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From ghostly phantoms to UFOs, Danny Robins investigates real-life stories of paranormal encounters. So, are you Team Believer or Team Sceptic?

Written and presented by Danny Robins
Editor and Sound Designer: Charlie Brandon-King
Music: Evelyn Sykes
Theme Music by Lanterns on the Lake
Produced by Danny Robins and Simon Barnard

A Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4

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A double bill of two haunting and intriguing new cases. An emergency responder in rural Maine receives an impossible 911 call, and a Kansas funeral home where the dead won't stay dead.Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: Nilufar Ahmed and Morgan Knudsen Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Myke is visited by a nightmarish apparition as a child. The experience is so troubling that he is haunted afterwards by vivid memories of what he saw that night. But as Myke grows older, he begins to wonder why the apparition appeared to him. Could the answer lie in the house they lived in?Written and presented by Danny Robins Expert: Ciaran O'Keeffe Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
S4. Case 6: Case Update

S4. Case 6: Case Update

2024-06-0430:083

In this special case update, Danny unpacks your questions and theories about the series so far, from voodoo spirits and mangy bears to rude microwaves. And we meet a brand-new witness. Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Alaskan huntsman Fred and his cousin and uncle are trapped in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, seemingly surrounded by terrifying creatures, resembling the local folk stories about Bigfoot or “the Hairy Man”. Can they escape with their lives? Also, Danny ventures to Humboldt County, site of some of America’s most famous alleged Bigfoot sightings, to talk to resident Native Americans about their ancient beliefs in these creatures and their own experiences. Is this a great American myth or could there really be a secret, undetected species living in the USA?Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: Deborah Hyde and Lyle Blackburn Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Tribal elder Fred and his cousin and uncle are travelling through the Alaskan wilderness when they are surrounded in their cabin by terrifying creatures resembling the “Hairy Man” legend they were always warned about as kids. As Fred recounts the terrifying story of what happens next, Danny Robins wonders if this story could hold the answer to one of America’s most enduring mysteries – the legend of Bigfoot.Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: Deborah Hyde and Lyle Blackburn Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Lisa and her young family build their dream home in rural Missouri. Before they’ve even unpacked, strange events begin. Lights switch themselves on each night, footsteps echo around empty rooms, objects move by themselves. As events escalate, is Lisa imagining things or is someone living there alongside them? And how can a brand-new house be haunted? Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: Ciaran O’Keeffe and Jim Harold Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
S4. Case 2: Dad's Phone

S4. Case 2: Dad's Phone

2024-05-0729:235

Wendy’s father Harry was a British Spitfire pilot during World War II who moved to Texas to work in espionage. When he becomes ill with cancer, he promises Wendy that if there is life after death, he will reach out to her. This isn’t that comforting, their relationship has always been difficult - Harry used many of the espionage techniques he was schooled in to control and monitor Wendy, like a real-life version of Robert De Niro’s character in Meet the Parents. When Harry dies, Wendy moves into his house in Austin and then… her Dad’s phone begins to ring by itself. It's disconnected, what's happening is impossible, so is this Harry reaching out? And what will it take to make him let go?Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: Cal Cooper and Jeff Belanger Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
S4. Case 1: The Flood

S4. Case 1: The Flood

2024-04-3029:199

Marcus loves visiting his eccentric Aunt Jean, the black sheep of a very religious family. She runs a witch shop in New Orleans, selling spells, candles and Ouija boards. When Aunt Jean tragically dies in Hurricane Katrina, drowned in the basement of her own flat, her possessions end up at Marcus’s granddad’s house in South Georgia. One night Marcus and his cousin dig them out and find her prized Ouija board. What will happen if they try to make contact with her? The answer, it turns out, is that all hell breaks loose. Danny heads to Georgia to meet Marcus and hears about the most terrifying night of his life.Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: Evelyn Hollow and Benjamin Radford Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Development producer: Sarah Patten Production manager: Tam Reynolds Commissioning executive: Paula McDonnell Commissioning editor: Rhian Roberts Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Introducing Uncanny USA

Introducing Uncanny USA

2024-04-2305:203

Danny will be criss-crossing America, from New York to New Orleans, to interview witnesses about experiences that seem to defy logical explanation, with help from a new team of US paranormal experts and sceptics.
Danny Robins looks back at Season 3 and answers your questions and theories, and we hear some incredible new evidence and witness testimony.Written and presented by Danny Robins Editor and Sound Designer: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme Music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Daisy May Cooper believes her house is haunted. Three years ago, the award-winning actress and writer moved to a new-build house in the Cotswolds, but within weeks odd events start to trouble Daisy and her family: phantom footsteps, objects moving by themselves and ghostly apparitions. Now she’s called on the help of Danny to investigate. Will he survive the night in Daisy’s haunted house?Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
S3. Case 6: Good Evening

