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20 Best British Council Podcasts of 2021

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

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Learn English with the British Council and Premier League

  • Publisher: Jack Radford & Rich Moon
  • Total Episodes: 635

The Premier Skills English podcast is a part of a project from the British Council and Premier League for people who are learning English and love football. If you want to know more visit the website, or get in touch at [email protected]

BFC Fashion Forum

  • Publisher: British Fashion Council
  • Total Episodes: 20

Brought to you by the British Fashion Council, a series of conversations with designers and the broader creative community, all of whom play a vital role in the fashion industry’s culture and reputation, promoting British creativity on a global scale. See for privacy and opt-out information.

The Smart Girl Tribe Podcast

  • Publisher: smartgirltribe
  • Total Episodes: 77

Smart Girl Tribe is the UK’s #1 female empowerment organisation. Having worked with UN Women, the British Council, Women for Women International and the NSPCC, this online community is redefining girlhood. CEO and founder Scarlett Clark shares her experience in this honest, raw, inspirational podcast. Whether it’s for advice, to build a global empire or in need of an incredible girl-gang, the Smart Girl Tribe podcast is a must-listen for any young women in need of a big sister figure.

Education in focus: South Asia

  • Publisher: British Council
  • Total Episodes: 9

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In Conversation With Paul Weller

  • Publisher: Polydor Records
  • Total Episodes: 4

Join British music icon Paul Weller with journalist, author and GQ editor Dylan Jones as they embark on a wide-ranging, intimate conversation exploring Paul’s extraordinary career, personal life and much more. Across 3 episodes the pair will delve into the legendary musician’s thoughts on art, politics and fashion, his time with The Jam and The Style Council, plus his hugely successful solo work – including critically acclaimed new album On Sunset – in one of his most candid interviews to date.Produced by Tayo Popoola for Furious Styles Productions

A Voyage to Antarctica

  • Publisher: UKAHT
  • Total Episodes: 10

Journalist and broadcaster Alok Jha talks to leading explorers, scientists, conservationists and artists about Antarctica’s fascinating past, present and future, to discover why the icy continent matters to us all. Created by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. UKAHT champions public understanding of, and engagement with Antarctica through the history of human endeavour in the region. UKAHT looks after British historic sites and artefacts in Antarctica and invests in global public programmes and education enabling more people to discover, understand, value and protect this stunning and important part of our planet. The podcast is part of the UKAHT’s ‘Antarctica In Sight’ programme, supported by Arts Council England, the Garfield Western Foundation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. See for privacy and opt-out information.


  • Publisher: I Fagiolini / The Sixteen
  • Total Episodes: 14

Choral Chihuahua is a new podcast series in which three British choral directors chat about things that matter to them: composers they love, points of choral technique, classic but also niche choral works, other groups and singers they admire. What is a tertiary shift and does it matter to anyone except Robert? Why was Harry first drawn to the music of James Macmillan? Can Eamonn explain why all singers should embrace their internal choral chihuahua? With a light-hearted touch, three stalwarts of the UK’s hugely varied choral scene chew the choral cud about how (and why) you do it and what they’ve learnt along the way.Choral Chihuahua is brought to you by I Fagiolini and The Sixteen and produced by Percius, The Sixteen and Polyphonic Films. It’s supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and I Fagiolini Charitable Trust.Support this show See for privacy and opt-out information.

Creative Women International podcast

  • Publisher: Philiy Page
  • Total Episodes: 179

How do I leave my 9-5 for my side hustle? How do I make money from my work? Can I build my dream job? Creative Women International is here to help you figure it out. Founder Philiy Page, presents these podcasts having worked in the creative industries for over 24 years, starting as a photojournalist for UK publications such as Marie Claire and The Guardian Newspaper. She moved into BBC documentaries, worked as a feature film production manager, writes and runs the CWI, while also delivering training for Creative Business Start ups internationally for Nesta and the British Council. She is a RSA Fellow and has worked as a teaching Fellow of Entrepreneurship at The University of Bristol. Philiy’s book The Business Of Creativity helps female start-ups create a successful career. Philiy shares tips and personal stories, has guests to help you work it all out, and acts like the big sister you never knew you needed. You can find out more about Creative Women International at: where you can sign up to be the first to hear about courses, offers, VIP meet ups and so much more- plus you get some great free downloads to help you with your creative career. If you are a successful creative, get in touch if you would like to feature as a guest. [email protected]

