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Body Horror

By: Lucy Catherine
Narrated by: Jill Halfpenny,full cast,Shelley Conn,Samantha Dakin,Chetna Pandya
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Summary

London, 2049. 

Full body transplants on sale here: the more you pay, the better the body. But can an expensive upgrade really fulfil the life-changing expectations of demoralised mortician Caroline McAleese? 

Caroline is desperate to be promoted to the sales team - but she's overweight and over 40, and in a world where attractiveness is prioritised ahead of intelligence, her prospects are slim. Then she hits the jackpot in the Citizens' Lottery and gets the chance to trade up to the perfect new body: one that's young, lithe and beautiful. 

It's a dream come true for Caroline - until she starts to experience teething problems. Her behaviours begin to change, and she is haunted by violent dreams. She's not alone in her new body and no longer in control. What shadows have been left by her body's former inhabitant? And whose voice is it she hears in her head?

Developed through the Wellcome Trust Experimental Stories scheme, this dark, futuristic series was written by award-winning dramatist Lucy Catherine, whose credits include Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, Gudrun and The Master and Margarita. It stars Jill Halfpenny as Caroline, with Shelley Conn, Samantha Dakin and Chetna Pandya.

Cast

Caroline - Jill Halfpenny

Gloria - Shelley Conn

Rowan/Benefits Office Computer - Adam Courting

Anastasia - Samantha Dakin

Tom/Car Salesman - Ian Conningham

Waiter/Security Guard - Greg Jones

Bar Guy/Che - Ikky Elyas

Virtual James - Will Kirk

Government Computer/Stan - Neil McCaul

Work Computer/Library Computer - Sinead MacInnes

Lift Voice/Young Mum - Lucy Reynolds

Paulina - Chetna Pandya

Mel - Liza Sadovy

Trevor - Clive Hayward

Karina - Heather Craney

BodyEx Computer - Scarlett Courtney

Hotel Computer - Laura Christy

Directed by Toby Swift

Developed through the Wellcome Trust Experimental Stories scheme

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11th-13th March 2020

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Very thought provoking and interesting

I wasn't sure what to expect when buying this — what I did get was a very well constructed experimental piece. It has everything, philosophy, science fiction, complex moral issues — in short, it's a worthy listen. Experimental storytelling at it's best.