The Dan Dare Horlicks Spaceman's Club Periscope

Dan Dare Radio Show – the 1950s radio show, the station, the cast and more

Dan Dare on the cover of an issue of Radio Parade, a free weekly guide to the Radio Luxembourg programme schedule produced by Radio Luxembourg Advertising Ltd., distributed through Currys shops.
Dan Dare on the cover of an issue of Radio Parade, a free weekly guide to the Radio Luxembourg programme schedule produced by Radio Luxembourg Advertising Ltd., distributed through Currys shops.

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.

Find out more about about The Adventures of Dan Dare here on downthetubes

Check out our Dan Dare Character Profile Page

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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