Walking The Dog podcast relaunches with Goalhanger after year-long hiatus

The Rest is Politics co-host Alastair Campbell stars as the first guest

Hit interview podcast series Walking The Dog has returned for a new season after a year-long hiatus, and is now being produced by independent podcast company Goalhanger. 

The podcast is hosted by Emily Dean, who also co-hosts Absolute Radio’s The Frank Sinner Show, and initially launched in 2017 under The Times. The show had a successful run until December 2022, and featured a wide array of guests including Susie Dent, Martin Kemp, and Nick Grimshaw. 

In addition to being produced by Goalhanger, the new series is also now sponsored by pet insurance company PetPlan and will now release new episodes on a weekly basis. The series is led by freelance podcast producer Faye Lawrence, who previously worked on the British Podcast Award-winning Later Dater and MAFS UK: It’s Official.

Walking The Dog had a brilliant run at The Times – but the chance to join The Rest Is Politics gang and to call Gary Lineker our gaffer – was, frankly, life goals made for Emily who is a lifelong football fan,” Lawrence told PodPod. 

The first episode launched yesterday and features Alastair Campbell, co-host of Goalhanger’s hit current affairs series The Rest is Politics, as the first guest. Other guests that will feature on the show, according to the new trailer, include broadcast journalist Clare Balding and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake. 

Goalhanger is behind the successful ‘Rest Is…’ franchise which has consistently topped the charts since 2022, with shows including The Rest is Football with former athletes Lineker, Alan Shearer, and Micah Richards, The Rest is History with historians Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland, and the company’s most recent launch - The Rest is Entertainment with Richard Osman and Marina Hyde. 

“Gary [Lineker] wouldn’t let me do ‘The Rest is Dogs’,” Dean told Campbell in the first episode of the new series. “I felt a bit like a Love Island contestant asking if I could go on question time.”