British Podcast Awards 2023: Best sex & relationships podcast

This award recognises the great work being done in sex education and relationship advice by podcasters throughout the community, representing a wider variety of sexual experiences than has traditionally been the case in mainstream media.

This category’s winning podcasts all have a high standard of research (in terms of both their guests and their subject matter) and presentation that confronts taboos in entertaining and accessible ways.

Gold: Later Dater

Professional love coach and relationship counsellor Lucy Cavendish explores all aspects of sex, love and relationships in the excellent Later Dater podcast. 

While some of the lifestyles covered in the show could be judged or made the subject of fun in the wrong hands, Cavendish is an open and respectful interviewer. She brings all her skills as both a counsellor and journalist to the table to listen and learn from her guests, whether they’re into polyamory or BDSM. On the other end of the spectrum, she gives the same respectful ear to both virgins and those for whom sex is inextricably tied up with religion.

With informative and relatable advice, Later Dater aims to help listeners live their most fulfilling love lives, whether they’re young and looking to explore their sex life without shame, or if they’re older and interested in making a fresh start. 

The judges said:

“This podcast showcases well-handled conversations with really interesting perspectives on relationships - things people may have questions about but are too scared to ask.”

Silver: Brown Girls Do It Too

Since 2019, Brown Girls Do It Too presenters Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani have been on a mission to help women (and especially South Asian women) shake free of the stigma and shame often associated with sex.

Now in its fourth series, the show continues to offer candid insights on all aspects of sex and relationships with new perspectives — Pabani as a new mother, and Jay ‘properly single’ for the first time in her life. Topics — everything from fertility concerns to ethical non-monogamy — are treated with respect, but the hosts never take themselves too seriously either, with a sense of fun that’s truly infectious. 

The judges said:

“A great podcast providing representation to British-Asian women. Talks about how culture intersects with sex and brings light to a topic associated with a lot of taboo quite beautifully.”

Bronze: Rainbow Dads (Series 2)

Rainbow Dads aims to provide a helpful resource for gay and bi-sexual fathers, with stories about those struggling to affirm their true identities after fatherhood. Expect stories of men coming out to wives, children and themselves in a show that’s honest, candid and ultimately life-affirming. 

The judges said:

“The podcast gives an intimate, raw and honest listen. All the hosts provide personal stories which the listener can connect to.”