This Thing Of Darkness: A BBC Radio full-cast drama

BBC crime drama, two seasons
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Series 1: The Murderer

"They charged you with murder David. Why is that? ...David? Why do the police think you murdered your son?"

Jamie was 19. He was an ambitious personal trainer who wanted to be a social media influencer. But now his hopes and dreams will never be realised. Jamie was found killed at the family home, discovered by his dad - who's now been charged with his own son's murder.

In this gripping crime drama, revealed through recordings of sessions led by forensic psychiatrist Dr Alex Bridges, we hear from those closest to Jamie and find out more about the family's secrets.

David, a photographer, describes a picture-perfect life, his "beautiful" son and a happy home. But is he hiding something? Will the truth about Jamie's murder finally be revealed?

Alex .... Lolita Chakrabarti
David .... Robin Laing
Laura .... Shauna Macdonald
Hannah .... Jessica Hardwick
Liam/Dougie .... Simon Donaldson
Kyle/Tyler .... Reuben Joseph
Frankie .... Brian Vernel
Karen .... Victoria Liddelle

Series 2: The Arsonist

A gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.

Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, assessing and treating perpetrators of violent crime.

Alex assesses a young woman as she is released from prison. Sarah has served ten years for Arson. Does she still present a risk? With Sarah out of prison, Paul begins to feel less and less safe and turns to a trauma therapy group for support. And so, Alex finds herself treating both the perpetrator of a violent crime and her victim.

Alex ... Lolita Chakrabarti
Sarah ..... Melody Grove
Paul ..... Robert Jack
Ros ..... Lois Chimimba
Dog Walker ..... Anita Vettesse
Dawn ..... Neshla Caplan
Kelly ..... Veronica Leer
Malcolm ..... Michael Nardone
Rowena ..... Wendy Seager

Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.
Written by Lucia Haynes and Anita Vettesse, with monologues by Eileen Horne
Produced by Kirsty Williams
Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2020

  1. The Murderer part1 (39.9Mb)
  2. The Murderer part2 (39.6Mb)
  3. The Murderer part3 (40Mb)
  4. The Murderer part4 (40Mb)
  5. The Murderer part5 (41.3Mb)
  6. The Murderer part6 (40.3Mb)
  7. The Murderer part7 (40.8Mb)
  8. The Arsonist part1 (40.7Mb)
  9. The Arsonist part2 (40.2Mb)
  10. The Arsonist part3 (41Mb)
  11. The Arsonist part4 (39.6Mb)
  12. The Arsonist part5 (39.7Mb)
  13. The Arsonist part6 (39.6Mb)
  14. The Arsonist part7 (40.9Mb)

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