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'What We Saw from the Ruined House.'

In a house in Mortlake, Francis Spufford is joined by Prof Sally Shuttleworth and Maggie Aderin-Pocock to consider Martian evolution and appearance in a terrifying close encounter.

Francis Spufford walks in the footsteps of Wells all conquering tripods from Woking to Primrose Hill in the company of writers, scientists & historians, exploring the startling array of ideas that fuelled his classic and gives it its lasting impact.

'They were, I now saw, the most unearthly creatures it is possible to conceive ' Red weed floats down the Thames by Kew Bridge, the Martians are busy aero-forming Earth to make it more like their dying Martian home. The South East lies in ruins and London is abandoned. Meanwhile in a house in Mortlake Francis Spufford is joined by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (St Annes, Oxford) and space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock to consider Martian evolution and appearance in a terrifying close encounter.
Producer: Laura Thomas.

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