Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

  • by Eddie Robson
  • Narrated by Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, Dave Lamb, Don Gilet
  • 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.
The episodes are "Taking Overs", "Minimum Volume", "Power Block" and "Little Green Lights". Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson (That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Newsjack), and stars Hattie Morahan (Outnumbered, Critic's Circle & Evening Standard Theatre Awards Best Actress), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing, The Hour), Jan Francis (Just Good Friends, Emmerdale), Peter Davison (Dr. Who, A Very Peculiar Practice), Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones), John-Luke Roberts (Spats, BBC Three Live At The Fringe), as well as Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff), Dave Lamb (Horrible Histories, Come Dine With Me) and Don Gilet (EastEnders, The Line of Beauty).

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It takes a village (to resist alien invasion)

What other book might you compare Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 to, and why?

It's tempting to compare Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully with Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. HHGTTG would inevitably win and it is probably fair to say that parts of Welcome To Our Village are written in homage - android Ron comes to mind. Still, it's no insult to lose a comedy battle against the late, great Douglas Adams. Welcome To Our Village mostly pokes fun at the preoccupations of rural England: NIMBYism, xenophobia, cosy authoritarianism and (of course) cricket.


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

My favourite element of the performance is Julian Rhind-Tutt's performance as the ever-so-aggressively reasonable alien leader, Field Commander Uljabaan. I was a little sorry to hear that someone else will play him in the sequel, which was recorded very recently, as Rhind-Tutt wasn't available.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"They Came From Outer Space. With Spreadsheets."


Any additional comments?

Some have pointed out that the laugh track is a little too loud and can be distracting. In some parts this is unfortunately true. The show is recorded in front of a live audience, so at least it isn't canned laughter.

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- ET

very good series

after being a fan of the Hitch-hikers for years i was pleased to find this radio series like the HHGH it pokes fun at sci-fi, aliens, space and the idiocies of modern life. very entertaining listen. loved series 1 and 2, eagerly awaiting series 3
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- Caz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited