Hot on the heels of the success of BBC Radio 4's adaptation of The Hitchhiker's
Guide To The Galaxy comes brand new original sci-fi comedy Nebulous
starring Mark Gatiss and David Warner
(begins Thursday 6 January, 11.00pm).
It is written by talented writer/actor Graham Duff, writer of BBC
TWO's Dr Terrible's House Of Horrible and Combat Sheep.
The year is 2099 and Professor Nebulous (Mark Gatiss) is the director
of K.E.N.T - the Key Environmental Nonjudgemental Taskforce.
In a post-apocalyptic England, things will never be the same again.
Cattle-clasm has wiped out the majority of our livestock, the year has
been restructured to include new months such as Octember and Janril,
and there's even a new season, hamble, which falls between spring and
summer and is generally drizzly.
Meanwhile, Professor Nebulous - a brilliant, if eccentric eco-conscious
scientist - is determined to get Mother Earth back on the right track.
Nebulous runs an eco-troubleshooting organisation called K.E.N.T which
is so woefully underfunded they have to subsidise their work by running
Nevertheless, Nebulous must pit his wits against whatever challenges
the Earth's distorted ecosystem throws at him - be it sentient dust,
killer cacti or 'garrow' - a new colour which sends people insane.
However, Nebulous's work is continually undermined, often by the ineptitude
of his own team: the overenthusiastic and under-qualified Paula Breeze;
man of action Rory Lawson; and tactical
equipment specialist Harry Hayes, who uses a wheelchair.
Directed by Nick Briggs (Dr Who - Dalek Empire) and written by Graham
Duff, the cast includes Mark Gatiss as Professor Nebulous, David Warner
as Dr Klench, Graham Crowden as Sir Ronald Rolands,
Paul Putner as Harry and Rosie Cavaliero
as Paula Breeze.
Nebulous is produced by Baby Cow and is the company's first production
for Radio 4.
Henry Normal, co-founder of Baby Cow, says: "We are proud that Baby
Cow Productions has now become part of the fine tradition of comedy
on BBC Radio".
Steve Coogan, also of Baby Cow, added: "Nebulous is such a vast comic
world... it can only be contained on radio. With this kind of budget".
Nebulous, Radio 4, 6 January at 11.00pm. The adventure starts