Journey into Space

  • by Charles Chilton
  • Narrated by Charles Chilton
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged the listener as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.In this epic concluding series, Captain Jet Morgan, Doc Matthews, engineer Mitch Mitchell, and radio operator Lemmy Barnet once more set out for Mars, but this time alone. Their orders: to discover all they can about the threatened Martian invasion of Britain. Jet and his comrades are stretched to their limits as they taken on the awesome Martian power. When they learn the astounding secret of the invasion plan, there is a race against time to warn a defenceless Earth. This is the complete The World in Peril series.


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A Journey into Digital download!

Journey into Space is a true legend of radio sci-fi. More intelligent than most of the US offerings of the time, it was the perfect alternate to TV's Quatermass (Parts of JiS in total darkness were allegedly written in response to Nigel Kneale's argument that 'TV could do anything better than radio'!). The pace is different to modern-day offerings and the science sometimes a little daft, but overall the trilogy is wonderful listening; I have shared Jet, Lemmy, Doc and Mitch's adventures several times now, and still don't tire of them.
To pick up on a previous reviewer, these are restored episodes from the original transcription discs. The first series (Operation Luna) was not retained on original broadcast and was re-recorded in 1957, tightening up much of the early plot (by the writer, who CHOSE to re-write it) and by necessity re-casting some of the roles. However, the second and third series (Red Planet and World in Peril) ARE the originals, at least what was kept of them at the time. The full story of the re-recording, loss and recovery of these episodes can be read in the accompanying booklets.
These are well worth buying, but be aware the audio quality is not perfect, particularly due to Audible's compression, it is only a shame that the BBC flatly refuse to issue the third series on CD.
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- Peter

Retro flavoured fun but no classic

The 3rd Journery into Space radio series by Charles Chilton is a lot of things: fun, stupid, full of cheesey cliff hangers, charming in it's way, excellent value for money and repeated on BBC 7 practically every year.
This series is a direct sequel to the 'Red Planet' which you should listen to before you download this one as it starts with more of bang and serves as a better introduction to the reocurring characters and recycled plots. If you think I'm being hard on the series let me say that I am a big fan, but part of the charm is the sillyness of it. At times this is more of a space pantomine then a space opera, but it's always played straight. Annoiyingly, this version of the series is not the original but a remake with different (and hugely inferior) actors playing two of the best characters. This kind of thing is typical of the BBC's infamous archiving policy decisions!
Check out the audio sample to see what you make of the style of the show. If you think you could enjoy 10 hours of this stuff you will have a great time with this download.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2007
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited