British Podcast Awards 2021 winners are revealed

The 2021 British Podcast Awards powered by Amazon Music took place in Brockwell Park today, hosted by Jordan North, William Hanson and Poppy Jay.

It was a knock-out evening for VENT Documentaries, a podcast that shares the formative experiences of young people in the London borough of Brent. They pick up three awards – Smartest Podcast, Best Documentary and the prestigious Podcast of the Year, an award won by Brown Girls Do It Too in 2020 and George The Poet in 2019.

One of the biggest awards of the night, the Podcast Champion, went to Fearne Cotton, host of Happy Place, for her efforts to open up the mental health conversation and her work in the wellness podcast space, which she has not only created but truly defined. 

The Spotlight Award, which recognises a podcast reaching the masses, was presented by Vick Hope and was awarded to Grounded with Louis Theroux, the first season of which showcased a selection of high-profile guests who open up in unexpected and vulnerable ways.

Moment of the Year was awarded to Where Is George Gibney? while last year’s Spotlight Award winner, Deborah Frances-White, presented Best Arts & Culture podcast to Real Dictators.

Best Interview went to Dead Honest while the fresh, diverse and creative Tough Talks from Hits Radio Pride took the top spot in the Best Sex & Relationships category. Who Killed CJ Davis? was chosen as Best True Crime.

In one of three new categories for 2021, Stolen Goodbyes won Best Lockdown podcast, which tells the stories of those who died from Covid-19 without having the chance to say goodbye. Best New podcast went to Field Recordings, a perfectly timed and beautifully produced podcast transporting listeners to the great outdoors whilst being confined to their own homes.

The only award voted for by the public, the Listeners’ Choice Award saw over 140,000 votes cast. The top spot this year was won by RedHanded podcast, with Shag*ed Married Annoyed taking silver place and Football Weekly in bronze.

The full list of winners:

PODCAST OF THE YEAR
supported by Sony Music

Presented by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
VENT Documentaries

PODCAST CHAMPION
Presented by Miranda Sawyer
Fearne Cotton

LISTENERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay
RedHanded

MOMENT OF THE YEAR
supported by Acast
Presented by My Dad Wrote A Porno
Where is George Gibney?

BEST ARTS & CULTURE PODCAST
supported by Create Podcasts
Presented by Deborah Frances-White
Real Dictators

BEST BRANDED CONTENT
supported by Acast Creative
Presented by Jay Rayner
Gardening with the RHS

BEST BUSINESS PODCAST
supported by Wondery
Presented by No Such Thing As A Fish
Doing It For The Kids

BEST COMEDY PODCAST
supported by Stitcher
Presented by Danny Wallace
Kurupt FM

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PODCAST
Presented by John Sweeney
Your Broccoli Weekly

BEST DAILY PODCAST
supported by Spotify

Presented by James Barr
The Intelligence

BEST DOCUMENTARY PODCAST
Presented by Zeze Mills & Sideman
VENT Documentaries

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST
supported by Amazon Music

Presented by Oti Mabuse
Stars In Your Ears

BEST FAMILY PODCAST
Presented by Gaby Roslin
Maddie’s Sound Explorers

BEST FICTION PODCAST
Presented by Maddie Moate
This Thing of Darkness

BEST INTERNATIONAL PODCAST
supported by Podfront UK

Presented by Sangeeta Pillai
Revisionist History

BEST INTERVIEW PODCAST
supported by Podbible

Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay
Dead Honest

BEST LOCKDOWN PODCAST
supported by Amazon Music

Presented by Fearne Cotton
Stolen Goodbyes

BEST NEW PODCAST
supported by Field Recordings

Presented by Rubina Pababi
Field Recordings

BEST RADIO PODCAST
supported by DTS AutoStage

Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay
The Skewer

BEST SEX & RELATIONSHIPS PODCAST
Presented by Grace Dent
Tough Talks from Hits Radio Pride

SMARTEST PODCAST
supported by Podfollow

Presented by Kurupt FM
VENT Documentaries

BEST SPORT PODCAST
Presented by John Robins
GIANT – A Spotify Original

BEST TRUE CRIME PODCAST
Presented by Helen Zaltzman
Who Killed CJ Davis?

BEST WELLBEING PODCAST
Presented by Gemma Styles
Discovering Dementia

BEST NETWORK
Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay
Economist Radio

BEST PODCAST IN WELSH
Presented by John Robins
Dewr

SPOTLIGHT AWARD
supported by Global

Presented by Vick Hope
Grounded with Louis Theroux

BULLSEYE AWARD
supported by Global

Presented by Steven Bartlett
SomeFamilies

CREATIVITY AWARD
supported by Audible

Presented by Max & Harvey
Interconnected Voices

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