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The Battersea Poltergeist

Thrilled to announce our new series The Battersea Poltergeist, out on BBC Sounds on January 21st!

A mix of documentary and drama, The Battersea Poltergeist is written and presented by Danny Robins (Haunted) and stars an amazing cast including Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Alice Lowe (Prevenge), Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Calvin Demba (Life) and Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown).

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BBC Audio Drama Awards

Chuffed to find out we’ve been shortlisted in this year’s Audio Drama Awards, in the Best Podcast or Online Audio Drama category, for our adaptation of Children of the Stones. Huge thanks to India Brown, Reece Shearsmith and the rest of the cast; to Richard Fox and Evelyn Sykes for their amazing sound design and music; and most especially to AK Benedict and Guy Adams for such an outstanding script. Results are announced at the end of March – fingers crossed!

Happy New Year

Well – what a very weird year this has been. We seem to have spent most of it peering at makeshift home studios on Zoom, couriering microphones up and down the country, and changing plans at the drop of a hat due to Covid. But at least, unlike many, we were able to carry on, and due to the good humour and perseverance of our casts, writers and production crew, we’ve managed to produce a lot of hours of audio drama this year.

So thanks a million billion to everyone who listened to Children of the Stones on BBC Sounds, Arkham County and The Wizard of Oz on Audible, The Space Programme on Fun Kids Radio and our little Scarifyers lockdown skit, Cold Call. We hope you liked them. There’s *lots* more to come in 2021, kicking off with something we’re dying to talk about, but can’t yet, on BBC Sounds from January 21st.

Happy New Year, everyone! x

Arkham County

This Halloween also sees the release of something else we’ve been labouring over during lockdown. Arkham County is an 8-hour HP Lovecraft-inspired tale for Audible, from the twisted minds of Guy Adams and AK Benedict. It has an all-star cast – Stanley Tucci, John Heffernan, Alex Kingston, Blake Ritson, Burn Gorman, Dakota Blue Richards, Laurel Lefkow and many more – and is out this Thursday 15th October. It’s really, really weird.

Children of the Stones

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve produced a new adaptation of spooky ’70s TV drama Children of the Stones, starring India Brown (Worzel Gummidge) and Reece Shearsmith (Inside No 9). Adapted from the original by Guy Adams and AK Benedict, the cast also includes Steve Oram (Sightseers), Ralph Ineson (The Witch), Jairaj Varsani (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Taj Atwal (Stella).

You can listen to the trailer here, and then all ten episodes on BBC Sounds next Wednesday 7th October.

The Scarifyers: The Podcast

The Scarifyers is now a podcast! Every Thursday we’ll be releasing a new episode, and you can listen to the first two right now at the links below. If you’d like us to carry on making new episodes, then please, please do rate, review and subscribe… the future of The Scarifyers depends on you!

Apple: cutt.ly/qya2M85

Stitcher: cutt.ly/lya21ID

Soundcloud: cutt.ly/7ya2Nih

Spotify: cutt.ly/Oya2N1u

TuneIn: cutt.ly/gya2VlE

The Ash Tree wins Gold!

Our adaptation of M.R. James’ The Ash Tree won Gold for Best Drama Special at last night’s New York Festivals Radio Awards!

We’ll be cracking open the virtual champagne today with our writer Matthew Holness, our cast – Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abbington, John Sessions and Margaret Cabourn-Smith, our sound designer Simon Robinson and composer Edwin Sykes.

Writer Matthew Holness says: “I’m delighted that ‘The Ash Tree’ has received a Gold award at the 2020 New York Radio Awards. It was a huge privilege to work with such a talented cast and I’m grateful to Bafflegab for the opportunity to adapt the work of M R James for a modern audience.”

Director/producer Simon Barnard adds: “The judges at these awards must have a thing for folk horror – we won Gold in 2018 for Blood on Satan’s Claw, again in 2019 for A View from a Hill, and again for this! Was really proud of this one – huge thanks to Matthew for writing such a brilliant script, to Reece, Amanda, John and Margaret for turning in such brilliant performances, and to Simon and Edwin for their brilliant sound design and music.”

The Scarifyers lockdown special!

Desperate times call for desperate measures… The Scarifyers return in this lockdown special adventure, free to download here.

Professor Dunning is in lockdown. He’s trapped in his university rooms with just Digby, his dog, and Mr Wilson, a cricket ball with a face drawn on in biro, for company.

Dunning’s well-equipped for a spell in confinement. He has port to drink, Mr Wilson to talk to and the new volume of Pedagogical Grammars Before the Eighteenth Century to read. Besides, Harry Crow will be along soon to rescue him…

But as the days pass, Dunning’s sanity and hopes of rescue start to ebb away. Will his port reserves run dry? Is Mr Wilson laughing at him? And who – or what – is Dunning actually hiding from?

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed their time for free to make this happen: the cast (Terry Molloy, David Benson and Lisa Bowerman), sound designer Mark Hendrick, composer Edwin Sykes, artist Matthew Dow Smith and writers Simon and Paul.

The Wizard of Oz

Our latest production for Audible is out now! And it’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, adapted by Paul Magrs and starring Lydia West and Jim Broadbent. Check it out on Audible here.

ARIA Awards

A brilliant night was had by all last night at the London Palladium for the ARIA awards, UK radio’s nearest thing to the Oscars (minus the movie stars, TV broadcast or red carpet)

We were thrilled – and very surprised – to win Silver for our adaptation of M.R. James’s A View from a Hill. Huge thanks and congratulations to writer Mark Morris; our amazing cast, comprising of Alice Lowe, Andy Nyman, Kerry Howard, Anna Carteret and Ewan Bailey; our equally amazing sound designer and composer, David Roocroft; Audible UK, for commissioning it in the first place; and last but not least, M.R. James himself!