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11 gripping thrillers from some of BBC Radio’s best contemporary writers, including BAFTA winner Neil McKay
Inventive, intriguing and atmospheric, this eclectic selection of crime, mystery and psychological dramas immerses us in a series of diverse worlds where nothing is what it appears to be, and nobody is quite what they seem.
Wide in scope and disparate in style, the stories range from a police procedural and a dark, dystopian eco-thriller to a shocking tale of modern-day slavery, based on real-life events. Created by a host of writers, including BAFTA Award-winning playwright Neil McKay, they are by turn chilling, surreal, haunting and darkly comic.
Meet Maynard, desperate to turn his life around and escape a life of crime; teenagers Saurabh and Yusuf, who make a sinister discovery on Alderly Edge; Kit, struggling to regain her identity after an accident; and Tiger Girl Michelle, addicted to gambling in London’s casinos. All will experience the unexpected, and find their lives changed beyond recognition…
Among the casts are Suranne Jones, Lemn Sissay, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Fiona Shaw, Erin Doherty, Maggie Steed, Pauline McLynn, Ralph Ineson and Gary Lewis.
On the Edge – Cast: Darren Kuppan, Renny Krupinski, Conor Alexander, Matt Andrews, Fiona Clarke, Jeffrey Longmore, Rachel Caffrey. Written by Neil McKay. Directed by Melanie Harris.
Ballad of the Burning Boy – Cast: Suranne Jones, Lemn Sissay, Chris Finnegan, Phil Korbel.Written by Lavinia Murray. Directed by Melanie Harris.
Maynard – Cast: Fraser Ayres, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Ellen Thomas, Chizzy Akudolu, Kellie Shirley, Martina Laird. Written by Fraser Ayres. Directed by Kathy Burke.
Noise – Cast: Effie Woods, Jonas Khan, Sarah Waddell, Richard Teverson.Written by Alex Bulmer. Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas
The Disappearance of Mr Chan – Cast: Jennifer Leong, Jeremy Ang Jones, Jamie Zubairi, Liz Sutherland-Lim, Michelle Yim. Written by Simon Wu. Directed by David Tse.
The Music Lesson – Cast: Fiona Shaw, Erin Doherty. Written by Hannah Silva. Directed by Susannah Tresilian.
Ninety Minutes with Stanislavski – Cast: Colin Stinton, Norah Lopez Holden, Maggie Steed, Matthew Marsh, Nicholas Woodeson, Bruce Alexander. Written by Marcy Kahan. Directed by Melanie Harris
The Crossing – Cast: Pauline McLynn, Owen O’Neill, Laurence Dobiesz, Michael Colgan. Written by Tara Hegarty. Directed by JP McKeown
Tiger Girls – Cast: Crystal Yu, Pik-Sen Lim, Adam J Bernard, Liz Sutherland-Lim, Lobo Chan. Written by Amy Ng. Directed by Shan Ng
The Saudi Prince and the Pauper – Cast: Ralph Ineson, Yousef Kerkour, Lloyd Thomas, Mary Doherty. Written by Neil McKay. Directed by Melanie Harris.
The Last of England – Cast: Anthony O’Donnell, Gary Lewis, Dan Gordon, George Bukhari, Faye McKeever. Written by Neil McKay. Directed by Melanie Harris
- 01 – Intro
- 02 – On the Edge
- 03 – On the Edge
- 04 – On the Edge
- 05 – On the Edge
- 06 – On the Edge
- 07 – Ballad of the Burning Boy
- 08 – Maynard
- 09 – Noise
- 10 – The Disappearance of Mr Chan
- 11 – The Music Lesson
- 12 – Ninety Minutes with Stanislavski
- 13 – Ninety Minutes with Stanislavski
- 14 – The Crossing
- 15 – Tiger Girls
- 16 – The Saudi Prince and the Pauper
- 17 – The Last of England