BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds hit podcast Uncanny is making the leap to television as a three-parter on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later this year, made by BBC Studios.
The series is hosted by Danny Robins, creator of BBC Radio 4’s hit podcasts The Battersea Poltergeist and The Witch Farm, as well as Uncanny, and writer of the West End play 2:22 – A Ghost Story.
Uncanny will feature real-life stories of supernatural encounters told by the people they happened to – experiences that seem to defy logical explanation. The programme will feature analysis from experts, as well as investigations into possible answers. The TV version will feature new stories.
The Uncanny podcast has been played almost five million times on BBC Sounds and with three million downloads on other platforms globally.
Uncanny (3 x 60) is being made by BBC Studios Documentary Unit, producers of Fight The Power with Chuck D, Inside Our Autistic Minds with Chris Packham, Freedom: 50 Years of Pride, and Lucy Worsley Investigates.
It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, BBC head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The series producer / director is Joe Myerscough.
Jack Bootle says: “Uncanny is a sensational podcast that has proved to be a huge hit on BBC Sounds, and it’s going to be every bit as spine-chilling when it makes the transition to BBC Two and iPlayer later this year. Watch it with the lights on.”
Danny Robins says: “I’ve been blown away by the response to Uncanny. We’ve built an incredible community around the show, many of whom never realised how interested in the paranormal they were! I’m incredibly excited to get the chance to both continue the podcast and adapt it for TV, as we explore that biggest of all questions – ‘do ghosts exist’? I promise it will be scary and fascinating in equal measure – so, do you dare watch?”
Rhian Roberts, Commissioning Editor Podcasts, Formats & Digital, BBC Radio 4 says: “We’re thrilled to give Uncanny fans a whole new way to scare themselves silly. And for anyone yet to discover this world of shivers and chills the Uncanny podcast is on BBC Sounds now, along with Danny’s other paranormal cold case investigations The Witch Farm and The Battersea Poltergeist’.
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