Dungeons and Dragoncasts? More audio fiction with Ella Watts
Why are four-hour-long Dungeons and Dragons podcasts so popular?
Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts explore Actual Play podcasts - where people play board games (often DnD) in real time. Episodes are often multiple hours in length, with some shows reaching 100+ episodes per season. This format has seen huge success, with the most popular series boasting millions of fans all over the world, selling out huge arena live shows, and even inspiring graphic novels and animated adaptations.
Podcast Radio Hour speaks to stars from two of the most popular series - Critical Role's Marisha Ray, and The Adventure Zone's Travis McElroy. What are the challenges of delivering such a complex, improvised show, week after week?
And just what is it about these super long form podcasts that makes them so appealing to fans? Ella is a self-proclaimed 'Critter', as is Radio 4 & 4Extra Assistant Producer Chris Pearson, who joins to discuss his experience in the Critical Role fan community, and to answer Amanda's most important question - where do you find the time?!
Music Podcasts with Phil Taggart
Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart joins Ali Gardiner for a rapid rundown of music podcasts.
There will be podcasts about musicians, featuring musicians and music-lovers, as well as musical soundscapes that really enhance the speech.
The pick of the podcasts will include Digging Deep with Robert Plant, Stay Free: The Story Of The Clash, Pops! The Louis Armstrong Story, and an entertaining roundtable show from the BBC, Blood On The Tracks.
We’ll hear from BBC 6 Music's Matt Everitt, Rob Fitzpatrick at Spotify, as well as Axel Kacoutié, a poet, composer and the sound designer of the Guardian's Today in Focus podcast. He shares a few insights into creative possibilities waiting for podcasters in music libraries.
New Releases For October - With Scott Bryan
Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best podcasts out this month.
To Make You Laugh:
You're Dead To Me
The Birthday Game
Ru Paul's Drag Race
Dear Joan And Jericha
To Keep You Up At Night:
The Missing Crypto Queen
To Make You Feel Good:
The Breakup Monologues
To Keep You Informed:
The Documentary Podcast - Detours (BBC World Service)
Around The World with Chrystal Genesis - Africa
Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend some great podcasts made on the African continent.
Including Sound Africa's true crime series They Killed Dulcie, Afroqueer, Not Your African Cliché and Afropop Worldwide.
Plant podcasts with Frances Tophill
Frances Tophill of Gardeners' World and producer Clara Nissen get out into the garden to dig up some fascinating - and surprising - podcasts about plants. Plus, Charlotte Petts on her award-winning show 'Growing Wild', and Jane Perrone on her indoor gardening podcast 'On the Ledge'.