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The Dark Is Rising

BBC World Service

A young boy’s time-travelling fight against ancient evil. When the Dark comes rising, who will hold it back? This dramatisation of Susan Cooper’s cult novel is a magical journey into the supernatural.

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Twelfth Night. The Old Ones gather from across the centuries. The Signs are joined together by a blacksmith with rings of gold and, as the Old Ones bid him farewell, Will is full of anguish as he returns to his own time. Listen on headphones for 3D i... more

a year ago

Will is pursued by the tornado of the Dark and prepares for the final battle. He flies with Merriman on the great white horse to where Herne the ancient hunter is waiting. Herne summons his hounds – a pack of huge white animals ghostly in the half-li... more

a year ago

Will’s sister is missing. He searches through driving rain and melting snow to find her, as a road becomes a river. The great white horse again comes to his aid and, when lightning strikes, a ship rises bearing a long-dead king. Listen on headphones ... more

a year ago

Will is terrified. The thunderous knocking on the door can only mean one thing – it is The Rider, ready to attack. The Walker has been emboldened by the Dark and summons ice candles which bring a terrible chill, even as they burn. Will discovers the ... more

a year ago


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4.4 out of 5 stars from 578 ratings
  • Fantastic.

    I loved this book as a child and have given copies of it to many friends over the years. I am really enjoying this evocative adaptation that bristles with menace.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Great audio, simplistic story

    The audio experience, acting, and production were top notch. But the story was unoriginal and felt way too abbreviated. I have not read the original to compare, but I’m not recommending this to others. Would love to see the approach used with better material.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Immersive, entertaining, and just the right amount eerie

    I’ve loved this book for a long time and have read it many times. This is an incredible adaptation, and you really feel like you are there with Will. It’s very immersive, and I actually jumped thinking there was someone behind me talking at one point. The production truly captures the eerie atmosphere and the spirit of the book. The whole series is great (I think I hold the unpopular opinion that the first one, Over Sea, Under Stone, is my favorite), and I hope they will consider adapting the ot... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • A Beautifully Crafted Audio Epic

    This radio play adaptation of ‘The Dark Is Rising’ is amazing. The story is lovingly adapted and the wondrous soundscape makes you feel immersed in the action. A brilliant audio epic.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • A dark is rising

    Breath taking wonderful!!!!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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