Henry's Demons

Genre BBC Radio 4 afternoon play by Henry Cockburn. Factual drama.


On a cold February day Henry Cockburn waded into the freezing water of Newhaven Estuary and tried to swim across. Voices, he said, had told him to do it. Nearly halfway round the world in Afghanistan journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife that Henry, their son had been admitted to a hospital mental ward. Thus begins Henry, Patrick and wife Janet Montefiore's extraordinary account of Henry's rapid descent into mental illness.

Tom's role

Henry Cockburn

It's a fascinating true story, in the character's own words. The actual interview with the Cockburns is online somewhere too. It's an extraordinary listen.

Broadcast dates

26th September 2011


BBC website