War Of The Worlds, The [Drama]

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Mars on Radio 4. As the Martians advance Robert begins to lose his reason.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Prolific in many genres, stories by the great English writer.

As the Martians continue their merciless invasion, transforming the landscape and decimating the population, Robert begins to lose his reason.

Robert …. Blake Ritson
Curate …. Carl Prekopp
Man 2 …. David Sturzaker
Mrs. Hatton …. Georgie Glen
Man 1 …. John Dougall
Doctor …. David Sterne
Bridgenorth …. Nick Murchie
Billy …. Samuel James
Margaret …. Sanchia McCormack
Lydia …. Sarah Ridgeway

By HG Wells, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Directed by Marc Beeby.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.

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20180728 (R4)
HG Wells's story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth.

Prolific in many genres, stories by the great English writer.

Mars on Radio 4: HG Wells's story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

by HG Wells, dramatised by Melissa Murray

Mars on Radio 4: Following sightings of strange explosions on the surface of Mars, Martian ships begin to arrive on Earth. But scientific excitement quickly turns to horror - and a merciless invasion begins.

Directed by Marc Beeby

At the time of the novel's writing (first published in 1898), Britain had never been stronger, but a sense of moral queasiness at the methods used in Empire building was growing. This dramatisation highlights the questions Wells poses: What if we were the colonised? How would we fare if a vastly superior technological invader attacked us? How would we behave? This dramatisation also reflects Wells' depiction of late Victorian suburban life and culture, making its domestic heart a poignant and terrifying starting point for an invasion by Martians with their own imperialist agenda, and reflecting the common fear which had emerged in the years approaching the turn of the century - that the apocalypse would come on the last day of 1899.