My Favourite Lockdown Podcasts

So ! I’ve just discovered podcasts … I know, I’m so behind the times.

I saw an advert for Private Parts by Jamie Laing and Francis Boyle on Spotify.
I’m a big fan of Made in Chelsea, So I thought I’d give this a listen and I really enjoyed it. I was curious to see what other podcasts were on offer and what they were all about.

At first, glance though the thought of radio without music didn’t appeal to me at all. Now I’ve experienced some and found topics of interest. I’m hooked.

Of course, once you have one on your ‘listened to’ list on Spotify, it begins to generate similar suggestions to listen to based on your playlists.
From there I started to get a bit of inspiration.

I’ve listed to a fair few, which amounted to nothing more than hours of my life I will never get back, but after discovering Rosie and Chris Ramsey’s shagged, Married, Annoyed and laughed until I almost wee’d ( I did wee) I decided to give podcasts world a second chance.

As a single mum of two, homeschooling and trying to work, I do not get time for TV – or anything I like – come to think of it.
A podcast is something that I can listen to on my phone with my headphones in and potter around while I tidy up, do the washing or cook the dinner.

I say headphones because some are not for children’s ears. Do listen to them before you shout for Alexa to play them throughout the house first.

On that note, we’ll start with

Shagged, Married, Annoyed.

Hosted by comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie.

They have a lovely relationship. You can envision being with them in their living room, having a glass of wine and chatting while the kids are in bed.

It’s not for the faint-hearted though. Some of the stories they get sent in are Shocking, almost disturbing! usually sexual, but it Is absolutely hilarious. I started listening to this just after Christmas and it’s a real pick me up. Fantastic for boosting those endorphins if your feeling a bit grumpy or low

Seriously, I had to pull the car over because I was laughing so much. I have never heard the word Socket Wrench sound so funny!
I have never laughed out loud so much in my life. Sometimes it freaks the kids out. Yesterday Ella asked me if I was crying because I was chopping onions and bent double laughing.

Private parts

This Is another really funny one. Hosted by Made in Chelsea stars Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle.

If you’re into Reality TV and current affairs this is great. They have hundreds of episodes and they are still going strong by the sounds of it.

Unlike other Podcasts, where I have started from the beginning, Private Parts is better if you scroll through and look for Guests or topics that interest you the most.

Most episodes come in two parts. I have scrolled through and found guests or topics that arouse my curiosity. The duo is really funny and the banter is good! Jamie Laing, in particular, is very open and honest and not afraid to laugh at himself.

Saturn Returns

Is a podcast by Caggie Dunlop, another former made in Chelsea member.

This podcast is really helpful and as a result of listening to it, I have found others that are equally helpful. Which then lead me to a couple of other good ones.

Saturn is a more peaceful and inspirational podcast. It gives a great perspective to many aspects of life without judgement and introduced some concepts that many probably wouldn’t give a second glance to unless explained in the way Caggie does. Such as Astrology, Human Design and The phases of the mooon.

Caggie has a really Melodic voice and talks of her struggles and hurdles in her own life.

She has guests who can impark wisdom and share their stories. They talk a lot about why they do what they do and how they got there.

I have really enjoyed discovering some new insights and ways of thinking about life and learning how other people think about life. Since being in lockdown I have been really trying to work on myself and this particular podcast has been a huge help and invaluable inspiration!

How to fail

One I found from listening to Saturn Returns.
Hosted by Elizabeth Day who also wrote a book called how to fail , which I bought a while ago but haven’t had time to read yet.

She interviews a number of different successful people. Well, known entrepreneurs and artists etc.

She has been going since 2018 and so is another one with loads of episodes where you can scroll through and find guests and topics that tickle your fancy.

The concept of her inviting well-known guests onto her podcast and asking them ‘where they think they failed’ is really clever and goes very deep into their thoughts feeling and aspirations about life, sharing with us how they got to where they are, why they did, and the struggles they faced.

They’re all really interesting and When I’ve listened to ones with guests I haven’t heard of before, I have always been glad I didn’t skip past it.

Happy place

This is hosted by Fern Cotton. It isn’t dissimilar to How to fail and she has also written a book to complement the podcast called Happy.

She has weekly guests Who talk about their trials and tribulations and why they do what they do. These tend to be more mainstream stars like singers and TV personalities

It’s has a great list of interesting people openly sharing their worlds with us via the podcasts.

