‘A Scottish Podcast’ is a serialised Modern Audio Drama.
“Modern Audio Drama” is a different way of saying “Radio Drama”, “Radio Play”, “Story Podcast”, “Audio Theatre”, “Fiction Podcast”, or “Drama Podcast”.
Some of these names fit the show better than others. It isn’t on the radio, and I don’t really see it as a “play” or “theatre”. More like a film or TV show without a picture.
I’d like to think the series feels more cinematic than something that’s performed on a stage for a live audience.
This can get confusing, but the podcast is a story about making a podcast.
It’s about an ex-radio DJ called Lee and struggling musician called Doug (both local ‘Z’ list celebrities in their own right) making a paranormal investigation podcast.
The ‘Prequel’ episode was made as a stand alone story in 2013, and I brought the two characters back together for this new venture, which starts in Edinburgh following the discovery of an ancient vault under the city centre.
In terms of the way it’s made and how it’s told, the two towering Audio Drama influences behind this series are We’re Alive (a zombie story set in LA), and Edict Zero (a futuristic sci-fi crime drama).
In terms of the type of show that’s inspired the podcast in the story, I mention The Black Tapes, The Message, and Limetown on the front page. These are more ‘documentary’ than ‘dramatised’ types of podcast, and exactly what Lee is trying to create with his own show ‘The Terror Files’.
With the story and characters, there’s definitely a massive Irvine Welsh influence in there.
On top of that, being a long time reader of Viz possibly shines through at times with some of the more puerile elements of the story/characters.
Though there’s many influences behind the series, it is – I’d like to think – an original story with original characters.
If you’ve not heard it already I’d encourage you to at least give it 3 episodes (that’ll take you about half an hour) before making your mind up if you hate it or not.
How To Listen
If you’ve never listened to a podcast or Audio Drama before, click here. I’ve answered some frequently asked questions and offered some listening tips/advice too.