17 episodes

Award-winning drama exploring the psychological impact of murder. Inspired by a real forensic psychologist and her work in secure prisons.

This Thing of Darkness BBC Radio 4

    • Fiction
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Award-winning drama exploring the psychological impact of murder. Inspired by a real forensic psychologist and her work in secure prisons.

    Part 7

    Part 7

    The winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction 2021 returns with a gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.

    Part 7 of 7

    Written by Lucia Haynes and Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.


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

    Desperation for answers, fear and love lead Ros, Paul and Sarah to a place where the truth will be revealed. Sometimes love is traumatic. Sometimes it’s fatal.


    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Sarah ….. Melody Grove
    Ros ….. Lois Chimimba
    Paul ….. Robert Jack
    Kelly ….. Veronica Leer
    Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone
    Rowena ….. Wendy Seager


    Series created by 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

    • 44 min
    Part 6

    Part 6

    The winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction 2021 returns with a gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.


    Part 6 of 7

    Written by Lucia Haynes with Anita Vettesse; monologues by Eileen Horne.


    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, assessing and treating perpetrators of violent crime. Having realised Sarah poses an immediate threat to Paul’s family, Alex has to find a way to tell Paul she has betrayed his trust.

    With their baby’s life on the line, and their marriage in crisis, revelations come thick and fast. What else is she set to lose?


    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Ros ….. Lois Chimimba
    Sarah ….. Melody Grove
    Paul ….. Robert Jack

    Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.
    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead
    Produced by Kirsty Williams and Gaynor Macfarlane

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Kirsty Williams

    • 42 min
    Part 5

    Part 5

    The winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction 2021 returns with a gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.

    Part 5 of 7

    Written by Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.


    Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, assessing and treating perpetrators of violent crime. She also runs a trauma therapy group.

    When her professional worlds come dangerously close, Alex is faced with a dilemma: what if the only way to protect someone from harm is to betray their trust?

    Dark secrets are revealed as Sarah and Paul’s lives collide. And the lies we tell our loved ones to get their attention are exposed as the Lotus Group continue to work through their various traumas.


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

    Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.
    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead
    Produced by Kirsty Williams and Gaynor Macfarlane

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Kirsty Williams

    • 43 min
    Part 4

    Part 4

    The winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction 2021 returns with a gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.

    Part 4 of 7

    Written by Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne.


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

    Paul and Sarah discover that the past still exerts enormous power in the present. How far will they go?


    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Sarah ….. Melody Grove
    Paul ….. Robert Jack
    Kelly ….. Veronica Leer
    Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone
    Rowena ….. Wendy Seager

    Series created by 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

    • 42 min
    Part 3

    Part 3

    The winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction 2021 returns with a gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.

    Part 3 of 7
    Written by Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne.


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

    Sarah has made a new friend, which feels like good news to Dr Bridges. But what if we can’t recover from past trauma?


    Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti
    Sarah ….. Melody Grove
    Paul ….. Robert Jack
    Ros ….. Lois Chimimba
    Kelly ….. Veronica Leer
    Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone
    Rowena ….. Wendy Seager

    Series created by 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

    • 44 min
    Part 2

    Part 2

    The winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction 2021 returns with a gripping drama about trauma, obsession and why we harm the things we love.


    Part 2 of 7

    Written by Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne.


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

    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
    Ros ….. Lois Chimimba
    Sarah ….. Melody Grove
    Paul ….. Robert Jack
    Dawn ….. Neshla Caplan
    Kelly ….. Veronica Leer
    Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone
    Rowena ….. Wendy Seager

    Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams.
    Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead
    Produced by Kirsty Williams and Gaynor Macfarlane

    A BBC Scotland Production directed by Kirsty Williams

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

DC Vocabulary ,

The best audio drama

Season 2 had me listening until 3 am.
Perfect story, acting, and suspense. Slow burn. I cared for the protagonists, and even the secondary characters were amazing.

E6er$6 ,

Wow

An intense drama, acting was phenomenal in both seasons! Looking forward to more content!

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