We fell hard for this twisty serial thriller starring the criminally underrated Romola Garai (you might remember her as the sharp-witted heroine of BBC drama The Hour). Garai plays Dr Helen Ash, who in Episode 1 witnesses a plane crash in which her estranged father, also a doctor, is thought to have perished. As it turns out, the dead passenger who was carrying her father's boarding pass was not her father at all, and the circumstances surrounding the crash are distinctly mysterious. When Helen tugs at these threads, a tapestry of body-horror conspiracy begins to come apart in her hands, with her father's experimental medical research at its centre. It's been a while since we had a binge-listening experience quite as satisfying at this one; we consumed the complete nine-part series over the course of two dizzying days.
Gateway episode: The Nervus Vagus (9 Aug 2016)
[Season 2 review, Issue 81]
We didn't dream we'd see the return of conspiracy thriller Tracks, one of the best series of 2016. But it's true! This is happening! Season 2 is a prequel, which relocates us to remote Snowdonia, a national park in Wales, in the year 1980. A paleontologist, Rachel, loses her little boy on the mountain. In fact, it seems to her that the earth has literally swallowed him up. When she stumbles into a nearby pub, two local men help her take up a search for the child. Paranoid weirdness ensues, and it is as yet unclear what this has to do with the events of Season 1, but no doubt we'll get there. Written by Matthew Broughton and performed by a cast of pros, including Fiona O’Shaughnessy (from Channel 4's creepy Utopia) and Robert Pugh (Game of Thrones), this is must-hear, top-drawer drama.
Released: 6 Nov 2017