Stars James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head, Bernard Cribbins and pretty much everyone else you can think of. Thoroughly recommend a listen - but it's only up on iPlayer for a few days.
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.
Not really this thread but I don't know where else to post it, the Works has got a load of decent Audiobooks in at the moment. I just picked up a load of the Audiogo Bond book readings. (No Dr Who that I could see though, apart from, oddly enough, a Chivers Audiobook of Androids of Tara. That box is huge!)
Been listening to the first episode whilst looking out my funeral suit. This takes me back, I first heard Operation Luna at the age of eight, sitting listening to it with my father on his old Wharfdale radio set, with all the pops and crackles of analogue radio transmission. The thing is, it doesn't feel like it has aged a bit. The sense of wonder, and the risk of space pioneering is still present and correct.
Love Journey Into Space, hope they repeat the other serials as well.
I'm familiar with Space Force (first series good, second series...not) but have heard very little of JIS so glad it is being put on again. Reading up on it, I was surprised to learn of episodes being produced as late as 2009!
My Dad told me to listen to Space Force when it was first on around '84 and I recorded it onto cassette at the time. Some of the finest radio ever made. Obviously he had listened to JIS when he was a boy, so I then heard that first when Radio 2 repeated all three series somewhere around the end of the 80s, can't remember. I have JIS on CD and relisten to them periodically. That, Hitch-Hikers and the Lord of the Rings adaptation are what made me a regular Radio 4 listener from my teens. Used to get the mickey taken out of me mercilessly at college for trying to promote radio comedy. So much good stuff and I could never persuade anyone to try it.
The Internet has done wonders for radio. With it now so accessible it's not so much seen as the Strange Thing only old people listen to. I listen to far more things than watch them. Better pictures, etc.
Have listened up to episode 5 of JIS. While I don't think it's anything amazing it does have a certain something to it and passes a half hour pleasantly enough.
The glacial pace and Lemmy the arsehole (he is the show killer) are testing my patience somewhat but only two episodes of Operation Luna of JIS left to hear. Not sure if I will bother with The Red Planet though .
I will be catching up with "The Red Planet" on the Iplayer this afternoon. I have a great love of "Journey Into Space", which is partly due to the age at which I was first introduced to it - it falls into that narrow band of years in which I first met Buck Rogers, Dan Dare and their ilk and space adventure got into my blood.
Is it somewhat dated? In all honesty I suspect it probably is, but I can't really evaluate it properly because it is one of those "foundation stones" that went into my head at a formative age. (I don't even dislike Lemmy - he is an audience stand-in who mostly exists to have stuff explained to so I see him more as part of the furniture than anything else).
He is the JIS version of Digby, or the Doctor's companion. He isn't really an astronaut, he's a mechanic. Think about the closest equivalent from the time - the crew of a bomber plane, not everyone had to know how to fly it. As Legios says, he's there so he can ask the questions the listeners want answers to. I'm saddened to hear you're not getting on with JIS, I do think it's a standout moment in British Sci-Fi. Those moments in the disabled ship with the drilling coming from outside - utterly brilliant in my eyes. Or ears.
Try Space Force. The first series of that is basically JIS but done 1980s style, same crew roles but different names (So it'll be Chipper you won't like as opposed to Lemmy). It's the same idea but a little more modern.
I think it's only dated in as much as things like Dan Dare are dated, or even Doctor Who; they're a product of the imagination of their time. I enjoy science fiction from any era by keeping it in context.
I'm allowing for the context but round about episode 6 I realised how horribly decompressed it was, with One Idea Per Episode. It's like a Bendis Marvel comic in audio form. Lemmy is also a redundant character as the other characters are continually asking what is going on anyway and seem to earth chaps. Take Lemmy out and nothing would be lost whatsoever. My other half, however, is new to radio dramas and is quite enjoying it.
Listened to first episode of Night Watch, but like most adaptations of Pratchett it gets the plot right but forgets to be funny.
Very difficult I think to translate Pratchett's narrative voice into dialogue, and his books really are a case of the pictures in your head being better because there's no real frame of reference for what they should look like. Unless you could animate the covers.
However I would argue that even the mediocre BBC radio versions are better than the Sky films. Wyrd Sisters is pretty good. No pictures on radio.
So can we widen the radio sci-fi debate then? What ranks as good? I'm trying to think now what really works. I liked the 90's Dan Dare series and there was a great adaptation of Caves of Steel around the end of the 80's I kept.
Yes, although I do very much like the audio books. Stephen Briggs took a while to get it but now does them well, and Tony Robinson is natural for it. Shame his ones are abridged. Didn't like the Nigel Planer ones.
The version on the CDs is missing everything from when they step on to the planet to when they enter the tunnels. The section features Pink Floyd, Elvis and Also Sparc Zarthustra. The Dloyd is believed to be the sticking point.
Google "Zaphod did you know your robot can hum exactly like Pink Floyd?" for details.
As for the other episodes.... I don't think any of them have the original version of Journey to the Sourcere(Eagles c 1975) as the theme music any more. Episode 1 has an edit to the name of the worst poet ever because the person Douglas originally used complained. The effects track for 12 is different because 12 was a rush job to get it road cast that night. There's others....
I have a complete version of episode 3 as an mp3 if you want it, I spliced the missing segment into the first CD release from a good quality radio recording. I cleaned it up and filtered the tape hiss out, there's no noticeable change in quality.