Alexander Armstrong's Radio Heroes
The X-Men? Pah! Superman? Bah! Give us Jet Morgan any day - as Alexander Armstrong celebrates those fine gentleman adventurers of the wireless
Big screen do-gooders like the Avengers have the glam and the moves, but you don't have to be superhuman to be a hero. Enjoy our very own British brand of intrepid adventurer, for whom style, panache, wit and guile serve just as well as x-ray vision, awesome strength or vivid underpants.
Guiding us through this modern pantheon is Alexander Armstrong - no stranger to style, panache and wit himself - although he assures us his underpants are suitably subdued.
Along the way, we'll ponder what makes these characters so enduringly heroic? - and what qualities does a hero need?
EW Hornung's gentleman cracksman seizes a challenge. Stars Jeremy Clyde.
JOURNEY INTO SPACE:
Captain Jet Morgan in the classic 1950s sci-fi from Charles Chilton. Stars Andrew Faulds.
The comic strip crime fighter devised for radio in the 1960s by Philip Ridgeway. Starring William Franklyn.
DICK BARTON: SPECIAL AGENT:
The BBC Light Programme's hugely popular radio hero revived in 1972 and starring Noel Johnson.
Gary Martin stars as the legendary law enforcement officer. Produced by Dirk Maggs.
THE DEVIL IN AMBER
The decadent Edwardian dandy and defender of the realm, Lucifer Box. Written and read by Mark Gatiss.
Produced by Martin Dempsey.