss (Jordan's podcast)Football Feminism and everything in betweenThe Chris Moyles ShowHow To Wow - Chris Evans Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/04/2152m 33s

The Vivienne

This week on Castaway, Laura is joined by the winner of Series 1 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK - The Vivienne. As Laura goes through Viv’s podcast choices, we learn a couple of her surprising interests. Whether that be her passion for Jurassic Park or Theme Parks, The Vivienne talks about her childhood explaining why she has a special place in her heart for them. Laura also discusses The Vivienne’s life in drag, and how the last few years have treated her since she’s flown into the spotlight. Full of lightness, laughter and a great chat, we hope you love this episode.The Vivienne’s podcast recommendations:Fancy a Brew (The Vivienne's podcast)Girl Group Gossip with Cheryl HoleThe Theme Park DuoThe Jurassic Park PodcastSibling RivalryStraight Talk With Ross Matthews Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/03/2158m 46s

Annie Macmanus

This week on Castaway, Laura speaks to fellow podcast lover, broadcaster and house music icon - Annie Macmanus. Known to many as Annie Mac, Annie shares with Laura why she’s keen to step away from 'Annie Mac' and prefers these days to be known by her full name instead. Its this change that sparked Annie’s curiosity in moments that change us, and led to her releasing her podcast series Changes - which the two talk about. Of course Annie also shares some of her favourite shows including, Literary Friction podcast, Nice White Parents to On Being podcast.Annie’s podcast recommendations include:Changes (Annie’s Podcast)Literary FrictionOn BeingNice White ParentsBlindboyGrounded with Louis Theroux Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/03/2150m 53s

Tan France

Today’s episode of Castaway features the wonderfully optimistic, hilarious and oh-so-stylish Tan France. One fifth of our favourite fab five - Tan has been teaching us all on how to live more stylishly; whether that’s through his makeover looks in Queer Eye or his wardrobe advice in Next In Fashion. Put simply, Tan is one of TV’s golden treasures. On today’s episode, Laura speaks to Tan about his rise to stardom following his move to LA when he was just 17, as well as how no one at Queer Eye expected it to become such a part of our zeitgeist. When it comes to pods, Tan shares how he discovered Jessie Ware’s music through her successful ‘Table Manners’. Tan also chats about some of the shows he’s devoured including his friend Conan O’Brien hosting ‘Conan O’Brian Needs A Friend’ and one of Laura's personal favourites - ‘Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions’.Tan’s podcast recommendations include:Super Soul SundayConan O'Brien Needs A FriendThree Girls One KeithTable MannersAnna Farris Is UnqualifiedArmchair Expert Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/03/211h 2m

Edith Bowman

This week on Castaway Laura was virtually welcomed into Edith Bowman’s home. A fellow presenter, music lover and podcast addict - Laura and Edith chat about Edith's die hard (pun intended!) love of films, which led to launching her incredibly successful podcast ‘Soundtracking’ back in 2016. On today’s episode, Edith shares her favourite shows, which include the music and lyrics podcast ‘Song Exploder’, the fictional agony aunt duo ‘Dear Joan & Jericha’, and longtime best-of-british show ‘The Adam Buxton podcast’. Filled with Edith’s favourite celebrity interview moments, this episode is a corker.Edith's podcast recommendations include:SoundtrackingAdam Buxton’s PodcastDear Joan & JerichaTable MannersMarc Maron WTFSong Exploder Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/03/2155m 6s


In this new season of Castaway - Laura Whitmore is back and joined by some very special guests for Season 4. In this first episode, Laura speaks to KSI, YouTuber, Pro-Gamer, Boxer or as Laura says 'someone who does it all'. With a cool 33 million followers to his name and over a decade of content creation, KSI is now making waves in the music scene, his latest single 'Don't Play' with Anne-Marie reached number 2 in the UK charts earlier this year. Laura unpicks KSI's podcast listening habits as he brings a whole new list of YouTube native shows to our ears. An episode not to miss!KSI's recommendations include:True GeordieNo JumperWhat’s Good PodcastWafflin Podcast Happy Hour Podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/02/2144m 9s