S3. Case 6: Good Evening

2023-11-2929:215

1989, and Anne moves to a new house in a new town with her husband and baby. Life seems unremarkable, until one day she’s prodded in the back and hears a refined voice in her ear… but there’s no-one there. It happens again, and then again. Is Anne's imagination getting the better of her? Or does something want her attention?Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Script editor: Dale Shaw Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
An Uncanny double bill, featuring two cases that will chill and perplex. The first features a bizarre, impossible experience on a family day out in Newcastle, the second, a life-changing moment for an unwell woman in Coventry.Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Christmas 1982, and 6-year-old Elton loves playing with his younger sister's present, a toy telephone. But joy turns to fear when it starts ringing by itself. Can an object really be haunted? Or is something unseen playing with the telephone?Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Script edtor: Dale Shaw Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
1986, and three art students move into digs in Waterford, Ireland. But they discover the house seemingly disapproves of visitors, reacting to talk of student parties with lights flickering and cupboard doors banging. It’s funny at first, but not for long…Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Danny explores your theories and questions about the Uncanny TV specials - Miss Howard, The Bearpark Poltergeist and The Oxford Exorcism - and we hear brand-new new evidence.Written and presented by Danny Robins Editor and Sound Designer: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme Music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Actor and writer Laurence Rickard, who plays caveman Robin in the BBC sitcom Ghosts, picks his favourite classic Uncanny episode.Retired policeman Alan Godfrey tells us the story of the case that has obsessed him for his whole life. When Alan tries to solve a weird and seemingly impossible murder in the small northern town of Todmorden, it leads to a bizarre UFO sighting and then a strange and sinister government cover up that ends up affecting Alan’s life.Danny Robins explores if there is real evidence of extra-terrestrial visits to Earth. Did Alan genuinely have an alien encounter and, if not, why were the real-life ‘men in black’ from the government so interested?Written and presented by Danny Robins Experts: David Clarke and Colin Lyall Editor and Sound Designer: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme Music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Writer and actress Daisy May Cooper picks her favourite classic Uncanny episode.Christmas 1974, and two young climbers stumble across an abandoned house in the Scottish mountains. It’s a bothy - a safe shelter for hunters and climbers out in the wilds of the highlands. But Phil and Jimmy are about to experience the most terrifying night of their lives, alone in the middle of nowhere.Is a violent spirit determined to drive them out into the freezing night? Years later, Phil tells Danny Robins his story and about how he researched the house, discovering others had had similar experiences there. What's going on? Danny investigates.Written and presented by Danny Robins Editor and Sound Designer: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme Music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
Actor and writer Reece Shearsmith chooses his favourite classic episode of Uncanny.When a spirit called Harry makes contact via a Ouija board, student Will thinks his friends are playing a joke. But then Harry starts calling him…Written and presented by Danny Robins Editor and Sound Designer: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme Music by Lanterns on the Lake Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
S3. Case 2: Uncle Jack

S3. Case 2: Uncle Jack

2023-10-0428:586

Tim moves from London to a 16th century coaching house in Cornwall, to find it already occupied by a long-dead previous owner - Uncle Jack. Tim and his partner quickly adjust to the constant noise of Jack's spectral footsteps jumping from the upstairs window. But then one night, things change…Written and presented by Danny Robins Editing and sound design: Charlie Brandon-King Music: Evelyn Sykes Theme music by Lanterns on the Lake Script editor: Dale Shaw Produced by Danny Robins and Simon BarnardA Bafflegab and Uncanny Media production for BBC Radio 4
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Comments (68)

April

he's a terrible liar

Jun 12th
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Gomezz

Is anyone else having issues playing this episode? every time I click on it, it says an error has occurred?

Jun 11th
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purpledreamcatcher64

Can we have the link to the bar stool photo on the bbc website please?

Jun 2nd
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Vali May

i love this podcast, it's a favourite of mine! keep up the good work!

Dec 8th
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Chesca

I was excited for this podcast as loved the narrator and his Battersea Poltergeist. This however is incredibly confusing jumping between one story and another. Sadly off-putting.

Dec 1st
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Darren Darrens

hmm. if my best friend died I'd hold onto their very last words, and in conversation with other friends I would naturally tell them what had been said to me.

Nov 12th
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Josie Van Embden

"a highly suggestible culture" does this woman think we all just sit around the open fire telling ghost stories? Ireland being portrayed as a nation of superstitious idiots. come on

Nov 8th
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Chunz Bunz

just as I'm listening, a new episode gets uploaded!

Nov 8th
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Mike Hobbs

oh dear....3 series in and recycling old episodes already. BBC never changes...

Oct 11th
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B

Can't play or download this one, errors out every time. Please reupload the episode

Oct 5th
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Katie Walker

is anyone else having an issue playing this episode? just keeps saying there's a playback error. I've changed my battery optimisation setting in castbox but didn't help. all other episodes are playing fine.

Oct 5th
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Mary Mandolin

If it was the lighthouse couldn't that have been proven on subsequent nights?

Sep 21st
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M

so glad you're back!

Sep 20th
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Fionna McCormick

great story well told, but I was hoping for more emphasis on possible scientific/practical explanations. With regards to simultaneous hallucinations and nightmares in a common environment, that would indicate the presence of a toxin that they were exposed to in that environment, like black mold or a toxic building material, or something in the hall's food. I don't know how to address the poltergeist activity unless the whole thing is some sort of prank or hazing from other students, possibly including toxins or hallucinogens and practical tricks.

Jun 17th
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Charlie

Hannah doesn't believe in the patriarchy. The ghost should've eaten her.

Jun 15th
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June Rusty Turner

Don't know about scarey stories but that woman's singing gives me the jeebies🤣loving the show.

Jun 6th
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Andrew Rouse

the goat was a symbol of fertility, not "lustfulness" and its history stretches back 7,000 years ago to the Caucasus mountains and the Kurgen Steppe nomadic cultures.

Jun 2nd
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Nikki A

omg loads off podcasts are talking about the triangle UFO ATM

May 18th
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LC

I got to the '7 steps of poltergeist', invented by one of the 'experts', and switched off. So far this new season seems to be a case of someone recounting a story and then, fore and against from the 'experts'. Where is the research and explanation like before? I'll try the next one, hoping for better.

Apr 12th
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MunkyGirl

Mr. Gatiss. One of the true loves of my life ❤️

Apr 5th
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