BBC Sounds announce Goldhawk Productions to make Hopepunk podcast drama commission

BBC Sounds has commissioned Goldhawk Productions to make a new major “hopepunk” podcast drama series. The Cipher will be released in Summer 2020, and follows the story of a schoolgirl who finds herself in an international hunt for a serial killer like no other.

Published: 25 October 2019
Goldhawk Productions have a strong reputation for quality innovative podcast drama, and we’re thrilled to bring The Cipher to BBC Sounds, a destination for creative engaging content.
— Jason Phipps

The Cipher sees a cryptic puzzle appear on the internet, stumping the brightest minds in the world. When 16-year-old Sabrina from Manchester cracks the code, she is immediately taken into custody by an international task force. She learns that a number of leading scientists from around the world have been murdered. Even more eerie, strange symbols have been found at the crime scenes. Sabrina must now help track down a serial killer… who might not be from this world. A fresh take on the hopepunk genre, The Cipher is a teenage version of the X-Files, a thriller about finding yourself while finding a killer.

Jason Phipps, Commissioning Editor for Podcasts, BBC Sounds said: “When we announced the commissioning round for our hopepunk drama we saw it make waves not only in the podcasting world, but in the wider media. Audiences want to hear detailed, diverse characters who are unafraid to be fighting for something, choosing hope even when things are bleak. Goldhawk Productions have a strong reputation for quality innovative podcast drama, and we’re thrilled to bring The Cipher to BBC Sounds, a destination for creative engaging content.”

Goldhawk Productions is a multi-award winning audio production company based in the UK with a reputation for quality large-scale productions. Goldhawk is a major supplier of audio drama for BBC Radio as well as audio fiction for numerous podcasting companies in the US, including most recently the hit fiction podcast series Passenger List starring Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran, reaching #1 in the fiction podcast charts in the US and UK.

The Cipher was created and written by Brett Neichin, with co-writer Ayeesha Menon. The executive producer and director is John Scott Dryden.

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