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Young people with telepathic powers are persecuted for their difference. Post-apocalyptic sci-fi classic stars Matthew Beard, Ben Hanley, Isobel Doran and Conrad Nelson.

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.

58 minutes

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Mon 29 Feb 2016 00:00

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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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