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BBC Sounds commissions “hopepunk” podcast drama series


BBC Sounds has commissioned Goldhawk Productions to make a major new “hopepunk” drama podcast series.

The Cipher will air next summer and is about a 16-year-old Manchester school girl, who cracks an online code, finding herself at the centre of an international hunt for a serial killer.

“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,” explained Jason Phipps, Commissioning Editor for Podcasts, BBC Sounds.

“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.”

The Cipher was written and created by Brett Neichin, with co-writer Ayeeha Menon. The Executive Producer and Director is John Scott Dryden.

In June, Phipps revelled that he was on the hunt for more “hopepunk” podcasts, following the success of The Umbrella Academy, Sense8 and Black Panther.

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