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The Space Programme

Coming to Fun Kids Radio on February 21st is The Space Programme, our new 20-part space soap opera for kids. Written by Eddie Robson, it follows the adventures of a group of kids living on a tiny Scottish island, which unexpectedly becomes the base for a new space programme… and the competition among them to become the world’s first child astronaut!

Huge fun to make, and (we think) the first-ever children’s radio drama serial on independent radio. You can listen it here.

Peter Pan

We can finally announce something that we’ve been busy working on for the past few months, and is finally out today – it’s Peter Pan!

This is Audible’s free Christmas gift this year to subscribers, so if you’re a member do have a listen. It stars Rupert Everett – who’s brilliant – as Hook, Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) as Smee, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Britannia) as Wendy.

And if that’s not enough, the adaptation was written by the horrendously talented Paul Magrs (Baker’s End, Brenda and Effie, Doctor Who) – so do check it out if you can, it’s a lot of fun. And free.

Black Friday!

It’s Black Friday! So we’re cutting 50% off all* of our download prices for the next 24 hours. That’s any* title – The Scarifyers, Baker’s End, Blood on Satan’s Claw, The Hellbound Heart, Brenda and Effie – for just £2.49. (*when we say all of our titles, we mean except for The Ash Tree. So almost all)

 

 

Win signed The Ash Tree artwork

If you pre-order our upcoming audio of M.R. James’ The Ash-Tree, you could win one of ten A4 prints of Stuart Manning’s fantastic artwork, signed at the recording session by Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abbington, John Sessions and Matthew Holness. Just pre-order a CD or download from this site before 6th December. Good luck!

 

A Ghost Story for Christmas

We’re releasing a Ghost Story for Christmas!

Matthew Holness, best known for TV series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and his critically lauded debut feature Possum, has penned a new audio ghost story for us: an updating of the classic M.R. James story The Ash Tree.

His modern-day full-cast adaptation stars Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Reece Shearsmith (Inside No 9) and John Sessions (Stella Street). It’s very spooky.

Matt says: “I find M. R. James’ The Ash Tree perhaps the most disturbing of all his ghost stories, combining a dark atmosphere of supernatural horror with a grim study of human cruelty. It’s been a real pleasure adapting this uniquely stark and sombre tale for audio.”

The Ash Tree will be released on CD (for £7.99) and download (for £4.99 plus VAT) on December 6th, and you can pre-order it right now.

Price drop!

We’ve dropped all of our prices, permanently. So now you can pick up any of our downloads for £4.99 (plus VAT), and any of our CD releases for £6.99 (plus VAT)

British Fantasy Awards

Writer Mark Morris has been shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award for Best Audio, for Blood on Satan’s Claw! The winners will be announced 20th October 2019, at FantasyCon in Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets and further information can be found on www.fantasycon.org

New York Radio Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that two stories from our Audible collection The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M.R. James picked up awards in last night’s 2019 New York Radio Festivals Awards. A View from a Hill, by Mark Morris, won Gold in the Best Digital Drama Program category, and Stephen Gallagher’s adaptation of Casting the Runes won Silver in the Best Drama Special category.

Mark Morris, who also won Gold last year for his audio adaptation of Blood on Satan’s Claw, says: “I was thrilled to win a New York Festival Radio Award last year, but honestly thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and so to win another award this year is absolutely overwhelming. Many thanks to Alice Lowe and Andy Nyman for bringing my words so brilliantly to life, and to everyone at Bafflegab for creating such an atmospheric production.”

Stephen Gallagher says: “The opportunity to do an updated take on a story I’ve always loved would have been reward enough; but to get this kind of recognition for everyone’s work on it is fantastic.”

Bafflegab’s Simon Barnard added: “Huge thanks to Mark and Steve for their brilliant words; Alice Lowe, Andy Nyman, Tom Burke, Anna Maxwell Martin, Reece Shearsmith and the rest of the cast for their brilliant acting; and Simon Robinson, David Roocroft and Edwin Sykes for their brilliant sound design and music. Not forgetting Monty himself, of course – who I like to think would be quietly pleased that his stories are still terrifying listeners a century after he first read them to his students.”

The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M.R. James is available now from Audible.

The Space Programme

We’re over the moon to announce that we’ll be blasting off to new worlds this year, making a radio soap opera for kids!

The Space Programme will be written by Eddie Robson, and broadcast on Fun Kids Radio. We were one of the winning bids for the brand new Audio Content Fund, which provides funding to support the creation of original radio and audio production in the UK.

Here’s a few words about the project: “A gripping new soap opera for children, in which a tiny island in the Irish Sea is surprised to find itself the base for a new space programme. When two tech entrepreneurs announce their plan to make one of the local kids the world’s first child astronaut, nothing is ever the same again.”

The Space Programme will be broadcast on Fun Kids in early 2020.

The Conception of Terror

And our first production of 2019 will be The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M.R. James, out on Audible on February 7th.

The collection features modern-day, full-cast adaptations of Casting the Runes (by Stephen Gallagher), A View from a Hill (by Mark Morris), Lost Hearts (by A.K. Benedict) and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (by Jonathan Barnes).

The various casts for the stories include Reece Shearsmith, Tom Burke, Alice Lowe, Anna Maxwell Martin, Pearl Mackie, Robert Bathurst and Andy Nyman.

They were heaps of fun to make, and we’re really pleased with all four adaptations. And if you’re not an Audible member, then you can sign up for their 3-month free trial to give it a listen!