Hornet Heaven

Hornet Heaven

Award-winning tales of life (and beyond) as a football fan.

Hornet Heaven is a narrated comedy drama. It's set in an afterlife paradise for Watford fans - where they can watch every match for the rest of eternity. Start with Season 1 Episode 1.

All Episodes

In late August 2021, residents of Hornet Heaven try to cope with the departure of Watford’s captain and club legend Troy Deeney.

Sep 9

31 min 8 sec

In summer 1977, the change of manager at Watford FC brings out a rebellious streak in a young Hornet Heaven resident. 

Aug 25

43 min 19 sec

In summer 1977, a new arrival in Hornet Heaven discovers he’s 8 years out of sync with everyone else. 

Aug 18

33 min 1 sec

In summer 1977, a great transformation is about to occur at Watford FC — but a fan in Hornet Heaven isn’t ready for change. 

Aug 13

29 min 35 sec

In the summer of 2021, questions arise about the true identity of a new arrival in Hornet Heaven.

Aug 4

26 min 58 sec

In the summer of 2021, a contest is held to establish the best new terrace chant in Hornet Heaven.

Jul 30

15 min 54 sec

In February 2021, Hornet Heaven’s chief steward embarrasses himself and must make amends in time for Watford’s promotion celebrations in April.

May 6

10 min 12 sec

In 1929, down on earth, a former player watches Watford from the terraces at Vicarage Road, but the excitement proves too much. A dramatisation of a true story.

Mar 25

20 min 36 sec

In 2002, a Watford fan arriving in Hornet Heaven needs help in acclimatising to the afterlife. 

Mar 17

37 min 24 sec

In a post-apocalyptic future, a father and son search for what Watford Football Club has meant to them.  A version of this story first appeared in the magazine YBR! (https://thewatfordtreasury.co.uk/ybr.html). The music is from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's score for the original motion picture 'The Road'.

Feb 26

8 min 14 sec

In February 2021, there’s an unexpected new arrival in Hornet Heaven. It’s Troy Deeney.

Feb 18

41 min 17 sec

In December 2020, plans to celebrate a resident’s 100th anniversary in Hornet Heaven hit a problem.

Feb 4

41 min 19 sec

In the summer of 2020, a positive-minded character helps the residents of Hornet Heaven bounce back from the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League.

Jan 29

19 min 26 sec

In 1953, a renowned natural historian, who’d prefer to be studying beetles, is disappointed to find himself in the Watford FC afterlife.

Jan 24

28 min 17 sec

In November 2020, total boredom with Vladimir Ivic’s football leads to an unexpected broadening of Hornet Heaven’s horizons.

Jan 18

29 min 13 sec

In December 2020, the annual Hornet Heaven Festival of Carols has a surprise new soloist.

Dec 2020

23 min 22 sec

In October 1882, a local resident discovers the new sport of Association Football and becomes a Watford fan forever.

Nov 2020

40 min 38 sec

In summer 2012, Laurence Bassini’s terrifying ownership of Watford FC has an apocalyptic effect on Hornet Heaven.

Oct 2020

34 min 56 sec

In October 2020, Hornet Heaven makes contact with Adrian Mariappa after he leaves the club — to say goodbye and thank you.  (To help create this tribute to a Watford legend, we sampled an interview with Mapps by Simon Preston of Reggae Boyz Commentary from earlier this year.)

Oct 2020

14 min 57 sec

In September 2020, the absence of fans from Vicarage Road has a deep impact on Hornet Heaven.

Oct 2020

24 min 16 sec

The ups and downs of one man’s 56 years as a Watford FC supporter. 

Jun 2020

29 min 22 sec

In May 2020, a new arrival in Hornet Heaven is reluctant to reveal the truth about his past.

May 2020

42 min

Hornet Heaven stages a 1970s-style chat show as light entertainment during the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown. 

Apr 2020

38 min 43 sec

A story of returning to Vicarage Road for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. 

Apr 2020

13 min 38 sec

In December 1927, on Christmas Eve, a seriously discouraged Watford fan on earth is sent a visitor from heaven to prove that life isn’t so bad after all. We wish all our listeners a joyous Christmas and New Year.

Dec 2019

41 min 56 sec

In October 2019, a new arrival is furious at Watford’s terrible start to the season.

