The Lunar Effect

A new commission for BBC 7 is an interesting series of five stories all marking a full moon.

The question is posed: when someone or something steps out of the norm is it a mere coincidence, or is there really a Lunar Effect?

All five stories were directed in Belfast by Anne Simpson.

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A new commission for BBC 7 is an interesting series of five stories all marking a full moon.

The question is posed: when someone or something steps out of the norm is it a mere coincidence, or is there really a Lunar Effect?

All five stories were directed in Belfast by Anne Simpson.

By John Connolly. A young woman deals with two tormentors by unexpected means.

Under a full moon, a young woman deals with two tormentors by unexpected means. Michelle Gomez reads John Connolly's tale.

How often have you done something which seemed out of character only to discover that a full moon fell on that day or week? Five stories marking a full moon. When someone or something unexpectedly steps outside of the norm is it just coincidence, or is there really something in The Lunar Effect?

The Cycle, written by John Connolly and read by Michelle Gomez.

On her way home from work on an almost deserted train, a young woman starts to suffer pains that we are led to believe indicate her period is imminent. When two troublemaking youths board the train and there is a subsequent delay, the boys' unwanted attention, the woman's increasing pain and the effect of the full moon result in the demise of her tormentors by unexpected means.

Under a full moon, a young woman deals with two tormentors by unexpected means.

A young woman deals with two tormentors by unexpected means.

The Cycle is written by John Connolly and read by Michelle Gomez.

02The Boy By The Light Of The Moon2007013020070131
20071023 (BBC7)
20071024 (BBC7)
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20141230 (BBC7)
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By Vega Powell. Remembering a distant love affair, a Spaniard meets an odd waiter.

Back in Morocco and remembering a distant a love affair - a Spaniard meets an odd waiter. David Warner reads Vega Powell's tale.

An older Spanish man returns to the Port of Tangier in Morocco, where memories stir of a love affair that changed his life. At his hotel he is attended by a strange boy, who seems to know about the woman he loved long ago. But when the man tries to find the waiter the next day, he's told he only works there once a month: the boy appears only at the time of the full moon. An exotic Tale of the Unexpected.

Back in Morocco and remembering a distant a love affair, a Spaniard meets an odd waiter.

A Spanish man returns to the Port of Tangier in Morocco, with memories of a love affair.

An older Spanish man returns to the Port of Tangier in Morocco, where memories stir of a love affair that changed his life.

An older Spanish man returns to the Port of Tangier in Morocco, where memories stir of a love affair.

By Vega Powell and read by David Warner.

An older Spanish man returns to the Port of Tangier in Morocco, stirring memories of a love affair that changed his life.

03She Often Walked At Night2007013120070201
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By Lilian Pizzichini. Under a full moon, three friends meet in a strange exotic bar.

Under a full moon somewhere in Europe - three friends meet in a strange, exotic bar. Lucy Cohu reads Lilian Pizzichini's tale.

Three friends, adrift in a mysterious European city, congregate one night at cocktail hour in a strange, exotic bar and, as they partake of an absinthe-like drink, pathological, long-buried natural tendencies surface under the influence of the full moon.

Under a full moon somewhere in Europe, three friends meet in a strange, exotic bar.

Three friends congregate one night at cocktail hour in a strange, exotic bar.

Three friends, adrift in a mysterious European city, congregate one night at cocktail hour in a strange, exotic bar.

By Lilian Pizzichini and read by Lucy Cohu.

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20071025 (BBC7)
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By Dominic Power. Widow Lottie's odd encounter with a fox has a life-changing effect.

Under a full moon - widow Lottie's odd encounter with a fox has a life changing effect. Amanda Root reads Dominic Power's tale.

After a heavy, gin-induced afternoon sleep, sixty-year old Lottie Nancarrow wakes up with the sense of dread that has plagued her since the recent death of her partner, the abstract painter Ned Stein, with whom she had shared thirty years of a happy bohemian existence. Lottie is treating her grief with alcohol, and is becoming increasingly eccentric, alienating herself from her small West London community and the life she shared with Ned. This evening, Lottie feels that something is wrong, some change in the atmosphere. Going to the French window of her garden flat, she sees a full moon hanging in the sky, and illuminated by the moon, staring through the glass at her, is a large urban fox - staring at her with a look that suggests some secret knowledge.

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Strong moonlight forces spark a sequence of events which echo across generations.

Strong moonlight forces spark a sequence of events which echo across generations. Frances Tomelty reads Polly Devlin's tale.

By Polly Devlin and read by Frances Tomelty.

By Polly Devlin. Strong moonlight forces spark events which echo across generations.

In 1867 a young girl living with her father on their isolated County Tyrone farm often senses the magical attraction of the full moon. On one particular night of bright, silvery moonlight she gives in to strong forces sparking a sequence of events which echo across generations.