A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
"Everyone should download this"
All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.
The episodes are "Taking Overs", "Minimum Volume", "Power Block" and "Little Green Lights". Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson, and stars Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, as well as Katherine Parkinson, Dave Lamb and Don Gilet.
"It takes a village (to resist alien invasion)"
Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.
The year is 2099 and Professor Nebulous (Gatiss) is the director of KENT, the Key Environmental Nonjudgemental Taskforce. Nebulous runs an eco-trouble shooting organisation called K.E.N.T. (which each week stands for something different). Sadly, the organisation is so woefully underfunded, they have to subsidise their work by running a launderette.
"The best new radio comedy since the Mighty Boosh"
"A.I.": A young programmer works long hours in the lab on the latest A.I. project. Funny that he can't ever remember leaving... "Gorblat's Jig": It's alien abduction meets fishing derby in this hilarious short subject. Recorded before a live audience. "A Distant Land": Years after leaving the planetary colony where she grew up, a woman returns as an Inspector General, only to discover that things have changed beyond imagining in this sci fi drama.
Harry Enfield exuberantly returns as Dirk Gently, who, fallen on hard times and dressed as a gypsy woman, is using his irritatingly accurate clairvoyant powers to read palms. He is saved when a frantic client turns up with a ludicrous story about being stalked by a goblin waving a contract accompanied by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster.
"Maggs works his magic on Dirk"
In their quest to gain control of the Solar System, the Daleks have taken posession of the Time Destructor, a weapon which threatens the safety of all who stand in their way. As they head up an alliance of alien races bent on destroying the human race, in their midst is none other than the treacherous Guardian of the Solar System, Mavic Chen.
This is Doctor Who's first exciting adventure with the Daleks! Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious Doctor Who and his granddaughter, Susan, to the planet Skaro in the space-time machine, the TARDIS. There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous Daleks!
"Terrifying journey to Danger!"
The complete first series of My First Planet - a sitcom set on a shiny new planet, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine (Jo Brand's Getting On) & Tom Goodman-Hill (Another Case of Milton Jones) The story so far: Unfortunately, Burrows the leader of the colony has died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst), is now in charge. He's a nice enough chap, but no alpha male, and his desire to sort things out with a nice friendly meeting infuriates the colony's Chief Physician, Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine), who'd really rather everyone was walking round in tight colour-coded tunics....
"Promised so much - delivered so little"
The final adventure in the classic science-fiction series. Charles Chilton's sci-fi trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged listeners as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.
"Different but enjoyable"
Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth's inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity's priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all-powerful being, Q, appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth's history. Besides, Q doesn't see mankind as something worth saving.
This explosive finale to Star Trek, The Next Generation centers on the Q Continuum's decision to destroy humanity's existence in space and time, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard's chance to sacrifice everything and save mankind. Featuring a dramatic reading by Jonathan Frakes and enhanced with sound effects and an original score!
"Faithful To The Original Episode"
Stephen Mangan stars as fantasy novelist Sam, who is whisked off to a Tolkien-style parallel universe by a noble elf, a sexy warrior princess and a feisty dwarf called Dean. It seems that Sam's dog is 'The Chosen One' destined to save 'Lower Earth' from the evil Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan).
When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.
John de Lancie, in his role as "Q," headlines a Star Trek cast and crew (directed by Jonathan Frakes!) in this fully dramatized adventure of the future and the adventures of the heroic Starfleet officer who must save the Federation!
"Star Trek: Borg"
The year is 2070, and Earth's weather is controlled by a device called the Gravitron, based on the Moon and manned by an international team of experts. The TARDIS arrives to find the base in the grip of a plague epidemic which is drastically reducing the personnel. Before long an even greater menace is proved to be responsible: an invasion force from the planet Mondas, home of the Cybermen.
"What the Doctor ordered"
Aboard the science ship Intrepid II, Captain Spock, commanding some of his old crewmates, faces his greatest challenge and his most difficult choice. "Fascinating!" says Leonard Nimoy, who narrates this "dramatic tale...that answers long-standing questions about Spock's life choices."
Living up to its evocative name, Dark Fantasy is filled with strange stories to stir the imagination. Consider, if you will, ships that disappear in the night... secrets from a 40,000-year-old grave... the powers of witchcraft and black magic. Cross in to a world of mystery, suspense, and horror, and listen to tales like "The Edge of the Shadow", "The Thing From the Darkness", and "Dead Hands Reaching".
"Good Old Eerie Dark Fantasy"
The battle for paradise has begun. Starfleet has discovered a secret that could transform the future of the entire Federation - a secret that presents Picard and his crew with an agonizing moral dilemma. Faced with orders he cannot obey and a crisis he cannot ignore, Picard finds himself torn between his conscience and his uniform.
Dimension X was one of old-time radio's first adult science-fiction shows. Though it ran for only a short time, the show made its mark by adapting short stories written by some of the best-known masters of the genre - Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut, and others. Writers Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts adapted the stories, occasionally contributing original scripts of their own.
The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.
Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.
A story about a man who can see into the future, and can even see his own death!
As a small group of Brits prepare to leave Africa and return to England, the natives hold a ceremony to ward off the devil and ensure their safe passage - until one of them shoots the witch doctor.
Old Nancy offers an interesting take on Mary Shelley's horror classic.
Old Nancy tells an old tale of Ireland. A faithless lad breaks a promise to the little people and pays the price.
The keeper of the book tells the tale of a man who steals, by force, the secret of immortality.
A statue of Venus is brought out from the earth and comes to life when a wedding ring is placed on her finger!
A strange and weird adventure, laid in modern America with the flavor of the 19th century. The story of a businessman who was almost too honest, who found a method of paying a long-standing debt of honor, although 30 years in his grave.
"Exxellent Fantasy From the 50's"
Ben Morris, Eleanor Naylor Corin, Fred Wayne, Garland Moss, Murillo Scofield, Scott Bishop (writer), and Tom Paxton (announcer).
A medium that can make the dead disappear has a husband who reveals her secrets and who wants a divorce. "Not while I'm alive," says the wife!
"Eerie Old Time Dark Fantasy"
A skeleton is discovered in a sea captain's cabin, writing on a slate. What did it write? And, what should the captain do?
Deep in the upper Amazon, two American men are catching jungle butterflies to earn enough money to get home. One of them thinks that he sees a spider the size of a dog. It's easy to convince themselves that it was just a monkey, just a trick of the mind in all that heat - until the other man sees it, too.
Lights Out is a radio serial that aired from 1934 to 1947, devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural. In this episode, a dying Irish woman makes her final confession. A tale of brotherly hate and a return from the dead.
The story of a strange summer house and its even stranger secrets.
Family Theater is a dramatic anthology radio series that aired from 1947 to 1957. This episode is the story of Sir William, a slayer of Rhinosodragons, and his quest for courage. Starring Fred Allen (host, narrator), Dennis Day, Howard McNear, Jay Novello, Irene Tedrow, Ken Christy, Gene Baker (announcer), Barbara Eiler, and Charlotte Lawrence.
Lights Out is a radio serial that aired from 1934 to 1947, devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural. This episode is the story of a man whose wife is a no good cat... literally! Arch Oboler was the writer, host, producer, and director.