The 39 best podcasts you need to listen to right now

The team recommends their favourite podcasts – from politics to comedy to real life stories

Podcasts are everywhere in 2018. But how do you find shows that are actually good?

To answer this question, the team has sorted the proverbial wheat from the chaff, the brilliant from the merely mediocre. We have pulled together our top recommendations – in no particular order – from podcasts that will make you laugh to podcasts that will make you cry.

Fortunately… with Fi and Jane

Nothing warms the cockles more than the sound of two incredibly sharp, intelligent and mischievous women discussing totally random things for 40 odd minutes. BBC Radio veterans Fi Glover and Jane Garvey have one special guest per episode and discuss everything from Marxism to sex positions. [ . . . ]

Read the complete list at RADIO TIMES: The 39 best podcasts you need to listen to right now


Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel set for Red Nose Day

Original cast to reunite for short film directed by Mike Newell and scripted by Richard Curtis, 25 years after release of groundbreaking comedy

Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Rowan Atkinson are among the stars confirmed to take part in a short Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel to be screened in the UK on Red Nose Day 2019.

The film, which will be directed by the original’s Mike Newell, and scripted by original screenwriter Richard Curtis, takes place 25 years after the events of the original and features yet more nuptials.

Says Curtis: “We’re all definitely older – I suspect no wiser. It’s been really enjoyable working out what’s happened to all the characters – and now they get back together for the fifth wedding. Where, as usual, not everything will go as planned.”

Continue reading at THE GUARDIAN: Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel set for Red Nose Day | Film | The Guardian

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry, Series 12, The Stressful Scone

Why do we have regional accents?

“How do accents start and where did they come from?” asks Sachin Bahal from Toronto in Canada.

Hannah is schooled in speaking Geordie by top accent coach Marina Tyndall. And Adam talks to author and acoustics expert Trevor Cox about how accents evolved and why they persist.

We meet Debie who has Foreign Accent Syndrome – an extremely rare condition in which your accent can change overnight. After a severe bout of flu, which got progressively worse, Debie’s Brummie accent suddenly transformed into something distinctively more European.

Listen to the podcast at: BBC Radio 4 – The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry, Series 12, The Stressful Scone