After a mysterious meteor shower, Bill Masen wakes up in hospital an eye operation to find that the world he knew will never be the same again...
Roger May begins a 17-part unabridged reading of John Wyndham's cult sci-fi novel - an unsettlingly vivid and thrillingly realised tale of ecological apocalypse.
Producer: Susan Carson
Made for BBC 7 by BBC Northern Ireland and first broadcast in 2004.
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