Earthsearch I [James Follett - Earthsearch]

Episodes

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01Planetfall1981010620191021 (BBC7)

The starship Challenger has been on a 115-year-long mission exploring other galaxies for suitable Earth-like planets to colonise.

The present crew of four were born on the Challenger and have never left it. From birth they've been looked after by two 'Angels' - voices surrounding and guiding their every move. The crew follows their advice without question. A dangerous situation, perhaps, if the Angels aren't all their names imply...

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Commander Telson.... Sean Arnold
Sharna.... Amanda Murray
Astra.... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Darv.... Haydn Wood
Angel One.... Sonia Fraser
Angel Two.... Gordon Reid
Christopher Scott.... Sinclair

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1981.

The crew of starship Challenger follow two 'angels' in search of new home planets.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

02First Footprint City1981011320191022 (BBC7)

As the starship Challenger returns to its solar system after a 115-year-long search for a planet suitable for colonisation - it's a home that the crew have never known.

Born aboard the craft, the four-strong space crew must come to terms with some shocking news...

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Commander Telson.... Sean Arnold
Sharna.... Amanda Murray
Astra.... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Darv.... Haydn Wood
Angel One.... Sonia Fraser
Angel Two.... Gordon Reid
Sentinel.... Alexander John
Simon.... David Bradshawe

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1981.

Heading for a home they have never known, the crew must come to terms with shocking news.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

03Sands Of Kyros1981012020191023 (BBC7)

The Challenger's crew has returned to its solar system to discover that a million years has passed on Earth while only 115 years had passed on their starship.

After their devastating news, the four-strong crew face peril from a once benign force...

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Commander Telson.... Sean Arnold
Sharna.... Amanda Murray
Astra.... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Darv.... Haydn Wood
Angel One.... Sonia Fraser
Angel Two.... Gordon Reid
Sentinel.... Alexander John
George.... John McAndrew

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1981.

After their devastating news, the starship's crew face peril from a once-benign force.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

04The Solaric Empire1981012720191024 (BBC7)

Searching for Earth - which has mysteriously vanished from the solar system - two of the crew of the starship Challenger have landed on neighbouring planet, Kyros.

At first it appears to be uninhabited, but Astra and Darv soon discover otherwise...

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Commander Telson.... Sean Arnold
Sharna.... Amanda Murray
Astra.... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Darv.... Haydn Wood
Angel One.... Sonia Fraser
Angel Two.... Gordon Reid
Thale.... Graham Faulkner
Helan.... Judy Franklin
Thorden.... John Bott
Spegal.... Stephen Garlick

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1981.

Astra and Darv are taken to a neighbouring moon for cross-examination.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

05The Pools Of Time1981020320191025 (BBC7)

Darv and Astra, two of the starship's crew, are in grave danger after being taken prisoner by the inhabitants of Zelda 5.

Their crewmates Telson and Sharna are in hot pursuit aboard the Challenger...

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Commander Telson.... Sean Arnold
Sharna.... Amanda Murray
Astra.... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Darv.... Haydn Wood
Angel One.... Sonia Fraser
Angel Two.... Gordon Reid
Helan.... Judy Franklin
Thorden.... John Bott
Spegal.... Stephen Garlick
Custodian of the Past.... Eve Karpf
Old Man.... Godfrey Kenton

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1981.

The starship Challenger closes in on Zelda 5, where captives Darv and Astra face danger.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

06Across The Abyss1981021020191028 (BBC7)
20191029 (BBC7)

The starship Challenger, continuing its search for Earth, has left Zelda 5 and - with Grand Emperor Thorden on board - is heading toward the star cluster, Tersus 9.

Darv is certain that this is where Paradise - a planet discovered by the second generation crew - is to be found.

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Stars Sean Arnold as Commander Telson, Amanda Murray as Sharna, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Astra, Haydn Wood as Darv, Sonia Fraser as Angel One, Gordon Reid as Angel Two, Michael Spice as Kroll, Sion Probert as Fagor and John Webb as Dren.

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

Searching for Earth, the starship Challenger heads towards star cluster Tersus 9.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

07New Blood1981021720191029 (BBC7)
20191030 (BBC7)

Telson and Sharna, two of the Challenger's crew, have entered the floating hulk of its sister ship and discovered it houses a population with no knowledge of anything outside their own small world. To them, Earth is eternity.

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Stars Sean Arnold as Commander Telson, Amanda Murray as Sharna, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Astra, Haydn Wood as Darv, Sonia Fraser as Angel One, Gordon Reid as Angel Two, Sion Probert as Fagor, Jane Knowles as Lenart, Pauline Letts as Tandor and John Church as Forty One

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

The Challenger has found its sister starship, but the crew are living in total isolation.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

08Marooned1981022420191030 (BBC7)
20191031 (BBC7)

The Challenger's crew has returned to its solar system to discover that a million years has passed on Earth while only 115 years had passed on their starship.

After their devastating news, the four-strong crew face peril from a once benign force.

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Stars Sean Arnold as Commander Telson, Amanda Murray as Sharna, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Astra, Haydn Wood as Darv, Sonia Fraser as Angel One, Gordon Reid as Angel Two, Alexander John as Sentinel and John McAndrew as George.

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

The crew of Challenger have mounted an escape, but their starship has vanished.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

09Star Cluster - Tersus Nine1981030320191031 (BBC7)
20191101 (BBC7)

Having destroyed the warrior android Fagor and returned safely to the starship Challenger, the crew have resumed their search for Earth and are heading - in a state of suspended animation - for Tersus Nine.

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Stars Sean Arnold as Commander Telson, Amanda Murray as Sharna, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Astra, Haydn Wood as Darv, Sonia Fraser as Angel One and Gordon Reid as Angel Two.

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

The starship Challenger's crew act on suspicions in their battle to find Earth.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger

10Earthfall1981031020191101 (BBC7)
20191102 (BBC7)

Despite the difficulties put in their way by the two guardian 'Angels', the crew of the Challenger have found Paradise - an Earth-like planet originally discovered by the second generation crew.

However, the 'Angels' are by no means beaten.

James Follett's 10-part adventure serial in time and space.

Stars Sean Arnold as Commander Telson, Amanda Murray as Sharna, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Astra, Haydn Wood as Darv, Sonia Fraser as Angel One and Gordon Reid as Angel Two.

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

The crew locate an Earth-like planet, but the Angels are not beaten yet.

Sci-fi series charting the journeys of the starship Challenger