Get caught up in a drama
Radio drama and fiction podcasts are having a renaissance, as artists make television for your ears. With great writing, acting and sound production, there are some amazing serial dramas out there. Some popular podcast series, like Homecoming and Limetown, have even made the transition to TV, whist others like Bright Sessions have become novels.
Here we select a few of our favourite scripted serial drama podcasts, for you to immerse yourself in. We have selected the first episode in each series. If you’re enjoying it and want to continue, then you can find the next episodes listed underneath in the ‘Play’ window.
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A great 10-part scripted crime podcast, Verdict centres on a federal investigator Abigail Kaplan, who must unravel the mystery behind the murder of a star high school athlete in small town Texas. When the victim’s best friend confesses to the brutal crime that could land him on death row, Abigail must navigate small-town politics, the local police and the awesome power of the local Mega Church in order to uncover the shocking truth.Play
Atlantic Flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le (Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth. Passenger List is a new mystery thriller podcast from PRX’s Radiotopia.
8 Episodes of 31 to 43 mins.Play
The fictional podcast about a town that disappeared, created in 2015, the show has drawn comparisons to the popular podcast Serial and the TV show the X-Files.
Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this podcast, American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”
6 Episodes in Season 1, episodes are 22 to 37 mins long.Play
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Our family members are not always who we think. When Eleonore and Michael Richland lose their parents unexpectedly in a small plane crash, they must choose between two very different paths: honor their father’s legacy as a world-renowned cardiologist — or risk everything for the truth. From Wondery.
6 episodes of 25 minsPlay
An improvised comedy about a UK referendum that brings back capital punishment with a 51% majority. Meet the civil servants dealing with the fallout of a referendum, the team executing an execution. In episode 1 the team decide the method of execution. Featuring guest stars Harry Enfield and Jon Snow.
6 episodes of 35 mins each episode.Play
Helen’s always dreamed of ditching her hometown, so when she lands a job at the company that makes Sandra, everyone’s favourite A.I., she figures it’s the next-best thing. But working behind the curtain isn’t quite the escape from reality that Helen expected.
7 Episodes of 17 to 25 mins from Gimlet.Play
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The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients – each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.
4 seasons, Season 1 has 9 episodes, 13 to 19 mins each episode.Play
The Amelia Project is a secret agency that offers a very special service: Faking its clients’ deaths. It then lets them reappear with a brand new identity, its eccentric clientele includes cult leaders, scientists and politicians, all desperate to disappear and start over… But for how long can the secrecy last? A black comedy full of secrets and twists
11 Episodes in Season 1, 20 mins per episode.Play