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Episode 3

Episode 3 of 10

As Peter Manuel's trial continues, Dowdall struggles under cross-examination. Meanwhile details emerge about the evening Watt and Manuel spent together. Read by Liam Brennan.

'The Long Drop' is Denise Mina's first foray into true crime. The award-winning author reimagines the trial of Scotland's first serial killer, Peter Manuel, in a dark and compelling exploration of truth and storytelling.

Glasgow, 1957. Businessman William Watt wants answers about his family's murder. Small time crook Peter Manuel claims to have them. But you don't get something for nothing. Over the course of a bizarre night these unlikely drinking partners will swap stories and attempt to cut a deal to emerge from scandal with reputations, and profits, intact.

Six months on, Manuel is on trial for eight brutal murders and Watt's lawyer, Laurence Dowdall, is struggling under cross-examination at the High Court.

Read by Liam Brennan
Abridged by Siân Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

15 minutes

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Reader Liam Brennan
Author Denise Mina
Abridger Sian Preece
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

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