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The BBC Collection - Drama

Check out these excellent audio dramas, from the great H.G. Wells and John Wyndham to the Pilgrim Series and Batman.

 

Drama

  • Aliens in the Mind: Classic Radio Sci-Fi
    by Rene Basilico
    Narrated by full cast
    4.40 (25 ratings)
    Aliens in the Mind is based on a story by the then-foremost Doctor Who script editor Robert Holmes. It centres around the discovery, on a remote Scottish island, of a community of 'human mutants' capable of telepathy. A plan is in place to use them to control the British Government, and friends Curtis Lark (Vincent Price) and Hugh Baxter (Peter Cushing) join forces to combat them.
  • Batman: Knightfall
    by Dirk Maggs
    Narrated by Bob Sessions, Michael Gough, Peter Marinker, Kerry Shale
    4.30 (105 ratings)
    In this thrilling radio drama, Batman has been crippled by his fiercest foe ever: Bane, a villain of superhuman strength, cunning and evil.Gotham City is reeling from the shocking news that Batman is confined to a wheelchair. Who will now protect the innocent from the dangerous inmates of Arkham Asylum, whom Bane has released? A new hero - Azrael - takes up the mantle of the Bat. But Azrael is a more brutal Batman than Bruce Wayne, and far more eager to punish the guilty than to protect the innocent.
  • Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome
    by Dirk Maggs
    Narrated by Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon, Bob Sessions
    3.70 (42 ratings)
    Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon and Bob Sessions star in this thrilling radio drama featuring the Batman. 'This is the Batman. Treat what you are about to hear in the strictest confidence - my associates must be protected at all costs. By night in Gotham City you knew me as the Batman. What you never knew was...' The Batman is dead. Police Commissioner Gordon has received a recording by the Batman which reveals his real identity. But who is the occupant of Wayne Manor?
  • Blake's 7: The Radio Adventures
    by Barry Letts
    Narrated by Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Full Cast
    4.10 (65 ratings)
    Blake's 7 is a much-loved classic TV science fiction series, in which a band of rebels fight the despotic Federation, led by Supreme Commander Servalan. This audio collection features two thrilling full cast BBC Radio 4 adventures.
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  • Child of the Snow (Dramatised)
    by Lee Hall
    Narrated by Ben Tibber
    Not rated yet
    Matti is the 14-year-old son of a traditional Sami family living in Lapland, living 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Matti is a modern boy, who loves messing about with computers and hates pollution, drugs and Ginger Spice. By the author of Billy Elliott. Performed by Ben Tibber. Written by Lee Hall.
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: Chocky
    by John Wyndham
    Narrated by Sacha Dhawan, Owen Teale, Cathy Tyson
    4.20 (24 ratings)
    When young Matthew starts talking to himself, and introduces his invisible friend, Chocky, to the family, his parents decide it's just a phase he is going through. But when Matthew starts explaining binary maths and anti-gravity propulsion, they begin to worry. Is Chocky really just the product of an over-inactive imagination, or something more?
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: Solaris
    by Stanislaw Lem
    Narrated by Ron Cook, Joanne Froggatt
    4.30 (16 ratings)
    Protagonist Kris Kelvin arrives at a scientific research station hovering above the surface of Solaris where research has been ongoing for years on the strange ocean life form. When Kris and his colleagues become more aggressive in trying to force contact with Solaris, the ocean's response is to experiment with the researchers' minds by confronting them with their most painful and repressed thoughts and memories through the materialization of complex human constructs.
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: The Time Machine (Dramatised)
    by H.G. Wells
    Narrated by Robert Glenister, William Gaunt
    4.50 (21 ratings)
    It opens in 1943, when Wells is recording a talk for the Home Service in which he questions mankind's future. After the broadcast, he spends the evening with American journalist Martha, and tells her the astonishing news that his bestselling book The Time Machine was not fantasy but fact. Wells explains that he was actually present at the dinner party in Richmond fifty years earlier, when the Time Traveller returned from his first fateful journey into the future.
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  • Earthsearch: The Complete Radio Series I and II (Dramatised)
    by James Follett
    Narrated by full cast
    4.20 (263 ratings)
    The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 space drama arrives in its entirety for the very first time, with a bonus introduction by creator and writer James Follett. The starship Challenger has been on a 115-year-long mission, exploring other galaxies for suitable Earth-like planets to colonise. The present crew of four were born on the ship and have never left it. But when the Challenger attempts to return to the crew's home planet, it discovers that the Earth has vanished!
  • Pilgrim (Series 4)
    by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Narrated by Paul Hilton, Kate Fleetwood
    4.80 (42 ratings)
    A fourth series of thrillingly dark adventures. Pilgrim, cursed with immortality by the King of the Greyfolk, is forced to walk between the human world and the world of Faerie in a never-ending quest to preserve the uneasy balance between the two. In 'Mullerby Fair', armed with a secret weapon, he can finally challenge Mr Speed who has stolen generations of brides from one family. 'Tregarrah Head' sees him separating devoted parents from their strange new changeling baby, while in 'Wedlowe Sound' he must put a giant to sleep.
