Playhouse Presents

S1-E7 Playhouse Presents: The Snipist

S1-E7 Playhouse Presents: The Snipist

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So far this series of short but perfectly formed plays hasn’t shied away from the darker side of life, and this is the most unsettling yet. Douglas Henshall stars as a lone “snipist” whose job is to defend the few survivors in a world that’s been ravaged by rabies.

He spends his days pacing up and down his concrete bunker and training his rifle on a young woman who cannot leave her shabby hut for fear of infection. His only contact with the wider world is via a radio handset that barks edicts from an all-seeing commander (voiced by a brittle John Hurt) over and over again. It’s impossible to tear your eyes away.


Douglas Henshall stars in a drama by Matthew Holness, creator of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. A sniper tries to protect the few surviving humans in a world ravaged by rabies. He watches over a woman who has become isolated in a hut near his vantage point, and faces a moral dilemma when he discovers she has been bitten. Featuring the voice of John Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Harker Douglas Henshall
Voice of the Ministry John Hurt
The woman Kate O'Flynn
Writer Matthew Holness


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