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Pick of the podcasts: The Friendship Onion, It Happened to Me and Working Hard, Hardly Working

© SYSTEMGrace Beverley
Grace Beverley

Working Hard, Hardly Working

How many times has the cheeky chap of the office sauntered over to your desk (sorry, Zoom chat) and asked whether you are working hard or hardly working? As far as workplace parlance goes it’s about as ubiquitous as “What’s that you’re having for lunch?” and “Horrible weather we’re having isn’t it?”

But with our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens suddenly turned into makeshift desks, the pandemic has turned an old fashioned phrase into a modern concern. After all, how many of us are glued to our laptops from nine to five, only to still be answering emails come bedtime?

If you’re struggling with the increasingly blurred line between work and home life, entrepreneur Grace Beverley’s (above) new podcast could be the secret to taking back control.

The nine-part interview series debuted in June as a companion to Grace’s number one Sunday Times bestseller book of the same name, and aims to offer advice to anyone struggling to remain productive and inspired or help those facing burnout. As well as featuring insights from host Grace – who founded popular sportswear brand, TALA – each episode of the podcast sees business leaders, authors, influencers, scientists, investors and CEOs share their own experiences and challenges to “lift the lid on what actually goes on behind the scenes of our working lives”.

Sharing practical tips to help make our lives more balanced and fulfilling, the podcast offers insightful takes on today’s modern working world, which is becoming increasingly pressurised and stressful.

Self-confessed “lazy workaholic” Grace said: “Speaking to these people I greatly admire about what hard work means to them has been insightful, and I can’t wait to share their wisdom.”

Apple, Google, Spotify


It Happened To Me

His Room Next Door character turned him into an internet celebrity (and scourge of hapless politicians), and now comedy writer Michael Spicer is turning his talents to podcasting. Each episode of It Happened To Me sees journalist Matt Tiller interview a guest about a life-changing moment – only each story is made up and every character is played by Spicer.

Our favourite so far is a tale of “Sean Flude” who joins the cult of Myriology.

Apple, Spotify 


The Friendship Onion

The Lord of the Rings co-stars Billy Boyd and Dom Monaghan, aka
Pippin and Merry, provide a behind-the-scenes look at what it was really like to make one of cinema’s most popular fantasy franchises.

Featuring interviews with other cast and crew, and stories about their time on set, each episode delves into the world of The Shire, Middle Earth and beyond. It’s the next best thing to being one of the nine companions.

Apple, Spotify