  • Pilgrim Series 2: Hope Springs (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Sebastian Bacziewicz
    Narrated by Paul Hilton, Lloyd Thomas, Anna Wing, Judy Parfitt
    Not rated yet
    The last play of four in 'Pilgrim Series 2', a collection of BBC Radio 4 modern-day fantasy adventures written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and starring Paul Hilton as Pilgrim. 'Hope Springs' was originally broadcast in the 'Afternoon Play' slot on 21 September 2010.What if all the myths and folktales of these islands were true? And what if they were not only true but present now in our world?
  • Pilgrim Series 2: The Drowned Church (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Sebastian Bacziewicz
    Narrated by Paul Hilton, Claire Price, Judy Parfitt
    Not rated yet
    The first play in 'Pilgrim Series 2', a collection of four BBC Radio 4 modern-day fantasy adventures written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and starring Paul Hilton as Pilgrim. 'The Drowned Church' was originally broadcast in the 'Afternoon Play' slot on 31 August 2010.What if all the myths and folktales of these islands were true? And what if they were not only true but present now in our world?
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  • Pilgrim Series 2: The Drowned Church; The Lost Hotel; The Lady in the Lake; Hope Springs (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Sebastian Bacziewicz
    Narrated by Paul Hilton
    4.70 (55 ratings)
    A series of four BBC Radio 4 modern-day fantasy adventures written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and starring Paul Hilton as Pilgrim. 'Pilgrim Series 2' was originally a weekly broadcast in the 'Afternoon Play' slots from 31 August - 21 September 2010.The plays in 'Pilgrim Series 2' are thrilling, dark and contemporary.
  • Pilgrim Series 2: The Lady in the Lake (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Sebastian Bacziewicz
    Narrated by Paul Hilton, Rachael Spence, Adeel Akhtar, Henry Devas
    Not rated yet
    The third play of four in 'Pilgrim Series 2', a collection of BBC Radio 4 modern-day fantasy adventures written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and starring Paul Hilton as Pilgrim. 'The Lady in the Lake' was originally broadcast in the 'Afternoon Play' slot on 14 September 2010.What if all the myths and folktales of these islands were true? And what if they were not only true but present now in our world?
  • Pilgrim Series 2: The Lost Hotel (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Sebastian Bacziewicz
    Narrated by Paul Hilton
    4.50 (15 ratings)
    The second play of four in 'Pilgrim Series 2', a collection of BBC Radio 4 modern-day fantasy adventures written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and starring Paul Hilton as Pilgrim. 'The Lost Hotel' was originally broadcast in the 'Afternoon Play' slot on 7 September 2010.What if all the myths and folktales of these islands were true? And what if they were not only true but present now in our world?
  • Pilgrim: Complete Series 1
    by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Narrated by Jamie Foreman, Paul Rider, Paul Hilton, Norma Dumezweni
    4.60 (97 ratings)
    Paul Hilton stars as the reluctant and unthanked hero protecting mankind from an enemy they resist believing in. In these four episodes, Pilgrim is summoned to help retrieve a dragon's egg stolen by the outlaw Faerie, Puck; meets Noreen, whose son has been in a strange coma for the past seven years; tries to stay out of the clutches of powerful City banker and occult collector Haddonfield and finds himself on a mission to save Joseph of Arimathea.
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  • Superman on Trial
    by Dirk Maggs
    Narrated by Stuart Milligan, Shelley Thompson, William Hootkins, Bob Sessions, Adam West
    3.30 (9 ratings)
    This long-awaited release features Stuart Milligan as Superman, Shelley Thompson as Lois Lane, William Hootkins as Lex Luthor and Bob Sessions as The Batman and was written to celebrate Superman's 50th birthday. Accused of crimes against humanity, the Last Son of Krypton stands powerless before a court dominated by Lex Luthor - criminal genius turned prosecutor. Has Superman really corrupted our children? Can he justify his continued interference in world affairs?
  • Superman: Doomsday and Beyond
    by Dirk Maggs
    Narrated by uncredited
    3.70 (15 ratings)
    This thrilling full-cast original radio drama is based on the long-running comic strip. Whilst Daily Planet lovebirds Clark Kent and Lois Lane finally get engaged, the villainous Lex Luthor dies in a plane crash. Metropolis is thriving with prosperity and happiness under Superman's care - or so it seems.... Produced by Dirk Maggs, who directed the recent new episodes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this production is hugely acclaimed by fans.
  • The Brightonomicon
    by Robert Rankin
    Narrated by David Warner, Rupert Degas, Andy Serkis
    4.10 (177 ratings)
    Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, 12 ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.
  • The Chrysalids & Survival: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.00 (40 ratings)
    Here's a double bill of John Wyndham stories adapted for radio. The Chrysalids concerns the community of Waknut, where it is believed that mutants are the products of the Devil and must be stamped out. Survival concerns the first auto-piloted space flight. When the ship meets with an accident, the human passengers are cast adrift in space.