Whitby actress Joanne Froggatt named as lead in new supernatural podcast

Whitby's Golden Globe-winning actress Joanne Froggatt takes the lead role in Storyglass, a new supernatural scripted podcast

Thursday, 18th June 2020, 11:49 am
Updated Thursday, 18th June 2020, 11:50 am
Joanne Froggatt is appearing in supernatural podcast The Harrowing.

Joanne takes the lead as Sergeant Jackie O’Hara in The Harrowing, in a thriller written by acclaimed writer, adaptor and games performance director Mark Healy.

The first episode is due to launch next Thursday (June 25).

On a remote island, north west of the Scottish mainland, Easter 2019, in an isolated farmhouse a family lies slain.

Their daughter, left untouched, is found wandering the hills, lost and bewildered.

As a once-in-a-generation storm gathers on the horizon and the girl is taken into protective custody, a mysterious stranger is seen watching the darkening skies near the crime scene.

He is arrested by Sgt Jackie O’Hara, but when questioned refuses to give his name and repeatedly warns of a coming evil.

The next morning Jackie finds his cell empty. The stranger is gone. And so is the girl.

Joanne said: “It was an absolute pleasure to work on this dark, supernatural thriller.

"The pull between good and evil, and heaven and hell sets the tone for this incredible story.

"I hope you enjoy listening to The Harrowing as much as we enjoyed making it.”

The Harrowing tells the story of the devastating events that occur on the Isle of Toll Mòr over five days between Holy Wednesday and Easter Sunday, as recounted by the only survivor – Sgt O’Hara.

It tracks the rise of an ancient evil and the battle for survival as a terrifying power takes over the island.

Full of dark foreboding, eerie soundscapes and startling revelations, The Harrowing is a crime series that gradually shifts genre to become a disturbing supernatural horror.

Storyglass Creative Director, Robert Delamere said: “This is a remarkable story for our times - an eight-part fiction thriller about a community under assault from an unseen force.

"It’s both a brilliant genre-splicing fusion of crime and horror and a daring tonal mixture of ancient evil and contemporary isolation, all delivered by a world-class cast.”

Among the cast are Rosalind Eleazar (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Deep Water, Rellik), Adam James (Vigil, Belgravia, Doctor Foster) and Sorcha Groundsell (The Innocents, Clique, Grantchester).

The series is produced by Ben Walker and Executive Produced by Sarah Doole (Director of Global Drama, Fremantle) and Robert Delamere.

You can watch a trailer here.