03 Sept 2020
A new Audible Original international audio drama series called High Strangeness has been produced by CPL Productions.
This major new eight part sci-fi comedy-drama will premiere on Audible in both the US and UK on October 8, 2020.
High Strangeness stars Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey, Disney’s Cinderella) as whip-smart young heroine, Cassie Chambers – a part-time barista and frustrated paranormal researcher. When she travels to the sleepy English countryside on the trail of a weird event, she is reluctantly thrown together with Glen Hedley (Adam James – Doctor Foster, I May Destroy You), an uptight American agent of a shady organisation.
This mis-matched duo soon discover that they’re humanity’s only defence against malign ultra-terrestrials from a different dimension. These beings have noticed our Earth… and that’s very bad news for us. With interfering locals, obstructive bosses and a fanatical cult getting in the way, and only Cassie’s best friend Amanda as reliable help, Cassie and Glen must figure out why this unique enemy is here and turn it back before it’s too late – for all of us.
High Strangeness also stars Anna Chancellor (The Hour, Pennyworth, Mapp & Lucia) as Glen’s boss, Commander Quite, alongside Mandeep Dhillon, Amit Shah, Kevin Eldon, Javone Prince, Nina Wadia, Niky Wardley and a host of other comic voices.
The series is written and created by BAFTA and Emmy award-winning writer Will Maclean (Tracey Breaks The News, forthcoming novel The Apparition Phase), developed and produced by Arabella McGuigan (Brief Encounters, Hounslow Diaries) and directed by Paul Murphy (Cuckoo, Redback, Home From Home). Sound Design is by Chris Maclean (Inside No 9, Detectorists, The Thick Of It).
Danielle Lux, Managing Director of CPL Productions, said: “We are delighted that High Strangeness is launching on Audible in the US and UK this Autumn as our first scripted audio show for the international market. Our audio business builds on our long heritage of producing for radio, and thank you to Audible for buying into such a bold ambitious, big-scale series.”
Executive Producers for CPL Productions are Will Maclean, Arabella McGuigan, Danielle Lux and Terence Gray. Executives for Audible are Mike Charzuk and Will Rogers, Jim Colgan and Isabella Kulkarni.
CPL Productions produce TV, radio and podcasts for UK and international audiences, with current and forthcoming productions including multi-BAFTA winning A League of Their Own for Sky One and US version Game On! for CBS, Harry Hill’s World of TV, with Nit TV, for BBC Two, There’s Something About Movies for Sky One, Married at First Sight for Channel 4, and Don’t Unleash the Beast for CITV. In scripted, CPL recently produced hit primetime ITV drama, Brief Encounters and award-winning BBC3 comedy one-off, Hounslow Diaries.
CPL has a long history of producing audio content, including numerous productions for BBC Radio Two and Four.