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Recommendation Engine: The Rest is Recommendations

The latest Goalhanger offering gets a warm reception

10:00 AM GMT on December 6, 2023

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    Apple Podcasts New & Noteworthy:

    Spotify New & 🔥

    Big new releases: The Rest is Entertainment

    Hanging around: Death of a Codebreaker

    It’s December, and that means lists of everyone’s favourite podcasts of the year are popping up all over the place. Recent entries include the Economist and the New Yorker. Our own will not be far behind.

    Jo Ellison in the FT

    • The Rest is Entertainment - “Instead of injecting highbrow subjects with bawdy lowbrow details, the presenters have brought their Oxbridge learning and erudition to the basest subjects in the cultural realm."

    Fiona Sturges in the FT

    • The Professor - “It’s a hell of a story, deftly told by host Simon Willis, who hangs out at [alleged art smuggler William] Veres’s flat and tags along with him on jaunts around Europe meeting various shadowy figures, among them art detectives, informants and retired police officers."

    Miranda Sawyer in the Observer

    • The Rest is Entertainment - “Both Hyde and Osman treat what is usually considered trivial with the utter seriousness it deserves, plus they don’t compete with each other, or try too hard to be chummy. In short, they’re great casting and the episode flew past.”
    • History for You - “A very funny newish show that takes the mickey out of The Rest Is History, and all the other ‘posh chaps talking about the past’ podcasts.”
    • Eight Years Hard Labour - “Close and raw.”

    The Guardian’s Hear Here column recommends

    And in the Guardian’s Guide newsletter

    • The Rest is Entertainment - “What this latest effort might lack in titling originality, it makes up for in pure star wattage”

    Highlights from the Radio Times

    Heat’s Top of the Pods

    Scott Bryan in Great British Podcasts

    In PodPod’s Earworms column:

    • Bobby Temps, Mental Podcast: Fad Camp - “Highlights the ridiculous nature of fad diets.”
    • David Manero, Listen: Real Survival Stories - “One to listen to in headphones.”
    • Andy Gaffney, Promenade: Heavyweight - “I don't think I'd be doing what I do now without Heavyweight.”
    • Rob Lilley-Jones, Which?: Formula for Success - “They have some very entertaining stories.”
    • Ellie Jay, Digital Frontier: Death of a Codebreaker - “Why has no one made a podcast about this before?”
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