Beef and Dairy Network Podcast
This surreal British comedy podcast has to be heard to be believed, but if you allow yourself to surrender to its parallel universe logic, it will pay in spades. Purporting to be aimed at "those involved, or just interested, in the production of beef animals and dairy herds", and reporting solely on its titular obsessions, it proceeds to skewer BBC local radio, country nimbyism, stand-up comedy, Hollywood insider memoirs, the matter-of-fact horrors of meat, and so much more besides that we stopped anticipating its next move and just enjoyed the ride. To give you a flavour: we meet the traumatised child star of a famous series of yoghurt commercials; a slaughterhouse owner defends his health and safety record; we hear perky commercials for a nightmarish product called Grazex and letters from listeners that take sudden turns into the absurd.
To say more is somehow to explain it less, so instead we'll just give you some factual particulars: the show is hosted by its creator, writer Benjamin Partridge, and parts are played by such comic talents as Josie Long, Ed Gamble, Katy Wix and Mike Wozniak. Listen for something different in your feed - this one stands out in the herd.
Gateway episodes: Episode 3 - Gareth Belge (24 Sep 2015) / Episode 7 - Yoghurt Special (25 Jan 2016) / Episode 9 - Teresa Beckton (22 Mar 2016)