It was Bridget Jones, or rather her creator Helen Fielding, who presented “smug marrieds” to the world; a species known only too well to “singletons” already feeling a bit like the pink wafers at the bottom of a biscuit tin.
Fortunately, these real-life podcasting couples aren’t at all smug, as they follow in the marriage-branded footsteps of Chris and Rosie Ramsey (Shagged. Married. Annoyed) and Spencer & Vogue (Matthews and Williams).
Partners in Crime
If you had to guess which light entertainment power couple had launched a true crime series, Love Island’s husband-and-wife team Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling may not be one of them.
But stranger things have happened than their Partners in Crime podcast – such as to ‘Mike the Durable’, an Irish-immigrant in 1930s New York who survived multiple attempts on his life by his so-called friends intent on thieving his life insurance policy. Or the self-styled vampires who drank blood and slept in coffins before stabbing their first and final victim 66 times in Germany in 2001.
It’s early days but Whitmore and Stirling’s deft delivery and bloody crimes through history are so far so riveting. Who knows, maybe one day Daniel and Majella will host a series about cannibals…
Somewhat less surprising is Coupledom by the Luther actor Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina. “I’m not big on oversharing,” Idris admitted to Gracia UK, adding that the show encourages “discussions around partnerships and very specifically what works and what doesn’t work... For us to do that, we have to be willing to do the same and open up about our relationship and personal lives.”
Season one guests include Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner – but far more interesting are Nadiya and Abdal Hussain. Their arranged marriage when she was 20, was “one of the worst days of my life”, she has said (they’re still together, and with three young children, 16 years on). Olympic diver Tom Daley and screenwriter husband Dustin Lance Black’s journey to fatherdom in season two is also eye-opening.
The Wittering Whitehalls
Fans of Jack Whitehall’s Netflix road-trip series Travels with My Father, in which he and his octogenarian dad Michael bickered their way around various continents, might like The Wittering Whitehalls, which reframes Michael and wife Hilary as agony uncle and aunt, solving listeners’ conundrums.
More juicy are his glimpses into the cut-throat entertainment industry from when he was a talent agent for Judi Dench, Richard E Grant, Colin Firth and other A-listers.