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British Podcast Awards 2022: the winners

British Podcast Awards 2022: the winners

Press Release · Kennington, London, UK ·

On Saturday 23rd July, the 2022 British Podcast Awards powered by Audible took place in London’s Kennington Park. Elis James and John Robins hosted, bringing their signature wit and humour, and telling an anecdote of bumping into each other yesterday, both in search of a suit for today. They were joined by the biggest names in podcasting including Idris & Sabrina Elba, Pandora Sykes, Jamie Laing, My Dad Wrote a Porno, Poppy Jay, Jon Sopel, Diana Vickers, Kem Cetinay, RedHanded, The Receipts’ Tolani Shoneye and Dr Rupy.

One of the biggest awards of the night, the Podcast Champion, went to You, Me and the Big C. The award honours the work of Dame Deborah James, Rachel Bland, Lauren Mahon and their entire team, whose brilliant, honest, inspiring podcast has contributed hugely to public awareness and perception of cancer and cancer treatment, but has also been a source of solace for so many. The award was presented by Cariad Lloyd to Lauren Mahon, who said;

“Me and Deb had a little joke when Rachel died that I couldn’t just do the podcast by myself because I couldn’t call it ‘Me, Me and the Big C’. The podcast is our happy place. It’s a bit surreal to be standing here without both my girls. We knew this was a risk, that some of us would die when we started it, but we wanted to continue to champion it. There is more work to be done. I don’t know what it looks like, but the podcast has always been a service. Last time we won at these awards, we dedicated the award to Rachel. I’m so proud to say that this is for Dame Deborah Fucking James!”

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The crowd was delighted when Idris Elba joined his wife Sabrina to present Best Wellbeing Podcast to none other than Effin’ Hormones, a podcast all about menopause. One audience member tweeted “Hearing Idris Elba say ‘menopause’ made my ovaries twitch”.

Coiled won Moment of the Year, a podcast that explores Black Afro Hair in all its forms and textures. Host and producer Leanne Alie and Sylvie Carlos collected the award. Decode took home both the Smartest Podcast and Best Entertainment Podcast awards. The show delves into the UK rap that matters, with two series so far dedicated to Skepta and Dave.

Jamie Laing took to the stage to present Dear Daughter with the award for Best Family Podcast. Jamie attended the event with fiancé Sophie Habboo; the pair host their own podcast NearlyWeds. Dear Daughter also won the prestigious Podcast of the Year award, previously won by VENT Documentaries in 2021, Brown Girls Do It Too in 2020, and George The Poet in 2019.

The Best Fiction Podcast award was presented to Soundworlds by Diana Vickers and Chiara Hunter of Ki & Dee: The Podcast, known for their viral songs including their most recent, ‘Anthem for Love Island 2022’. Jamie Morton and James Cooper of My Dad Wrote a Porno presented the Rising Star Award to Kirk Flash, who’s comedy podcast This Is Gay examines the darker side of modern gay life.

The BPA tent

The Spotlight Award, which recognises a podcast reaching the masses and was presented by Dr Xand, was awarded to British Scandal, in which hosts Alice Levine and Matt Forde tell the stories of the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Saville to Profumo.

Best Arts & Culture Podcast was awarded to James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds, whilst previous winner Poppy Jay (Brown Girls Do It Too) presented The Best Sex & Relationships Podcast award to Assume Nothing: Rape Trial. The podcast is narrated by Amybeth McNulty, of Stranger Things and Anne With an E, and explores a court case which caused Northern Ireland to find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard.

The only award voted for by the public, The Listeners’ Choice Award, saw over 60,000 votes cast. The top spot this year was won by RedHanded for a second time. The true crime podcast offers a weekly dose of murder, wit and 'WTFs’, hosted by Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala.

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The winners, in full

Dear Daughter team

PODCAST OF THE YEAR

Supported by Audible; presented by Jesse Lawson of VENT Documentaries

Dear Daughter
WINNER: Dear Daughter - BBC World Service
From: BBC World Service
Hosted by: BBC

PODCAST CHAMPION

Presented by Cariad Lloyd

You, Me and the Big C: Putting the can in cancer
WINNER: You, Me and the Big C
From: BBC Radio 5 live
Hosted by: BBC

RedHanded team

LISTENERS’ CHOICE AWARD

supported by Acast+; presented by Jon Holmes

RedHanded
WINNER: RedHanded
From: RedHanded
Hosted by: Audioboom

MOMENT OF THE YEAR

supported by Audio UK; presented by RedHanded podcast

Coiled
GOLD: Coiled - Leanne Alie
From: Leanne Alie
Hosted by: Megaphone
Chinese Chippy Girl
SILVER: Chinese Chippy Girl - Georgie Ma
From: Chinese Chippy Girl
Hosted by: Buzzsprout
Masala Podcast: The South Asian feminist podcast
BRONZE: Masala Podcast - Sangeeta Pillai and Orbis The Studio
From: Soul Sutras
Hosted by: Castos

