• The Midwich Cuckoos

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)
  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Sarah Parish
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • Release date: 17-01-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (68 ratings)

Summary

This is a dynamic, modern dramatisation of a classic book by John Wyndham. Bill Nighy ( Love Actually and many other films) and Sarah Parish ( Cutting It) play Richard and Janet, a couple caught up in the goings-on of a sleepy English village in which all the children have golden eyes, blond hair, and a sinister talent for telepathy and telekinesis. (Wyndham's novel was filmed as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995.)
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Critic reviews

"Bill Nighy is terrific as Richard Gayford, drawn into the horror of a small village whose women all give birth on the same day to beautiful babies whose only intent, as they grow, is to survive - whatever the cost." ( Daily Express)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 17-02-07

Loved It

I am great fan of the original book and I very much enjoyed this interpretion. It did maybe over simplify the story a little too much in parts, but that did not distract from the overall enjoyment.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 08-06-17

Perfect!

This is just perfect - a thought-provoking, clever book. The writing is beautiful - John Wyndham is an artist at work, and this is wonderfully acted. All the actors are great, and I'd pick out Bill Nighy for being particularly perfect in the role, and for having a lovely voice!

This book is a piece of the fabric our our world, and there really isn't any reason not to love it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 15-08-09

Quite good - except for the screaming

I hadn't read any John Wyndham books since I was a kid, but lately I've been really into BBC radio serials, so I thought I'd give this a try (and heck, who can resist Bill Nighy? I always love his performances).

Overall, this is a great production, and fairly recent, so some of the more dated aspects (the whole stereotypical '1950s housewives' attitude was one of the reasons I hadn't loved the book whn I read it years ago, for example) have been toned down or confined to a general 'women are more attached to their children than men' approach.

However.

I don't recommend listening to this while lying on the couch trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon, because every 5 minutes some female character lets out the kind of ear-piercing, sustained shriek that has you jumping out of your chair and lunging for the EQ because you feel like your eardrums are about to perforate themselves. (The Chysalids dramatization has the same problem.)

So: definitely buy this, but it's best to listen to while, say, cleaning the house.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 25-07-17

Very creepy!.

Saw the movie when I was a child. This acting was great and and the sound effects were also for a radio book play.

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