10 great podcasts and audiobooks featuring Essex’s people and places

PUBLISHED: 10:53 15 April 2020 | UPDATED: 10:53 15 April 2020

Blackwater Estuary (c) Frank Shepherd, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Blackwater Estuary (c) Frank Shepherd, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Our county’s unique collection of fascinating people and stunning locations make the ideal subject for podcasters and authors alike. Here are 10 podcasts and audiobooks looking at life in Essex

Ken Crowther’s Gardening Podcast

Now that you have lots of time to spend around the house and in the garden this podcast from BBC Essex will be just what you need to get your green areas ready for spring and summer.

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‘Secret Water’ by Arthur Ransome

The eighth book of Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series is set in Hamford Water near Walton-on-the-Naze with the protagonists exploring the coastal landscape and meeting a selection of eccentric locals.

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The Essex 2020 Podcast

Essex 2020 is a year-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) and this monthly podcast will go behind the scenes of the project. The first two episodes look at the Essex Book Festival and Marconi’s impact on Chelmsford.

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Glenn Tamplin on Anything Goes With James English

Tamplin is the current owner and manager of Romford FC and has a fascinating past where he discovered god following drug addiction. Here he speaks to James English, a podcaster known for speaking to a number of controversial guests.

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‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry

Newly widowed Cara Seaborne has moved to Colchester hoping for a new start yet rumours of a mythical serpent roaming Essex’s marshes takes her to Aldwinter, a fictional village based on the Blackwater Estuary.

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The Invention of Essex: How a County Became a Caricature

This Guardian podcast takes an in-depth look at the various different perceptions of Essex’s cultural landscape from the flashness of TOWIE to being the southern symbol of those supporting Brexit.

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The Essex Boys Case - The Story of Darren Nicholls

The Rettendon murders have been used as the basis for many different forms of media and this audiobook tells the story of Darren Nicholls, the police informant responsible for helping to secure the convictions of Jack Whomes and Michael Steele.

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‘Barnaby Rudge’ by Charles Dickens

This classic begins at The Maypole Inn in Chigwell and observes the social and cultural climate in this part of the world during the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780.

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‘Cargo of Eagles’ by Margery Allingham

Allingham’s detective Albert Campion sends his American associate Mortimer Kelsey out to an old smuggling hamlet in Essex to investigate a murder likely linked to the area’s illicit activities.

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The Brights

Get inside the life of TOWIE star Lydia Bright as she and her family give you an insight into the daily goings on in the Bright household.

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