This year, BBC Radio 4 are devoting three hours of air-time on Halloween to playing radio adaptations of horror classics!
The evening will kick off at 10pm with Nigel Kneale’s classic 1972 teleplay, ‘The Stone Tape’ starring Romola Garai, Julian Barratt and Jane Asher. Afterwards, at 11pm Eve and Naoko Mori will be starring in Koji Suzuki’s ‘Ring’, adapted from the novel ‘Ringu’ published in 1991. The book has already been adapted into movies, manga and a TV series – and now it’s time for radio. The piece has been adapted by award-winning playwright Anita Sullivan and directed by James Robinson. According to The Guardian, videotapes and possessed televisions feature heavily in the piece – so fans are excited to see how these concepts have been adapted into radio.
Both of these new productions feature binaural recording techniques, where microphones placed either side of a dummy human head lend recordings a 3D effect when listened to on headphones. If you are feeling brave, there will be a binaural version onRadio 4’s website on the night.
For more information on the radio dramas, please visit The Guardian’s website here.