Sci-Fi drama season starting on BBC Radio 4

News Louisa Mellor 13 Jun 2014 - 16:02

11 new dramatisations are coming to BBC Radio 4's Dangerous Visions season, feat. Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and new writers...

Attention sci-fi fans looking grumpily ahead at the next few weeks' shorts-and-spherical-object-packed TV schedules: radio is your sanctuary.

Specifically, BBC Radio Four and its second season of dystopian and science-fiction drama is your sanctuary. Tomorrow, Saturday the 14th of June, a run of eleven new dramatisations offering "clever, imaginative and disturbing takes on what the future might hold" begins under the umbrella title: Dangerous Visions.

First up in the fortnight of programming is modern sci-fi classic, Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man, with Game Of Thrones' Iain Glen voicing the title role, airing this Saturday at 2.30pm. That's closely followed by a new dramatisation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? broadcast on Sunday the 15th of June at 3pm, featuring An Adventure In Space And Time's Jessica Raine and Rome's James Purefoy.

Nine further dramatisations follow that, with daily dystopian dramas from the Dirk Maggs-produced The Martian Chronicles on Saturday the 21st at 2.30pm, all the way until Matt Haig's The Keepers on Sunday the 29th of June. Expect promising new writing and modern classics from Tao Lin, Lauren Beukes, Miranda Emmerson and Trevor Preston, with voice talent from the likes of Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and many more.

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Read the full schedule of new radio dramas here and listen to a clip of Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell discussing The Martian Chronicles, below.

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As great as this news is, it still doesn`t make up for the axing of Radio 4 extra`s Seventh Dimension during the week! Maybe it`s my age but I found myself writing an outraged email of dis-content, then sadly shaking my head that it`s come to this. I`m now my grandfather and my tween daughter. *slopes off to listen to Big Finish, slams bedroom door in a huff*

Bravo UK - As a Yank, I've always been amazed and impressed by BBC Radio Drama. Really excited to hear Martian Chronicles. (Incidentally, for Game of Thrones fans, Iain Glen just did a lovely job narrating the story of the Targaryen Civil War / Dance of the Dragons in the short story "The Princess and the Queen". If you've not heard it, take a listen!)

Great stuff - looking forward to these, which I probably would've missed if not for DoG, so big thanks! :)

Thanks DoG, excellent news.
Here's the schedule, as far as I can make out from the Radio 4 listings site

¨ Saturday 14 June, 2.30pm (1 hour) / The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
¨ Sunday 15 June, 12:30am (18 mins) / The Problem With Talitha
¨ Sunday 15 June, 3.00pm (1 hour) / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (part one)
¨ Monday 16 June, 2.15pm (45 mins) / The Bee Maker
¨ Tuesday 17 June 2.15pm (45 mins) / Iz
¨ Wednesday 18 June 2.15pm (45 mins) / The Zone (part one)
¨ Thursday 19 June, 2.15pm (45 mins) / The Zone (part two)
¨ Friday 20 June, 2.15pm (45 mins) / The Two Georges
¨ Saturday 21 June, 2.30pm (1 hour) / The Martian Chronicles
¨ Sunday 22 June, 12.30am (18 mins) / A Message of Unknown Purpose
¨ Sunday 22 June, 3.00pm (1 hour) / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (part two)
¨ Friday 27 June, 9.00pm (1 hour ??) / Dark Minds
¨ Sunday 29 June, 12.30am (18 mins ??) / The Keepers

Love this type of thing - audiobooks, radio plays etc. Enjoyed the radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere earlier this year. Will be catching up and looking forward to these.

Didn't realise the Seventh Dimension had been axed on weekdays! Mind you, calling it the Seventh Dimension (a throwback to Radio 7) now its on Radio 4 extra seemed a bit odd anyway.

It happened a few weeks ago. No announcements or indication of schedule changes. I can feel a letter to Points of View coming on- "Why, oh why, oh why......"

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