Oct 2019

33 min 14 sec

In September 2019, a new arrival struggles to remember recent games. This episode was inspired by — and created in support of — a project by the Watford FC CSE Trust to help people living with mild to moderate dementia. You can find out more at https://www.watfordfccsetrust.com/goldenmemories.

Oct 2019

15 min 55 sec

In September 2019, The Father Of The Club has a strong reaction to Watford’s 8-0 defeat at Manchester City. 

Oct 2019

18 min 48 sec

At the start of the 2019/20 season, a son discusses Watford’s dreadful form with his dad. 

Oct 2019

24 min 38 sec

In April 2019, the narrator of the Hornet Heaven stories reflects on what he wants from Watford’s trip to the FA Cup Final.

May 2019

5 min 38 sec

In May 2019, the man who founded Watford Rovers in 1881 is in a state of high excitement before the Cup Final.

May 2019

29 min 52 sec

In September 1997, some of Hornet Heaven’s new arrivals aren’t Watford fans.

Apr 2019

53 min 46 sec

In April 2019, a new arrival finds that Hornet Heaven is suffering from an infestation of half-and-half scarves.

Mar 2019

18 min 4 sec

In March 2019, The Father Of The Club’s firm views on replica shirts are challenged. (This episode was inspired and informed by a sporting history article written by Watford fans Chris Stride and Nick Catley on how, over time, replica football shirts have become adult leisurewear. You can read the paper at https://is.gd/SHpaper.)

Mar 2019

43 min 16 sec

In March 1949, a man with no interest in Watford FC arrives in the club's afterlife. He’s astonished to discover why he’s there. (This episode was originally an illustrated story in Volume 2 of The Watford Treasury magazine.)

Mar 2019

45 min 56 sec

On Christmas Day 2018, an entire afterlife of football fans comes under threat of destruction again. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Dec 2018

20 min 43 sec

On Christmas Day 2018, a former Watford manager ingratiates himself with the leaders of Hatter Heaven — the afterlife of Watford’s rivals. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Dec 2018

15 min 50 sec

On Christmas morning 2018, a bullied resident exploits Hornet Heaven’s annual collision of afterlives to change the way people treat him. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Dec 2018

18 min 47 sec

On Christmas Eve 2018, a former Watford manager attempts to make Hornet Heaven safe from destruction. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Dec 2018

13 min 7 sec

In September 2018, Watford’s brilliant start to the season threatens the very existence of Hornet Heaven. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Nov 2018

52 min

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: In October 2015, a new arrival in Hornet Heaven must overcome her deepest fear. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Oct 2018

34 min 13 sec

In September 2018, the marriage of two Hornet Heaven residents is in crisis. Can Watford’s perfect start to the season re-unite them? Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Oct 2018

42 min 5 sec

In July 2018, a resident of Hornet Heaven gets a tattoo. But it's a terrible choice. Will he be stuck with it for eternity? Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other football fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Oct 2018

39 min 52 sec

In May 1977, the ancient turnstile only takes people to apparently fictitious matches. If the residents can’t fix it, they’ll never get to watch matches from 1977/78 onwards. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Aug 2018

50 min 18 sec

In May 1977, the ancient turnstile only takes people to matches from before Watford FC existed. If the residents can’t fix it, they’ll never get to watch matches from 1977/78 onwards. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Aug 2018

37 min 37 sec

In May 1977, the ancient turnstile only takes people to random matches. If the residents can’t fix it, they’ll never get to watch matches from 1977/78 onwards. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Aug 2018

43 min 23 sec

In May 1977, just before Graham Taylor arrives at Watford, the ancient turnstile is jammed. If the residents can’t fix it, they’ll never get to watch matches from 1977/78 onwards. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Aug 2018

38 min 55 sec

In May 2018, the greatest footballer ever to play for Watford finally has his achievements properly honoured. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

May 2018

35 min 41 sec

In January 2018, Hornet Heaven receives an unexpected visit from a former boss. Please take a moment to share, rate, review, subscribe, etc. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven.

Apr 2018

27 min 53 sec

A Dallas Cowboys fan is surprised to find himself in the twilight on Occupation Road. He has no idea what he’s doing there. Please take a moment to share, rate, review and subscribe. It'll help other Watford fans find their way to Hornet Heaven. Incidental music: Anxiety - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Apr 2018

27 min 2 sec