BEST ARTS & CULTURE PODCAST

supported by Pod Bible; presented by Reed Amber

James Acaster's Perfect Sounds
GOLD: James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds - BBC Audio for BBC Sounds
From: BBC Radio
Hosted by: BBC
  • SILVER: Legends Fall In The Making - BBC Studio’s Factual Podcast Unit for 1Xtra
  • Beauty Fix with Naomi Shimada
    BRONZE: Beauty Fix - BBC Audio for BBC Sounds
    From: BBC Radio
    Hosted by: BBC

    BEST BRANDED CONTENT

    Presented by Kem Cetinay

    Forced To Flee
    GOLD: Forced to Flee - UNHCR
    From: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
    Hosted by: Libsyn
    Youth Rising by NCS
    SILVER: Youth Rising by NCS - Somethin’ Else for NCS
    From: SE Creative Studio
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Lives On The Lines
    BRONZE: Lives on the Lines - Fresh Air Productions & Greater Anglia Trains
    From: Greater Anglia and the East Anglia Community Rail Partnerships
    Hosted by: Omny Studio

    BEST BUSINESS PODCAST

    supported by Subly; Presented by Danny Robins

    Money Talks from The Economist
    GOLD: Money Talks - The Economist
    From: The Economist
    Hosted by: Acast
    Ninetwentynine
    SILVER: Ninetwentynine - Listen for Fiverr
    From: Fiverr/Listen Entertainment
    Hosted by: Acast
    Money Clinic with Claer Barrett
    BRONZE: Money Clinic - Financial Times
    From: Financial Times
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST COMEDY PODCAST

    supported by Amazon Music; Presented by Cariad Lloyd

    • GOLD: Jamali Maddix: Spooky Shit - Novel for Audible
    • This Is Gay
      SILVER: This is Gay - Kirk Flash
      From: Kirk Flash
      Hosted by: Anchor
      Cold Case Crime Cuts
      BRONZE: Cold Case Crime Cuts - unusual
      From: Jon Holmes | Auddy
      Hosted by: Megaphone

    BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PODCAST

    Presented by Jon Sopel

    Media Storm
    GOLD: Media Storm - The House of the Guilty Feminist
    From: Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia
    Hosted by: Acast
    The Intelligence from The Economist
    SILVER: The Intelligence - The Economist
    From: The Economist
    Hosted by: Acast
    The Slow Newscast
    BRONZE: The Slow Newscast - Tortoise Media
    From: Tortoise Media
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST DAILY PODCAST

    Presented by Tolani Shoneye

    Everyday Positivity
    GOLD: Everyday Positivity - Kate Cocker for Volley
    From: Everyday Positivity
    Hosted by: Anchor
    COP26 Daily
    SILVER: COP26 Daily - Big Light Podcast Network
    From: The Big Light
    Hosted by: Podcast.co
    Today in Focus
    BRONZE: Today in Focus - The Guardian
    From: The Guardian
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST DOCUMENTARY PODCAST

    Presented by Elis James & John Robins

    • GOLD: The Bias Diagnosis - Whistledown Productions for Audible
    • Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
      SILVER: Harsh Reality - Novel for Wondery
      From: Wondery
      Hosted by: ART19
      Have You Heard George's Podcast?
      BRONZE: Have You Heard George’s Podcast? - George the Poet for BBC Sounds & BBC Radio 5 Live
      From: BBC Radio 5 live
      Hosted by: BBC

    BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST

    supported by Create Podcasts; presented by James Barr & Dan Hudson

    Decode
    GOLD: Decode - Reduced Listening for Spotify
    From: Spotify Studios
    Feast is Feast with Big Zuu
    SILVER: Feast is Feast with Big Zuu - Global
    From: Global
    Sh**ged Married Annoyed
    BRONZE: Shagged, Married, Annoyed - Chris & Rosie Ramsey
    From: Chris & Rosie Ramsey
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST FAMILY PODCAST

    Presented by Jamie Laing & Sophie Habboo

    Dear Daughter
    GOLD: Dear Daughter - BBC World Service
    From: BBC World Service
    Hosted by: BBC
    Super Great Kids' Stories
    SILVER: Super Great Kids’ Stories - Wardour Studios
    From: Wardour Studios
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Armchair Adventures
    BRONZE: Armchair Adventures - Made By Mortals
    From: Made By Mortals
    Hosted by: Audioboom

