The System, a dark and unsettling thriller about a group of young radicals and the hunt for their leader, is a new podcast boxset coming to BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4 from 28 May.
With a cast including BAFTA nominee Siena Kelly (Adult Material), Jack Rowan (Noughts + Crosses) and Iain de Caestecker (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), the story considers the dark fringes of masculinity through a nail biting, cultish adventure.
The System by Ben Lewis also marks the launch of Limelight, a new strand of audio drama from Radio 4.
The arrival of the Limelight strand and podcast on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds will push ambitions for audio drama, welcoming new and big name writing, acting and production talents. The idea is to showcase fresh approaches to serialised storytelling across a range of styles and genres.
Forthcoming titles in the strand include The House That Vanished – a real life mystery from the West Coast of Ireland, and a Halloween special dubbed Harland where a medieval plague village lies beneath a 1960s new town. Further titles are to be announced in due course.
Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction, Alison Hindell, says: “I want these Friday dramas to be appointment listening, great writing and riveting performances to treat our audience. It’s also hoped they bring new listeners into the wonderful wider world of Radio 4’s rich audio drama because we know more people are enjoying drama no matter how they’re listening. I hope people delight in them.”
Rhian Roberts, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Digital and Podcasts, adds: “The podcasting world is bringing new forms of creative excellence to audio drama and we’re excited to be showcasing that in the Limelight strand too. There is an increasing digital audience out there for unique storytelling and what our feed will provide is a one-stop destination for today and tomorrow’s audio fans to discover more from the BBC.”