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Plastic Fantastic

Episode 2 of 4

Luke and Trish seem to have cracked the old Star Trek conundrum: how do you transport physical objects through space?

What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley - on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, Luke and Trish seem to have cracked the old Star-Trek conundrum - how do you transport physical objects through space?

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

13 minutes


Role Contributor
Luke William Beck
Trish Emma Kilbey
Shelley Lizzy Watts
Felix David Brett
Aileen Joan Walker
Stella Joan Walker
Lawrence Chris Stanton
Writer Jerome Vincent
Writer Stephen Dinsdale
Producer David Blount