32 incredible podcasts you should be listening to
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We here at WOW247 are podcast addicts, so we thought it’d be a good idea to share some of our favourite shows with you. Comedy podcasts, film podcasts, TV podcasts – there’s a wealth of top listening material just waiting to be uncovered.

Now, for the list – and let us know what you listen to on Twitter or Facebook.

Comedy

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1. The Bugle
John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight) and crazy-haired satirist Andy Zaltzman tackle the issues of the week in this reliably sharp-shooting show. You’d expect no less from two titans of political comedy.
iTunes / Website

2. Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Comedian Richard Herring talks to guest about their life, work, and whether they’d rather have a hand made out of ham, or an armpit that dispensed sun-cream. His ramshackle style can be laugh-out-loud funny, so be prepared to draw a few funny looks.
iTunes / Website

3. Nerdist
Comedian Chris Hardwick interviews stars as big as the likes of Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, and Tom Hanks.
iTunes / Website

4. Infinite Monkey Cage
Hosted by Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, this insightful Radio 4 Show approaches the complex issues of science and philosophy in an irreverent, banter-heavy format. Ince’s regular cajoling of Cox for his legions of female fans and youthful looks is the running joke.
iTunes / Website

5. WTF with Marc Maron
Comedian Marc Maron has open, funny and in-depth discussions with the likes of Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and recently, President Barack Obama.
iTunes / Website

6. Comedy Bang! Bang!
Host Scott Aukerman interviews big guests, such as Zach Galifianakis, and comedy characters, such as Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (as portrayed by comedian Paul F. Tompkins) with them all interacting together, forming some kind of hilarious, joyful mess.
iTunes / Website

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Matt Besser, founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, collects professional improvisers together, and they perform scenes using a wide range of inspirations.
iTunes / Website

8. Freestyle
Comedians Frankie Boyle and Glenn Wool riff on whatever topics they fancy.
iTunes / Website

9. Smartest Man in the World with Greg Proops
Greg Proops can certainly talk. The former star of Whose Line Is It Anyway generously uploads whole shows to iTunes, which can often run to well over 90 minutes. He riffs on any subject that takes his interest – usually with a glass of vodka to hand.
iTunes / Website

10. Thrilling Adventure Hour
Recorded live onstage at Largo in Los Angeles, this is a hugely enjoyable stage show that harks back to old-time radio.
iTunes / Website

11. Welcome To Night Vale
This podcast is brought to you from the fictional town of Night Vale. Stage productions of the podcast have been toured around the world.
iTunes / Website

Film

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12. Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review
The quiff-lovin’ Mark Kermode (above) and his radio chum Simon Mayo review films and interview their stars on the shorter version of the BBC 5 Live show. Look out for Kermode’s next evisceration of a brainless Hollywood flop.
iTunes / Website

13. The Projection Booth
In-depth analysis of cult and mainstream gems, including a seven-hour Conan the Barbarian episode and an examination of Death to Smoochy.
iTunes / Website

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14. The /Filmcast
Entertaining weekly discussion of the state of film and TV, including in-depth reviews of that week’s big new release.
iTunes / Website

15. James Bond Radio
Get in the mood for Spectre with this weekly look at everything 007.
iTunes / Website

16. The Film Programme
BBC Radio 4’s weekly look at the world of film is worth a listen.
iTunes / Website

17. Criterion Cast
Keep tabs on the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases with weekly episodes.
iTunes / Website

18. The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
In-depth discussions with movers and shakers in the film industry.
iTunes / Website

19. BBC Front Row
Highlights from the Radio 4 magazine programme, featuring reviews and interviews, and hosted by a variety of presenters.
iTunes / Website

TV

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20. The X-Files Files
Prepare for 2016’s return of Mulder and Scully with this trawl through the original series’ episodes in the company of Kumail Nanjiani.
iTunes / Website

21. Quantum Leap podcast
Re-watch the classic 90s sci-fi drama in the company of Albie and Heather, with occasional appearances from cast and crew.
iTunes

22. The MuppetCast
As The Muppets head back to TV later this year, discover more about the worlds of Jim Henson.
iTunes / Website

23. The Twilight Zone Podcast
Everyone should own the original Twilight Zone on Blu-ray, with this fan podcast the ideal accompaniment.
iTunes / Website

Documentary

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24. BBC Documentary of the Week
The BBC’s own pick of their weekly documentary output throws up some fascinating listens
iTunes / Website

25. Serial
If you missed this headline-grabbing podcast last year, it’s all there to catch up – as long as you haven’t stumbled across any spoilers. It’s a forensically detailed, gripping re-examination of the murder of Baltimore schoolgirl Hae Min Lee in 1999. There’s a planned second series in the Autumn, and a third next year. A game-changing project that made podcasts cool again.
iTunes / Website

26. Radiolab
This regular show from WNYC,  a public radio station in New York uncovers different fascinating stories and curious tales every time. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, its subjects range from secret histories to weird phenomena. The way they create a narrative with audio is also ground-breaking.
iTunes / Website

27. This American Life
Regularly getting one and a half million downloads a week, the podcast covers a wide range of different subjects. By the same people that brought you Serial.
iTunes / Website

28. 99% Invisible
Hosted by Roman Mars, this is an in-depth and insightful look into the world of design.
iTunes / Website

Culture

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29. Giant Bombcast
Staff at the website ‘Giant Bomb’ talk video games news and reviews.
iTunes / Website

30. Great Lives
Another Radio 4 show, this time hosted by Matthew Parris. Every week it tackles the life and legacy of, you guessed it, a great life from history, combining the insight of a famous fan and an expert historian or biographer. A chance to delve deep into the back stories of everyone from Marlon Brando to Pablo Picasso.
iTunes / Website

31. Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
This WNYC show makes good use of its celebrity host to attract other celebrities. Previous guests have included Michael Douglas, Judd Apatow and David Simon, and Baldwin turns out to be a fine interviewer.
iTunes / Website

32. The 2000AD Thrill-Cast
Whether you buy the comic or not, this look at the past, present and future of Dredd and co is a comic fan’s dream.
iTunes / Soundcloud