|The British Podcast Awards 2020 (powered by Acast), took place on Saturday night.|
More than 50 judges representing the audio industry (from podcast creators, to journalists, to industry execs) chose our Gold winners, as well as those who deserved Silver or Bronze. They specifically looked for entries that gave fresh ideas, gave voices to those who are unrepresented in traditional media or had provided an innovative format or style.
All of the Gold, Silver and Bronze podcasts from the awards are below, ready and waiting for you to listen and subscribe to. We’ve included a selection of comments from our judges underneath each Gold, so you can get a sense of why it was the deserving winner.
Here we go *opens envelopes at home whilst wearing a bow tie*
Audioboom Podcast of the Year
Gold: Brown Girls Do It Too – This BBC Asian Network podcast encouraging British South Asian women to talk more openly about sex, was chosen as our Podcast of the Year. The award goes to an exceptional podcast that reflects the very best of British podcasting.
The judges said: “We found the standard of entries to be high and ultimately debate centred around two shows that both strongly stood out within their fields. Whilst there can only be one winner, the judges also wanted to commend Passenger List for its innovation, writing and high production standards. It has set a new high bar for scripted podcasts.”
Runner-Up: Passenger List – a fictional thriller starring Colin Morgan and Kelly Marie Tran.
AcastMoment of the Year
Gold: Tunnel 29 – The Moment of the Year goes to the most impactful and compelling moment of audio in podcasting over the last year. Our judges said that a part of this BBC Radio 4 podcast investigating the secret construction of a tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall, was the stand-out winner: “The series gathered TV and press coverage across the world, and helped bring the medium – and an incredible story – to a brand new audience.”
Runner Up: Ways to Change The World
Best New Podcast (supported by Factory Studios)
Gold: The Log Books – This podcast looking back at the LGBTQ+ life from the perspective of the historic call logs at Switchboard, was “surprising, moving, beautifully produced and a important podcast,” according to our judges.“The real life stories, which start in the past, are brought up to date by sensitive interviews and discussions.”
Silver: The Last Bohemians Bronze: Sha**ed Married Annoyed
Smartest Podcast (supported by Rethink Audio)
Gold: The Sound of Anger – This podcast looks at the science, philosophy and history of anger. It was praised by the judges for its interesting subject matter: “It takes you on a journey through the expression and understanding of a very common and challenging emotion.”
Silver: Food Actually Bronze: Power Corrupts
Best Sex & Relationships Podcast
Gold: Brown Girls Do It Too – The Acast Podcast of the Year was also the winner of this category, praised by the judges for how refreshingly honest the conversations were: “Their stories flow beautifully, and are told in an incredibly warm and engaging way. Each host is clearly thinking about how best to serve their communities.”
Silver: Masala Podcast Bronze: F**ks Given
Best Fiction Podcast
Gold: Passenger List – The judges loved this mystery thriller about a plane that disappears between London and New York, praising its performances, its storyline and sound design. They said that the series “constantly keeps the audiences on the edge of their headphones.”
Silver: Fall of the Shah Bronze: Hag
Best Sport Podcast (supported by Audioboom)
Gold: Football Inside Out – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – This podcast looking at the tournament was praised for how it captured a historic time for women’s football. They also said: “The rapport between the hosts created a sense of warmth, the interviews were thought-provoking and surprising.”
Silver: The Beautiful Brain Bronze: The Game Changers
Best Entertainment Podcast (supported by Sony Music’s 4th Floor Creative)
Gold: Something Rhymes with Purple – This podcast series about language and vocabulary was picked by our judges because it is “a thoroughly entertaining romp through the hidden histories and odd delights of the English language.”
Silver: George Ezra & Friends Bronze: Sam Walker’s Desert Diaries
Best Current Affairs Podcast (supported by Omny Studio by Triton Digital®)
Gold: Today in Focus – The Guardian’s daily news podcast was viewed to be the ‘stand out’ winner. The judges said that the daily podcast provided “authoritative, intelligent and incisive analysis combined with warm, accessible presentation and beautiful sound design.”
Silver: The Intelligence Bronze: Stance Podcast
Best Business Podcast
Gold: Money Talks – The podcast was commended not only for its range of stories, but for how it deviated away from the conventional interview format by mixing in scripted dialogue and interviews: “It delivered on its intent to provide listeners with everything they need to know about the world of business.”
Silver: The Northern Power Podcast Bronze: Doing It For The Kids
Best Daily Podcast (supported by Podfollow)
Gold: The Rob Auton Daily Podcast – The writer and performer Rob Auton has a podcast lasting a few minutes each day, and the judges said it was a must-listen: “In a subset of daily podcasts that, when faced with an ever-distorting world force themselves into a position of either editorialising and at worst polemicising, this creator opts-out and is here to create and to entertain – and there can be no virtue more universal than that. We certainly appreciated it.”
Silver: Today in Focus Bronze: Beyond Today
Best Wellbeing Podcast
Gold: The Sound of Anger – The judges said that the experimental approach to this genre was “valuable and refreshing,” whilst still providing expert analysis and insight.
