There's something under the tree for all kinds of podcast listeners, young and old, this Christmas.
“A functional Christmas is a sad Christmas,” Ayda Field says of her husband Robbie Williams’ description of their first Christmas together. “And that was your word trying to make it sound good!”
At Home With The Williamses is a mini-series from the popstar and his wife — and various friends — in the run-up to December 25 and to coincide with Robbie’s new album, The Christmas Present. From anecdotes of a decorations battle with Slash, to whether Robbie could take Liam Gallagher in a fight (which is how the series begins), it’s a hilarious listen.
The couple obviously have a great rapport — maybe more married people need to start shows. They talk over each other, finish each other’s sentences, and embellish and deviate. A surprisingly delightful early present.
For the smallies, The Santa Daily from the UK’s Fun Kids network is an advent calendar of brief episodes from the big man himself. The antimatter science aside on the ‘Mince Pies’episode, looking to explain how Santa gets around to all the houses of the world in one night, will have you believing all over again and looking to the skies on Christmas Eve.
If you have a short commute in store and need to occupy the children, they’ll be hanging on Santa’s every word here.
Roast Chestnuts was a side project from the Dublin-based Juvenalia podcast that ran for two 10-episode seasons over the past two years. Guests have included author Caroline O’Donoghue and ‘Complete Aisling’ Emer McLysaght. They delve into different Hallmark/TV Christmas movies each week.
We’ve all heard of It’s a Wonderful Life and other acclaimed festive movies — but what about the 2010 Christina Milian-starring Christmas Cupid? Or Fir Crazy from 2005, which finds a top office worker having to return to help out on her family’s, er, Christmas tree farm?
They sound awful but Roast Chestnuts finds their festive cheer. You might even want to watch the films afterwards...
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In search of a present for the true crime podcast fan in your life? Criminal Podcast has just announced a live date Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre on April 8. Tickets are already on sale. The American show features stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.