downthetubes has just added a new “guide page” to The Adventures of Dan Dare radio show, which aired on Radio Luxembourg in the 1950s, which includes cast details, information on surviving episodes, the music and more.
Aired on Radio Luxembourg between July 1951 and May 1956, The Adventures of Dan Dare radio show, based on the first Dan Dare comic story from Eagle, was produced in London by John Glyn-Jones, recorded at Star Sound Recording Studios and made on acetate discs (and later, on tape) that were then sent to Luxembourg to be broadcast.
Broadcast five nights a week at 19:15, the show starred Noel Johnson as Dan, who took on the role after starring as Dick Barton – Special Agent for the BBC. As far as we know, only two episodes of this much sought-after series have survived into the modern age, although rumours persist of more – and some scripts are now known to still exist.
The Adventures of Dan Dare (as it was described in the pages of the Radio Luxembourg 208 Magazine) was sponsored by drinks company Horlicks, who encouraged young listeners to enrol in the Horlicks Spaceman’s Club, and then marketed a series of related items that could be bought – usually for six pence and a label from a Horlicks jar.
Today, of course, Dan Dare has recently returned to radio thanks to B7 Media with the Dan Dare Audio Adventures, recently aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra and available to buy.
• Dan Dare books on Amazon UK (Affiliate Link)