Louisa Mellor Jun 19, 2017
BBC Radio 4 will scratch your sci-fi itch with a whole season of programming including Ray Bradbury
, Kafka, and original comedy and drama…
Escape the rapidly unfurling dystopia outside by tuning into a season of sci-fi on BBC Radio 4. Dangerous Visions, the BBC’s yearly dose of classic and original sci-fi radio programming, returns this week… with a difference. The nation being sorely in need of a laugh, Dangerous Visions 2017 has made the decision to include some comedy alongside the existential nightmares.
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First up on the comic side of things is a version of Kafka’s absurd satire The Metamorphosis starring Tim Key
, Tom Basden
and Felicity Montagu
. Alongside that is original dystopian comedy Perimeter, a tale of two siblings living in a city divided by an enormous electric fence, written by and starring Liam Williams
and Josie Long
A new reading of Ray Bradbury
’s Fahrenheit 451
is joined by two original dystopian dramas, Siege and Culture. The former is a three-part thriller telling the story of the Far Right coming to power in 2020 France, while the latter is a vision of the world in which antibiotics have stopped working and the lives of those without medical insurance are decided by the shadowy ‘Quartermaster’. Finally, there’s an adaptation of Arthur Koestler
’s 1940 totalitarian nightmare Darkness At Noon
The season kicks off on Saturday the 24th of June with Kafka’s Metamorphosis at 2.30pm. Here's a short clip to whet your appetite.
All episodes will be available to listen to on BBC iPlayer for a period after transmission and the full listings can be found here.
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