We're great supporters of the indie podcast movement in the UK and it's great to see so many independently produced shows in the iTunes top charts. To create this list of the best British podcasts I researched the iTunes overall chart in the UK region.
Note that the iTunes charts are constantly changing and this is a snapshot in time of top UK podcasters when this article was published. If you know of any others that should be here be sure to mention them in the comments!
Now, without further ado, here are the top 10 charting podcasts produced by independent podcasters based in the UK in 2017.
by Richard Nicholls
Richard hails from the Midlands region of the UK. He is an award winning hypnotherapist. His self-help podcast is a monthly dose of soothing encouragement to live your best life. At the time of writing Richard's Motivate Yourself podcast ranked 22 overall in the iTunes UK podcast charts.
by Arden Rose & Will Darbyshire
Enthusiastic YouTubers Arden and Will have embraced the podcasting craze with the entertaining Crash on My Couch podcast. Even though there's one episode at the time of writing they've shot up into spot 80 on the iTunes UK podcast charts. You can expect to hear conspiracy theories to weird cultures of Japan to questions about relationships, happiness, and pet revenge on their show!
by Mark Pentleton
Ayrshire based Mark has a great network of language learning podcasts on his Radio Lingua podcast network. Coffee Break Spanish, teaching you everything you'll need to make yourself understood in native Spanish, is currently the most popular of his educational podcasts.
by Julia Samuel
UK based psychotherapist Julia Samuel tackles one of the hardest subjects of all in her podcast – death. On each episode Julia listens to the stories from those who have experienced great love and loss and aims to answer some of life's great questions. It's a compelling listen and full of glowing reviews on iTunes too.
by Dawn O'Porter
If you're looking for fashion tips Dawn O'Porter has a top ranked podcast for you to listen and subscribe to. Each week – best selling author, presenter and founder of BOB by DOP – Dawn talks to someone interesting about why they wear what they wear and what it says about who they are.
by Andy Goode, Big Jim Hamilton and Andy Rowe
Sport is always a favourtie topic of UK podcast listeners and The Rugby Pod is the top independently produced sports show in the UK right now. The Rugby Pod covers everything that happens on and off the pitch in the world of rugby. They're based in London, England and their Twitter account has amassed nearly 10k followers.
by David Runciman and Catherine Carr
You'll hear everything from British politics to a UK view on the American political landscape with David and Catherine on Talking Politics. You name it… Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Brexit and more are all covered. This podcast is proudly produced in Cambridge, UK and features highly in the iTunes charts.
by Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson
Bob and Andy host this regular Manchester based comedy and sporting podcast mix. They cover everything and anything from fake news to Manchester United with a truly British sense of humour on offer! You never know what topic these eclectic hosts will cover next on their podcast episodes.
by Jamie Laing & Francis Boulle
Check out this cheeky British comedy podcast produced by Londoners Jamie and Francis. They read their diaries aloud for the world to hear every week on their podcast. A brave task indeed which makes for very entertaining listening. It's currently in the top 40 podcasts on iTunes UK.
by Marcus Butler
It's rated explicit so brace yourself for a no holds barred podcast from Marcus who is not afraid to speak his mind. A recent episode compared the UK vs USA on many different topics. Lower Your Expectations – a well produced weekly podcast from Brit, Marcus Butler.