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20 Best British Crime Podcasts of 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about british crime? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best british crime podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

Best British Crime Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Cold Case Canada

  • Publisher: Eve Lazarus
  • Total Episodes: 14

Cold Case Canada is an independently produced true crime podcast hosted by Eve Lazarus, a reporter and author based in Vancouver, British Columbia

Spree: British True Crime

  • Publisher: Spree – Digital Cauldron Productions
  • Total Episodes: 95

A British podcast presented by Rachael Reynolds and Theo A Night. The hosts discuss all things true crime, paranormal and just plain weird. Each episode ends with a dumb criminal.

All About Agatha (Christie)

  • Publisher: All About Agatha (Christie)
  • Total Episodes: 186

All About Agatha is a podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. Every month or so we revisit one of these novels in the order they were first published in the UK. Discussions range from plotting and interpretation to the impact of the beloved adaptations to an attempt at ranking them all. We take a breather in between novels to discuss one of her many (100-plus) short stories, and to interview like-minded mystery obsessives (scholars, authors, etc.). Call it a Christie-fest, as we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and oh so much more…. Join us.

The Invincibles: Park Assassins

  • Publisher: Roisin Jones
  • Total Episodes: 9

In turbulent Victorian Dublin, a secret assassination squad, targeting British officials, sparks a rigorous manhunt by Detectives when they draw blood. An eight-part true crime series. Narrated by Jason Coburn and Marianne O’Rourke Music by John Kelleher: https://johnnykelleher.com/ Artwork by Táine King: https://www.instagram.com/farneyhouse

Case Notes

  • Publisher: Classic FM
  • Total Episodes: 7

Winner of the British Podcast Awards Best True Crime Podcast 2019, Case Notes investigates some of the darkest mysteries from the history of music. From the murderous composer Carlo Gesualdo to the intriguing story of Haydn’s missing head – this is true crime like you’ve never heard it before. Join us as we delve into long-forgotten archives to unearth rich new evidence from decades and even centuries ago. Brought to you by the award-winning Classic FM team.

Adventures of Bulldog Drummond

  • Publisher: Humphrey Camardella Productions
  • Total Episodes: 160

The British Hero Bulldog Drummond is a fictional character created by H. C. McNeile, as the hard boiled no nonsense-style detective. The stories followed Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond, D.S.O., M.C., a wealthy former WWI officer of the Loamshire Regiment, who, after the war, spends his new-found leisure time as a private detective.Drummond is a proto-James Bond figure and was a muscular man with a group of followers who helped him in his adventures. They rounded up crooks and took them to a place only they knew and reformed them. Drummond and his men, the “Black Gang”, beat the be jabbers out of the men till they learned their lesson and renounced crime. Join us as we listen to the adventures of this British Detective.

The Crime Time Pod

  • Publisher: Mary and Helen
  • Total Episodes: 27

Scaring your ears every week with chilling True Crime stories from all over the world. Hosted by two British best friends Helen & Mary. Instagram: @TheCrimeTimePod | Twitter: @CTimePod | What time is it? #ItsCrimeTime

Monograph

  • Publisher: Taaron Gorbahn
  • Total Episodes: 6

A podcast series that explores history and true-crime in British Columbia, Canada.

Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance

  • Publisher: bloodsweatandfear
  • Total Episodes: 13

An independently produced true crime/history podcast hosted by Eve Lazarus, a reporter and author based in Vancouver, British Columbia

Right to Remain Silent

  • Publisher: Right to Remain Silent
  • Total Episodes: 14

A true crime podcast hosted by British women, Katy and Amy.

A British True Crime Podcast

  • Publisher: British True Crime
  • Total Episodes: 1

A British True Crime Podcast covering some of Britain’s most infamous as well as lesser known cases. Expect murder and unsolved cases from across the British Isles.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Publisher: Loyal Books
  • Total Episodes: 31

Kidnapped is the story of a 16-year old young man who is searching for his true birthright and is determined to make a fortune after the death of his parents. This timeless tale by Robert Louis Stevenson follows the life of David Balfour who leaves his home in Scotland after the death of his parents. First he meets his uncle for the first time in his life. His uncle is a very mean person who, at first, tried to kill David by devious means but then got him kidnapped onto a slave ship. In the ship, David makes friends with a Scottish rebel and together they successfully defeat the ship’s crew. The rebel, Alan, cherishes a dream to overthrow the British rulers of Scotland. Soon after the shipwreck, the two escaped but were later charged for being accomplices in the murder of a British supporter by the name of Colin Campbell. Although the novel’s adventures get a kick-start by this kidnapping, it is true that the hero of the story spends very little time as a captive. The character of Alan is very important as without his friendship the story would have ended very quickly. David would have been forced into slavery or would have escaped and met a poor fate due to starvation and want of money. On the contrary, David enters into new adventures with Alan on the ship itself. But after being charged with the grave crime of murder, readers are forced to ask two pertinent questions – Will these two escape from the hands of the British soldiers? Will David ever confront his sly uncle and fight to get back his inheritance? This is a very exciting and adventure filled story and all readers, old or young, will like the way the novel slowly unfolds. The setting of the story is very beautiful and there are vivid descriptions of the woods, waterfalls and streams which they jump over. The story is set in 1751 and the author has successfully narrated the story keeping in mind the history of the time. If you love adventure stories then you simply cannot ignore this fast-moving adventure which promises to keep the reader engrossed from start-to-finish.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

