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Episodes
3 of 8 episodes
  • Episode 1.

    Oct 08, 2020
    The adventure begins when Cassie and Amanda unearth a recording of mysterious happenings in a rural English village. After checking out the local hospitality (some good, some decidedly bad) Cassie finds herself in the kind of paranormal encounter she’s always dreamed of, alongside a mysterious government agent, Glen. However, Cassie’s excitement soon turns into a fight for her life.
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    34 mins
  • Episode 2.

    Oct 08, 2020
    Back in the village, Cassie’s encounters of the previous night bring her face to face with an enraged local, who believes she’s a dark agent of a global conspiracy. Glen is determined to keep Cassie away from the evidence she stumbles across, but Cassie has other ideas. Meanwhile, the creatures Glen and Cassie encountered hatch a plan and Amanda embarks on a trip with a passenger who is not what she seems.
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    31 mins
  • Episode 3.

    Oct 08, 2020
    Cassie and Glen try to contain the fallout of their argument – with further arguments. Unsurprisingly, this plan proves less than effective and something terrifying gains a foothold in our world. Amanda and her ‘friend’ wreak havoc in a motorway service station, leaving Amanda dependent on her breaking and entering skills. Cassie & Glen’s plight only gets worse when a new visitor arrives at the pub.
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    29 mins

Go Behind the Scenes of High Strangeness

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About the Creator

Writer and creator Will Maclean is a multi-talented BAFTA—and International Emmy-winning writer working in TV, audio and film. He has written for many of the strongest voices in UK comedy including Tracey Ullman, Peter Serafinowicz and Russell Howard. He’s worked on many children’s and animation shows including, for Aardman, Shaun the Sheep, with one of his episodes among the selection winning a Children’s BAFTA and an International Emmy. Will’s 2016 short film, The Pitch (co-written with Marc Haynes) starring Justin Edwards ( The Thick Of It) and Richard Glover ( The Casual Vacancy) played at festivals worldwide, winning two awards at the New York Film Festival. Will’s first novel, The Apparition Phase, a ghost story, is published in October 2020 (on Kindle in the US). Like his character, Cassie, Will has extensive knowledge of the paranormal. He once saw a UFO at the tender age of 16 but, despite his best efforts, was not abducted.

About the Performer

Sophie McShera, who stars as Cassie, rose to fame as Daisy, the much-loved kitchen maid in long-running, multi-Emmy-winning ITV & Masterpiece series Downton Abbey, which went on to become a hit movie in 2019. Her natural talent for comedy shone as ugly sister, Drisella in Disney’s Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. Those movie roles have built on stand-out comedy turns in ITV2’s The Job Lot and Timewasters, the BBC’s Inside No 9 and Galavant for ABC. In the theatre, Sophie’s many roles include Jez Butterworth’s seminal play, Jerusalem; and not forgetting where it all began, as a teenager she starred as Annie in London’s West End.

About the Performer

Adam James is possibly best known as Neil, Suranne Jones’s friend and neighbour, in both series of the super-successful BBC1 thriller, Doctor Foster. Since then he’s appeared with Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You (BBC & HBO), as another government agent in Deep State II (Fox) and starred in Julian Fellowes’s new period drama, Belgravia (ITV). Versatile as ever, in the world of comedy, Adam worked with High Strangeness director, Paul Murphy and Johnny Vegas on the BBC1 sitcom Home from Home. Adam is a prolific theater performer, appearing in, amongst many others, Conor McPherson’s Girl From The North Country and regularly in Mike Bartlett ( Doctor Foster)’s plays, including King Charles III on Broadway.

About the Performer

Anna is a legend of British comedy movies, since starring as Duckface, Hugh Grant’s jilted bride in Four Weddings And A Funeral. Alongside her comedy ( Mapp & Lucia, A Touch of Cloth, Pramface, Inside No 9) she has played a string of formidable, complex, determined women from the murdered matriarch in Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence to maverick journalist, Lix Storm in The Hour (with Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai) for which she was BAFTA nominated. In 2018 Anna starred opposite Donald Sutherland as his JP Getty Snr’s mistress, in Trust, Danny Boyle’s series about the Getty kidnapping for FX. More recently, Anna has made multiple regular appearances in adventure and genre shows ranging from DC’s Pennyworth, to The Watch (BBC) and Penny Dreadful (Sky).

Additional Details

Directors: Paul Murphy
Supporting actors: Niky Wardley, Kevin Eldon, Julia Deakin, Luke Kempner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Tom Bell, Ella Kenion, Steve Edge, Dominic Coleman, and Harrie Hayes.
Producers: Arabella McGuigan, Terence Gray, Isabella Kulkarni, Danielle Lux and Will Maclean
Sound Design: Chris Maclean

Audible Questionnaire with Sophie McShera

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Well Done

Not quite what i expected from a story dabiling with the H.P. lovecraft universe. mix in some nonsense about the little know matters of our world and a english heroine and you get this delightful short story. with a great narrator cast.

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Excellent listen

No plot give aways, just comments about the performances, which were spot on, and the author's skills and choosing podcasts for delivery was ideal. YAY Audible and thanks for introducing me to a new author and narrators.

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Really fun!

It was interesting plot, loved the characters. It was funny and entreaining. Just what I needed today. I'm glad I listened!

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Loved it!

This was my first Audible podcast, I really wasn't sure if I'd like it. I realized very quickly I was in love, I binged all of the episodes in about a day. Fast-paced, humorous, snarky, and just plain fun. X-Files, Doctor Who, and Action movie all in one. Great production quality and narration. Halfway thru the episodes, I was wishing this was a movie or tv series, I would definitely watch it! I really hope there are more episodes coming!

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Outstanding

A great diversion for all paranormal buffs High production value , superb voice acting . Well worth your time

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Terrific listen!

Got some great X-Files vibes from this series. Fun, engaging, and well-paced storytelling — and Sophie is just fabulous.

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Just enough strangeness and comedy

Cast is great, loving the story and the touches of humor. Will look for other stories by Will Maclean and narrations by Sophie McShera.

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Loved It

Loved everything about this. Simultaneous parody of and ode to paranormal and extraterrestrial stories. Fun with a solid amount of chills, and sharp humor.

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Great story

I was recommended to podcast through one of my Audible emails this was my first podcast that I have listen to and was not sure that I would like it but I love it it says there is eight episodes but it’s only giving me the option to download three of them and I can’t wait for more it is like listening to a TV show with all of the special sound affects features

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I love both Lovecraft and comedy....

And felt that this title merged the best of both... it has the spirit and fun of Army of Darkness with an amazing narration and spectacular sound effects. I enjoy the old fashioned radio dramas, like War Of The Worlds... and encourage you to give it a listen!