    Patrick Eakin-Young

    BEST FICTION PODCAST

    Presented by Ki & Dee (Chiara Hunter & Diana Vickers)

    Soundworlds
    GOLD: Soundworlds - Patrick Eakin Young
    From: Patrick Eakin Young
    Hosted by: Acast
    Fully Amplified
    SILVER: Fully Amplified - Future Theatres
    From: Futures Theatre
    Hosted by: Libsyn
    Atlantic: A Scottish Story
    BRONZE: Atlantic: A Scottish Story - Noisemaker & The Big Light
    From: The Big Light / Noisemaker
    Hosted by: Podcast.co

    BEST INTERVIEW PODCAST

    supported by Podfollow; Presented by Jamie Bartlett

    Stories of our times
    GOLD: Stories of Our Times - The Times & Sunday Times
    From: The Times
    Hosted by: Acast
    Tales from the Tannoy
    SILVER: Tales From The Tannoy - Sayer Hamilton
    From: Sayer Hamilton Ltd
    Hosted by: Buzzsprout
    Masala Podcast: The South Asian feminist podcast
    BRONZE: Masala Podcast - Sangeeta Pillai and Orbis The Studio
    From: Soul Sutras
    Hosted by: Castos

    BEST LIVE PODCAST

    Presented by Zeze Millz & Sideman

    The Empire Film Podcast
    GOLD: The Empire Film Podcast - Chris Hewitt, James Dyer & Helen O’Hara
    From: Empire Magazine
    Hosted by: Sharpstream
    Nobody Panic
    SILVER: Nobody Panic - Plosive, Tessa Coates and Stevie Martin
    From: Plosive, Tessa Coates and Stevie Martin
    Hosted by: Acast
    The Guilty Feminist
    BRONZE: The Guilty Feminist - Deborah Frances-White
    From: Deborah Frances-White
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST NEW PODCAST

    Presented by by Elis James & John Robins

    OUTCAST UK
    GOLD: Outcast UK - Graeme Smith
    From: OUTCAST UK
    Hosted by: Anchor
    Decode
    SILVER: Decode - Reduced Listening for Spotify
    From: Spotify Studios
    Ignite Climate Shorts
    BRONZE: Ignite Climate Shorts - Fierce Green Producers
    From: Fierce Green Productions
    Hosted by: Spreaker

    BEST RADIO PODCAST

    Presented by Pressed podcast

    Our Journey by Miranda Rae
    GOLD: Our Journey - Miranda Rae for Sound Women South West
    From: Sound Women SW Network
    Hosted by: Anchor
    A Wish for Afghanistan
    SILVER: A Wish For Afghanistan - BBC Long Form Audio
    From: BBC World Service
    Hosted by: BBC
    The Great Post Office Trial
    BRONZE: The Great Post Office Trial - Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
    From: BBC Radio 4
    Hosted by: BBC

    BEST SEX & RELATIONSHIPS PODCAST

    Presented by Poppy Jay

    Assume Nothing
    GOLD: Assume Nothing: Rape Trial - BBC Northern Ireland
    From: BBC Radio Ulster
    Hosted by: BBC
    A Gay and A NonGay
    SILVER: A Gay and A NonGay - James Barr, Dan Hudson & Talia Kraines
    From: James Barr and Dan Hudson
    Hosted by: Acast
    The Divorce Social
    BRONZE: The Divorce Social with Samantha Baines - Samantha Baines
    From: Samantha Baines
    Hosted by: Acast

    SMARTEST PODCAST

    Presented by Pandora Sykes

    Decode
    GOLD: Decode - Reduced Listening for Spotify
    From: Spotify Studios
    Have You Heard George's Podcast?
    SILVER: Have You Heard George’s Podcast? - George the Poet for BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sounds
    From: BBC Radio 5 live
    Hosted by: BBC
    The Unfiltered History Tour
    BRONZE: The Unfiltered History Tour - VICE World News
    From: VICE World News
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST SPORT PODCAST

    Presented by Tom Whalley

    BEST TRUE CRIME PODCAST

    supported by Wondery; presented by Matt Forde

    • GOLD: The Catch - Message Heard for Audible
    • Wild Crimes
      SILVER: Wild Crimes - Whistledown Productions for the Natural History Museum
      From: The Natural History Museum, London
      Hosted by: Libsyn
      The Northern Bank Job
      BRONZE: The Northern Bank Job - BBC Northern Ireland for BBC Radio 4 & BBC Sounds
      From: BBC Radio 4
      Hosted by: BBC