Dolly Alderton

We're wrapping up this season with an incredibly influential podcaster and author Dolly Alderton. Before announcing the end of the much-loved show The High Low, Laura had a chance to pick the brains of one of the most successful British podcast hosts about what podcasts she loves to listen to - from Fortunately with Fi and Jane - to the lighthearted Adam Buxton Podcast. Laura also speaks with Dolly about her her most recent novel - Ghosts. A warm, interesting and eloquent conversation between two podcast lovers. Podcasts in this episode include: Fortunately with Fi and Jane The High Low Guys we fucked Here's The Thing Soul Music The Adam Buxton Podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/12/2042m 33s

Joss Stone

In this week's episode of CASTaway, Laura welcomes Joss Stone - host of her debut podcast series A Cuppa Happy. Following a hugely successful music career and a world tour, Joss has now turned to podcasting interviewing the likes of Boy George and Wim Hof and unpicking what it is to be happy. Joss also shares some of her podcast favourites, including the likes of The Deliciously Ella Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience and Stuff You Should Know - this episode has something for you all! Podcasts in this episode include: Stuff You Should Know with Chuck and Josh - Carrots Episode A Cuppa Happy The Joe Rogan Experience The Deliciously Ella Podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/12/2041m 3s

Emma Gannon

Today Laura is joined by OG podcaster, author and journalist - Emma Gannon. Emma started out the hugely popular Ctrl Alt Delete podcast back in 2016 and has been interviewing guests such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Ava DuVernay and Gillian Anderson on their careers and the choices they have made ever since. From the wonderfully warm and conversational shows like Nobody Panic to the thought provoking like Brene Brown's Unlocking Us and In Writing with Hattie Crisell, Emma shares the podcasts that saw her through this very strange year. Laura and Emma also chat about Emma's brilliant debut novel - Olive. Podcasts in this episode include: Nobody Panic Call Your Girlfriend Unlocking Us - Brene Brown Awards Chatter podcast In Writing - Hattie Crisell Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/12/2059m 58s

Evanna Lynch

You might know our guest from her break out role as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter - and more recently, host of The Chickpeeps podcast. Laura is joined by fellow Irishwoman Evanna Lynch. Evanna’s recommendations are wonderfully varied including Not Today, Thank You with Jake Yapp, Juliet Allen in Authentic Sex and The Yikes Podcast with Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker - that talk about all those Yikes moments going on in the world right now. Laura and Evanna also chat about her vegan podcast The Chickpeeps which has had the likes of Fearne Cotton and fellow Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright share their passion for plant-based. Podcasts in this episode include: The Chickpeeps The Yikes Podcast Not Today, Thank You by Jake Yapp Authentic Sex by Juliet Allen My Dad Wrote A Porno The Blindboy Podcast Anna Farris Unqualified Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/12/2048m 0s

Jessie Ware

In this episode, Laura is joined by singer-songwriter, podcast royalty and co-host of the Table Manners podcast - Jessie Ware. The pair discuss what inspired Jessie to start the podcast as well as how the podcast has became an outlet from her music. Jessie talks about the podcasts she listened to whilst in lockdown, including Dolly Parton’s America as well as other prolific podcasts like such as The Guilty Feminist, Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces, Human by Jess Mills and How To Fail with Elizabeth Day. Podcasts in this episode includes: Table Manners Dolly Parton’s America Keep It! The Guilty Feminist Distraction Pieces Human with Jess Mills How To Fail with Elizabeth Day Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/10/2052m 36s

Irene Agbontaen

In this week’s episode, Laura is joined by podcaster and entrepreneur, Irene Agbontaen. Host of TTYA Talks (aka Taller Than Your Average) Irene started the podcast back in 2015 as “an inclusive space for the excluded girl”. Together Laura and Irene talk about 2020 being a transformational year in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as some of Irene's favourite black hosted podcasts. Irene's choices includes the hilarious Receipts Podcast, the prolific ancillary podcast to Reni Eddo Lodge’s book About Race podcast and the New York based culture podcast The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle West. Podcasts referenced in the conversation includes: TTYA Talks Receipts Podcast About Race with Rene Eddo Lodge The Read  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/10/2043m 22s

