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20070428 BT=0030 (BBC7)A bizarre occurrence on a Brazilian island sparks Mike and Phyllis' interest. Episode 8 of 16.
20070427 BT=0030 (BBC7)
20070427 BT=1830 (BBC7)
As hysteria subsides a little, a more concerted effort is mounted to counter the threat from beneath the waves. Episode 7 of 16.

A bizarre occurrence on a Brazilian island sparks Mike and Phyllis' interest. Episode 8 of 16.

20070507 BT=1830 (BBC7)Bocker is frustrated that the authorities won't take the climate change seriously. Episode 14 of 16.
20070430 BT=1830 (BBC7)Mike and Phyllis go on an expedition to the Caribbean to see if they can find out anything about the strange disappearances. Episode 9 of 16.
20070501 BT=1830 (BBC7)
20070501 BT=0030 (BBC7)
Mike and Phyllis see at first hand the power of the sea tanks, and the aim of the unknown beings in the deep. Episode 10 of 16.

Mike and Phyllis go on an expedition to the Caribbean to see if they can find out anything about the strange disappearances. Episode 9 of 16.

20070425 BT=0030 (BBC7)
20070425 BT=1830 (BBC7)
Mike and Phyllis travel to their cottage in Cornwall, where they hear some disturbing news. Episode 5 of 16.

Mike and Phyllis have friends to stay at the cottage, and realise the extent of disbelief at recent events. Episode 6 of 16.

20070508 BT=1830 (BBC7)
20070508 BT=0030 (BBC7)
Mike and Phyllis volunteer to stay in London to report for the EBC. Episode 15 of 16.

Bocker is frustrated that the authorities won't take the climate change seriously. Episode 14 of 16.

20070502 BT=1830 (BBC7)
20070502 BT=0030 (BBC7)
More raids are reported around the world. Phyllis and Mike return to Cornwall - and realise that they haven't escaped unscathed. Episode 11 of 16.

Mike and Phyllis see at first hand the power of the sea tanks, and the aim of the unknown beings in the deep. Episode 10 of 16.

20070509 BT=1830 (BBC7)
20070509 BT=0030 (BBC7)
Phyllis and Mike admit defeat in London and decide to try to get back to their cottage in Cornwall. Read by Stephen Moore. Episode 16 of 16.

Mike and Phyllis volunteer to stay in London to report for the EBC. Episode 15 of 16.

20070418 BT=1830 (BBC7)Stephen Moore reads John Wyndham's second novel. On their honeymoon cruise, Mike and Phyllis witness a strange phenomenon. Episode 1 of 16.
20070419 BT=1830 (BBC7)
20070419 BT=0030 (BBC7)
The authories send down a probe to examine what might lie at the bottom of the sea. They get far more than they expected. Episode 2 of 16.

Stephen Moore reads John Wyndham's second novel. On their honeymoon cruise, Mike and Phyllis witness a strange phenomenon. Episode 1 of 16.

20070420 BT=1830 (BBC7)
20070420 BT=0030 (BBC7)
The authorities are baffled when ships from three different countries disappear without trace. Episode 3 of 16.

The authories send down a probe to examine what might lie at the bottom of the sea. They get far more than they expected. Episode 2 of 16.

20070421 BT=0030 (BBC7)The authorities are baffled when ships from three different countries disappear without trace. Episode 3 of 16.
20070505 BT=0030 (BBC7)The raids have stopped but is there anything sinister in the imperceptible change in weather conditions? Episode 13 of 16.
20070423 BT=1830 (BBC7)Two more atomic bombs are sent down into the deep but they fail to go off. Then the sea changes colour. Episode 4 of 16.
20070424 BT=0030 (BBC7)
20070424 BT=1830 (BBC7)
Two more atomic bombs are sent down into the deep but they fail to go off. Then the sea changes colour. Episode 4 of 16.

Mike and Phyllis travel to their cottage in Cornwall, where they hear some disturbing news. Episode 5 of 16.

20070504 BT=0030 (BBC7)
20070504 BT=1830 (BBC7)
When raids start happening closer to home the authorities take action. Episode 12 of 16.

The raids have stopped but is there anything sinister in the imperceptible change in weather conditions? Episode 13 of 16.

20070426 BT=0030 (BBC7)
20070426 BT=1830 (BBC7)
Mike and Phyllis have friends to stay at the cottage and realise the extent of disbelief at recent events. Episode 6 of 16.

As hysteria subsides a little, a more concerted effort is mounted to counter the threat from beneath the waves. Episode 7 of 16.