Sibling revelry

Hosted by Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver Hudson discussing their close relationship and interviewing other well-known siblings.

I only found this one the other day and have only listened to the first two.

It’s fascinating listening to such high profile celebs and Goldie horns children chatting casually bout their upbringing is fascinating.

In the first episode Goldie calls in and they take the call. This was so exiting.( i’m so sad)

Writers Room

This one is more niche to those interested in writing or an interest in the process behind the scenes of screenplays and Uk TV drama’s.

The podcast is by the BBC and hosted by Abigail Gonda. She gets to ask each guest 20 questions about the writing process.

The Therapy Edit

By Anna Mathur. This is a great listen in particular for lockdown. While we are all stuck at home anxious and wondering what happens next.

If your struggling to cope or just having a particularly bad day or week these 10-minute motivational therapy sessions are perfect!

You can plug yourself into for some well-needed perspective or pep talk to help you get through are absolutely fantastic.

Each session is about 10 minutes long, so you could potentially listen to one while doing the washing up, running a bath or glazed over, with your hair down, and air buds in while your son talks you through all his lego ships – Again!

Kids Podcasts

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Based on the children’s book. Inspiring stories of women who have done great things, brave, iconic activists. It’s really inspiring and the stories are fascinating.

We sometimes listen to this one in the afternoon, on a Tuesday, when we do art for home learning. The 3 of us get lost in the inspirational stories.

Ordinarily, if I ask Ella if she wants to listen to it she will just say no. It is just talking after all so not that appealing to a 6-year-old.
However, If I just put it on while she is doing some artwork or colouring, She will completely get lost in the story

Yesterday we spent the entire afternoon creating pieces of art because when I turned off the story, Ella said ” awww muuum I was listening to that ” So I pressed play and continued. We ended up with a really quite peaceful and therapeutic afternoon.

My only grievance is that It’s disappointing there isn’t the equivalent for boys. I think they could / should have combined the boys and girls tales. Boys are equally interested in /and should get the chance to learn about iconic women. Just as girls would have the opportunity to learn about iconic men.

If there was a podcast based on the book Stories for boys who dare to be different for example ( Just Saying, Ben Brooks! )

Brains on

This is another Good kids one we listen to a lot When we’re cooking or doing something creative.

It’s great for sparking curiosity with topics such as – How do animals breath underwater, What is down syndrome, Why is the ocean salty and Do plants have feelings.

It includes discussions about our own feelings. I would definitely suggest you take a look at the website. It’s really easy to use.
kids can scroll through themselves, with bold pictures and easy to read descriptions there is as a topic on there that all kids will enjoy.

The podcast also has two spin-off podcasts – Smash boom best .
This is debates by children about a random topic, like cats V Dogs or Pizza V Taco’s judged by listeners. We haven’t listened to this yet I stumbled across it while I was researching for the blog. I’m genuinely looking forward to tuning in this week. We have weird conversations like this all the time at home, so I think it will be a really good one and can probably strike up conversations within your own home!

And Forever Ago. This looks into the history of modern-day things. like the Alarm clocks, Video Games and pooh emoji. Funny and educational.

Myths and legends

This is a good one if you’re looking for stories for older children.
In the podcast world, I’ve noticed there is a lack of good stories read for older children. They all seem to be preschool or very girlie.
I was searching for something for James to listen to at night because he moaned about me putting classical sleep tunes on Spotify again – What 9-year-old boy doesn’t want to listen to classical sleep melodies? – I found this and it is a really good one for the ones who still enjoy a good story but are that little bit older.

As it sounds, a podcast dedicated to the origins behind Myths and legends. I believe there are also some other stories thrown to the mix. Like Disney and some well-known fairy tales.

I have only listened to one episode of so far ~ So please do check it out and make sure all stories are age-appropriate before you let your child listen to it.

CBeebies Radio

This is a great one for the little ones. Ella is happy to listen to this while she is playing in her room.

I will hear her singing along to the songs and making up dance moves to the well known theme tunes.

there is a new adventure for each episode and you can subscribe for updates

Julie Andrews Library

Who doesn’t want Mary Poppins to read a Story to their kids…

Make a cup of tea and put your feet up to your winning as a parent. You basically just employed Mary Poppins!


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