Radio and podcasts: Miranda Sawyer’s 10 best of 2020

Our critic’s picks, from lockdown highlights musical and fictional to political dissections and gripping documentaries

1. No Signal 10 v 10; April
Online station No Signal had the biggest breakout radio hit of 2020, making lockdown fun. The show that put up 10 tracks by Vybz Kartel against 10 of Wizkid’s was a highlight, with well over a million listeners worldwide, and prompting Burna Boy and his mum to join live on Instagram. Listen again on

2. BBC Radio lockdown specials
BBC Radio 1/1Xtra/2/6 Music/Asian Network; April
The BBC’s big music radio stations united to play five tracks for a 9am Thursday national sing-and-dance-along. Each station picked a song, every station played them all, and listeners sent in clips of themselves joining in. Surprisingly moving.

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