20070510 BT=0030 (BBC7)Phyllis and Mike admit defeat in London and decide to try to get back to their cottage in Cornwall. Read by Stephen Moore. Episode 16 of 16.
20070503 BT=0030 (BBC7)
20070503 BT=1830 (BBC7)
When raids start happening closer to home, the authorities take action. Episode 12 of 16.

More raids are reported around the world. Phyllis and Mike return to Cornwall - and realise that they haven't escaped unscathed. Episode 11 of 16.

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20140323 (BBC7)
A honeymoon cruise is interrupted by odd lights in the sky heralding something sinister.

A honeymoon cruise is interrupted by strange lights in the sky heralding something sinister. Stars Jonathan Cake.

01Dangerous Visions2016052820180414 (R4)John Wyndham's science fiction novel adapted by Val McDermid. Performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a terrifying modern retelling of alien invasion and global flooding. Starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Higgins and Richard Harrington.

The floods have recently devastated parts of Britain. But what if the flood waters never subsided? What if an apparent meteor shower was actually the invasion fleet of an alien race, incubating in the ocean deeps until they were ready to begin their war of attrition against the human race? What if we were trapped on a drowning planet?

Val McDermid is a long-time fan of Wyndham's work and retells this dramatic novel in light of contemporary fears of climate change.

Recorded with a live orchestral accompaniment from the BBC Philharmonic. Composer Alan Edward Williams worked with Val to create a brand new 50's B movie inspired orchestral score that takes on the role of the unseen Kraken during the performance.

Episode 1:

Radio reporters Mike and Phyllis Watson are drawn into the story when a Northern Lights cruise spots five fireballs landing deep in the ocean. With other global sightings, social media is agog, for a while. But governments don't lose interest when Twitter does. And when naval expeditions link up with scientists to investigate the deeps there are more shocks in store. Scientists are baffled, though theories abound then a series of disasters makes it indisputable.

There is something down there and humans are under attack.

Performed 'as live' with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Composer: Prof Alan E Williams

Conductor: Clark Rundell

Director and Producer: Justine Potter

A Savvy production for BBC Radio 4.

A modern retelling by Val McDermid of John Wyndham's classic science fiction tale.

Dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias

The floods have recently devastated parts of Britain. But what if the flood waters never subsided? What if an apparent meteor shower was actually the invasion fleet of an alien race, incubating in the ocean deeps until they were ready to begin their war of attrition against the human race? What if we were trapped on a drowning planet?

Val McDermid is a long-time fan of Wyndham's work and retells this dramatic novel in light of contemporary fears of climate change.

Episode 1:
Radio reporters Mike and Phyllis Watson are drawn into the story when a Northern Lights cruise spots five fireballs landing deep in the ocean. With other global sightings, social media is agog, for a while. But governments don't lose interest when Twitter does. And when naval expeditions link up with scientists to investigate the deeps there are more shocks in store. Scientists are baffled, though theories abound then a series of disasters makes it indisputable.
There is something down there and humans are under attack.

Performed 'as live' with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer: Prof Alan E Williams
Conductor: Clark Rundell

Director and Producer: Justine Potter
A Savvy production for BBC Radio 4.

02 - Dangerous Visions20160604
02Dangerous Visions2016060420180421 (R4)Terrifying modern retelling by Val McDermid of John Wyndham's science fiction novel.

Dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias

John Wyndham's science fiction novel adapted by Val McDermid. Performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a terrifying modern retelling of alien invasion and global flooding. Starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Higgins and Richard Harrington.

The floods have recently devastated parts of Britain. But what if the flood waters never subsided? What if an apparent meteor shower was actually the invasion fleet of an alien race, incubating in the ocean deeps until they were ready to begin their war of attrition against the human race? What if we were trapped on a drowning planet?

Val McDermid is a long-time fan of Wyndham's work and retells this dramatic novel in light of contemporary fears of climate change.

Recorded with a live orchestral accompaniment from the BBC Philharmonic. Composer Alan Edward Williams worked with Val to create a brand new 50's B movie inspired orchestral score that takes on the role of the unseen Kraken during the performance.

Episode 2:
Following the remote, far flung lone alien attacks, Europe is now under attack too. When people fight back, the sea tanks withdraw, the attacks abate and there is a silence. It is short lived. A new form of attack takes hold. The weather is changing. Banks of fog smother the world. And the sea level is rising. Rivers begin bursting their banks, tracts of the country become uninhabitable and civil society starts to break down. The lights are going out all over the world. Silence.

Mike and Phyllis fight to survive as much of the world is submerged and most of the global population dead or displaced.

Performed 'as live' with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer: Prof Alan E Williams
Conductor: Clark Rundell

Director and Producer: Justine Potter
A Savvy production for BBC Radio 4.