This is an enjoyable version of John Wyndham's classic tale. I'd read the book quite a few years back, thick I'd seen excerpts from the film and of course watched THAT Simpson's episode!!
So now it was time to hear as Frank Zappa so eloquently put it 'this movie for your ears'.
First things first it has the BBC logo and is a full cast dramatisation so that is an indication that this will be something good. The cover is striking evokes the tale well 2 CDs so we can imagine a good two parter dramatisation. And that is dear reader what you get a really entertaining version of the book.
Now to the plot.
I don't suppose for one moment I am a plot spoiler the story is, I believe, well known by now.
Briefly an English Village, Midwich, has a strange occurrence one night.
No one can get into the village because it is surrounded by a perfect circle of 'influence'. Any one walking towards that circle is hit by a 'force' within the head that causes the people to pass out.
Within the circle every living thing is lying on the floor. We do not know if they are dead or what.
Thankfully about 18 hours later they recover and the circle is open.
Now a few months later each and every woman of childbearing capability is pregnant.
Now this poses a dilemma. Wives whose husbands have been away from over 9 months and unmarried virgins have problems.
Each child is born on the same day in June.
I hope this whets your appetite for the story because it is different than the movie version. By the end of the first disc the babies are not even born and this gives you an indication that this drama really is telling a story and in my opinion is telling it well. The tension and suspense are really slowly cranked up little by little and the writer and adaptor are to be praised.
A big surprise and joy was that a leading role is played by Bill Nighey, and he is simply wonderful. He has a great voice for radio and really brings the role as narrator to life.
The rest of the cast give good support and the story and drama are really enjoyable.
I will not give away the ending!
But I really envy your journey in getting there.
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