Rosie Ramsey

On today's episode, Laura speaks to co-host of Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed, Rosie Ramsey as the pair discuss the incredible journey of Rosie & Chris Ramsey’s award winning series. As a busy mother of two, Rosie shares how the podcasts Scummy Mummies, and Happy Mum Happy Baby have kept her occupied as well as Rosie's love for true crime podcasts, why they are so gripping, and what attracts us all as humans to listen. Rosie also shares that the podcast ‘Serial’ ignited her love for this genre and led her to podcasts such as Man In The Window and Girl Taken. Podcasts in this episode include: Man In The Window Scummy Mummies Happy Mum Happy Baby Blood Ties Girl Taken Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/10/2056m 2s

Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist)

Welcome back podcast lovers! Kicking off Season 3 of Castaway is the Queen of Podcasting - Deborah Frances-White. Laura and Deborah discuss the incredible journey of The Guilty Feminist, as well as Deborah’s lockdown favourites including nostalgia podcast with Scrubs actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison Fake Doctors Real Friends, film review podcast Best Pick and some juicy sex and relationship podcasts including You'll Do and award-winning Brown Girls Do It Too - amongst many more. As Deborah takes us through her list of recommendations, as ever, the conversation finds its way to topics such as feminism, sexuality, race and antiracism, as well as some of Deborah’s career highlights. Podcasts referenced in the conversation includes: The Guilty Feminist Fake Doctors Real Friends Best Pick Catherine and Sarah - You'll Do Brown Girls Do It Too Have You Heard George's Podcast We're Having A Moment by Baratunde Thurston Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/10/2049m 14s

Clara Amfo

On this final episode of season 2 of Castaway, Laura speaks with radio presenter, passionate music-lover and her good mate Clara Amfo. Clara talks about her own podcast 'This City' which celebrates stories from some of London's most recognisable names, as well as sharing her incredibly diverse podcast selection. This includes the pop culture podcast Who Weekly as well as Thirst Aid Kit which inspires a great discussion between Laura and Clara around their celebrity crushes and why it's okay for women to embrace their desires.Podcasts in this episode include:This CityHip Hop Saved My Life‎And The Writer Is...with Ross GolanWho WeeklyThirst Aid KitDissect Podcast (Beyonce series)Daddy Issues with Angharad George-CareyTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Award, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/05/2054m 40s

Kate Thornton

On this week's episode, Laura chats to the brilliant Kate Thornton who is a true podcast addict. Kate, who started off in journalism and made her mark as the youngest-ever editor of Smash Hits magazine, chats to Laura about her journey in getting to this position and some of the famous faces she's met in her career. In amongst this, Laura and Kate talk through all things podcasts including Kate's own podcast White Wine Question Time, why she believes in the power of therapy taking inspiration from Esther Perel and why she couldn't stop listening to real life drama series The Dropout.Podcasts in this episode includes:Full Disclosure with James O'BrienScroobius Pip's Distraction PiecesDavid Tennant Does A PodcastWhere Should We Begin?The DropoutWhite Wine Question TimeTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/05/2052m 10s

Katherine Ryan

On today's episode, Laura gets Castaway with Canadian comedian, writer, presenter, and now actress Katherine Ryan. In this conversation, Katherine talks about the power in using creative outlets like podcasts to explore issues that aren't often spoken about - sharing her own experience of pregnancy loss on her podcast 'Telling Everybody Everything'. Katherine also tells Laura how she's coping in lockdown with her childhood sweetheart and 4 dogs, as well as why she misses the buzz from stand up with a live audience. Laura and Katherine also chat about the right to reply with hecklers, why Katherine is a big fan of Gemma Collins (who, in her words, is the UK version of Mariah Carey!) as well as some brilliant podcast recommendations thrown in such as Emily Dean's Walking The Dog and the mystery podcast of Missing Richard Simmons.Podcasts in this episode include:How Was Your Week with Julie KlausnerHaving Funlessness with Jen KirkmanThe Gemma Collins PodcastWalking The Dog with Emily DeanMissing Richard SimmonsTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/05/2049m 13s

