2018 Nominees Announced / by Matt Deegan

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband gets two nominations for his politics show, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’, as does actor Cariad Lloyd’s podcast ‘Griefcast’, where comedians discuss their own stories of bereavement.
Selected by over 50 judges listening to over 1,000 hours of entries, the British Podcast Awards recognises some of the most talked-about shows of the year that will all be in contention to win; including documentary series ‘The Butterfly Effect’ by Jon Ronson and Will Young’s interview show ‘Homo Sapiens’.
The second British Podcast Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday 19th May 2018 at King’s Place in King’s Cross.
Every UK podcast is in contention to win The Listeners’ Choice Award, a category voted for directly by fans. Podcasters can direct their fans to britishpodcastawards.com/vote to back their favourites.
Last year’s award went to BBC Radio Five Live’s ‘Kermode and Mayo Film Review’, alongside a top ten comprising mostly of independent podcasts.
Brand new for 2018 is the acast Innovation Award, which recognises new approaches to the podcasting medium.
Awards Co-Creator Matt Hill says
We’re excited to welcome acast’s involvement with a great new award. If you have a product or service that is helping listeners discover new podcasts, or enhance the listening experience, this is the award for you.”
Joining acast in supporting the awards this year are RadioplayerTwitterMuddy Knees MediaPodiantWhistledownIPDTLHindenburg SystemsCreate Productions and AudibleSony Music’s 4th Floor Creative will be hosting the evening’s after show party.
Awards Co-Creator Matt Deegan says “Whether you’ve attended the Royal Wedding in the day, or not, the British Podcast Awards are the perfect place for any happy couple, or singleton for that matter, to have a great evening and celebrate a brilliant medium.”
Tickets for the awards go on sale today, and more details about the Listeners' Choice Award and acast Innovation Award are available at britishpodcastawards.com

Best Branded Content supported by Muddy Knees Media

Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places [iTunes] Fresh Air Production for Historic England

Parliament Explained  [iTunes] Fresh Air Production, for UK Parliamen

The Discovery Adventures [iTunes] Land Rove

The Penguin Podcast [iTunes] Somethin' Else [for Penguin Random House]

Women in Business [iTunes] NatWest, Pixiu, Acast & ZenithOptimedia


Best Comedy Podcast supported by Podiant

A Gay & A NonGay  [iTunes] James Barr & Dan Hudson

Babysitting Trevor  [iTunes] Dot Dot Dot Productions

Beef And Dairy Network Podcast [iTunes] Benjamin Partridge

The Political Party With Matt Forde [iTunes] Matt Forde

This Paranormal Life [iTunes] Rory Powers and Kit Grier


Best Culture

Literary Friction  [iTunes] Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman  [iTunes] Edith Bowman

The Invisible College [iTunes] Cathy FitzGerald [for BBC Radio 4]

The Two Shot Podcast [iTunes] Thomas Griffin and Craig Parkinson

Writer's Routine [iTunes] Dan Simpson


Best Current Affairs

Brexitcast [iTunes] BBC Radio and Music Production

Reasons To Be Cheerful [iTunes] Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Stop and Search With Jason Reed [iTunes] Jason Reed

The Foreign Desk [iTunes] Bill Leuty, Joleen Goffin and Andrew Mueller [for Monocle]

Weekly Economics Podcast  [iTunes] New Economics Foundation


Best Entertainment supported by Sony Music’s 4th Floor Creative

Griefcast  [iTunes] Cariad Lloyd

Nothing To Declare Podcast  [iTunes] Unedited

Probably True [iTunes] Scott Flashheart

The Butterfly Effect [iTunes] Jon Ronson [for Audible]

The It's Nice That Podcast [iTunes] Radio Wolfgang


Best Family

Dirty Mother Pukka [iTunes] Mother Pukka

Fun Kids Science Weekly [iTunes] Fun Kids

Once Upon A Time In Zombieville  [iTunes] Bigmouth Audio [for BBC Radio Scotland]

The Adoption [iTunes] The World at One [for BBC Radio 4]

The Discovery Adventures  [iTunes] Land Rover


Best Fiction

Blood Culture [iTunes] Resonance

Five Minute Folklore [iTunes] Bob Shoy

Imaginary Advice [iTunes] Ross Sutherland

Once Upon A Time In Zombieville [iTunes] Bigmouth Audio [for BBC Radio 4

The Discovery Adventures [iTunes] Land Rover


Best Interview supported by IP:DTL

Griefcast [iTunes] Cariad Lloyd

Homo Sapiens  [iTunes] Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Perfume Pioneers  [iTunes] Jo Barratt [for Somerset House]

The Allusionist [iTunes] Helen Zaltzman

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast  [iTunes] Stuart Goldsmith


Best New Podcast

Adrift with Geoff Lloyd & Annabel Port  [iTunes] Annabel Port and Geoff Lloyd

My First Time [iTunes] Sam Bonham [for VICE]

Radio Atlas [iTunes] Eleanor McDowall

Reasons To Be Cheerful [iTunes] Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

The Tip Off  [iTunes] Maeve McClenaghan


Most Original supported by Audible

Once Upon A Time In Zombieville  [iTunes] Bigmouth Audio [for BBC Radio Scotland]

Quake [iTunes] BBC Radio Drama North

Radio Atlas  [iTunes] Eleanor McDowall

The Discovery Adventures  [iTunes] Land Rover

The Poetry Exchange [iTunes] Fiona Lesley Bennett, Michael Shaeffer & Ben Hales


The Represent Award supported by Twitter

Carousel Radio [iTunes] Davot, Fran, Ewan, Jonny and Sam

I Hear Voices [iTunes] BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

Mostly Lit [iTunes] Alex Reads, Rai, Derek Owusu

Stance Podcast [iTunes] Chrystal Genesis & Heta Fell

The Backstory [iTunes] Claire Mutimer and Suzy Coulson


Best Radio Podcast supported by Radioplayer

Elis James & John Robins on Radio X Podcast  [iTunes] Radio X

Fun Kids Science Weekly [iTunes] Fun Kids

Russell Brand on Radio X Podcast [iTunes] Radio X

Short Cuts [iTunes} Falling Tree Productions [for BBC Radio 4]

The Listening Service [iTunes} Tom Service and The Listening Service Team [for BBC Radio 3]


Smartest with Whistledown Studios

Blue Planet II: The Podcast  [iTunes] Emily Knight & Becky Ripley [for the BBC]

Stop and Search With Jason Reed  [iTunes] Jason Reed

That Classical Podcast [iTunes] Kelly Harlock and Chris Bland

The Allusionist [iTunes] Helen Zaltzman

The Tip Off [iTunes] Maeve McClenaghan


Best Sport

Brian Moore's Full Contact [iTunes] Telegraph Media Group

Fight Disciples [iTunes] Fight Disciples

Quickly Kevin, will he score? [iTunesChris Scull, Michael Marden & Josh Widdicombe

The Cycling Podcast [iTunesRichard Moore, Lionel Birnie & Daniel Friebe

Who Are Ya? [iTunesBen Cartwright & David Cowlishaw


Best True Crime

Beyond Reasonable Doubt?  [iTunes] Wisebuddah [for BBC Radio 5 Live]

Murder Mile True-Crime Podcast [iTunes] Michael J Buchanan-Dunne

S'laughter: True Crime Podcast [iTunesLucy and Emma

The Assassination [iTunesOwen Bennett-Jones & Neal Razzell [for BBC World Service]

They Walk Among Us [iTunesRosanna and Benjamin Fitton