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High Strangeness

Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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About the Creator

Writer and creator Will Maclean is a multi-talented BAFTA—and International Emmy-winning writer working in TV, audio and film. He has written for many of the strongest voices in UK comedy including Tracey Ullman, Peter Serafinowicz and Russell Howard. He’s worked on many children’s and animation shows including, for Aardman, Shaun the Sheep, with one of his episodes among the selection winning a Children’s BAFTA and an International Emmy. Will’s 2016 short film, The Pitch (co-written with Marc Haynes) starring Justin Edwards ( The Thick Of It) and Richard Glover ( The Casual Vacancy) played at festivals worldwide, winning two awards at the New York Film Festival. Will’s first novel, The Apparition Phase, a ghost story, is published in October 2020 (on Kindle in the US). Like his character, Cassie, Will has extensive knowledge of the paranormal. He once saw a UFO at the tender age of 16 but, despite his best efforts, was not abducted.

About the Performer

Sophie McShera, who stars as Cassie, rose to fame as Daisy, the much-loved kitchen maid in long-running, multi-Emmy-winning ITV & Masterpiece series Downton Abbey, which went on to become a hit movie in 2019. Her natural talent for comedy shone as ugly sister, Drisella in Disney’s Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. Those movie roles have built on stand-out comedy turns in ITV2’s The Job Lot and Timewasters, the BBC’s Inside No 9 and Galavant for ABC. In the theatre, Sophie’s many roles include Jez Butterworth’s seminal play, Jerusalem; and not forgetting where it all began, as a teenager she starred as Annie in London’s West End.

About the Performer

Adam James is possibly best known as Neil, Suranne Jones’s friend and neighbour, in both series of the super-successful BBC1 thriller, Doctor Foster. Since then he’s appeared with Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You (BBC & HBO), as another government agent in Deep State II (Fox) and starred in Julian Fellowes’s new period drama, Belgravia (ITV). Versatile as ever, in the world of comedy, Adam worked with High Strangeness director, Paul Murphy and Johnny Vegas on the BBC1 sitcom Home from Home. Adam is a prolific theater performer, appearing in, amongst many others, Conor McPherson’s Girl From The North Country and regularly in Mike Bartlett ( Doctor Foster)’s plays, including King Charles III on Broadway.

About the Performer

Anna is a legend of British comedy movies, since starring as Duckface, Hugh Grant’s jilted bride in Four Weddings And A Funeral. Alongside her comedy ( Mapp & Lucia, A Touch of Cloth, Pramface, Inside No 9) she has played a string of formidable, complex, determined women from the murdered matriarch in Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence to maverick journalist, Lix Storm in The Hour (with Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai) for which she was BAFTA nominated. In 2018 Anna starred opposite Donald Sutherland as his JP Getty Snr’s mistress, in Trust, Danny Boyle’s series about the Getty kidnapping for FX. More recently, Anna has made multiple regular appearances in adventure and genre shows ranging from DC’s Pennyworth, to The Watch (BBC) and Penny Dreadful (Sky).

Additional Details

Directors: Paul Murphy
Supporting actors: Niky Wardley, Kevin Eldon, Julia Deakin, Luke Kempner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Tom Bell, Ella Kenion, Steve Edge, Dominic Coleman, and Harrie Hayes.
Producers: Arabella McGuigan, Terence Gray, Isabella Kulkarni, Danielle Lux and Will Maclean
Sound Design: Chris Maclean

Summary

In this scripted comedy, sci-fi, Audible Original, a quick-witted young blogger turned investigator, Cassie (Sophie McShera) travels to the sleepy English countryside, only to discover a paranormal threat beyond humanity’s worst nightmares.

Following a strange event, frustrated British paranormal researcher, Cassie Chambers is thrown together with uptight American, Glen Hedley (Adam James), an agent for a shady government organization. This mis-matched duo soon discover, not only do they have a mystery to uncover, but also they’re humanity’s only defence against malign ultra-terrestrials from a different dimension. With interfering locals, obstructive bosses and a fanatical cult getting in the way, and only Cassie’s best friend Amanda (Mandeep Dhillon) as reliable help, Cassie & Glen must figure out why this unique enemy is here and turn it back before it’s too late - for all of us.

Also starring:

Mandeep Dhillon as Amanda
Amit Shah as Barry
Javone Prince as The Clockmaker
Nina Wadia as The Anchoress
Niky Wardley as Mrs. Hippisley
Kevin Eldon as Mr. Brookes

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This Audible Original was produced by CPL.

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©2020 CPL Productions (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Fun to Listen to

I wasn't too sure about this audible, but I have to admit, it places it made me giggle a bit! I loved how the narrators made this feel exciting and fun to listen to. If there was another book, as good as this, I would definitely listen to it. This was the right length of time and didn't 'drag' on in any way. It helped me relax more and a good break away from other books/audibles, that are more of an intense read. Very refreshing, it's worth listening to.

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Great fun sci-fi horror comedy

I'll admit that I binged all 8 parts on my daily commute and my husband had to listen to the last half of the last episode with me because I couldn't wait till next week to hear it. Great fun and I hope there will be a season 2. It reminded me of what the latest iteration of Doctor Who could have been like with a better writer. I'm hooked.

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Great story and performance!

I really loved this. I listened to one episode after the other, stopping only when my wife and children were screaming for my attention. I really hope the same people make something else soon.

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Perfect

Just what was needed for an evening of craft. Not complicated, funny, mildly exciting, well scripted and acted.. More please. Really good value for money too....lol. Free is a great price.

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Promising start...

I wasn't too sure about this one, but gave it a go and I enjoyed the first episode and will listen to more!

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Don't be needy Barry

Loved it! Loved all the characters, but especially Barry who made me laugh so hard that I actually spat my coffee out.

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Superb New Offering from Audible Originals

Acting excellent with a very good script . Humorous throughout, perfect for all sci fi fans. Do yourself a favour and download. Well worth a listen

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Good fun

I was surprised to enjoy this as much as I did. Good fun, and plenty of much needed silliness. Can we have a sequel please?

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Thoroughly enjoyable, gets better and better!!!

This is really well done, very enjoyable, it moves along really quickly so it's not dull at any point, interesting story that made me laugh. The way it’s been put together is excellent. I'd have been very happy to pay for this. I absolutely loved it, so so good, listened to the whole thing in one day, I know I've said it already but it is very well done, the script, the voices, everything, can't fault it at all.

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I enjoyed it

Definitely not bad and sufficiently intriguing to listen to episode 2. Full marks to the narrators.

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