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Three intrepid explorers venture into an Icelandic volcano. It's a dangerous trip but discoveries await. Stars Joel MacCormack.

Renowned professor, Otto Lidenbrock, discovers a mysterious, runic cryptogram in a rare manuscript he’s bought. It’s his nephew, Axel, who accidentally cracks the message which is by a 16th century alchemist who claims to have found a pathway to the centre of the earth! "Descend, bold traveller into the crater of the Jokul of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the kalends of July and you will attain the centre of the earth."

Lidenbrock decides he must see for himself if such a journey is possible and with the reluctant Axel in tow, and the help of their guide, Hans, the three venture into the heart of a dormant, Icelandic volcano on a dangerous expedition beneath the earth's layers.

Jules Verne novel is the ultimate adventure story in the best Victorian tradition with plenty of action, science, knowledge, discovery and surprise.

Adapted in two-parts by Moya O'Shea.

The three attempting this tremendous feat are:

* The somewhat cowardly, dewy-eyed romantic, Axel
* The highly strung and oh, so eccentric, Otto Lidenbrock
* The calm, phlegmatic Danish speaking, Icelandic guide, Hans.

Axel ...... Joel MacCormack
Professor Lidenbrock ...... Stephen Critchlow
Hans ...... Gudmundur Thorvaldsson
Grauben ...... Nicola Ferguson
Martha ...... Elizabeth Bennett
Newspaper Seller ...... Nick Underwood
Porter ...... Sam Rix
Icelandic Man ...... Tom Forrister
Street Vendor ...... Scarlett Brookes

Composer: Neil Brand

Director: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 14 Aug 2020 03:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Axel Joel MacCormack
Professor Lidenbrock Stephen Critchlow
Hans Gudmundur Thorvaldsson
Grauben Nicola Ferguson
Martha Elizabeth Bennett
Actor Nick Underwood
Actor Sam Rix
Actor Tom Forrister
Actor Scarlett Brookes
Composer Neil Brand
Author Jules Verne
Adaptor Moya O'Shea
Director Tracey Neale
Producer Tracey Neale

Broadcasts

  • Sun 19 Mar 2017 15:00
  • Sat 25 Mar 2017 21:00
  • Mon 8 Jan 2018 10:00
  • Mon 8 Jan 2018 15:00
  • Tue 9 Jan 2018 03:00
  • Thu 13 Aug 2020 10:00
  • Thu 13 Aug 2020 15:00
  • Fri 14 Aug 2020 03:00

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