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Classic radio sci-fi released on BBC Audiobook

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
R.U.R by Karel Capek
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle



Duration: 2 hours; Contains 2 CDs

Price: £12.99
CD ISBN: 9781408400470
Download Price: £6.60;

ISBN: 9781408499139


Frankenstein, first published in 1818, is widely recognised as being one of the first science fiction novels.


Starring Michael Maloney (Bonekickers, Notes on a Scandal) as Frankenstein and John Wood as the Creature, this spine-tingling dramatisation perfectly conveys the book's pervasive sense of unease and dread.



Duration: 2 hours; Contains 2 CDs

Price: £12.99
CD ISBN: 9781408400456
Download Price: £6.60

ISBN: 9781408499115


Simon Ward and Tessa Peake-Jones (Poppy Shakespeare) star in this suspenseful BBC Radio dramatisation of Karel Čapek's play.


R.U.R. written in 1920 is a thought-provoking drama famous for introducing the word ‘robot’ (from the Czech for drudge) to the English language. It is set in a future when all the work in our society is carried out by robots manufactured by Rossum's Universal Robots.


Feeling sorry for the emotionless robots, the headstrong Helena persuades the company to factor emotion into them. The robots' new-found consciousness leads them to revolt against their masters, and the resulting catastrophe makes for a gripping and thought-provoking drama.



The Lost World
Duration: 3 hours; Contains 3 CDs

Price: £15.99
CD ISBN: 9781408409527


Another entry in our popular range of fantastical dramas from the BBC archive.


This production of The Lost World, based on the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1975, and amongst the cast are Francis de Wolff, Gerald Harper, Carol Boyd and the renowned radio actor Carleton Hobbs.


The story follows a 19th century expedition to enter the rumoured lair of animals thought to have died out millions of years before - a terrifying world of pterodactyls and other prehistoric 'monsters'. This CD release also includes an introductory sleeve note recounting the making of the radio adaptation, written by Andrew Pixley.



Notes to Editors:
Frankenstein, R.U.R. and The Lost World will be available from all good bookshops, online at or by BBC Audiobooks direct mail on 0800 136 919.


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