The Big Sneeze

A week of short stories inspired by a Sneeze.


AR01Sneeze On Monday, Sneeze For Danger20040906

By Val McDermid

Someone on the inside is covering Greg Thomas's back.

The local drugs baron has been charged numerous times but somehow he never gets brought to book.

And it's Chrissie's job to find out who's reaping the rewards.

Listening in to

Thomas's apartment one night, Chrissie hears nothing remarkable except for a violent sneezing fit.

In the morning Thomas is found dead.

Produced by Lu Kemp

AR02Sneeze On Tuesday, Kiss A Stranger20040907

Written and read by Tim Crouch

Until the age of 29 Tim was blind.

When he was a baby a small sycamore seed twirled its way down to his cot in the garden, he clutched it and shoved it up his tiny nostrils where the seed lodged itself - between his anterior of his brain and the optic nerve - for 29 years.

And nobody knew it was there.

This is the seeds story.

Produced by Lu Kemp

AR03Sneeze On Wednesday, Get A Letter20040908

By Linda Cracknell

Having received a photo of his grandson George sits down to write a letter to his son.

A letter he imagines that might bridge the gap of years between them.

Produced by Lu Kemp

AR04.sneeze On Thursday, Something Better20040909

By Hannah McGill

Gwendoline the puppy is sick.

There is no doubt about it.

She's sneezing blood on the studio floor.

There's only one thing for it: a new puppy must be found, and the producers just have to hope that the children won't notice.

Produced by Lu Kemp

AR05 LASTSneeze On Friday, Sneeze For Sorrow, See Your Sweetheart Tomorrow20040910

By Ruth Thomas

Landing a Saturday job in the local pet shop will finally allow Linda to get close to Mark Brown.

If she lands it.

She can't seem to get through the interview for sneezing.

Is it the cuttlefish she's allergic to? The parakeets? Or is it something

that is going to make their relationship even more unfeasible than it already is?

Read by Catherine Shepherd.

Produced by Lu Kemp