Kim Newman - Cry Babies
Angela and Barty Flitcroft are busy, successful people. They want a child but don't have the time to care for it.
Their solution is a genetically enhanced daughter, Joy, birthed by a surrogate mother and reared to adulthood in a cryogenic chamber.
Joy experiences brief moments 'out of the machine', and as time passes, each opening brings shocks and surprises as her parents and their society undergo incredible changes. And for Joy, stuffed with education by the machine but denied everyday experiences, life is not just a strange new country, but a frightening, confusing and often funny one too.
Kim's Newman's sci-fi satire stars Alex Jennings as Dr Rossiter, Natasha Little as Angela Flitcroft, Rupert Degas as Barty Flitcroft, Sia Berkeley as Joy Flitcroft, Colin Morgan as Roger, Sarah Douglas as SleepLearn Machine, Emma Darwall-Smith as Aruna, Sam Alexander as Jeff, Kirsty Stuart as Daisy, Rob Kendrick as Ari and Emma Handy as Nurse Marketa.
Composer: Jeremy Paul Carroll
Director: Neil Gardner
A Ladbroke Radio Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2009.