Bad Memories
December 29, 2014 11:38 PM   Subscribe

Bad Memories is a supernatural horror radio play by Julian Simpson. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 07 January 2011, as an installment of the Friday Play. The play won a 2011 BBC Audio Drama Award in the category of Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama.

In 2004, a successful architect and his family mysteriously disappear from their home. Six years later five bodies are found in the cellar of their house. They are identified as Jonathan and Imogen Blake and their son, Matthew; Philip Gibson, who was on the missing person's register and a woman, identity unknown. Forensics determine that not only were they murdered, but the time of death was 1926. Can audio files found with the bodies solve the mystery?

Rachel Weir ..... Nicola Walker
Jim Marquez ..... Rupert Graves
Phillip Gibson ..... Steven Mackintosh
Jonathan Blake ..... Anthony Calf
Imogen Blake ..... Jana Carpenter
Matthew Blake ..... Oscar Richardson
Mary Marston ..... Imogen McCurdy
Boy 1 ...... Ashley Cook
Boy 2 ...... Marcus Webb

Written and directed by Julian Simpson.

Recorded by Lucinda Mason Brown and David Chilton at Stanmer House in Brighton.
Sound design by David Chilton

Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.
posted by mykescipark (6 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Sherlock must have been really busy.
posted by clarknova at 12:29 AM on December 30, 2014

I should not have started listening to this at night-time while I am alone on a remote country property...
posted by Kerasia at 1:40 AM on December 30, 2014 [3 favorites]

The slightly surreal discussion of swallows has now become a recurring theme in our household. Very nice balance of creepy and horror and I can see why it won the award for sound use!
posted by nfalkner at 1:02 AM on January 1, 2015

It took me a couple of days to get around to it, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Thanks for posting it.
posted by tyllwin at 11:12 PM on January 1, 2015

Ah, Rupert Graves! Just saw that. But it was quite properly spooky, and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks!
posted by undue influence at 4:55 AM on January 2, 2015

My immediate interest was Nicola Walker. Great actress with an slight but unmistakeable lisp. I love her work. I also mistook the voice of RUpert Graves for that guy from Silent Witness. Same timbre. I love audio plays. Can anyone recommend more?
PS: i survived my lonely night on an isolated property... I think... but I am not sure why the smell of moist earth and old cellar stone is surrounding me all the time...
posted by Kerasia at 6:12 AM on January 2, 2015

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