Jordan Stephens

On this week's episode, Laura speaks to the open book that is Jordan Stephens. Jordan found fame as one-half of the duo Rizzle Kicks and has gone on to host two brilliant podcasts about mental health. In this conversation, Jordan tells Laura why he believes that 'honesty is medicine' and why he's drawn to podcasts that delve into the human psych from leaders such as Russell Brand and Brené Brown. Laura and Jordan also talk about cancel culture, the evolution of celebrity and why Jordan has resorted to chatting with his dog in lockdown!Podcasts in this episode include:WHOLE TRUTHKilling ItUnlocking Us with Brené BrownThe Adam Buxton PodcastUnder the Skin with Russell Brand is available every week only on vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/05/2051m 4s

Munroe Bergdorf

On today's episode of Castaway, Laura welcomes transgender activist, model and journalist Munroe Bergdorf. In this conversation, Munroe tells Laura about finding her voice and using it to fight against unfair judgements of women, as well as why Gurls Talk Podcast host Adwoa Aboah has been a big support to her. Munroe's podcast choices reveal her fascination with cults and the people who find themselves becoming cult leaders, as well as her view on Tiger King's Carole Baskin (...and spoiler alert, it may not be what you think...!)Podcasts in this episode include:Gurls TalkFeminists Don't Wear PinkCultsThis is Actually HappeningJoe Exotic: Tiger KingTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/04/2047m 5s

Frankie Bridge

This week on Castaway, Laura chats to podcaster, bestselling author of 'Open', member of The Saturdays and presenter, Frankie Bridge. Frankie chats about her TikTok sessions with husband Wayne during this time at home, as well as how she, like the rest of us, can find herself negatively comparing herself to others on social media. Laura and Frankie also speak about how Frankie's band mate Mollie was her first guest on her own podcast 'Open Mind' and how Mollie has been a massive support to Frankie when she had mental health struggles on tour. With some brilliant recommendations of 'Teenage Mixtape' with Joel Dommett and Steve Dunne, and Giovanna Fletcher's 'Happy Mum Happy Baby' podcast, this is a refreshingly open conversation between two friends.Podcasts in this episode include:SerialOpen MindHappy Mum Happy BabyTeenage MixtapeIs It Just Me?Ctrl Alt DeleteTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/04/2050m 11s

Jamie Laing

In this week's episode, Laura chats with fellow podcaster, Made In Chelsea star and Candy Kittens founder - Jamie Laing. Jamie shares how his podcast Private Parts, which is now on its 160th episode, has given him a chance to show his real self, completely unfiltered. Jamie and Laura also bond over their fascination with unsolved mystery podcasts, as well as their shared love of Paul Rudd. This selection, along with the odd box set recommendation thrown in from Laura and Jamie will help see listeners through the next few weeks at home.Podcasts in this episode include:Private PartsConan O'Brien Needs a FriendMissing Richard SimmonsBelievedReply AllTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/04/2058m 9s

Nicola Coughlan

This week, Laura is joined by the Irish actress best known for playing Clare Devlin in Derry Girls - Nicola Coughlan. Laura and Nicola share their experiences of moving to London with big dreams and the reality of feeling lonely. Nicola also talks about dealing with knock backs in the industry and how she was actually working at an opticians and living at her parents house when an open call audition gave her her big break. As ever, Laura and Nicola talk about the podcasts Nicola loves including Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness podcast and the Mystery Show, as well as the mystery of Laura's missing matching socks!Podcasts in this episode include:Duvet Days PodcastGetting Curious with Jonathan Van NessMystery ShowRuPaul: What's the Tee?Call Chelsea PerettiTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/04/2047m 38s

