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Episodes
  • Episode 1.

    Oct 8 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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  • Episode 2.

    Oct 8 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 8 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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What listeners say about High Strangeness

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We need more content like this.

This Podcast was such a pleasant surprise to discover. I don’t normally write reviews, but this was so good I wanted to let the Audible overlords know they have something special here. I would love to hear more. The cast are all so charming, the writing is witty, and the author appears to have a deep understanding of the paranormal. It’s a wonderful radio drama. Please make more!

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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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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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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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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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Not what I expected

Funny, snarky space fun in the UK! Well performed and written without being over-produced. Great job! More otw?

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Did in one sitting

Loved it please please please do more. I really mean that. 4 words to go

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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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Dry humor, fast dialogue, absolutely bananas plot

I stumbled on this while looking for something quick to listen to between books, and I'm so glad I found it. It took me about 10 minutes to get in to it but then I was hooked. The dialogue is so quick and funny - you can't help but root for Cassie. Now I'm on the hunt for other material by the author and I hope this becomes a series.

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A Fun Ride Into High Strangeness

This was a fun romp with two groups of paranormal investigators who became involved in an alien invasion while a secret government agency tries to get things under control and save the universe. Fantastic cast. Very funny and heartwarming as well. Left open for further adventures which I hope they do. Cassie and Glen belong together. Loved this and hope Audible does more of them. Excellent production and great music too.

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  • Kandi C
  • 10-12-20

Fun to Listen to

I wasn't too sure about this audible, but I have to admit, it places it made me giggle a bit!
I loved how the narrators made this feel exciting and fun to listen to. If there was another book, as good as this, I would definitely listen to it.
This was the right length of time and didn't 'drag' on in any way. It helped me relax more and a good break away from other books/audibles, that are more of an intense read.
Very refreshing, it's worth listening to.

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  • pollyfitz
  • 10-15-20

Perfect

Just what was needed for an evening of craft. Not complicated, funny, mildly exciting, well scripted and acted.. More please. Really good value for money too....lol. Free is a great price.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 10-17-20

Great fun sci-fi horror comedy

I'll admit that I binged all 8 parts on my daily commute and my husband had to listen to the last half of the last episode with me because I couldn't wait till next week to hear it.
Great fun and I hope there will be a season 2. It reminded me of what the latest iteration of Doctor Who could have been like with a better writer. I'm hooked.

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  • Shakaroo
  • 10-22-20

Don't be needy Barry

Loved it!
Loved all the characters, but especially Barry who made me laugh so hard that I actually spat my coffee out.

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  • Arthur Mennym
  • 10-13-20

Promising start...

I wasn't too sure about this one, but gave it a go and I enjoyed the first episode and will listen to more!

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  • D with a J and a W
  • 02-12-21

love these

clever funny keeps you guessing. well written and well portrayed.
all parts well played loved this

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  • Susan M.
  • 12-03-20

I enjoyed it very much

This was definitely on a par with several Radio 4 series, and I enjoyed it so much I hope there's going to be a second series. Amusing and engaging, with characters I could relate to. Very well-performed.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 10-15-20

Good fun

I was surprised to enjoy this as much as I did. Good fun, and plenty of much needed silliness. Can we have a sequel please?

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  • Miss Miss Miss
  • 10-14-20

Thoroughly enjoyable, gets better and better!!!

This is really well done, very enjoyable, it moves along really quickly so it's not dull at any point, interesting story that made me laugh.
The way it’s been put together is excellent.
I'd have been very happy to pay for this.

I absolutely loved it, so so good, listened to the whole thing in one day, I know I've said it already but it is very well done, the script, the voices, everything, can't fault it at all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-21

very enjoyable.

absolutely loved this,exellent characters, very funny,would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of downloading this series.

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  • MajorIcehole
  • 11-26-20

in the spirit of The Hitchikers Guide books.

A terrific story, well acted, and funny. a fun cast with tongue firmly in cheek. I very much look forward to any continuing adventures of Cassie and crew. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-21

A riot!

loved the characters, the humour and the smack you in the face supernatual action fun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

Cool adventure

loved it... couldn't stop listening... I love these audiobook adventures... they really tap into your imagination

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

great fun

Really enjoyed it. light and fun and an easy listen. voice acting was great and the story was different and original whilst also being foliar enough to the genre to still enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-21

Fantastic fun. 100% reccomend.

This was a lot of fun and I cannot reccomend it enough. Solid story, a good bit of whimsy, characters you want expanded and to continue exploring.

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  • Caron Chester
  • 06-25-21

Thoroughly enjoyable...a lot of fun

I really enjoyed this in every way!
Great characters, great performances, great humour and great fun!
It was a very pleasant break from just listening to a book.
Can't wait to hear their next adventure.
Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-21

Not Great

This series was just not that good. Commendable performances but it felt childish and was just honestly a bit annoying to listen to.

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  • Rachelle Novak
  • 01-28-21

Loved it

The storyline has a good pace and the actors made you feel you were there. An enjoyable change to audio books.

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 01-17-21

Hilarious and witty!

Loved this "audiobook". Acted out by a huge, amazing cast, instead of just read to you by a narrator, this book was thoroughly entertaining with some of the most humour-filled dialogue I have ever listened to. I laughed out loud dozens of times. But also a great story and enjoyable characters.

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  • Phoebe
  • 01-02-21

Fun, decent quality.

Wacky hijinks and mad strangeness. Enjoyable characters and narration. Uncomplicated and somewhat unrefined. Will listen to season 2