Love podcasts? BBC has just launched its own dedicated podcast app, named BBC Sounds, featuring all your favourite BBC Radio shows as well as some top series made outside of the BBC.

Following in the footsteps of Spotify, every user’s experience of BBC Sounds will be unique as it is designed to learn from user’s listening habits, providing one-tap access to the latest episodes of your favourite shows and introducing you to new audio from the 80,000 hours of listening available.

Here are some of our favourites to get you started.

End of Days

If you loved Wild Wild Country and have now developed a slight obsession with dark and disturbing cults (yes, and yes), don’t miss End of Days. This new podcast from BBC Sounds explores the stories of the British members of the Branch of Davidians sect, a cult let by David Koresh, who believed he was the final prophet in Waco, Texas in the 1990s. Creepy.


Funny people talking about death and grief. This podcast hosted by Cariad Lloyd aims to break down the taboo around bereavement and make it less depressing. A surprising hit that scooped Podcast of the Year at the British Podcast Awards 2018.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The BBC’s first scripted horror podcast series, adapted from H P Lovecraft’s classic work follows the style of popular investigative podcasts following the story of a young man from a prominent family who is incarcerated in a mental asylum and subsequently vanishes. Step this way Serial lovers.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

From alien invasions to our amazingly clever immune systems, The Infinite Monkey Cage never fails to pique our curiosity, offering an irreverant look at the world through scientists’ eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

Books to Live By

Mariella Frostrup scans the bookshelves of well-known readers including Dominic West, Carlos Acosta and Professor Brian Cox, and invites them to share the books they live by. In episode one Mariella visits actor Dominic West at home, to talk about Les Miserables, WB Yeats and erotic verse.

You can download BBC Sounds on App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon now.

December 2018