Exploring India through her stories

  • Publisher: Storytrails
  • Total Episodes: 5

Every sight has a story to tell. Join us as we uncover fascinating, insightful stories behind places, people and monuments of India. Each episode offers a bite-sized glimpse into India’s history, culture, and heritage; Hidden histories, unexpected tales, and stories that help you make sense of the sights around you. Come, experience India with us! Storytrails is an award-winning organisation that attempts to showcase India through her stories. It is a pioneer in designing highly acclaimed, story-based walking tours, audio tours and experiences across India. Storytrails is a winner of the ‘Creative Entrepreneurship Award’ from the British Council, and the ‘Travellers’Choice’ and ‘Hall of Fame’ Awards from Tripadvisor among others. It is highly rated in most travel publications and has seen glowing reviews in Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Conde Nast, and Nat Geo traveller and many more. Explore more of these stories in our short video series, blog, online workshops, audio tours and walking tours; links on our website

British Council Arts

  • Publisher: British Council Arts
  • Total Episodes: 3

The British Council Arts Podcast brings together panels of artists and industry experts to discuss some of the most important issues and exciting projects happening in the UK arts sector today. As well as bringing news and stories from the industry to our international audiences, the series also reports on the British Council Arts programme overseas. Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Find out more about British Council Arts:

Friday Sermons

  • Publisher: Shaykh Rizwan Hussain al-Azhari
  • Total Episodes: 73

Shaykh Rizwan Hussain Al-Azhari began his Islamic education at a very young age. At the tender age of 11, in the year 1999, he was enrolled into the Al-Karam Secondary School where he spent five years of his academic life. After completing his GCSEs in 2004, he decided to pursue further Islamic education in the Al karam higher Islamic Studies department, thereby completing the 3 year Diploma in Islamic Sciences & Classical Arabic Language in 2007. Post graduation, the Shaykh then proceeded to further his studies by relocating to Egypt and enrolling in the world renowned and incredibly prestigious Al Azhar university. 4 years later, he had completed his B.A from the faculty of usooluddin (Principles of religious) in the subject of Hadith (Islamic Theology). A further year was then spent in the American University of Cairo (AUC) completing another Diploma in Legal Translation. However, his thirst for knowledge was not yet quenched. After returning to British soil in 2012, Shaykh Rizwan joined the Cambridge Muslim College where he spent another year completing yet another Diploma, this time graduating with honours in the college’s Contextual Islamic Studies & Leadership Diploma under the tutelage of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad. Since graduating from Cambridge in 2013, the Shaykh has taken a position as the Head Imam and Khateeb of Bashir Ahmed Masjid in Southampton, as well as becoming the Founder and Principal of the Bashir Ahmed school. In addition to his work as an Imam, Shaykh Rizwan has undertaken a lead role in the Muslim Council of Southampton (MCS) as their religious advisor and resident scholar. This role has now extended to the Naseeha YouTube channel which regularly uploads videos of the Shaykh’s classes and talks for the benefit of the wider Muslim community.

1400 OMG

  • Publisher: Toledo Society
  • Total Episodes: 21

1400 OMG with Muddassar Ahmed brings you a brand new special 3-part series about Emir AbdelKader. “Who was Emir AbdelKader, the hero of humanity?” Host: Muddassar Ahmed is Managing Partner at Unitas Communications Ltd, a British strategic communications consultancy, where he’s led on projects for the United Nations, Amnesty International, the NFL, the Arab League, the U.S. State Department and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and many other governments, civil society and business organisations. He also founded and, is the President of, the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for senior Western Muslim leaders. In addition, he is President of the John Adams Society, the UK’s official US State Department International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) Association. He serves as a Director of the European Network of (US State Dept.) American Alumni, The IDEAS fund & Faith Forum for London. He is also on advisory boards at IAYP, the U.S. Atlantic Council, and Global Ties U.S. Muddassar also recently joined the Office of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives at the German Marshal Fund as a non-resident fellow with a focus on advancing inclusive leadership in Europe and North America. Muddassar recently completed a term as an Independent Advisor on communities to the UK Government. He regularly writes and commentates for a variety of international media outlets including, London’s Evening Standard, CNN, the Hill, BBC, the Telegraph, Arab News and Haartez. He has also been named as one of 500 most influential Muslims in the world for three years in row and amongst the 1000 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard in 2018.

