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Fear on 4

13 Chilling BBC Radio 4 Dramas
By: BBC, Various
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)
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Summary

An unsettling collection of full-cast dramas from the long-running BBC Radio 4 horror series.

Throughout five series of Fear on 4 from 1988-1997, Edward de Souza was The Man in Black, a sinister raconteur who introduced a weekly half hour of terror and suspense. Here, he welcomes us to his house of horrors as he presents 13 terrifying tales that will make your flesh crawl.

The Snowman Killing by J C W Brook
Green and Pleasant by Bert Coules
Survival by John Wyndham
Soul Searching by Martyn Wade
The Beast with Five Fingers by William Fryer Harvey
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
By the River, Fontainebleau by Stephen Gallagher
The Face by E F Benson
The Monkey’s Revenge by Guy Jenkin
Fat Andy by Stephen Dunstone
The Journey Home by Bert Coules
Dead Man’s Boots by William Ingram
The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker

With eerie sound effects that enhance the atmosphere of dread, these bloodcurdling adaptations run the gamut from the mysterious to the macabre. With superb casts including Imelda Staunton, Bernard Cribbins, Anna Massey, Thora Hird and Sean Barrett.

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Utterly Bizzare

To call this merely a mixed bag would be an understatement. It's as if someone was tasked with putting together the best and worst short stories they could find...or perhaps just the best, and they fell ill, passing the job onto the tea lady or something. The narrator is given dreadful links to the story ('welcome to story number ten. There are also ten commandments, such as do not kill. But in this story...someone GETS KILLED!' Also, the husbands are all melodramatic chauvinists and borderline psychopaths. So then, a quick by-story review: The Snowman: Clunky, predictable, dull. Green and Pleasant: Badly aged. Reads like an 80's student play. Survive(?): Odd choice for audio. Forgettable, bland. Soul Searching: Excellent acting, decent enough story. Bernard Cribbins on top form. The Beast with Five Fingers: Excellent interpretation of a classic tale. The Yellow Wallpaper: Best narration of this story I have heard, and the best in this collection by far. By the River : Enjoyable retelling, well acted. The Face: Painful. Lacking in any redeeming quality. ?: A scientist decides to hire a girl with learning difficulties to keep him alive after having his head transplanted onto the body of a monkey. Yes, that's right. It's even worse than it sounds. Fat Andy: Marvellous, genuinely frightening. Thora Hird co-stars. The Journey Home: Perfectly made for audio. Keeps one guessing. Dead Man's Boots: Dead End Script. Perhaps was written by a corpse. In 1920. The Judges House: Acceptable rendering of a classic tale. Neither good nor bad. It just is. So six good ones, six bad ones and one impaled on the fence. Never was there a better reason for the 'skip' function to exist.

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13 out of 13

Fantastic, great selection of stories with really awesome performances all around. Highly recommended to all lovers of horror!

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Fantastic listening for horror fans

I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this but was surprised. Really great acting by the casts. Music and sound effects were spot on too. Sometimes had the hairs on my neck stand on end. Absolutely brilliant.

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Absolutely Love it

I have listened time and again to these dramas on bbc radio 4 extra and am totally delighted that they are now available to download on my ipod.
Please please record the other series and also the series of "the man in black" they are such great stories and horror really comes to life when it is dramatised, otherwise it is a bit flat . . .

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Bit dated, fun though

Quite dated and old fashioned horror stories. Quite sexist too. Women’s place and all that...

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This can be downloaded for nothing...

A mixed bag of BBC stories which can be downloaded and streamed perfectly legally else where on the web.

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