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Summary

Ten mind-altering tales from some of the best new drama writers.

There's a crack in reality. Our world has brushed up against another, and something is breaking through. Ordinary people are experiencing strange disruptions, as inexplicable events and bizarre elements from the other side start to interfere with their lives.... 

A ghost soldier embarks on a time-travelling mission. A homeless woman discovers a portal to a parallel universe. A librarian becomes gradually invisible. A queue stretches across the North of England, as people wait years for an answer to one question. And a mother and daughter realise that someone - or something - is listening in on their conversations and fixing their problems. These are just some of the intimate, immersive stories in this collection - all set in the same shared universe, and including seven standalones and one three-part drama. 

With echoes of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, Murmurs mixes horror, sci-fi and fantasy to gripping effect. Told through phone calls, answerphone messages, radio broadcasts, voice notes and other 'found recordings', and enhanced by an eerie, otherworldly soundscape, it will intrigue, disturb, disorientate and burrow deep under your skin. But don't be alarmed - just listen to the murmurs.... 

Among the casts are Peter Bankole (Peaky Blinders), Abra Thompson (This Country), Camille Coduri (King Gary), Valene Kane (The Fall) and Alex Lawther (The End of the F--king World). 

Production credits

Music by Mary Epworth 

A BBC Cymru Wales Production 

First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 9th January 2021 

Over and Out 

Lieutenant Beaumont - Peter Bankole 

Kim - Katrina Allen 

Amira - Helene Maksoud 

Jimmy - Adam Courting 

Written by Tom Crowley 

Directed by David Devereux 

When We Are Heard (Part 1) 

Millie - Abra Thompson 

Beth - Camille Coduri 

Written by Janina Matthewson 

Directed by James Robinson 

Night Jungle 

Eve - Aimee-Ffion Edwards 

Alison - Larissa Hope 

Mr Wensum - Ben Crowe 

June - Claire Cage 

Written by Beth Crane 

Directed by Helen Perry 

A Miracle 

Precious - Danielle Vitalis 

Temi - Doyin Ajiboye 

Crazy Lady - Janice Acquah 

The Reporter - Adam Courting 

Written by Eno Mfon 

Directed by John Norton 

When We Are Heard (Part 2) 

Millie - Abra Thompson 

Beth - Camille Coduri 

Written by Janina Matthewson 

Directed by James Robinson 

Last Night on Earth 

Germaine - Georgia Henshaw 

Detective Blake - Don Gilet 

Booker - Lloyd Everitt 

Ryan - Dom Francis 

Written by Greer Ellison 

Directed by John Norton 

Disappearances 

Mo - Valene Kane 

Midge - Dylan Llewellyn 

Midge's Mum - Eiry Thomas 

Library Technician - Saikat Ahamed 

Written by Jesse Schwenk 

Directed by Helen Perry 

Man's Best Friend 

Lloyd - Alex Lawther 

Nadia - Monica Sagar 

Jacquie - Heather Craney 

Marco - Lucio Veronesi 

Police Officers - Adam Courting & Scarlett Courtney 

Written by Robert Valentine 

Directed by John Norton 

The Queue 

Elena - Adelle Leonce 

Bronwyn - Gwyneth Keyworth 

Neal - Ian Smith 

Wilkes - Jessica Turner 

Claire - Laura Christy 

Carlson - Ikky Elyas 

Written by Jen and Chris Sugden 

Directed by David Devereux 

When We Are Heard (Part 3) 

Millie - Abra Thompson 

Beth - Camille Coduri 

Nurse - Scarlett Courtney 

Train Announcer - Adam Courting 

Written by Janina Matthewson 

Directed by James Robinson 

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Imaginative with great sound design

All of the stories in this collection are very clever. The sound design is also well done. The stories are experimental in the extreme though, those looking for standard horror should look elsewhere. These are more like extreme episodes of the twilight zone.

For anyone who likes trippy stories mixed with wacky sound design, this is a worthy listen.

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