Nicola Roberts

This week, Laura is joined by former Girls Aloud singer, latest winner of The Masked Singer and her good friend Nicola Roberts. In this conversation, Nicola shares her favourite podcasts including Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations and The Imposters Club which prompts a really interesting discussion about the impact of the media on Nicola's mental health after she won Popstars The Rivals and how both Laura and Nicola struggle with Imposter Syndrome at times. Just a heads-up, this episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago in a studio, right before the UK went into full lockdown as a result of Covid-19.Podcasts in this episode include:Problem SolversOprah's SuperSoul ConversationsThe Imposters ClubTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/04/2040m 18s

Niall Horan

In this week’s episode, Laura is joined by fellow Irishman and one fifth of the biggest boy band of all time One Direction, Niall Horan. Since his One Direction days, Niall has enjoyed a stellar solo career having just released his latest (chart-topping!) album 'Heartbreak Weather'. As a recent podcast evangelist, Niall invited Laura to his apartment in London to chat everything podcasts over a cuppa, as well how he finds the time between songwriting and busy tour life. From the dulcet tones of Peter Crouch in the Peter Crouch Podcast, to George Ezra and Friends, let's get Castaway with Niall Horan.Podcasts mentioned in this week's podcast include:Peter Crouch PodcastGeorge Ezra and FriendsTable Manners with Jessie WareTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/03/2047m 16s

Lance Bass

In this week's episode, we're joined by a fellow stateside podcast enthusiast - Lance Bass. As NSYNC's very own, Lance talks about what it was like having to keep his sexuality private whilst rising to fame, and how he's now found happiness with his husband. Lance also shares how hosting The Daily Podcast has taught him the art of listening and how he gave Hollywood starlet Anna Faris the inspiration to launch her own podcast. Podcasts mentioned in this weeks’ podcast include: The Daily Podcast with Lance Bass Unqualified with Anna Faris S-Town Dirty John My Favorite Murder Sibling Rivalry with Oliver and Kate Hudson Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/03/2044m 24s

Dermot O'Leary

Welcome back podcast lovers! Kicking off Season 2 of Castaway is Dermot O'Leary whose diverse podcast choices range from Edith Bowman's Soundtracking - which celebrates the incredible music in films - to Krishnan Guru-Murthy's refreshingly honest interview technique on Ways to Change the World. Laura learns about Dermot's passion for politics as well as discovering that he initially set out to become an actor before his curiosity for interviewing interesting people took over. Laura and Dermot also chat about the inspiration Dermot's own podcast titled 'People, Just People' which includes guests such as Fleabag's Andrew Scott and former Labour leader Ed Miliband.Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:People, Just PeopleHere's the ThingSoundtracking with Edith BowmanFootballistically ArsenalWe Have Ways of Making You TalkWays to Change the WorldThe Two Shot PodcastTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/03/2050m 39s

Jada Sezer

Today's guest is a model, body positive and mental health campaigner, activist, podcaster and last month's cover of Women's Health magazine - Jada Sezer. On this week's episode, Laura and Jada talk about their shared infatuation with Oprah, why Jada's love of Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin? podcast reflects her curiosity in human relationships, as well as Jada’s shock at Laura's 53,000 unread emails!Podcasts referenced in this conversation include:UnsubscribeSuper Soul SundayOprah's Master ClassWhere Should We Begin? - Esther PerelThe DailyPivotProject Body Love To vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/12/191h 3m

Kelly Holmes

A first for Castaway as this week welcomes the show's first ever Dame! Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes is a double Olympic champion, honorary colonel in the army, author, mental health campaigner and podcast host of 'What Do I Do? Mental Health and Me.' Together Laura and Kelly discuss embracing vulnerability and failure, what the word feminism means to Kelly, proudly ageing ungracefully... and bathroom bagpipe sessions with Alistair Campbell.Podcasts referenced in this conversation include:What Do I Do? Mental Health and MeConversations of InspirationThe Guilty FeministHappy PlaceHow To Fail With Elizabeth DayTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Sara Pascoe

