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Episode 1

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 July 2012

John Wyndham's post-apocalyptic science fiction classic dramatised by Jane Rogers.

Genetic mutation has devastated the world. In the emergent bleak, primitive society, any deviation is seen as the work of the devil, ruthlessly hunted out and destroyed. In law abiding, God-respecting Waknuk anyone who does not conform to the 'norm' must keep their deviation secret or face the consequences of discovery.

Directed by Nadia Molinari

Written in 1955 Wyndham's novel explores the dangers inherent in discrimination and the threats posed by religious fundamentalism. The 'Old People' who caused the apocalypse are depressingly like us: ' They were shut off by different languages and different beliefs. They created vast problems then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith.' The children of the future (the Chrysalids) are able to 'think-together' and so can rise above the selfish violence and conflicting religions of the past. Wyndham's story of a group of persecuted teenagers is more timely than ever in our post-Fukushima, war-riven, genetically engineered and religiously divided world. Jane Rogers is a playwright and novelist, her latest novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb won the Arthur C Clarke Award this year.

Credits

David
Matthew Beard
Young David
Ben Hanley
Young Sophie
Isobel Doran
Joseph
Conrad Nelson
Gordon
Conrad Nelson
Axel
Jeff Hordley
Emily
Fiona Clarke
Anne
Fiona Clarke
Rosalind
Verity-May Henry
Harriet
Emma Cunniffe
Rachel
Emma Cunniffe
Michael
Henry Devas
Alan
Henry Devas
Inspector
Robert Pickavance
Petra
Sydney Wade
Writer
John Wyndham
Director
Nadia Molinari

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