When an urban explorer suffers a fatal accident, two friends revisit his favourite city spaces to choose the most appropriate location to scatter his ashes. Written by Craig Taylor.
Four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. In each episode, leading writers collaborate with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.
Episode 1: Ashes by Craig Taylor.
When an urban explorer suffers a fatal accident, two friends are charged with the task of scattering his ashes. They travel to London and revisit the derelict buildings, river barges and train sidings he used to explore, to find the most appropriate location for his final resting place.
These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city.
A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price.
You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.
Featuring the voice of Joseph Kloska.
Producers: Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
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