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John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six classic BBC radio adaptations

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Publisher's Summary

Bill Nighy, Barbara Shelley and Peter Sallis are among the cast in six classic BBC Radio dramatisations of stories by one of Britain's most popular science fiction authors.

'The Day of the Triffids', first broadcast in 1968, is set in a world in which most people have been left blind after a meteor shower, and lethal carnivorous triffids are roaming the land. 'The Kraken Wakes', dramatised for radio in 1998, is a gripping story of monsters from the deep, alien invasion and ecological disaster.

'The Chrysalids', first broadcast in 1981, explores the dangers of being different, while the 1989 adaptation of short story 'Survival' focuses on the lengths people will go to in order to survive.

'The Midwich Cuckoos', broadcast in 2003, is a disturbing tale of a village sealed off from the world for a day and subsequently taken over by terrifying inhuman children.

Dramatised for radio in 1998, 'Chocky' is a chilling tale of a boy who appears to be communicating with an invisible friend. Also included is 'Beware the Stare!', a half-hour radio documentary looking at 'The Midwich Cuckoos' in print and on screen.

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    "Oh my god sooooo good"

    I absolutely loved this. The dramatization was excellent. I was completely sucked into every story. Wyndham is a legend and these adaptations are classics I will listen to over and over again.

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    Wassim 24/04/2017
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    "Riveting and superb performance"

    I was hooked on this from the moment it started playing. The BBC have done a great job in adapting Wyndham's stories and the voice actors give a delightful performance that really brings the stories to life. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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    Len Moss, Norway 23/05/2017
    Len Moss, Norway 23/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "SPOILED BY BACKGROUND "EFFECTS" OF THE DAY"
    What did you like best about John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection? What did you like least?

    The books are classic although changed a little in these presentations


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection?

    Day of The Triffids is the best, the BOOK is even better


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    No narrator but the background Si Fi noises were really on edge and off-putting but I guess were effects of the day


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No, ones imagination is by far the best.For example the WAR OF THE WORLDS film/films were, in my opinion,a disaster.


    Any additional comments?

    A journey back to the BBC of that time!

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    "Listen to the originals instead"

    These are not good adaptations of some really rather good stories. Day Of The Triffids isn't bad but they get progressively worse and I genuinely cannot fathom why they did what they did to The Midwich Cuckoos. I advise you to get the original stories which are brilliant and interesting.

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