HAPPY NEW YEAR PODCAST FANS! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and managed to fit in lots of lovely podcast listening. Let’s cut to the chase shall we? It’s time to announce the winners of our third annual Pod Bible Polls!
At the start of December we asked listeners to vote for their favourite podcasts of the year within a number of categories. All nominees had featured in Pod Bible Magazine, on the Pod Bible Podcast or on this very website in 2021, but the final Independent Podcast category was open to all. 2021 also saw the introduction of the ‘Informative’ category, which allowed us to celebrate the podcasts that have educated us the most over the past year.
The polls were open for the whole of December and we received a record number of votes. The independent podcast category received the widest range of suggestions yet and we’re excited to check out a number of shows we hadn’t been aware of!
Voting in the polls closed at midnight on the 31st of December and all votes have now been counted and verified.
Pod disciples, we present to you, your Pod Bible Poll Winners for 2021!
WINNER: HAVE A WORD
2nd – OFF MENU
After back to back wins in 2019 and 2020, Off Menu have been knocked off the top spot and there’s a new Comedy Poll Winner in town! Congratulations to Adam Rowe and Dan Nightingale, the two men behind the wildly popular Have A Word.
Each week Adam and Dan, alongside a plethora of special guests, chat about anything and everything, and they have a bloody good laugh while doing it. Check out their YouTube channel for full episodes and highlight clips (and to instantly become jealous of their lovely studio set up).
Visit the Have A Word website for the best ways to listen.
INTERVIEW & CONVERSATION
WINNER: JAACKMAATES HAPPY HOUR
2nd – THE ADAM BUXTON PODCAST
Like Have A Word, JaackMaate’s Happy Hour is the second podcast to win their category after their first nomination and let us tell you, they received A LOT of votes. On each episode Jaack and co-ost Stevie are joined by an array of the internet’s best celebrities for full and frank conversations about the lives they lead and how they found themselves where they are today.
Listen to JaackMaates Happy Hour exclusively on Spotify.
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
WINNER: THE GUILTY FEMINIST
2nd – TAN FRANCE’S QUEER ICONS
3rd – TALK ART
The first podcast to bag a hat trick of wins in the Pod Bible Poll Winners, Deborah Frances-White and The Guilty Feminist have won best Lifestyle & Culture podcast in 2019, 2020 and now 2021! In each episode Deborah and her guests discuss topics ‘all 21st century feminists agree on’ whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their principles. Can they make it four in a row next year….?
Deborah was our cover star for Issue #013 of Pod Bible Magazine which you can read here.
FILM & TV
WINNER: FILMS TO BE BURIED WITH
2nd – OBSESSED WITH…
3rd – CLASH OF THE TITLES
What’s better, winning an Emmy or securing top spot in the Film & TV Category of the Pod Bible Polls for the second year in a row? We’ll let Brett Goldstein be the judge of that, but what a year he’s had! With award winning TV shows, guest appearances on American chat shows and a return to live stand up, Brett has been a busy man over the past 12 months, so keeping up a consistent release schedule on Films To Be Buried With has been a real achievement. On each episode Brett asks his guests to discuss their lives via the films that mean most to them with his 2021 lineup including an amazing variety of film fanatics including Jimmy Carr, Teri Hatcher, Barry Jenkins and Brene Brown.
WINNER: JAMES ACASTER’S PERFECT SOUNDS
Is it time we all agreed that 2016 is the greatest year for music, ever? James Acaster certainly thinks so and given the popularity of his BBC Sounds show it may just be time to join him. Perfect Sounds launched last year and features James trying to convince comedians that 2016 is the greatest year is musical history. Each episode gives the opportunity to discover a new artist to add to your playlist and James does a fantastic job of getting across why he loves each one.
Listen to James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds on Acast or wherever you get your podcasts.
WINNER: RUSSELL KANE’S MAN BAGGAGE
2nd – GRIEFCAST
3rd – THE F WORD
On Man Baggage, Russell Kane and his celebrity panel unpack the emotional baggage that men spend their lives avoiding. With no topic off the table, Russell and his guests explore all the uncomfortable and anxiety inducing conversations that usually make men run for the door by doing what blokes do best – make daft jokes about them. You can read our chat with Russell in Issue #016 of Pod Bible magazine.
Congratulations also to Cariad Lloyd’s Griefcast on finishing in the top 3 for the third year running and continuing to make such an important and sensitively produced show!
Listen to Russell Kane’s Man Baggage on Acast or wherever you listen to podcasts.
SPORT & LEISURE
WINNER: WRIGHTY’S HOUSE
2nd – FOOTBALL RAMBLE
3rd – TAILENDERS
A trophy in your debut season isn’t a bad way to start is it? But what else would you expect from Ian Wright, ex footballer and one of the nations favourite pundits who’s enthusiasm and passion for the game shines in every episode. Each week on Wrighty’s House, Ian is joined by a rotating cast to dissect the latest results and news stories from both the men’s and women’s game. Already a fan? Keep a close eye on Pod Bible this year…
Listen to Wrighty’s House on Spotify.
WINNER: NO SUCH THING AS A FISH
2nd – DAN SNOW’S HISTORY HIT
As recent Pod Bible cover stars it feels fitting that No Such Thing As A Fish have topped the first ever Informative poll, a new category created to celebrate the many podcasts that educated us throughout 2021. Each week the gang discuss a new set of facts and although largely comedy based, you never finish an episode without learning something new to keep in your back pocket for the next family meal / trip to the pub / zoom catchup.
OH. MY. POD.
WINNER: THE CINEMILE
2nd – ECONOMICS IN 10
The ‘Oh My Pod’ Independent Podcast poll is fiercely contested each year and is arguably the hardest to win. It’s open to literally every independent podcast out there so to top the charts you not only need to be a good show, you also need your listeners to mobilise and get their votes in! This years winner is The Cinemile, a podcast married couple Dave and Cathy podcast their walk home from the movies. Simple huh? Over the years the show has built a loyal following and their back catalogue is ready and waiting for you to get stuck in. So go listen to The Cinemile on Acast, or listen to their appearance on the Pod Bible Podcast back in March 2020.
You voted for over 500 different podcasts in this category so a massive thank you and congratulations to every podcast mentioned!
Congratulations to all our winners, runners up and nominees and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for their favourite shows. We’re sure 2022 will be another incredible year for podcasting and look forward to celebrating it with another set of Pod Bible Poll’s at the end of the year!