Happy New Year everyone! I hope that it brings you everything you long for. Let’s face it, it won’t take much for the year to be at least a bit better than the previous one. Now that January has begun, I intend to read more this year and review lots of fabulous TV shows and movies. One thing I haven’t spoken about before is my love of podcasts. So today I wanted to start the year with a few recommended podcasts that I have been listening to for quite some time.
Making The Cut Podcast
This particular podcast is produced by Entale and stars the brilliant Davina McCall and her other half, Michael Douglas (not the old guy from the movies). I have been a fan of Davina for many years and was lucky enough to meet her briefly in 2008 and get a signature and selfie. So it was a no-brainer that I would be interested when she decided to begin a new podcast about things that she liked and recommended.
It is very hard to put this podcast into a nutshell because it is so diverse. One minute her and Michael are discussing TV movies and the next they are talking about how to look after your intestines. From reviewing books and hair products to nattering about celebrities and fitness hacks (my favourite being skipping), these two wonderful presenters have built a really entertaining weekly show.
Michael is a hair stylist to the stars and originally worked with Davina twenty years ago when she began presenting Big Brother. She says they used to chat about anything and everything, which is why a podcast was a natural outcome for them. Michael alway says that they only mention things that have impressed them, so you will never hear negative reviews. In other words, they sort the wheat from the chaff.
I will admit that this podcast has influenced me greatly, causing me to start watching Ted Lasso, which they raved about. I have also followed some amazing instagrams that they have laughed over. I absolutely adore this podcast and like how they take recommendations from listeners. I often DM my ideas and they always respond warmly.
Go and check them out:https://open.spotify.com/show/09JwBeyZBZ8BQHnwxrfwkH?si=6aL5v_FSRTagxFxP9coCBQ
Hat Trick podcasts have a fantastic podcast about bee keeping. You may think that sounds random but it is incredibly fun and presented by some very amusing ladies. Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles make weekly episodes which talk about everything ‘bee’ related as well as having general chats about whatever they have been up to. It has me laughing out loud regularly. I have to be honest – I listen to this in the bath – so people must think I am crazy giggling away in the tub.
For those who don’t know, Jane Horrocks is famous for being the star of the movie ‘Little Voice’ and acting as Bubble in ‘Absolutely Fabulous.’ Esther is an old friend of hers who has appeared in many plays and movies such as ‘Enola Holmes’ and ‘Emma’.
Listening to Jane and Esther banter as Esther opens up her beehive on a North London lot, is hilarious and educational. They invite experts in beekeeping to discuss the value of bees in nature. Bees are amazing and so vital to keeping the ecology of our world alive!
One of my favourite episodes was when Jane donned a beekeeper’s outfit to join in with the checking of the hives. Also, notable funny guests have included Vic Reeves and Paul Whitehouse.
Jane is another celebrity that I have seen in real life. I watched three of her London plays, including ‘East is East’ where I waited outside for an autograph. I look such a geek in this picture. She was so polite and chatty. It made my day!
Check out the Queen Bees podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0kY6MHbuNdoNNZ6CpS3xCg?si=49Hl_zbuSg6ATv3954Ji6Q
I hope that you consider having a listen to one of these wonderful podcasts. If you enjoy my reviews, perhaps consider following my blog for future similar suggestions.