5 podcast series to devour over the bank holiday weekend

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From an essential Tiger King podcast to a deeply intimate portrait of Dolly Parton, these Easter treats for your ears are perfect for when your eyes need a break.    

We’ve all been spending a lot more time staring at screens lately, from living our best WFH lives to smashing a Zoom pub quiz. As fun as winning that virtual trophy is, though, it’s enough to give us neck ache. 

That’s why, for the upcoming Easter weekend, we’ll be closing down our laptop lids, opening up whatever chocolate we can lay our hands on and switching off from our always-on culture.

For when you could use a little light entertainment, these five podcast series are (quite literally) a sight for sore eyes. Every episode is available to download right now, so you’ll be able to complete the entire series this weekend, too. Plug in, switch off and tuck in to the ones we’re most excited about…

Joe Exotic: Tiger King

Joe Exotic: Tiger King
Joe Exotic: Tiger King

Presented by Wondery, and hosted by journalist Robert Moor, this five-episode podcast is for those of you who still share every meme you see about the hit Netflix series Tiger King.

Moor spent four years covering Joe Exotic and, fun fact, told American TV host Andy Cohen that he’d love to cast Margot Robbie as Exotic in a future TV adaptation. In these seven episodes (not to mention some bonus episodes, too), you’ll hear exclusive interviews and meet more characters to keep you occupied until the new Netflix episode drops.

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Dolly Parton’s America

Dolly Parton's America
Dolly Parton's America

We could all use a little more Dolly in our lives, and this nine-part series is one of the best celebrity podcast profiles around. Fantastically produced and incredibly intimate, it offers a deeply personal portrait of the much-loved country icon. An easy listening tonic for our current times.

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The Last Days of August

Jon Ronson: The Last Days Of August
The Last Days Of August

Following on from his hugely successful podcast series The Butterfly Effect, author and journalist Jon Ronson returns to the porn industry once again with this darker, seven-episode investigation – about an adult film star who killed herself at just 23.

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Sex Power Money with Sara Pascoe

Sex Power Money with Sara Pascoe
Sex Power Money with Sara Pascoe

Not only is comedian Sara Pascoe one of our favourite podcast guests ever (her episode on last week’s Off Menu Podcast being a prime example), she’s also an excellent hostess. 

Made as a companion to her second book Sex Power Money, this insightful eight-episode series sees Pascoe interview people with experience working in the sex industry, and explore the history, ethics and stigma attached to sex work.

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Dirty John

Dirty John
Dirty John

And if you still haven’t gotten around to it, now’s the time to finally dive into the true crime podcast that preceded both the Netflix hit with Eric Bana and the TV documentary.

In six episodes (plus three bonus episodes and a live recording), hear the horrific and fascinating story of violent conman John Meehan, who tricked and seduced his way into the lives of successful and wealthy women.

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If you need any more recommendations for podcasts to listen to right now, take a look at Stylist’s Earworm section. 

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