  • Publisher: Loyal Books
  • Total Episodes: 48

A young woman who inherits a beautiful diamond known as The Moonstone on her eighteenth birthday becomes the center of this mystery story. The diamond is a gift from an uncle who once served as an army officer in British India. She proudly wears the jewel on her dress at her birthday party that night. The precious stone has a dark and sinister history, which will have a terrible impact on her life and the lives of those around her. You’re about to read what’s been termed the very first real detective story in the English language. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is the book which is deemed to have set many of the traditions for the generic detective story. Elements like murder in an English country house, plenty of suspects, a famous detective who is called in to solve the crime, a complicated motive and a final twist in the tale as the perpetrator is revealed. The Moonstone was serialized in 1868 in Charles Dickens’ magazine All The Year Round. William Wilkie Collins was an aspiring law student when he first met the great Charles Dickens. Encouraged by the famous author, Collins began to contribute short stories and longer novels to Dickens’ magazines. The two became good friends and often coauthored many pieces in these magazines, read, discussed and traveled together and shared a great literary and personal friendship. However, by the time The Moonstone was written, Collins was suffering from serious ill-health and became addicted to opium, which he began taking to get relief from excruciating pain. The Moonstone was actually a break from the kind of stories Collins had written to that point. The Victorian “sensation” novel genre was all the rage in England at the time, but with The Moonstone, the focus began to shift to mystery, crime and detection. The effects of colonization, looting of local treasures and oppression of the natives are all underlying themes in The Moonstone. As a forerunner of the great traditions of detective fiction, The Moonstone is a gripping, interesting and fascinating read for whodunit fans of all ages.

Finders Keepers Records

  • Publisher: Finders Keepers Records
  • Total Episodes: 51

Behold Finders Keepers, a British record label, 40 years in the making, introducing fans of psychedelic / jazz / folk / funk / avant-garde and whacked-out movie musak to a lost world of undiscovered vinyl artifacts from the annals of alternative pop history. Catering to record collectors and DJ-producers alike with a huge emphasis on sample friendly soundscapes, rocksteady back-beats and primitive electronic experimentalism. Discerning purveyors of the bizarre and abnormal should expect the Japanese choreography records, space-age Turkish protest songs, Czechoslovakian vampire soundtracks, Welsh rare-beats, bubblegum folk, drugsploitation operatics, banned British crime thrillers and celebrity Gallic Martini adverts… presented on CD, 7″ and traditional black plastic discs in authentic packaging. Following in the very same footsteps as the mind boggling “Music To Watch Girls Cry” and “Songs In The Key Of Death” mix CDs for Fat City Records and the original 5-star rated Finders Keepers compilation LP in 2001, Manc-based vinyl-vulture, recording artist and record producer Andy Votel enlists the skills of fellow B-Music DJ and Rare Disc Detective Doug Shipton to form a team of psychedelic librarians and cosmic-pop-quiz-elitists to run their new Twisted Nerve distant sister-label, leaving no progressive pebble unturned or record collection un-rifled. Future compilations and re-issues will feature collaborative curators such as David Holmes, Cherrystones and Bob Stanley and further contributions from mystery A- / B+ pop-celebrity fanatics of outsider music and ultra-rare bakelite discs. Finders Keepers is an ‘accidental world music label’ with a punk aesthetic and DJ friendly ethos which allows the desperate listener to sit back while we deliver schizoid cultural channel-hopping compilations and rocking-horse-shit & hen’s-teeth re-releases to the comfort of your psych-starved living room…

Department of Sociology Podcasts

  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 110

Podcasts from The Department of Sociology. Sociology in Oxford is concerned with real-world issues with policy relevance, such as social inequality, organised crime, the social basis of political conflict and mobilization, and changes in family relationships and gender roles. Our research is empirical, analytical, and comparative in nature, reaching far beyond British society, to encompass systematic cross-national comparison as well as the detailed study of Asian, European, Latin American and North American societies.

