The Drowned World

J G Ballard's classic adventure, read by Nicholas Farrell, abridged in ten parts by Oliver Reynolds. After the polar ice caps melt, Dr Kerans and his team conduct research into effects on the climate. But the dangers of piracy are never far away.

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As part of Radio 4's Dangerous Visions season, Graham White's adaptation shows a future in which the earth's atmosphere is destroyed. As a scientific mission surveys England's drowned capitals before their final abandonment, two lovers find themselves reverting to a primitive state of consciousness.

In a future in which solar flares have wreaked havoc with the earth's atmosphere, Dr Robert Kerans is part of a scientific mission to survey the drowned cities of what was once the temperate zone before they are abandoned for good.

The de-evolution that the ecological crisis has provoked seems to have affected the expedition's crew. Kerans, alongside his enigmatic lover Beatrice, whom he is trying to persuade to leave, attempts to make sense of the disappearance of a crew member who has succumbed to the lure of the emerging new water world.

Kerans and Beatrice also start to embrace the breakdown they see around them, until an encounter with the maverick scavenger Strangman and his piratical crew forces them to face what de-evolution may really mean, as he drains the drowned city in search of the powers of civilization it may once have held. Ballard's vivid futurescape imagines the surreal results of Darwin's theories going into reverse.

Dangerous Visions - you will be disturbed as you see the present reflected in the glass

of an uneasy future.

As part of Radio 4's Dangerous Visions season, Graham White's adaptation shows a future in which the earth's atmosphere is destroyed. As a scientific mission surveys England's drowned capitals before their final abandonment, two lovers find themselves reverting to a primitive state of consciousness.

In a future in which solar flares have wreaked havoc with the earth's atmosphere, Dr Robert Kerans is part of a scientific mission to survey the drowned cities of what was once the temperate zone before they are abandoned for good.

The de-evolution that the ecological crisis has provoked seems to have affected the expedition's crew. Kerans, alongside his enigmatic lover Beatrice, whom he is trying to persuade to leave, attempts to make sense of the disappearance of a crew member who has succumbed to the lure of the emerging new water world.

Kerans and Beatrice also start to embrace the breakdown they see around them, until an encounter with the maverick scavenger Strangman and his piratical crew forces them to face what de-evolution may really mean, as he drains the drowned city in search of the powers of civilization it may once have held. Ballard's vivid futurescape imagines the surreal results of Darwin's theories going into reverse.

Dangerous Visions - you will be disturbed as you see the present reflected in the glass

of an uneasy future.

A future where the Earth's atmosphere, and human consciousness, has eroded.

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Next in series: MISS SMILLA'S FEELING FOR SNOW, Episode 12

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SBH:The Drowned World - by J.G. BALLARD. Abridged in 10 parts by Oliver Reynolds and read by Nicholas Farrell. Produced by Jocelyn Boxall for 'The Late Book'.

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01 Jan 1996 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 2

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Nicholas FarrELL begins a 10-part reading of J. G. BALLARD's adventure. After the ice caps melt, Dr Kerans & his team conduct research into the effect on the climate. Abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS, produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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22 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

09 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-22.

Producer: J. BOXALL

Robert Glenister reads JG Ballard's novel set in a London transformed by global warming.

Robert Glenister reads from acclaimed author JG Ballard's first novel, set in a London transformed by global warming.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 3

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Part 2 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FarrELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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23 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

10 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-22.

The tropical conditions trigger people's primal memories. Read by Robert Glenister.

JG Ballard's novel set in a submerged London of the future continues. The tropical conditions trigger people's primal memories.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 4

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BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FarrELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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24 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

11 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

Looters arrive and clash with the surviving inhabitants.

JG Ballard's novel set in a submerged London of the future continues.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 5

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Part 4 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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the drowned world (novel)

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25 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

14 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 6

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Part 5 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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the drowned world (novel)

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26 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

15 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 7

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Part 6 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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the drowned world (novel)

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29 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

16 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 8

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Part 7 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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readings programmes (programme format)

the drowned world (novel)

Broadcast history

30 Jan 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

17 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

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J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

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Next in series: THE DROWNED WORLD, Episode 10

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Part 9 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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readings programmes (programme format)

the drowned world (novel)

Broadcast history

01 Feb 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

21 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.

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Next in series: REEF, Episode 1

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Part 10 (of 10) of J. G. BALLARD's adventure read by Nicholas FARRELL, abridged by Oliver REYNOLDS & produced by Jocelyn BOXALL.

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readings programmes (programme format)

the drowned world (novel)

Broadcast history

03 Feb 1996 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

22 Oct 1997 00:30-00:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Oliver Reynolds (adap)

J Ballard (Author)

Jocelyn Boxall (Producer)

Nicholas Farrell (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-04-28.