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Journey Into Space The Red Planet Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408469936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408469934
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 63.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The complete second series of this classic BBC Radio sci-fi drama epic – plus extra bonus material.

About the Author

Charles Chilton was born in London in 1917. He was raised by his grandmother after his father was killed in the First World War and his mother died in the 1918 flu epidemic. He started work aged fourteen, for a company that made electrical signs, but left in 1932 and got a job in the BBC record library. From here, he worked his way up to becoming a full-time producer. After a few years presenting music programmes, Chilton joined the RAF when World War Two broke out, and was sent to Sri Lanka to run the forces' radio station. On his return, he produced some of Alistair Cooke's first broadcasts from America. Chilton himself then spent some time in the United States, writing and producing several series of American Western history. The most successful was Riders of the Range, which was first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1949 and ran for six series. It was replaced by the show that would bring Chilton international recognition: Journey Into Space. The serial was commissioned by Head of Variety Michael Channing, and was initially planned to be twelve episodes. It ran for three series, was translated into 17 languages and attracted huge audiences: at one point, almost 8 million people were tuning in. Chilton was to go on to produce many more hit shows, including The Goon Show and Oh! What a Lovely War, which was adapted first as a stage musical and later as a film directed by Richard Attenborough. In 1976, Charles Chilton was presented with an MBE, and the following year he retired from the BBC. He died in 2013.

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Classic audiobooks. My favourite story if the Journey into Space series.
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I am not going to go on about the positives of this series. It was ground breaking and has stood the test of time (time being the best judge of all).

What's my gripe then?

Stacked CDs = cheap packaging (if you want disc 13 you have to pull the whole lot out...which is going to slip out of your hand at some point)

No booklet = just PDF (It was a present for my Uncle - who does not own a computer)

This modern trend to get the buyer to spend money on printer cartridges to print instruction booklets has now pervaded into descriptive texts. I am sure some middle management got some brownie points for coming up with this idea, but I have a feeling many who buy this are going to have the same gripe (memories of listening to the series next to the speaker of the radio come flooding into your mind as you excitedly peel of the plastic wrapping, only to be greeted by bewilderment.)

I would have gladly paid more for better packaging and presentation.
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Still magical and just as fresh today as it has ever sounded, more than 55 years after it was first broadcast on BBC radio, Journey Into Space is surely one of the most engaging productions in radio history. I remember listening to the first series (`Operation Luna') during a repeat run as a small boy in the late 80s and being totally captivated. I have loved it ever since and subsequently bought all three series on cassette, though my favourite is and has always been `The Red Planet'.

The Red Planet was penned by BBC producer Charles Chilton, and originally broadcast in twenty 30 minute episodes from September 1954 to January 1955. It charts the attempts of Captain Jet Morgan (Andrew Faulds, later a Labour MP), Doc (Guy Kingsley-Pointer), Lemmy Barnett (David Kossoff), Stephen "Mitch" Mitchell (Bruce Beeby) and a number of other crew members to lead a successful space voyage to Mars in a fleet of ships taking off from the moon. Needless to say, there are those who will stop at nothing to ensure the mission is a failure, and the crew must overcome great resistance if they are to return home alive. The series is riveting listening; by turns dark, exciting and thoroughly absorbing, a bona-fide classic.

What makes The Red Planet such a joy to listen to is simply the quality of the storytelling and the likeability of the very well defined and developed characters such as the short tempered Mitch and the courageous Jet. God alone knows how Lemmy ever became an astronaut, but what he lacks in knowledge of the solar system he makes up for in resourcefulness and a sound sense of humour in the face of adversity.
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I first heard Journey Into Space over 10 years ago when it was repeated on Friday nights on Radio 2.
It is by far the best piece of radio I think I have ever heard and cetainly better than a lot of current science fiction seen on TV.
I did buy the tape versions when they came out in 1989, and so I was slightly dubious about buying them again on CD. BUT I am so glad I did because I cannot recommend the CDs enough - they are THE best and MOST complete version available and it is clear that the BBC have given this set lots of love and attention. There are no crackles or hisses and all the bits edited out of the tape versions are present including Van Phillips' fantastic spacey music (the series wouldn't be the same without it!).
So do yourself a favour - BUY THIS NOW - you won't regret it.
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I first heard 'The Red Planet' on the radio when I was about eleven, not having heard the earlier series. I was thrilled by this exciting, imiginative and scary tale of space travel and could hardly wait for Monday nights to hear the next episode. I bought the tapes over ten years ago and was surprised to find the tales still fresh and enjoyable so many years later. My son - then eleven too - also got hooked on the series and listened to it over and over again. So even in the days of computers and fast moving imagery, 'Journey into Space' must have stood the test of time. Yes the characters and acting are products of the 50's; it would have been difficult for them to be otherwise. All citizens of the British Empire, well of course, assuming that Doc is meant to be a Canadian whereas the actor who played him was an American, I believe.
I really have little to add to what has already been said about 'Operation Luna'
The transfer to CD is first rate, everything being crisp and clear.
The BBC certainly knows how to do things superbly but they also know how to do things poorly:
The CD's are stacked which is unsatisfactory from the point of view of access as well as possible damage. There is no booklet but rather a pdf file; this in itself could be better as it would have been interesting to see photographs and mini biographies of the cast. Andrew Faulds and David Kossof are well known but who were Guy Kingsley Pointer and Bruce Beeby?
However don't let these minor moans deter you from buying the three CD's, it was and still is a wonderful series.

-SPOILER- I always find it amusing that the Martian plans to use television to hypnotise and subdue us Earth Folk. I'm sure that's happened; either Charles Chiltern was a good predictor of the future or perhaps it's true. What are your orders?....
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