10 episodes

June Gibbons tells the tragic story of her and her sister Jennifer, twins cut off from the world. After a brief crime spree, they become the youngest women in Broadmoor.

June: Voice of a Silent Twin BBC Radio Wales

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 135 Ratings

June Gibbons tells the tragic story of her and her sister Jennifer, twins cut off from the world. After a brief crime spree, they become the youngest women in Broadmoor.

    June, Voice of a Silent Twin…. Coming soon

    June, Voice of a Silent Twin…. Coming soon

    The story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, growing up in the 1970s, speaking only to each other and isolated from the outside world. After a short infatuation with some boys, they’re driven by heartache and a quest for revenge to a five-week crime spree. Aged just 19, they become the youngest women in Broadmoor Secure Psychiatric Hospital. The day of their release ends in tragedy.
    Credits:
    Narrator: Linda Mitchell
    Producer: Beccy Leach
    Assistant Producer: Jessica Gunasekara
    Sound Design: Cathy Robinson
    Original Music: Kizzy Crawford
    Exec Producer: Karen Voisey
    A BBC Wales Production for BBC Sounds

    • 4 min
    1. Silent School Days

    1. Silent School Days

    June and Jennifer’s elective mutism and slow synchronised movements lead to bullying and isolation at school. Teachers and experts try to help, but with little success. The twins leave school more isolated than ever, with few prospects, wondering what will become of them and fearing for their future. June now looks back on how these early experiences contributed to the tragic outcomes later in their lives.
    Credits:
    Narrator: Linda Mitchell
    Producer: Beccy Leach
    Assistant Producer: Jessica Gunasekara
    Sound design: Cathy Robinson
    Executive producer: Karen Voisey
    Voice director: John Norton
    Original title music: Kizzy Crawford
    Voice of young June: Bethan Mary-James
    Voice of young Jennifer: Olivia Forrest
    Production manager: Andrea Deere
    With thanks to Marjorie Wallace

    • 27 min
    2. Virgins on the Dole

    2. Virgins on the Dole

    June and Jennifer have left school and shut themselves away in their room, living their lives through their dolls. They record their innermost thoughts in their diaries – feelings they felt unable to communicate to those around them. The twins dream of becoming famous authors and write vividly imagined stories, plays and novels. After some publishing success, they fear they’re wasting their youth and yearn for more teenage adventure – but at what cost?
    Credits:
    Narrator: Linda Mitchell
    Producer: Beccy Leach
    Assistant Producer: Jessica Gunasekara
    Sound design: Cathy Robinson
    Executive producer: Karen Voisey
    Voice director: John Norton
    Original title music: Kizzy Crawford
    Voice of young June: Bethan Mary-James
    Voice of young Jennifer: Olivia Forrest
    Production manager: Andrea Deere
    With thanks to Marjorie Wallace

    • 30 min
    3. The Glorious Summer

    3. The Glorious Summer

    Fed up with being shut away in their room and with frustrations boiling over, June and Jennifer venture out in search of love and excitement. They’ve become obsessed with some American brothers and are determined to find them. June recounts how she and her sister started to turn against each other as they competed for the brothers’ affections, taking risks to impress the boys. When the brothers leave suddenly, the twins are bereft and take revenge on the world, with disastrous consequences.
    Credits;
    Narrator: Linda Mitchell
    Producer: Beccy Leach
    Assistant Producer: Jessica Gunasekara
    Sound design: Cathy Robinson
    Executive producer: Karen Voisey
    Voice director: John Norton
    Original title music: Kizzy Crawford
    Voice of young June: Bethan Mary-James
    Voice of young Jennifer: Olivia Forrest
    Production manager: Andrea Deere
    With thanks to Marjorie Wallace

    • 29 min
    4. Psychopathic Arsonists

    4. Psychopathic Arsonists

    June and Jennifer’s crime spree comes to an end after their biggest and most dangerous crime leads to arrest. Life behind bars is unbearable – the twins can’t cope when they’re apart and fight when they’re together. A visit from a journalist will change their lives forever. With insights from the twins’ diaries, and her own recollections, June takes us through their time in Pucklechurch Remand Centre as their big day in court approaches when their future will be decided.
    Credits:
    Narrator: Linda Mitchell
    Producer: Beccy Leach
    Assistant Producer: Jessica Gunasekara
    Sound design: Cathy Robinson
    Executive producer: Karen Voisey
    Voice director: John Norton
    Original title music: Kizzy Crawford
    Voice of young June: Bethan Mary-James
    Voice of young Jennifer: Olivia Forrest
    Production manager: Andrea Deere
    With thanks to Marjorie Wallace

    • 29 min
    5. Inside Broadmoor

    5. Inside Broadmoor

    Aged just 19, June and Jennifer are given an indefinite sentence to Broadmoor Secure Psychiatric Hospital. They’d hoped for a short sentence to get the help they needed, and they have a childish excitement about going to Broadmoor. The reality of living alongside serial killers and rapists turns out to be a far cry from their idealistic expectation.
    Credits:
    Narrator: Linda Mitchell
    Producer: Beccy Leach
    Assistant Producer: Jessica Gunasekara
    Sound design: Cathy Robinson
    Executive producer: Karen Voisey
    Voice director: John Norton
    Original title music: Kizzy Crawford
    Voice of young June: Bethan Mary-James
    Voice of young Jennifer: Olivia Forrest
    Production manager: Andrea Deere
    With thanks to Marjorie Wallace

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Axzunhdsgur ,

Brilliant podcast listened in one go

This was a really interesting podcast giving the details and voice to a story I’d heard of years ago. Great to hear June’s voice which made this an intimate human story. Sad to hear about the poor treatment of these young women by parts of society, the criminal justice system and the mental health system.

xxprettygirljxx ,

Tv documentary please

this would of been so much better if the was tv documentary on certain parts of the podcast I couldn’t understand June in certain parts of the podcast which is a shame

Kralcenna ,

Unlistenable!

A fascinating story completely ruined by over-production. Darting from one scenario to another like a mosquito on speed.
Loud inappropriate and disturbing music along with clunky aural effects ruins the entire listening experience.
How NOT to make a podcast!

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