Rule of Three, ruleofthreepod.com
Writers and comedians talk about the comedy that had the biggest influence on them and analyse how it worked and what was so groundbreaking about it. For instance, you get Aisling Bea on Father Ted, discussing how life-changing it was for her to see Irish people laughing at themselves on TV; Lucy Prebble on When Harry Met Sally…; Charlie Brooker on Airplane!; and a lockdown special edition about the strangely prescient “Remain Indoors” sketch from That Mitchell and Webb Look.
On the Marie Curie Couch, Marie Curie
Plenty of organisations and charities have their own podcast, but not many are as creative and interesting as this one from Marie Curie. It features lots of different famous people in therapeutic conversation with bereavement support expert and social worker Jason Davidson. Guests include Alison Steadman, Jane Horrocks and Hugh Grant, all of whom talk sensitively about their own experiences of grief, and tell us their thoughts on how to cope with bereavement and serious illness.
Grounded with Louis Theroux, BBC Radio 4
Louis Theroux has launched his own interview podcast series, which is also broadcast on Radio 4. He chooses a selection of people that, he says, he’s always wanted to speak to in depth, and interviews them over Zoom in the age of social distancing. The line-up of guests is eclectic—so far there’s Boy George, Jon Ronson, Helena Bonham Carter and Lenny Henry—and as Theroux is such a distinguished interviewer, he gets more out of them than many others would.