Dangerous Visions: The Martian Chronicles

Saturday 21 June

2.30pm-3.30pm

BBC RADIO 4

A returning season of dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Including new dramatisations of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the book on which Bladerunner is based) and Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man and Martian chronicles.

Derek Jacobi stars in a reimagining of Ray Bradbury's classic fable. An astronaut from Earth attempts to prevent the colonisation that could eradicate an ancient race of Martians.

When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth.

Spender, an anthropologist on Wilder's crew, attempts to prevent the colonisation that she believes will eradicate the last of an ancient people living on Mars. But to what lengths will she go?

As the honourable but duty-bound Captain Wilder tracks the now rogue Spender into the Martian mountains, the future of this ancient planet is at stake. Meanwhile, Earth itself teeters on the brink of its own global catastrophe as the very survival of humanity hangs in the balance.

With Derek Jacobi as Captain Wilder; Hayley Atwell as Spender; Anna Madeley as The Lawyer; Mark Lewis Jones as Hathaway; John Altman as Parkhill; Zoë Tapper as Evie; Jonathan Rhodes as Biggs; Dean Harris as Thompson; Ryan Sewell as Young Wilder; Rachael Naylor as Pluto Survey Officer; Jacob James as Soldier; Robert Lock as Prison Officer; Melissa Aston-Munslow as Miss Edwards; Owen Sewell as Robert; and Polehampton Junior School as Mayflower Rocket Kids. Dramatised for radio by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle. 

Producer/ Andrew Mark Sewell for B7 Productions

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