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Outsideleft Podcast of the Year 2021: Uncanny John Robinson sifts through the podcast ghosts

Outsideleft Podcast of the Year 2021: Uncanny

John Robinson sifts through the podcast ghosts

by John Robinson,
first published: December, 2021
Uncanny is available on BBC Sounds.

Podcast of the Year

Uncanny
Danny Robbins
BBC Sounds

UncannyFollowing the success of his adaptation/investigation of the Battersea Poltergeist case for the BBC, Danny Robbins, established comedy writer and presenter, has turned his attention to investigating a series of cases, some recent, some historical, but all with witnesses and all scary as hell. The opening episode – about a haunted student hall of residence – is truly unsettling, and has led to further people coming forward to complain about the halls, now sadly torn down. Further episodes discuss UFO cases, haunted houses and ghosts of the dying. The cases feature descriptions of experiences form those who experienced them, re-enactments and soundscapes taking us into the darkness they have seen.

What makes this series so compelling is the sound design, the music – by Lanterns on the Lake – which is perfect – and the even-handedness of the investigation. Scientists, psychologists, sceptics and the like are on hand to explain what has probably actually happened in each case and mediums, paranormal investigators and the like are also on hand to tell us what we secretly wish were true. I’m very much a sceptic and I am loving the series, a perfect reminder of the sort of thing I would have watched once, such as Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World, and similar, the sort of programme that doesn’t seem to exist now, taking a scientific but open-minded look at these phenomena and never patronising its audience.

Uncanny is available on BBC Sounds.


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John Robinson

Based in Scunthorpe, England. A writer and reviewer, working as a Computer Science and Media Lecturer and Educator. Sometimes accused of being a music writer called John Robinson, which is not helped by being a music writer called John Robinson. @thranjax
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