Silver: Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts Bronze: Declassified
Best Comedy Podcast (supported by Acast)
Gold: Kurupt FM – The people behind the BBC Three mockumentary ‘People Just Do Nothing’ have reunited for a podcast series on Audible, which was praised for being “funny, entertaining, creative and lighthearted.” They also said that it leaves you wanting more.
Silver: Brian & Roger Bronze: Dear Joan and Jericha
Best True Crime Podcast
Gold: Paradise – This BBC Radio 5 Live podcast re-examines the disappearance of two British backpackers, Peta Frampton and Chris Farmer, and why it took 38 years for the suspect in the case to be arrested. The series was praised by the judges for how it never feels exploitative and for its high production standards.
Silver: The Hurricane Tapes Bronze: The Bellingcat Podcast: MH17
Best Arts & Culture Podcast (supported by Pod Bible)
Gold: Rule of Three – In the podcast comedy writers Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley invite someone who makes funny things to talk about funny things they like. The judges said that they found the podcast “genuinely funny,” whilst praising how it encourages conversations about the art and process of comedy.
Silver: Classical Fix Bronze: Best Pick
Best Podcast Interview
Gold: Declassified – This winning podcast looking at stories from within the military community was “compelling, shocking and enlightening,” according to the judges. They praised the empathy and sensitivity of the interviews by its podcast presenter, Michael Coates.
Silver: Today in Focus Bronze: How to Kill An Hour
Best Family Podcast
Gold: David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast – The series looks into the life of famous composers, hoping to inspire young listeners to get into classical music. The judges commended the podcast’s ambition, adding that it was an enjoyable listen for adults too.
Silver: Diddy Pod Bronze: The Intended Parent
Best Radio Podcast (supported by Radioplayer)
Gold: Tunnel 29 – The immersive BBC Radio 4 podcast was chosen as it had “brilliant storytelling that would capture and engage any audience.” Even though it was broadcast on radio, they also praised how it had been developed in such a way that it can be enjoyed best through headphones.
Silver: The Skewer Bronze: Ellie and Anna Have Issues
Best Live Podcast (supported by Latitude Festival)
Gold: Tailenders – The BBC Radio 5 Live cricket podcast was picked because it was “cleverly and creatively crafted that it keeps you engaged, whether you are a fan of the sport or not.”
Silver: Tape Notes Bronze: Blood on the Tracks
Best Branded Content
Gold: Penguin Podcast – The podcast features in-depth interviews from Penguin’s leading authors and thinkers. The judges were impressed by the depth and quality of these interviews, as well as its consistency, providing an essential listen for anyone interested in books.
Silver: Meet Me at the Museum Bronze: The Rough Guide to Everywhere
Best Podcast Network or Publisher (supported by 4DC)
Gold: Somethin’ Else
Silver: The Athletic Bronze: The Guardian
Best Podcast in the Welsh Language
Gold: Dwy Iaith, Un Ymennydd – The Radio Cymru podcast praised host Elis James and the interviewees chosen to take part: “The subject matter is something that anyone that speaks Welsh can relate to.”
Silver: Yr Haclediad Bronze: Siarad Secs
The Spotlight Award (supported by DAX)
Gold: The Guilty Feminist – The Spotlight Award is for the podcast that helps bring in the big audiences into podcasting world, helping to propel this medium into the mainstream. The judges said that Deborah Frances-White who hosted the podcast was “intimate, honest and candid” and praised how the show gave a prominent platform to under-represented voices.
Silver: Happy Mum, Happy Birthday Bronze: My Dad Wrote A Porno
The Bullseye Award (supported by Blue Microphones)
Gold: Things Unseen: Entombed – The Bullseye Award goes to podcasts providing exceptional listening experiences for niche audiences, or for audiences currently underrepresented in other parts of British media. This faith podcast was praised for being “Gaiman-esque” in style, with praises for the script, performances and sound design.
Silver: The Investor’s Guide to China Bronze: This Is Spoke
Best Creativity (supported by Audible)
Gold: Where is My Mind? – The Creativity Award is given to the podcast that is viewed by judges to have “audio so creatively dazzling that it deserves its own trophy.” This podcast, which incorporates mindfulness and meditation “demonstrated how you can take a well-trodden subject but ensure every item surprises and enlightens the listener.”
Silver: Fake Heiress Bronze: Mind Canyon
The Listeners Choice Award (supported by BBC Sounds)
Gold: Sha**ed Married Annoyed – And finally, our Listeners Award did what it said on the tin. It was chosen by podcast listeners (and readers of the Great British Podcast newsletter.) The winners were the relatable and chatty podcast hosted by Chris and Rosie Ramsey.
Silver: Redhanded Bronze: The Anfield Wrap
If you don’t know where to start listening, do not fret! We will be profiling some of the big winners in future editions of this newsletter. It starts in the next one, which is out next Sunday.
Congratulations to all of our winners and happy listening,
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