People Who Knew Me

4.9/5

Critic Rating

A woman uses 9/11 to fake her death. 14 years later, she is forced to confront her past. Emily Morris uses 9/11 to fake her own death and run away to start a new life in California as Connie Prynne. Fourteen years later, now with a teenage daughter by her side, Connie is diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be forced to confront her past so that her daughter will not be left on her own if she does not survive. She must decide how to explain her lies, her secrets, her selfish decisions – and ultimately her ‘widowed’ husband. Everything she thought she had fled from when she pretended to die in New York. Starring Rosamund Pike and Hugh Laurie, Kyle Soller and Alfred Enoch.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Ximena Smith • Radio New Zealand Aug 30, 2023

"I always get quite excited - when great actors decide to take a crack at fiction podcasts...whoever is behind the show is serious about making a great show...it really delivers, it's a really great listen, and it's a good one to start on if you haven't quite delved into scripted fiction podcasts yet."

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Score: 5

Fiona McCann • Irish Times Aug 20, 2023

"...a taut tale of loss and deception lit by a cracking performance by Rosamund Pike...an adaptation from a book by Kim Hooper, expertly translated to the format by the writer and director Daniella Isaacs. Add Hugh Laurie, unfailingly charismatic even in this somewhat disembodied form, who plays her present day will-they-won’t-they friend, and you’ve got a cracking drama spanning multiple timelines and with multiple plotlines that intersect around themes of love and forgiveness and family."

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Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Jul 9, 2023

"Rosamund Pike is stunning...There is some lovely support from Hugh Laurie. …"

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Score: 5

PR Staff • PodcastReview.org Jun 7, 2023

"Connie’s past, including her retreat to California from New York, is packed with enough intrigue to grip you from the first episode. She [Pike] starred in Edith! to general acclaim, a performance she surpasses in this latest project with the BBC. Marked by gritty writing and real suspense, People Who Knew Me will appeal to fans of Tracks and Passenger List."

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Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery May 29, 2023

"People Who Knew Me delivers a thought-provoking story that grapples with matters of identity, secrets, and a mother's devotion...a podcast that probes into the complexities of secrets, identity, and the lengths one would go to protect their loved ones...engaging and emotional narrative..."

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Score: 4.5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times May 28, 2023

"The suspense of this pacy, bingeable 10-part drama, which has shades of David Fincher’s film Gone Girl (which also starred Pike), is derived not from Connie faking her own death but from her efforts, in the wake of her illness, to put things right. The series isn’t perfect — Hugh Laurie, who plays Paul, a cancer survivor who Connie meets at a support group, feels woefully underused. And there are gaps in the story that nag throughout. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to find a BBC drama that doesn’t bludgeon the listener with exposition and overdone sound effects (the sound design here is on point). It is largely down to the efforts of podcasters, with their subtler and more contemporary approach, that audio drama can now hold its head high after years in the doldrums."

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Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian May 27, 2023

"...a classy drama series: excellently soundscaped, grippingly plotted, smoothly acted and exec-produced by Sharon Horgan."

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