Nobody does a nature documentary like the BBC, and the British broadcasting giant’s flagship nature podcast is inevitably a stunner too. Trading spectacular visuals for lushly immersive sound recordings, the magazine show-style episodes revolve around a rotating group of world-class experts presenting a slot each in the half-hour ish shows. As you’d imagine, budget is effectively no limit on these lavish (*by science podcast standards) shows - the flipside of that is that they’re not churned out every week but made in relatively concise seasons. But the entire back catalogue is a joy to explore while waiting for new stuff.
There are a lot of science podcasts out there, from easily accessible shows for curious kids to heavy shows for boffin-y adults and all points in between. In fact, ‘science’ really does cover an awful lot of stuff, be it nature, tech, space, or just asking scientists questions about their jobs. What unites this list is a common belief in bringing the wonders of science to a wider audience and – to a lesser extent – being paid for by the British taxpayer: there’s little denying that a lot of the best science podcasts are either made by the BBC, or by venerable British science journals. To which we say: thanks, the BBC, and enjoy!