Severed Threads

A three-part thriller for BBC Radio 4 from award-winning writer/director John Dryden

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect…”

Chief Seattle (1780-1866)

When children are found working in a textile factory in India, three lives on three continents become entangled in a shocking heap of blackmail, revenge and murder…

Episode breakdown, cast & credits


  1. Ingrid M says:

    Absolutely riveting with fantastic writing and direction. The plot was superb and the suspense killing. Another great play from BBC Radio 4.

  2. ArtySue says:

    Wonderful, wonderful stuff! Absolutely riveting, exciting and chilling. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

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  4. shakeshaft says:

    Fantastic production values and a rich soundscape. Sometimes I think that radio dramas can sound a bit like they are recording in a vacum, but the drama in this play really came to life. Too often dramas are too simple, so it was nice to navigate through the complexity of this narrative. Great stuff.

  5. handsomefortune says:

    ‘severed threads’ could be a bit of a landmark, in radio broadcasting. it reminded me of a radio version of the 90s film ‘short cuts’ directed by robert altman.

  6. phi041 says:

    Absolutely gripping!

  7. sligolistener says:

    One of the best dramas R4 has done in a long time. Completely compelling.

  8. susanneb says:

    Oh this is wonderful, complex, layered and absolutely gripping. The music is brilliant. I can’t wait for the next episode

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