A series of four BBC Radio 4 modern-day fantasy adventures written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and starring Paul Hilton as Pilgrim. Pilgrim Series 2 was originally a weekly broadcast in the Afternoon Play slots from 31 August - 21 September 2010. The plays in Pilgrim Series 2 are thrilling, dark and contemporary. They're set in a very recognisable, very real present, but a present haunted by the folktales of the British Isles: drowned villages, changeling children, werewolves, Puck and unruly nature spirits.
In The Drowned Church, Pilgrim comes to Skaymer, a seaside town in Norfolk, to investigate the strange appearance of a young man believed drowned in the great flood of 1757.
In The Lost Hotel, Pilgrim has to return a changeling child - Ray Norris - to his rightful father, the King of the Greyfolk. Ray, meanwhile, is beginning to feel the benefits of his faerie lineage, with remarkable success on the stock market.
In search of runaway ward, Freya, Pilgrim goes to Hollisale Well in The Lady of the Lake and discovers a small community dedicated to the memory of a woman lured into the water seven years ago by a magical being.
Hope Springs sees Pilgrim as the reluctant father of the bride. He struggles to balance the prospect of being the quarry in a savage hunt forever, and a day with seeing his daughter Doris condemned to an eternity married to Puck.
Pilgrim Series 2 is graced by some truly wonderful acting talent and stars Paul Hilton in the title role, with Judy Parfitt as Doris. Also features William Gaunt, Anna Wing and Jamie Foreman amongst the cast. Directed by Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole.
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The second series returns as Doris, Pilgrim's daughter is lost to the Grey Folk. Palmer spends the series trying to find her, whilst dealing with the problems of people unfortunate enough to have crossed the path of the Grey Folk, or Fairy.
This second series is as compulsive listening as the first. The script, acting and production quality is again, excellent. Well done Audible, Can you bring us the next two series now?
What an inter-woven mix of myth & mystery. Spoken so well as only travelling troubadour's / storytellers / tale makers could.
Imaginative and original. A tour de force! I heartily recommend these plays to anyone who appreciates a combination of reality with magic.
"BBC radio 4 at its best... The sequal :-)"
If you enjoyed series 1, you'll not go wrong purchasing this second installment. Well read, great original storytelling. I love it and again if you like Tolkien books it's a similar vein just set in modern times.
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