Julian Simpson's paranormal drama starring Nicola Walker. Mythos is a series that looks at British folklore through a quasi-scientific prism. It's laced with sardonic humour, ridiculous situations and insane leaps of logic - but its foundations lie in the stories that have become part of the British cultural DNA over the last 2000 years.
There's also one coming up called 'Who Is Aldrich Kemp' next week....
Old, cranky, impoverished, lonely... and I have a few faults too.
Can anyone tell me if I should be catching up on these series?
Yes, definitely. Over a period of years, Julian Simpson has been writing plays and series on the radio whcih have built up into this thing called the 'Pleasant Green Universe'. As well as reusing the same actors in different roles, it gradually becomes apparent that all the different stories are linked. "Mythos" is the earliest part of it I've heard, and seems to be the best jumping-on point.
"Mythos" - currently being repeated on Radio 4 - features a government agency that investigates ghosts and weird things like that.
Then there were three series of the podcast drama (also broadcast on the radio) that became known as The Lovecraft Investigations. This saw a pair of podcasters innocently investigating mysteries, only to become embroiled in the unravelling of ancient sinister conspiracies. Each of the three series brilliantly adapts an HP Lovecraft story. As I said, I've never heard the stuff pre-Mythos, but it's in these series that Simpson really started pulling things together, particularly from "Mythos".
The new series starting next week, "Who Is Aldrich Kemp"?, is apparently an international thriller. Aldrich Kemp was mentioned at the end of the final series of "The Lovecraft Investigations", but I can't remember why or how, so I shall have to re-listen. We are promised a 'familiar face' appearing in the second episode, but I don't know whether that's just a familiar actor or another recurring character. "The Lovecraft Investigations" *did* end on a cliffhanger of sorts but I'd be surprised if it was directly resolved here.
It might be a bit intimidating, delving into things so far in (ooh, just like the Main Range!) but it's definitely worth it. "Mythos" is quite good, but "The Lovecraft Investigations" is absolutely superb.
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