BBC FOUR Autumn
Science Fiction Britannia
Fans of British science fiction are in for a
special treat this autumn as BBC FOUR pays
homage to the genre with a season of films and
Covering everything from the cult
appeal of Blake's 7 to the literary genius of John
Wyndham, the channel boldly explores all
aspects of the subject to get to the heart of its
seemingly universal appeal.
The Martians And Us
The Martians And Us, a three-part series of films, traces
the history of the literary genre. Each of the three films
looks at one of the central driving themes of British
Apes And Aliens explores the fascination
with evolution in all its forms. Through A Glass Darkly examines the British tradition of Utopias and Dystopias;
whilst the third film, Last Man Alive, reflects the British
fascination with catastrophe and the end of the world as
we know it.
How To Be Sci-Fi
Examining the lighter side of being in a British science
fiction television series, Nigel Planer plays classically-trained "actawr" Nicholas Craig in a one-hour special,
How To Be Sci-Fi, which looks at the perils and pitfalls that
lie ahead for anyone brave enough to grapple with that
most demanding of mistresses – "outer-space acting".
Nicholas supplements tips for the aspiring thespian with
clips from classic British sci-fi series and offers invaluable
advice and guidance on, among other topics, how to wear
a roll neck, gain motivation for playing green slime and
master that all-important look of horror.
At the centre of the season is Random Quest, a science fiction romance drama based on a
short story by John Wyndham.
Adapted for television by Richard Fell, Random Quest tells
the extraordinary story of Colin Trafford, a research physicist who, knocked unconscious
in an experiment which goes wrong, wakes to find himself in a parallel world.
In this other
world Colin finds he has another life including a beautiful wife, Ottilie, who he proceeds
to fall in love with.
Pulled back into his own world, he is told he has been in a coma
since the accident but Colin believes the other world and Ottilie exist and he goes in
search of her.
The Story Of British Sci-Fi
In The Story Of British Sci-Fi (working title) Phill Jupitus goes in search of the origins and
stories behind the starriest shows in the television universe.
He meets actors, writers and
others to talk about some of the best-loved British science-fiction series, including Adam
Adamant, Doomwatch, The Survivors, Blake's 7, The Tripods and Starcops.
Timeshift – Parallel Worlds
BBC FOUR's Timeshift – Parallel Worlds takes a look at the belief which pervades so much of
British science fiction – that there is another world sitting shoulder to shoulder with
Earth but with a difference.
The strand examines how the idea unfolded from its origins in
religion and mythology, got transformed by the theory of quantum mechanics and
multiplied trillions of times into multi-universes by modern science fiction writers.
Other programming in the season includes feature films and television archive.
The Martians And Us is a Blast films production.
The Story Of British Sci-Fi, Timeshift – Parallel Worlds, How To Be Sci-Fi
and Random Quest are BBC productions.