Clara Amfo presents a podcast about London, meeting cultural figures from the capital to ask them about what the city means to them. Photo: 4th Floor Creative

The best new podcasts in the UK this March 2021

Hunting Ghislaine, celebrating middle-aged life, and Clara Amfo discovers a new London
January 27, 2021

Hunting Ghislaine, LBC

“This is a fairy story the wrong way around… where a princess becomes something of a monster herself.” That’s how John Sweeney introduces his six-part podcast about Ghislaine Maxwell, tracing her journey from the glamorous daughter of a billionaire to becoming one of the world’s most notorious figures. Sweeney doesn’t shy away from any of the sordid details of her case, but tells a thoroughly compelling story of the scandal, the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein, and how Maxwell’s upbringing may help to explain her later actions.

The Mid-Point

There are absolutely millions of podcasts about millennial life, so it’s refreshing to hear one about a slightly older generation. Gabby Logan, who, at 47, describes herself as middle-aged and unashamed, presents this BBC podcast aiming to celebrate the joys of midlife, while acknowledging its challenges. With similarly seasoned guests including Piers Morgan, Rio Ferdinand, Tess Daly, Richard Bacon and Davina McCall, topics under discussion also include nutrition, health and fitness.

This City, By Clara Amfo

A podcast about London presented by Clara Amfo, who meets cultural figures from the capital to ask them about what the city means to them, where they grew up or where they live now, and their favourite spots. In the process, she discovers secret corners of the city and surprising stories about well-known places in the Big Smoke. Among the eclectic selection of Londoners contributing are Louis Theroux, the Sugababes, Mark Ronson, writer Reni Eddo-Lodge, and footballer Alex Scott.