    THE CLIMATE AWARD

    Presented by Claire Holland, leader of Lambeth Council

    Get Birding
    GOLD: Get Birding - Peanut & Crumb
    From: Peanut & Crumb
    Hosted by: Acast
    The Long Time Academy
    SILVER: The Long Time Academy - Scenery Studios, The Long Time Project and Headspace Studios
    From: Headspace Studios, The Long Time Project, Scenery Studios
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Chattin’ Shit
    BRONZE: Chattin’ Shit to Save the Planet - Chattin’ Shit & Acast Creative for Virgin Media O2
    From: A mrbox and Chailor Wade co-production
    Hosted by: Acast

    Idris & Sabrina Elba

    BEST WELLBEING PODCAST

    supported by Audible; presented by Idris & Sabrina Elba

    Effin Hormones
    GOLD: Effin Hormones - Helen, Emma, Terri and Beena
    From: Helen Brown
    Hosted by: Captivate
    Manatomy with Danny Wallace & Phil Hilton
    SILVER: Manatomy - Danny Wallace, Phil Hilton & Joe Attewell
    From: Stitcher & Danny Wallace, Phil Hilton
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Declassified
    BRONZE: Declassified - Michael Coates, Des Fraser and Nathan Jones
    From: Michael Coates
    Hosted by: Audioboom

    BEST WELSH PODCAST

    Presented by Sian Eleri

    Gwrachod Heddiw
    GOLD: Gwrachod Heddiw - Mari Elen Jones
    From: Mari Elen
    Hosted by: Buzzsprout
    Siarad Secs
    SILVER: Siarad Secs - Astud Media for BBC Sounds
    From: BBC Radio Cymru
    Hosted by: BBC
    Cwîns efo Mari a Meilir
    BRONZE: Cwîns efo Mari a Meilir - Mari Beard & Meilir Rhys Williams
    From: Mari Beard and Meilir Rhys Williams
    Hosted by: RSS Podcasting

    BEST NETWORK OR PUBLISHER

    Presented by Jon Holmes

    • GOLD: Mags Creative
    • SILVER: Stak
    • BRONZE: BBC Radio 5 Live

    THE CREATIVITY AWARD

    supported by Audible; presented by Grace Barry

    Have You Heard George's Podcast?
    GOLD: Have You Heard George’s Podcast? - George the Poet for BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sounds
    From: BBC Radio 5 live
    Hosted by: BBC
    Soundworlds
    SILVER: Soundworlds - Patrick Eakin Young
    From: Patrick Eakin Young
    Hosted by: Acast
  • BRONZE: Operation Ouch! The Podcast of Everything - Maverick Television & Listen
  • BEST SALES TEAM

    Presented by Elis James & John Robins

    • GOLD: Fresh Air Production
    • SILVER: Adelicious
    • BRONZE: Message Heard Sales Team

    BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

    Presented by Elis James & John Robins

    Exactly. With Florence Given
    GOLD: Exactly with Florence Given
    From: Somethin' Else
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Anthems
    SILVER: Anthems
    From: Broccoli Productions
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Sweet Bobby
    BRONZE: Sweet Bobby
    From: Tortoise Media
    Hosted by: Acast

    BEST COMMERICAL CAMPAIGN

    Presented by Elis James & John Robins GOLD: Money Talks - Klarna & Acast Creative SILVER: Comfort Eating with Grace Dent - Guardian News and Media BRONZE: Ed Sheeran’s + – = ÷ x Tour - Fun Kids

    BBC SOUNDS RISING STAR

    Presented by My Dad Wrote a Porno (Jamie Morton, James Cooper)

    • GOLD: Kirk Flash
    • SILVER: Meera Kumar
    • BRONZE: DJ Flight

    THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD

    Presented by Dr Xand

    British Scandal
    GOLD: British Scandal - Wondery
    From: Wondery
    Hosted by: ART19
    Fairy Meadow
    SILVER: Fairy Meadow - BBC Audio Bristol and BBC News for BBC Radio 4 Newscast - BBC News
    From: BBC Radio 4
    Hosted by: BBC
    Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance
    BRONZE: Rose & Rosie: Parental Guidance - BBC Studios for Spotify
    From: Spotify Studios

    THE BULLSEYE AWARD

    Presented by Dr Rupy

    And Then Came Breast Cancer - A Future Dreams Podcast
    GOLD: And Then Came Breast Cancer - 6Foot6 and Factory Originals production for the Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity
    From: Factory Originals & 6Foot6 Productions
    Hosted by: Acast
    Getting Emotional
    SILVER: Getting Emotional - Bex Lindsay
    From: Bex Lindsay
    Hosted by: Acast
    History Storytime - For Kids
    BRONZE: History Storytime - Sophie, Ellie and their Daddy
    From: Sophie (7) & Ellie (5) tell history for kids
    Hosted by: Podbean

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