Julian Barratt will be pouring into our ear holes on Halloween night in a spooky radio drama for BBC Radio 4.
The Stone Tape is adapted from the 1972 TV movie of the same name, originally written by the creator of the Quatermass series, Nigel Kneale. The story revolves around a team of scientists who move into a new facility in an old Victorian mansion that’s supposedly haunted. When one of the scientists hears a disembodied scream, the team discover what appears to be a psychic impression trapped in the wall. They realise that their work has disturbed something ancient hidden beneath the stone.
Julian plays the part of Terry Briscoe, and will be joined by Romola Garai, Julian Rhind-Tutt (with whom he recently starred in Aaaaaaaah!), Dean Andrews, Tom Bennett, Jane Asher (who was in the original version) and Eugenia Caruso – as the disembodied scream.
The hour long programme will air at 10pm as part of Radio 4’s Fright Night on 31st October.
A special enhanced version will be available online here and for download after the Halloween airdate. It utilises pioneering sound technology from BBC Research and Development to create a 3D binaural mix designed for headphones. Binaural sound gives a unique immersive listening experience which is perfect for a horror drama – but only for the brave!
So tune in, but keep the lights on…
This remake has been conceived by Peter Strickland in collaboration with writer Matthew Graham (Life On Mars). It features new music from James Cargill (of the band Broadcast) and sound design from Andrew Liles (Current 93, Nurse With Wound). A stellar cast includes Romola Garai (The Hour, Atonement), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing), and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), with a special cameo by the star of the original version, Jane Asher.
A special enhanced version of The Stone Tape is also available online and for download from BBC iPlayer Radio. Pioneering sound technology from BBC Research and Development has been used to create a 3D binaural mix designed for headphones. Binaural sound gives a unique immersive listening experience, perfect for a horror drama – but only for those who dare.