Swipe Left Swipe Left!, however, is an attention-grabber. Its true (short, well-produced) stories are about relationship adventures and dating failures. Last week’s episode, Happy Endings, is the one I recommend. Because – sorry kids – it’s hot. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a real-life podcast that is actually sexy before... Jen goes on a solo holiday to Barcelona and has what we might call an “encounter”. Ladies, enjoy.
I have spent the last week haunted by Swipe Left, Swipe Left!, a funny, intimate and sporadically excruciating new podcast about people and their adventures in love. Created and hosted by the London producer Claire Crofton and her partner Gavin Wong, these are not sweet tales of romantic trysts and soft-focus marriage proposals. Instead this 15-part series hears from those whose romantic entanglements have taken them somewhere unexpected. Exasperation, surprise, humiliation and unabashed lust can be found here...
BBC Podcast Radio Hour
Made for 4 Extra. David McGuire joins Amanda Litherland to recommend favourite podcasts, including Swipe Left Swipe Left, and Love + Radio.
Radio New Zealand
The road to true love isn't always festooned with freshly-cut flowers – it can also be rutted with misfortune and bordered by anxiety, embarrassment, and humiliation...
The Guardian Guide
With casual dating and podcasts among the biggest cultural trends of recent years, this show combines them for tales of awkwardness and lust. And, despite the Tinder-inspired title, it goes beyond dating apps to other types of encounters, too...
You'll want to grab dinner and drinks with this charming indie podcast, conceived in the spirit of @tindernightmares, and hosted by Gavin Wong and Claire Crofton. The show benefits from Crofton's stellar radio credentials (she regularly produces features for Whistledown and BBC Radio 4, and has won prizes at Hearsay).
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This brings me to the podcast: Swipe Left, Swipe Left – a series of amusing dating and relationship stories. It would be easy to summarise it as a mere catalogue of ‘dating disasters’ (we all love a bit of alliteration) but this would not be a fair description. This podcast is a collection of true-life stories told amid a beautifully produced soundscape. Each episode features a real encounter gone wrong, which is what makes it so good. We appreciate the truth, not to mention a little tragicomic romance. It makes us feel better about our own situation, whatever that might be. Because, let’s be honest, it is always titillating to hear about another’s collapse.