Top 18 Podcasts to listen to during Lockdown

Top 18 Podcasts to listen to during Lockdown

Imagine yourself sprawled across your new sofa, wrapped in a soft blanket with a warm cuppa to hand listening to a cracking podcast. 

At Swyft, we’ve collated the best podcast we’re currently listening to to help you escape the madness. From comedy and true crime to interior design and everything in between, this is our list of top podcasts to help keep you sane during this extra ordinary time. 

We know podcasts have absolutely nothing to do with furniture or sofas, but we’re in a lockdown so anything goes. 

 

INTERIORS / DESIGN 

The Great Indoors
It’s time to pull up a chair, Kate Watson-Smyth from Mad About The House and TV presenter Sophie Robinson host the Great Indoors podcast. They discuss everything and anything to do with the home. From top trends and diversity within the industry to discussions around the perfect cupboard and the secret to power of lighting. The Great Indoors has it all.  

99% Invisible 
For anything design and architecture related, 99% Invisible is the podcast to listen to. It’s a weekly deep-dive into the thought and processes behind good design. In 2017, the podcast was named as one of the "best 50 podcasts" by Time magazine. 

Style Files 
Interior designer, Paloma Caonteras talks to creative entrepreneurs about the journey of design and the design industry. Launched in April 2020, Style Files is perfect if you’re looking for an in-depth account of what goes into creating good design and the design process. It also shares a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the industry.  

Interior Style Hunter Podcast
Interior Style Hunter is an award-winning London based luxury interior design blog and podcast. Its host Grant Pierrus provides lifestyle and design inspiration. Each episode looks at all aspects of the interior design industry as well as talking to a variety of interior designers and other business leaders within the sector. 

Clever 
Hosted by Emmy-winning TV personality Amy Devers, Clever is another riveting podcast about design. Clever has “candid and revealing” conversations with those behind good design, designers. It brings people together to help us understand the thought process and meaning behind the objects they designed. 

 

COMEDY


No Such Thing as Fish 
A weekly podcast series which is produced by the researchers behind QI. Each researcher presents their favourite fact they’ve come across that week - not technically a comedy show, but it’s somewhat humorous. Here’s three of the best facts revealed on the show: 1) A person who was invisible wouldn’t be able to see anything, 2) “Twitter” was a 19th century word for an abscess on a horse’s foot and 3) Until 1848, all British passports were written in French.

Gossipmongers
Gossipmongers expose juicy pieces of gossip to the masses, and it’s brilliant. Three comedians sit around a table and read out ten items of gossip sent in by listeners. The winning story from each episode is regurgitated to those walking past the studio window. It’s silly, filthy and utterly hilarious. Warning: Strictly for over 18s. 


Elis James and John Robins
Comedians Elis James and John Robins are joined by Producer Dave (and sometimes Producer Jess) for a weekly chat show. For big laughs, stupid made-up games and all round silliness these are your guys. Also worth listening to their ‘Isolation Tapes’, recorded during the depths of Lockdown 1.0, they chat about their mundane day-to-day goings-on with a lot of laughs thrown in. 


That Peter Crouch Podcast
If you're a football fan The Peter Crouch Podcast is a must. It gives unbelievable insight into the world of a footballer. Fantastic stories, some good humour and the infamous Parched. Crouchy hosts the podcast with Radio 1's Chris Stark and sporting journalist Tom Fordyce with the odd special guest appearing.


Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.
Comedy couple Chris and Rosie Ramsey chat about their married life; from arguments to annoyances, parenting to growing up. It’s funny, relatable and refreshing. Plus, every week they answer questions from the public and celebrity guests. 


INVESTIGATIVE



The Teacher’s Pet
The Teacher’s Pet is a true crime classic. Released in 2018, it’s the perfect podcast to get your ears adjusted to. It investigates the disappearance of Lynette Dawson. Lynette was an Australian housewife who vanished in 1982 and hasn’t been found since, dead or alive. The podcast follows a similar format to Serial, the mother of all true crime podcasts, so if you’re a fan of that then this is a must-listen.   


My Mother’s Murder
Daphne Caruana Galizia was an investigative journalist in Malta, until she was assassinated in a car bomb. In an EU country, how can political assassination be allowed to happen? Daphne’s son, Paul Caruana Galizia, is on a mission to expose those behind his mother’s killing and, in doing so, created an investigative podcast which follows his journey. 


To Live and Die in LA
To Live and Die in LA is another podcast hosted by a journalist and funded by Rolling Stones magazine. It investigates the disappearance and murder of an aspiring Hollywood actress, Adea Shabani, who was last seen leaving her apartment in Los Angeles with her boyfriend in February 2018. 


The Doorstep Murder
On 28th November 2004, a man knocked on the Wilson’s front door in Nairn, a town in north-east Scotland. Veronica Wilson, a wife and mum to two boys, answers the door. The man said two words, 'Alastair Wilson’. Veronica gets her husband and then leaves them to it. Ten minutes later, three gunshots ring out and Alastair is dead. To this day, no-one has been arrested for his murder. The Doorstep Murder is another gripping crime thriller podcast which investigates an unsolved crime.  

MENTAL WELLBEING 

 

Happy Place 
Hosted by Ferne Cotton, Happy Place is a collection of interviews from experts and inspiring individuals on how to work through down periods and find happiness in our day-to-day. Ferne’s podcast builds on the success of her book HAPPY where she draws on her own experiences. It’s warm, humbling and full of wholesome goodness. 


The Adventure Podcast
The Adventure Podcast is pure escapism. It’s associated with Sidetracked magazine (the Ranulph Fiennes of the adventure publishing world), so you know you’re in good hands. The podcast tells stories of adventure and exploration or “long conversations of exploration and discovery” by inviting mountaineers, polar explorers, tree surgeons and other exceptional individuals to share their extraordinary stories about getting lost. 


The Last Bohemians
The Last Bohemians is a “podcast + portrait series profiling fearless women and maverick outsiders in arts and culture”, focussing on women who have lived vibrantly. From musicians to groupies, artists to style-icons, the Last Bohemians is a vivid collection highlighting older creative women. 


Rich Roll 
The Rich Roll podcast is one of the world’s most acclaimed podcasts. It’s a pure masterclass in personal and professional development, which sees Rich dive into everything to do with health and wellness. Each week he interviews those at the top of their game to help you “unlock your best, most authentic self”.    

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