8 episodes

A gripping drama exploring the psychological impact of murder on a victim's family and on the killer

This Thing of Darkness BBC

    • Fiction
    • 4.8 • 56 Ratings

A gripping drama exploring the psychological impact of murder on a victim's family and on the killer

    Part 7

    Part 7

    Written by Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.

    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert Forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes.
    In this gripping drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family, and explores the long shadow of homicide through her therapy group for murderers.

    Will the truth about Jamie’s murder finally be revealed?


    Cast:

    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Dougie … Simon Donaldson
    Hannah … Jessica Hardwick
    Tyler … Reuben Joseph
    David … Robin Laing
    Frankie … Brian Vernel

    Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.

    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead

    Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

    • 45 min
    Part 6

    Part 6

    Written by Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.

    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes.
    In this gripping drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family, and explores the long shadow of homicide through her therapy group for murderers.

    Has Laura really discovered who killed her son?

    Cast:
    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    David … Robin Laing
    Laura… Shauna Macdonald

    Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.

    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead

    Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Kirsty Williams

    • 44 min
    Part 5

    Part 5

    Written by Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.

    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes.
    In this gripping drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family, and explores the long shadow of homicide through her therapy group for murderers.

    Alex finds herself at an impasse with David. Elsewhere, things are beginning to unlock: Hannah makes a game-changing disclosure to Laura and in Group Frankie makes a break-through.


    Cast:

    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Liam/Dougie … Simon Donaldson
    Hannah … Jessica Hardwick
    Tyler … Reuben Joseph
    David … Robin Laing
    Laura… Shauna Macdonald
    Frankie … Brian Vernel


    Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.

    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead

    Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

    • 45 min
    Part 4

    Part 4

    Written by Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne.

    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert Forensic Psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes.
    In this gripping drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family, and explores the long shadow of homicide through her therapy group for murderers.

    The Group begin to consider their relationships with their parents. And Hannah visits David with a challenging question about his relationships.

    Cast:
    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Dougie … Simon Donaldson
    Hannah … Jessica Hardwick
    Kyle/Tyler … Reuben Joseph
    David … Robin Laing
    Laura… Shauna Macdonald
    Frankie … Brian Vernel


    Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.

    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead

    Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Kirsty Williams

    • 44 min
    Part 3

    Part 3

    Written by Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.

    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes.
    In this gripping drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family, and explores the long shadow of homicide through her therapy group for murderers.

    Whilst David remains in custody for the murder of his son, the rest of the family must move back into the house where the killing took place.


    Cast:
    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Hannah … Jessica Hardwick
    Kyle … Reuben Joseph
    David … Robin Laing
    Karen … Victoria Liddelle
    Laura… Shauna Macdonald

    Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.

    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead

    Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Kirsty Williams

    • 44 min
    Part 2

    Part 2

    Written by Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne.

    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes.
    In this compelling psychological drama, Alex charts the impact of murder on the victim's family and explores the long shadow cast by homicide - via a therapy group for those who have committed murder.

    Whilst continuing to assess David’s state of mind, Alex introduces us to another aspect of her working life: group therapy for murderers.

    Cast:
    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Dougie … Simon Donaldson
    Hannah … Jessica Hardwick
    Kyle/Tyler … Reuben Joseph
    David … Robin Laing
    Laura… Shauna Macdonald
    Frankie … Brian Vernel

    Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.
    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead
    Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams
    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Sweet_angel1112 ,

Great series!

I don’t normally write a review but this series is different. I have learned a lot from it. A great story telling and very engaging. I wish they’d make season 2.

NotoriousMLE ,

A MUST Listen-to!

This story is so compelling and so accurate to the psychology of violence, that it feels like a fiction behind a non-fiction. I’d love to hear the writers of this drama share their process is creating this work. One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to by far (and I’ve been binge listening since 2015). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

cliodna88 ,

A Must-Listen

This podcast is beyond great. Everything from the writing to the sound production to the voice acting makes a mighty impression. Your head will be as engaged as your heart as you grapple with some truly complicated characters and situations.

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