Podcasts are the unsung hero of recent years, giving us a chance to go screen-free whilst also keeping us captivated through everything from commuting and lunchtime walks to cleaning the kitchen and long drives. Whilst crime series Serial was the gateway podcast for a lot of us (it aired way back when in 2014), podcasts have come a long way since and you can now find them on pretty much every subject to exist ever.
We asked you guys via social media what your fave podcasts were and what you enjoyed listening to the most, and whilst scrolling through the thousands of responses, there were some that just came up over and over again.
So, without too much waffle, these are the podcasts most recommended by The Leopard readers…
Shagged Married Annoyed
For a podcast that sees the funny side in all things relationships, arguments, kids, annoyances and everything that comes with being a grown-up, then meet couple Chris and Rosie Ramsey and their award-winning podcast Shagged Married Annoyed. They launched the podcast at the kitchen table back in 2019 and now have 160 episodes under their belt as well as a book and a UK tour which sold out almost immediately. Relatable as hell and accidentally-snort-tea-out-of-your-nose funny.
Jessie Ware (the very same one who sang ‘Wildest Moments’) are her mum, Lennie, teamed up in 2017 to launch their popular podcast, Table Manners. Every week the duo get together to cook dinner and chat with a celebrity about everything from food and family. Recent guests include Candice Brathwaite, Michael Buble and Joanna Lumley.
Slay In Your Lane
Slay In Your Lane launched during lockdown and explores every day life, news and culture in the UK from a Black female perspective. It’s hosted by brilliant authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené who released a book together – called Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible – back in 2018, which is part self-help guide for Black women everywhere.
For a good dose of relatable parenting tales and LOLs, give Parenting Hell by comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe a download. It started as a lockdown hobby and a way to pass the time but is now downloaded over two million times a month. They have a celebrity guest each episode, it’s fast-paced and whilst undeniably funny, also touching in places too. Rob describes it as: “a WhatsApp group that’s got out of hand”.
My Therapist Ghosted Me
The name of the show is the true story that inspired the podcast. When comedian Joanne McNally’s therapist literally started ignoring her calls and refusing to see her she decided to start her own podcast with celeb mate Vogue Williams. The pair give their honest advice (in lieu of an actual therapist). It’s like chatting with mates and is an easy one to listen to whilst cracking on with the chores.
How To Fail
Elizabeth Day launched a podcast called ‘How To Fail with Elizabeth Day’ to tie in with the release of her book of the same name. The podcast (and the book) focuses on celebrating the things which haven’t gone right for us. In the podcast Elizabeth chats with special guests about the brilliant failures in their lives. There’s now 13 seasons and Elizabeth has interviewed everyone from Dolly Alderton to Ed Miliband.
The Adam Buxton Podcast
For a grown-up podcast that’ll somehow make you feel like a better conversationalist, give The Adam Buxton Podcast a go. As the name suggests, the podcast is the work of British comedian Adam Buxton, and focuses on the conversations between him and his friends (most of whom are famous or at least semi-heard of). Interview guests include Louis Theroux (who has been on multiple times), Caitlin Moran and Dawn O’Porter.
My Favourite Murder
For all you true-crime addicts, My Favourite Murder was by far the most popular podcast in the genre. It’s hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark who launched it back in 2016. Since then it’s gone on to cover all kinds of true crime stories, from murders to bombings, and there’s well over 300 episodes to get stuck into…
Should I Delete That?
Alex Light and Em Clarkson are both known for their no-bullshit approaches on both of their individual Instagram accounts. They break down diet-culture, fat-shaming, photo editing and everything it means to be a modern women online in 2022. They teamed up at the end of last year to co-host Should I Delete That?, which focuses on many of the same topics as their social media accounts and also brings some celebs and friends along for the chat and bants.