Dreaming The City

Four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

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01Ashes20130605

01Ashes2013060520151007 (R4)

Four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 1: Ashes by Craig Taylor.

When an urban explorer suffers a fatal accident, two friends are charged with the task of scattering his ashes. They travel to London and revisit the derelict buildings, river barges and train sidings he used to explore, to find the most appropriate location for his final resting place.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.

A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.

You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Featuring the voice of Joseph Kloska.

Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

01Ashes20130605

by Craig Taylor.

When an urban explorer suffers a fatal accident, two friends are charged with the task of scattering his ashes. They travel to London and revisit the derelict buildings, river barges and train sidings he used to explore, to find the most appropriate location for his final resting place.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.

A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.

You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Featuring the voice of Joseph Kloska.

Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

02The Fox Wife20130612
02The Fox Wife20130612
02The Fox Wife20130612
02The Fox Wife20130612

02The Fox Wife20130612
02The Fox Wife20130612
02The Fox Wife20130612

02The Fox Wife20130612
02The Fox Wife2013061220151014 (R4)

Four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 2: The Fox-Wife by Sam Thompson

In Oxford, we follow a man whose wife has turned into a fox.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.

A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.

You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

02The Fox Wife20130612

by Sam Thompson

In Oxford, we follow a man whose wife has turned into a fox.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.

A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.

You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

03Raising the Bones20130619

03Raising The Bones20130619
03Raising the Bones20130619

03Raising The Bones2013061920151021 (R4)

Four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 3: Raising the Bones by Naomi Alderman

A heart-broken girl returns to the Roman ruins of Silchester, where she once spent the perfect day with a lost love. But on her return, she discovers it has been transformed into a bustling city - the city that could have been but never was.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.

A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.

You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

With thanks to English Heritage.

Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

03Raising The Bones20130619

Four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 3: Raising the Bones by Naomi Alderman

A heart-broken girl returns to the Roman ruins of Silchester, where she once spent the perfect day with a lost love. But on her return, she discovers it has been transformed into a bustling city - the city that could have been but never was.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.

A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.

You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

With thanks to English Heritage.

Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

04Strange Cargo20130626

04Strange Cargo2013062620151028 (R4)

Four journeys into the dark recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Joby Waldman to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 4: Strange Cargo by Michael Smith

Writer Michael Smith returns to his hometown of Hartlepool for a glimpse into the historic port's collective imagination.

On a solitary walk back from the pub he peers into the shadows of the dark, deserted seafront.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like the city. A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent even. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price. You don't need to live in one; it's part of the universal imagination. A place where everyone - and no one - belongs.

But the way we think of a city has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes each uncovers those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme - vermin, death, identity and -memory - and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Producers: Russell Finch and Joby Waldman

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Location recording: Maxy Bianco.

04Strange Cargo2013062620151028 (R4)

Four journeys into the dark recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Joby Waldman to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 4: Strange Cargo by Michael Smith

Writer Michael Smith returns to his hometown of Hartlepool for a glimpse into the historic port's collective imagination.

On a solitary walk back from the pub he peers into the shadows of the dark, deserted seafront.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like the city. A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent even. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price. You don't need to live in one; it's part of the universal imagination. A place where everyone - and no one - belongs.

But the way we think of a city has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes each uncovers those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme - vermin, death, identity and -memory - and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Producers: Russell Finch and Joby Waldman

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Location recording: Maxy Bianco.

04 LASTStrange Cargo20130626

Four journeys into the dark recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Joby Waldman to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.

Episode 4: Strange Cargo by Michael Smith

Writer Michael Smith returns to his hometown of Hartlepool for a glimpse into the historic port's collective imagination.

On a solitary walk back from the pub he peers into the shadows of the dark, deserted seafront.

These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like the city. A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent even. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price. You don't need to live in one; it's part of the universal imagination. A place where everyone - and no one - belongs.

But the way we think of a city has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes each uncovers those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme - vermin, death, identity and -memory - and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.

Producers: Russell Finch and Joby Waldman

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Location recording: Maxy Bianco.