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Susan Lynch as Penny and Joseph Mawle as Dean in 'Soundproof'

Wednesday 12th July 2006, 9pm, BBC TWO
Signed repeat: Wednesday 19th July 2006, 1.25am, BBC ONE


Soundproof is a gripping urban thriller that breaks new ground in bringing deaf and hearing actors together. A BBC co-production with Blast! Films
* this compelling and contemporary whodunit stars Susan Lynch, Joseph Mawle, Neil Stuke and Brendan Coyle.


Like BBC TWO's award-winning film Flesh and Blood and 2004's critically acclaimed film Every Time You Look At Me, Soundproof follows BBC TWO's tradition for bold original and challenging contemporary dramas.
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  • Chris (Neil Stuke) is thrown off the balcony of a high rise block of flats and it looks like murder.

    Suspicion falls on his flat mate Dean (Joseph Mawle) who is profoundly deaf. Penny (Susan Lynch) is the sign language interpreter brought in to help the police question him.

    But when Penny bumps into Dean later in a nearby pub, they embark on a secret affair which makes Penny's impartiality as police interpreter harder and harder to sustain.

    Dean needs Penny to prove his innocence, but as the police investigation continues, Penny starts to wonder if he is in fact the murderer after all.

    Soundproof is devised by director Edmund Coulthard (who won a Best New Director BAFTA for his BBC TWO series Tales From Pleasure Beach in 2002) and penned by exciting new television writer Joe Fisher.

    Edmund Coulthard says: "I wanted to create a rollercoaster thriller that takes the viewer into the experience of being deaf in a very different way.

    "In trying to work out whether the lead deaf character is innocent or guilty, the viewer has to experience Dean's world through his eyes."

    The Cast
    Susan Lynch (Any Time Now) as Penny
    Joseph Mawle (Dunkirk) as Dean
    Neil Stuke (Faith) as Chris
    Brendan Coyle (North and South) as Inspector Cox
    Diana Martin (See Hear) as Heather
    Joanna Dunbar as Jak


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    Your Reviews

    Susan Lynch as Penny in 'Soundproof'
    "Deafness is not a 'fashionable' subject but Soundproof dealt with it in a thought-provoking and honest way."
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