The Apocalypse Clock

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01Before The End20121216

A short story diptych written by the award-winning author Patrick Ness.

Read by Lindsay Duncan.

In an abandoned hospital, on the day the Mayans predicted would bring the apocalypse, a terminally ill man counts down the minutes and waits with his wife for the end to come.

The Mayans predicted that the world will end on 21st December 2012. These specially commissioned short stories explore the nature of endings, seen through the eyes of a woman who loses everything on the day of revelation.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

02 LASTAfter The End20121223

A short story diptych written by the award-winning author Patrick Ness.

Read by Lindsay Duncan.

A newly bereaved wife returns alone to her looted home. One week on from the false apocalypse, the power is still down, the fires are still burning; people are starting to emerge, shame-faced, from their shelters, seeking food and information. As the widow walks to a hastily established food-bank, she glimpses the small boy who has shadowed her since she returned from the hospital. In his right hand he is carrying something precious; a small gift, a revelation.

The Mayans predicted that the world will end on 21st December 2012. These specially commissioned short stories explore the nature of endings through the eyes of a woman who loses everything on the day of revelation.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.