John Wyndham: BBC Radio Drama Collection

Adaptations of works by the English science fiction writer
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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was an English science fiction writer who usually used the pen name John Wyndham.

Wyndham's quietly menacing post-apocalyptic tales are enduringly popular, and these six gripping, atmospheric BBC Radio dramatisations of his classic fiction are resonant with terror and suspense. Bill Nighy, Sarah Parish, Paul Higgins, Tamsin Greig, Richard Harrington, Barbara Shelley, Charles Kay, William Gaunt and Peter Sallis are among the cast in these plays.

The collection is completed by readings of two Wyndham novels. Trouble with Lichen is read by Joanna Tope. The Outward Urge is read by Dorje Swallow, Theo Solomon and Felipe Pacheco.

In The Day of the Triffids, most people have been left blind after a meteor shower, and lethal carnivorous triffids are roaming the land.

The Kraken Wakes is a thrilling story of monsters from the deep, alien invasion and ecological disaster.

The Chrysalids explores the dangers of being different

The adaptation of short story Survival focuses on the lengths people will go to in order to survive.

The Midwich Cuckoos is a disturbing tale of a village sealed off from the world for a day, and subsequently taken over by terrifying, inhuman children.

Chocky is a chilling tale of a boy who appears to be communicating with an invisible friend.

In Trouble with Lichen, biochemist Diana Brackley has stumbled across something earth-shattering - but why does no-one want to know? The scientific world, government, media and the beauty salon are set to collide. Read by Joanna Tope

The Outward Urge spans the years 1994 to 2194 and is made up of five short stories, each set 50 years apart: The Space Station, The Moon, Mars, Venus and The Emptiness of Space. The stories are connected by the Troon family, whose members play an important part in the series. Each Troon generation has the urge to travel in space. Read by Dorje Swallow, Theo Solomon and Felipe Pacheco.

  1. The Day of the Triffids (74.1Mb)
  2. The Kraken Wakes (50.2Mb)
  3. The Chrysalids (52Mb)
  4. Survival (28.2Mb)
  5. The Midwich Cuckoos (38.5Mb)
  6. Chocky (41.3Mb)
  7. Trouble with Lichen (127.8Mb)
  8. The Space Station (67Mb)
  9. The Moon (97Mb)
  10. Mars (64.3Mb)
  11. Venus (69.6Mb)
  12. The Emptiness of Space (35.8Mb)

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