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The Illustrated Man

First in the return of Radio 4's Dangerous Visions - dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Iain Glen is the Illustrated Man in a dramatisation by Brian Sibley of Ray Bradbury's iconic short story collection.

A young traveller encounters a vagrant on the road who claims his tattoos come to life after dark and have the powers of prophecy.

The vagrant offers his young travelling companion tantalising glimpses into the future with tales of restless androids, children caught up in a sinister game and astronauts stranded in outer space which all hint at dark and troubling times ahead.

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Production Co-ordinator: Philippa Tilbury
Studio Managers: Anne Bunting, Peter Ringrose, Alison Craig.

This iconic collection of visionary short stories is brought to the airwaves for the first time in an adaptation by the award-winning radio dramatist, Brian Sibley, whose credits include dramatisations of The Lord of The Rings trilogy and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels.

First published in the UK in 1952, it's the startling framing device of a man whose tattoos predict the future of humankind which signals Bradbury's collection out as one of the defining works of 20th century Science Fiction.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 14 Jun 2014 14:30
BBC Radio 4 FM only


Role Contributor
The Illustrated ManIain Glen
The YouthJamie Parker
The Tattoo WitchElaine Claxton
The DriverWilf Scolding
BraylingPatrick Kennedy
Brayling 2Patrick Kennedy
SmithStephen Hogan
MinkNell Herrin
MotherHeather Craney
FatherClive Hayward
AnnaLucy Hutchinson
HollisAlec Newman
ApplegateJohn P Arnold
StoneJaimi Barbakoff
StimsonCraige Els
DirectorGemma Jenkins
AdaptorBrian Sibley
AuthorRay Bradbury

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