Listening To The Dead

Episodes

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AD01Enoch's Machine20131230

By Katie Hims. Enoch Cartwright, Victorian gentleman scientist, invests everything in the development of a machine to record the voice of his dead daughter, Emily, unaware that his living daughter Clara talks to her sister every night.

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

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After developing the means to make long distance radio transmissions, Marconi devoted much of the rest of his life to listening out for the voices of the dead. If radio can conjure a voice disembodied in space, he expected, as have legions of people since, that radio can capture the voices of those disembodied in other dimensions - in time, in ethereal planes. As technology becomes more sensitive, more diverse, more obscure, there are pioneers always ready to harness the new to the service of this age old fascination.

This is the story of five generations of a family whose members can and can't hear the dead. It's an enterprise to explore the myriad ties, stories and quirks that bind families through the generations, across the spectrum of meanings of 'listening to the dead'. Between allowing the echoes of a beloved's voice to live on, and the notion that the dead can engage in communicating new information, are vast grey areas of misinformation that beguile the bereaved and thrill the imagination.

Katie Hims' previous series with Jessica Dromgoole, Lost Property, won Best Audio Drama in the Audio Drama Awards 2011, and they are now collaborating on Radio 4's epic commission, Home Front.

AD02Four Sons2013123120170710 (BBC7)

by Katie Hims. It's 1914, and Clara Tully, a Leeds baker's wife and the proud mother of four beautiful boys, knows the war won't be over by Christmas. And she knows a much darker secret besides.

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

1914. Clara Tully, a baker's wife, knows the war won't be over by Christmas.

AD03The Great Pretender2014010120170716 (BBC7)
20170717 (BBC7)

by Katie Hims. Ralf Little stars as a small-time 1950s psychic, who hungers for fame, despite his inability to read the thoughts of anyone, let alone the woman he works with.

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

A small-time 1950s psychic is unable to read anyone's thoughts, let alone his co-worker.

AD04Ruby's Shoes2014010220170723 (BBC7)
20170724 (BBC7)

by Katie Hims, Ruby Tully grows up unaware of her clairvoyant heritage, and finds that her gift is a curse in an age of experimental psychology

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

Ruby is cursed with clairvoyance in a 1970s age of experimental psychology.

AD05 LASTTuesday's Child2014010320170730 (BBC7)

by Katie Hims, Tuesday grows up assuming her mother abandoned her, despite the voices in her dreams that try to tell her otherwise

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

Tuesday grows up assuming her mother abandoned her, despite the voices in her dreams.