Wild Horizons – the BMC hillwalking podcast

  • Publisher: BMC
  • Total Episodes: 7

The hillwalking podcast from the British Mountaineering Council. Each week the host, Niall Grimes, chooses an upland area or coastal path and then talks to someone who knows and loves the area. Together they find the special magic of the place and point listeners towards the great hikes and features to be found there.

British Council for Offices

  • Publisher: British Council for Offices
  • Total Episodes: 15

British Council for Offices’ mission is to research, develop and share best practice in all aspects of the #office.


  • Publisher: C1 English
  • Total Episodes: 20

Adult students at the British Council in Valencia, Spain improving their English, one podcast at a time.

IELTS Improvement

  • Publisher: Jamie Bramson Grant
  • Total Episodes: 10

This podcast will help you to familiarise yourself with the IELTS, focusing on speaking and writing. It will help you to improve your performance by providing useful advice, tips, and strategies taken from real life IELTS classes. My name is Jamie, I’m a former IELTS examiner. I was a specialist IELTS teacher at the British Council, helping numerous students get their required band scores. I was then an academic English tutor for King’s College London and UCL. I have completed a masters’ level qualification from the University of Cambridge (DELTA) with a specialism in IELTS writing.

Real Talk, Real Advice

  • Publisher: Real Estate Council of BC
  • Total Episodes: 3

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia regulates real estate in the public interest.

Astrology for a better life – Dr Theja

  • Publisher: Dr Theja
  • Total Episodes: 16

I will be 70 years old in April 2021.  In 1971 at the age of 20, I left Sri Lanka on a scholarship to pursue higher studies in Germany. In 1982, after my PhD, I became a lecturer at the faculty of Mineralogy at the University of Berlin. In 1991, my wife, two children and I migrated to Perth, Australia. From 1992-1995 I was time to time engaged by United Nations and Commonwealth Secretariat as an Advisor on precious minerals and worked in Ghana, West Africa.   Since 1976 I have been very intrigued by Vedic Astrology and spent a lot of time learning about this unique science. As a result of my interest, I started to offer Astrology readings, as a hobby, in 1991. Eventually, that hobby became a professional platform and for the past 30 years, I have provided over 10,000 readings to clients globally. I am happy to see that there are so many individuals who have heard about Indian Vedic Astrology and are willing to learn about and investigate their Vedic Horoscope. If this is a topic that interests you, please spend some time listening to my podcasts, browse my website, or watch the videos on my YouTube channel. All these platforms have information which will help you to understand the uniqueness of this science and how I offer my consultations. My intention in introducing this podcast and my YouTube Channel is to share what I have learnt through my Astrology consultations and to consequently inspire non-believers to understand the value of this predictive science. Vedic Astrology is able to help individuals to be more content and happy through identifying their personality strengths. I also enjoy sharing the life experiences that I have gained through my almost 50 years of extensive travels and I want to inspire individuals by sharing how I have overcome certain challenges in my life.   Dr.Theja (PhD. Germany) Consultant Astrologer/ Spiritual Advisor/ Gemologist Former UN and Commonwealth Secretariat Advisor on precious mineral products, Australian Academy of Vedic Astrology Life Member of the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS) Member of the Australian Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) Member of the International Institute of Predictive Astrology, (IIPA, USA) Member of the Planetary Gemologists Association Global (PG) Member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology (BAVA) Web: Tel: +61 8 9498 7819 Mob: +61 422 050 646 Email: [email protected]

RadioBook Rwanda

  • Publisher: RadioBook Rwanda
  • Total Episodes: 10

A new multimedia literary imprint showcasing Rwandan and East African creative voices. There are three innovatively-designed ‘radiobooks’, each featuring the work of one writer and one artist. The accompanying podcasts feature dramatised narrations of the text, as well as interviews with the writers, artists and individuals living similar experiences to those found in the stories. Radiobook Rwanda is the brainchild of three publishers: Huza Press in Kigali, Rwanda, Kwani Trust in Nairobi, Kenya and No Bindings in Bristol in the UK. It is a new Art new Audiences project supported by the British Council’s East Africa Arts Programme.

EBC International TEFL Certificate

  • Publisher: ebcteflcourse
  • Total Episodes: 2

EBC TEFL courses and teaching English abroad programs give dual award TESOL and TEFL certification that meets British Council requirements.

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