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

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Kerry Shale, Mia Soteriou, Clive Swift, Paul Bhattacharjee, Barbara Barnes and Nigel Anthony
Marcy Kahan
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)
Music composed and played by Mia Soteriou.
Laugh track

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