New art for the Dan Dare Audio Adventure "Voyage to Venus", created to coincide with the Radio 4 Extra release. Designed by Mark Plastow with art by Brian Williamson.

Dan Dare – The Audio Adventures rocket to BBC Radio 4 Extra

New art for the Dan Dare Audio Adventure "Voyage to Venus", created to coincide with the Radio 4 Extra release. Designed by Mark Plastow with art by Brian Williamson.
New art for the Dan Dare Audio Adventure “Voyage to Venus”, created to coincide with the Radio 4 Extra release. Designed by Mark Plastow with art by Brian Williamson.

Dan Dare is returning to BBC radio, with broadcasts of the first three audio adventures from B7 Media on BBC Radio 4 Extra next month.

The first three episodes (Volume One) of the Dan Dare – The Audio Adventures starring Ed Stoppard as Dan Dare, Geoff McGivern as Digby, Heida Reed as Professor Peabody and Raad Rawi as The Mekon will now be broadcast as two-parters (but not a conventional half-hour) from Sunday 5th August at 6.30pm – 7.00pm.

The return to the BBC thanks to B7 Media for Dan Dare has been in the works for a while, and hopefully the broadcasts will generate new fans for the series it was a privilege to be involved with as Creative Consultant.

The full first six episode season of Dan Dare – The Audio Adventures , which recently won a Gold NYF Award for Best Digital Drama, is of course also available to download or buy.

B7 Media will be at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October, in Kendal to promote the series.

The Radio 4 Extra broadcast of Voyage to Venus on Sunday 5th August will be preceded by another broadcast of the Eagle: The Space Age Weekly documentary first transmitted in 2010.

Dan Dare cast and guests during recording of the first season in 2016, in London. Photo: B7 Media
Dan Dare cast, guest stars and production crew during recording of the first season in 2016, in London. Photo: B7 Media

Voyage to Venus

Written by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle

Voyage To Venus is the first in a gripping series of two-part adventures based on the 1950 Eagle comic strip created by the Reverend Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson.

Dashing test pilot Dan Dare is selected to fly the Anastasia – a new spacecraft using alien technology – on its maiden voyage to Venus. The mission is to make first contact with the mysterious civilisation that sent the technological secrets to Earth. However, what Dan, Digby and Professor Peabody find on Venus isn’t goodwill, but a terrifyingly intelligent, cold-hearted ruler, The Mekon – a creature destined to become Dan Dare’s nemesis and Earth’s greatest threat.

Read Ian Wheeler’s review of Voyage to Venus here

New art for the Dan Dare Audio Adventure "The Red Moon Mystery", created to coincide with the Radio 4 Extra release. Designed by Mark Plastow with art by Brian Williamson.

The Red Moon Mystery

Written by James Swallow

Unable to return to Earth, Dan Dare and the crew of the Anastasia head to the desolate planet Mars, where Dan’s estranged Uncle Ivor is part of a research team working on a top-secret archaeological dig; but when they find the base wrecked and the scientists missing, Dare, Digby and Professor Peabody soon discover that the Red Planet is not nearly as dead as everyone thought and that Ivor’s expedition has woken an army of deadly insect-creatures that threaten to swarm and engulf the Earth… Dare must stop the aliens, but can he really resort to genocide in order to save the human race?

• Read Ian Wheeler’s review of The Red Moon Mystery

New art for the Dan Dare Audio Adventure "Marooned on Mercury", created to coincide with the Radio 4 Extra release. Designed by Mark Plastow with art by Brian Williamson.

Marooned on Mercury

Written by Marc Platt

When a distress call summons the crew of the Anastasia to the burning wilderness of Mercury, they are reunited with their old ally, Sondar. He tells them of the beleaguered Mercurians who are held in thrall to a cruel new taskmaster – the Mekon! The exiled Mekon is rallying his forces, plotting a desperate revenge against his former homeworld of Venus and his hated enemy, Colonel Dan Dare!

• Read Ian’s review of Marooned on Mercury

For details of transmission dates and to catch up if  you miss the broadcast, visit this page on the BBC Radio 4 Extra web site

• Dan Dare The Audio Adventures – www.DanDareAudio.com | Facebook | Twitter | B7 Media is at www.b7media.com

 • The Dan Dare Audio Adventures are also available direct from the official siteAmazon.co.uk 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. 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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