george ezra and friends podcast series

The Best New Podcasts

We’ve always got an ear open for a good new podcast. Here’s what to plug in to this March from the best new celebrity podcasts to a Serial-style classic crime drama:

Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

Happy Place podcast

Great advice from Dawn French, Fearne Cotton’s first interviewee on her new weekly podcast series, which launched on 5 March. For each forty-minute episode, Fearne is invited into a celebrity’s home to discuss explicitly how they find their ‘happy place’. Dawn was a fabulous first choice and Fearne is brilliant at drawing things out of her. In particular we loved their agreement about ‘faking it until you make it’, which they have both applied to many situations and Dawn having developed a strong inner voice over the years. The second interview, with Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black, is more one-dimensional but nevertheless fascinating to hear about the impending arrival of their surrogate child and hearing both their strong desires from a very early age (and practically from day one of their dating) to start a family. We can’t wait for the rest in the series; two interviews loaded weekly. Sponsored by Garnier.

George Ezra & Friends

george ezra and friends podcast series
We love George Ezra with his uniquely soulful voice. He has recently gone off piste (with his second album at least six months behind) and produced this podcast series of interviews with fellow musicians and pop stars. And it is brilliant! The interviews feel fresh, uncontrived and seemingly effortless, delivering the perfect balance between getting the guests to open up and a bit of George in there too. Ed Sheeran is the first interview and it’s a gem of a listen, as is Hannah Reid (of London Grammar). Catch Rag ‘n’ Bone Man coming soon and this week’s Craig David.

The Goop Podcast 

Goop podcast Gwyneth Paltrow
The Goop podcast launches today with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Goop editors chatting with leading thinkers, culture changers and ‘industry-disruptors’ – from doctors to creatives. Weekly from 8 March.

Dirty John

dirty podcast
First released back in September. In case you missed it then, it is a super-addictive, real-life crime drama series. Much shorter than Serial but similar in vein. It is mesmerizingly read and we promise you’ll be hooked from the first episode. A ‘freelance anaesthesiologist’ who seems too good to be true arrives suddenly and powerfully disrupts the life of successful Californian interior designer Debra Newell. Con-artist extraordinaire.




— Annie Reid
7th March 2018