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The Uncertainty Principle

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about knowing when you will die. 1 episode in 1999. Stars Kerry Shale, Mia Soteriou, Clive Swift, Paul Bhattacharjee and others.

The programme is repeated on Radio 4 Extra tomorrow at 6pm.

The Uncertainty Principle

Sci-fi comic play set in a world where everyone knows when they will die

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
1999
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Starring
Kerry Shale, Mia Soteriou, Clive Swift, Paul Bhattacharjee, Barbara Barnes and Nigel Anthony
Writer
Marcy Kahan
Director
Gordon House

Set in the year 2099, Marcy Kahan's drama explores the comic implications of a society where people know the exact length of their lifespan from the day they are born. Or at least they think they do. So in a world where everyone knows the date of their death, people live at the appropriate pace: Short-lifers are frenetic with a short-attention-span and are beer-swilling hedonists. Long-lifers are more laid back: advocates of lifelong learning, retraining for different jobs each decade, and making long-term investments. So when a short-lifer overstays his welcome by not dying at the right time, why does it have to be kept secret?

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Friday Play: The Uncertainty Principle (Other official name)
  • The 7th Dimension - The Uncertainty Principle (Other official name)
Soundtrack
Music composed and played by Mia Soteriou.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 20th August 1999 on BBC Radio 4 at 9pm
Episode length
1 hour
Upcoming repeats
  1. Tomorrow at 6pm on Radio 4 Extra
  2. Sunday at 12am on Radio 4 Extra