THE PAUL TEMPLE SERIES

  • Publisher: NON STOP MUSIC POD SHOW!!
  • Total Episodes: 3

Paul Temple is a fictional character created by English writer Francis Durbridge. Temple is a professional author of crime fiction and an amateur private detective. With his wife Louise, affectionately known as Steve in reference to her journalistic pen name ‘Steve Trent’, he solves whodunnit crimes through subtle, humorously articulated deduction. Always the gentleman, the strongest oath he ever utters is “by Timothy”.Created for the BBC radio serial Send for Paul Temple in 1938, the Temples featured in more than 30 BBC radio dramas, twelve serials for German radio, four British feature films, a dozen novels, and a BBC television series. A Paul Temple daily newspaper strip ran in the London Evening News for two decades

Bulldog Drummond

  • Publisher: Entertainment Radio
  • Total Episodes: 27

Bulldog Drummond is a radio crime drama in the United States. It was broadcast on Mutual April 13, 1941 – March 28, 1954. Garyn G. Roberts wrote in his book, Dick Tracy and American Culture: Morality and Mythology, Text and Context, "With its trademark foghorn, Bulldog Drummond was one of the premiere mystery programs of its time."Bulldog Drummond was "a British investigator called 'Bulldog' because he was relentless in the pursuit of criminals." The character was created by British author H. C. McNeile. In addition to McNeile's books, Drummond was featured in a series of films from Paramount Pictures in the 1930s. Drummond was described as "a polished man-about-town, whose hobby is crime detection and the apprehension of criminals."Radio historian John Dunning commented, "With his sidekick Denny, Captain Hugh Drummond solved the usual run of murders, collected the usual run of bumps on the head, and ran afoul of underworld characters ranging from radium thieves to counterfeiters." In a 1948 column in the Oakland Tribune, media critic John Crosby called the program "the first of the more successful exemplars of radio espionage and intrigue."One notable aspect of Bulldog Drummond was its opening (created by producer-director Himan Brown), which "evoked a London ambiance with footsteps, a foghorn, shots, and three blasts of a police whistle." Following the sound effects, an announcer introduced the program with the line, "Out of the fog … out of the night … and into his American adventures … comes … Bulldog Drummond."The program was initially set in Great Britain, but after two months the setting was moved to the United States, thus leading some sources to identify it as The American Adventures of Bulldog Drummond. In another change from the books, the radio program omitted Drummond's wife "and his gaggle of ex-army comrades." He did, however, keep his butler, Denny.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/bulldog-drummond/donations

The Middle of Things by Joseph Smith Fletcher

  • Publisher: Loyal Books
  • Total Episodes: 29

If you’re in the mood for a cracking good classic murder mystery, The Middle of Things by JS Fletcher will certainly come up to expectations! Richard Viner is your average man on the street who stumbles upon a dead body in a dimly lit alley while taking his usual nightly stroll. When the police arrive, they conclude that this is a case of a robbery gone wrong, as the dead man’s valuables are missing. However, as the case progresses, Viner discovers to his consternation, that the prime accused in the case is an old school-mate who is caught pawning items of jewelry belonging to the dead man. What makes it worse is that the school-mate is down and out these days and certainly needs the money. Viner decides to investigate and discover the truth. Written in 1922, The Middle of Things is one of the more than 100 whodunits penned by the prolific writer Joseph Smith Fletcher, a British journalist. His body of work consists of more than two hundred novels in many different genres including historical fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Writing in what is now termed the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, popular in the 1920s and 30s, it included Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen, Dashiell Hammett Dorothy L Sayers, Raymond Chandler and many others. In 1929, Ronald Knox a popular mystery writer, codified the Ten Commandments of Detective Fiction and many of the Golden Age writers’ works conform to these rules. The stories were essentially puzzles and not meant to be realistic portrayals of crime and criminals. The Middle of Things has a host of interesting characters, including the delightful Miss Bethia Penkridge, Viner’s elderly maiden aunt whose brilliant powers of deduction hide beneath a fluffy exterior. A quick, entertaining read for young and old alike!

Firmware: Proxy

  • Publisher:
  • Total Episodes: 52

Isaac Sarason is a skilled hacker formerly employed by British Telecom-Sprint. With his health failing, Isaac did the only thing he could think of: He ran. He found a haven in a working class district of the City known as Little Russia. There Isaac took on a new name: Ishmael. Within hours of his arrival, he was embroiled in the affairs of a brutal member of the Lomidze organized crime family known as Leo. Convinced by a longtime friend, Frankie, to flee from his commitments to the Lomidze family, Isaac found himself hunted by the ruthless Leo. On a rooftop, far from witnesses, Leo murdered Frankie. Only through the use of his skills as a hacker was Isaac able to drive Leo off. Now wounded, alone, and far from help, Isaac depends of the kindness of strangers. What do you do when the only way to save those you love is through the use of Proxies? First Serialized by Colbyjack.net.

Black British Girl Talks; Crime, Finance, Etc

  • Publisher: Angelisha
  • Total Episodes: 27

Welcome to Black British Girl talks crime, finance etc. A podcast about crime, finance and other things. Each week I will bring you a true crime story OR financial advice or just about life as a Black girl in British society. Follow along for true crime stories , tips on budgeting or home ownership and general insight into current events and Black British life

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