This week, Laura interviews comedian, bestselling author, dog lover and fellow podcast host Sara Pascoe. As a self-confessed 'murderino', Sara shares how she listens to murder podcasts with her boyfriend right before bed (the more gruesome the murder, the quicker she falls asleep!). Laura and Sara chat about their dogs Mick and Mouse, as well as all things sex power money inspired by Sara's passion for breaking down taboos in her own podcast.Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:My Favorite MurderCasefileNo Such Thing As a FishSex Power MoneyAll Killa No FillaCreature FeatureTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/11/1957m 17s


Today's interview is recorded in the London studio of British photographer and film director Rankin, in amongst a busy shoot day. He has photographed everyone from David Bowie to Kate Moss and THE Queen (yes, the actual Queen). He created the publications Dazed and Confused and Hunger as well as Rankin Film. In this episode, Rankin shares how his podcast selection is driven by his love of gripping, real life stories and his fascination with the darker side of humanity. Think Serial, Slow Burn and The Last Days of August. He also talks about the dark side of social media, how it will effect the new generation of photographers and why he doesn’t have to deal with rush hour traffic!Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:The Last Days of AugustUnder The Skin with Russell BrandSerialDavid Tennant Does A PodcastSlow BurnTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/11/1957m 33s

Giovanna Fletcher

This week, Laura is welcomed into the home of presenter, actress, bestselling novelist and podcast host Giovanna Fletcher. They chat about running marathons (...well 10K and half marathons which are just as impressive!), G’s yellow sofa and their insatiable love of a good cushion, writing books, David Tennant, relationships before and after children and why Giovanna launched her podcast Happy Mum Happy Baby to help other women feel less alone in motherhood. They also laugh a lot.Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:Happy Mum, Happy BabyRunPodDavid Tennant Does a PodcastSh**ged Married AnnoyedWhere Should We Begin? with Esther PerelCtrl Alt DeleteTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/11/1953m 29s


Recorded backstage at the London Irish Centre, today's podcast features one half of Irish rap duo The Rubberbandits, Blindboy. With over a million worldwide listeners tuning in to his own podcast every month, Blindboy shares why he believes that we're in the midst of a podcast boom. Laura and Blindboy also chat about listening to podcasts as a form of mindfulness, the role of democratic podcasting in society and the influence of platforming voices and opinions - both positive and potentially harmful - in the world.Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:The Blindboy PodcastThe Joe Rogan ExperienceThis American LifeIrish history podcastTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/10/1942m 35s

Daisy Lowe

On today's episode, Laura speaks with model Daisy Lowe about interviewing her mum on her own podcast Femme, her unconventional childhood growing up in the spotlight and how podcasts such as Fearne Cotton's Happy Place have guided her through a time when she was struggling with her own mental health. Daisy's podcast choices reveal her love of Gregory Porter, her passion for getting to the heart of the story and her openness to vulnerability.Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:Femme by Daisy LoweThe Hang with Gregory PorterGetting Curious with Jonathan Van NessUnder the Skin with Russell BrandHappy Place by Fearne Cotton To vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/10/1938m 58s

Iain Stirling

Laura kicks off her debut podcast with comedian Iain Stirling as her first guest. Together, Laura and Iain discuss their shared love of Kathy Burke, why Iain was a podcast fan before it was cool to listen to podcasts and the story behind Iain’s podcast named after his book 'Not Ready to Adult Yet'. Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:Not Ready To Adult Yet by Iain StirlingThe Adam Buxton Podcast by Adam BuxtonDistraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius PipRichard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre PodcastDesert Island Discs by BBC Radio 4Elis James and John Robins on Radio X PodcastTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/10/1945m 3s

Introducing Castaway

Are you in search of your next fix of podcast recommendations? Look no further than the podCAST Castaway, the podcast about podcasts. Hosted by broadcaster, performer, chancer and podcast lover Laura Whitmore, Laura is on a mission to uncover the best podcasts out there by interviewing a celebrity guest every week about what they're listening to. Whether you're looking for podcasts about mental health, comedy, love, crime or your next fictional series to binge listen to, Laura's guests have got you covered. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/10/192m 18s
Heart UK