BBC Radio and BBC Sounds have announced their on-air and on-demand highlights for the Christmas period – which include broadcasts of some B7 Media-produced Dan Dare Audio Adventures – and a tie-in documentary.
Radio 4 Extra begins airing Dan Dare Volume Two on Saturday 21st December (6.30pm – 7pm), comprising broadcasts of Reign of the Robots, Operation Saturn and Prisoners of Space. These adventures, inspired by the original stories from Eagle comic, deliver three tales for the 21st Century in an updated setting as the 70th anniversary of the space hero fast approaches next year.
In Reign of the Robots, written by Simon Guerrier, Dan Dare and his crew finally return to Earth. Landing in central London, they find the city deserted – or that’s how it seems at first.
Dare faces an army of ruthless machines, who have conquered the planet and placed the surviving humans in slave camps.
The robots are too powerful and too numerous to be resisted, and their invasion is complete.
With limited resources, Dare, Digby and Peabody face their greatest challenge yet – to liberate planet Earth.
But the task becomes more desperate than ever when Dan discovers the alien force behind the robot invasion…
Ed Stoppard stars as Dan Dare, with Geoff McGivern as Digby and Heida Reed as Professor Peabody.
Reign Of The Robots is produced by Andrew Mark Sewell, a B7 Media Production and opens a series of seven Dan Dare broadcasts over Christmas and New Year on Radio 4 Extra.
The broadcast of Reign of the Robots is preceded by the first part of the B7 Media documentary produced in association with Boffin Media, Dan Dare: 21st Century Spaceman (Saturday 21 December, 6pm – 6.30pm).
Science journalist Richard Hollingham explores whether the reality of space exploration is catching up with the Dan Dare universe.
Dan Dare made his first appearance on the front of Eagle in April 1950. The comic went on to sell more than one million copies per week.
Richard meets Alan Bond, a real-life rocket scientist, who owes his career to the pilot of the future, and speaks to writer Richard Kurti about re-inventing Dan Dare for 21st century audio adventures, a setting originally developed by John Freeman, with further contributions from the cast.
• BBC Radio 4 Extra is available on BBC Sounds and on air: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra
• The Dan Dare Audio Adventures are also available to buy (AmazonUK affiliate link)
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