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DATE  CD TITLE COMMENT
   
1981

BOOKLET

BBC UK BROADCAST

JOURNEY INTO SPACE
CDR 1: THE RETURN FROM MARS (7 March 1981)
CDR 2: THE RETURN FROM MARS (cont'd)
CDR 3: JOURNEY INTO SPACE AGAIN (20 July 1999)

THE RETURN FROM MARS
Cast
Jet . . . . . . . . . . John Pullen
Lemmy . . . . . . . . . Anthony Hall
Doe . . . . . . . . . . Ed Bishop
Mitch . . . . . . . . . Nigel Graham
Patrick Barr, David Bradshawe, Graham Faulkner, Stephen Garliek, Joho McAndrew, Sion Probert, Elizabeth Proud, Christopher Scott, John Webb

Directed by Glyn Dearman
 

JOURNEY INTO SPACE AGAIN
Cast
Jet . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Faulds
Lemmy . . . . . . . . . Alfie Bass
Doe . . . . . . . . . . Guy Kingsley Porter
Mitch . . . . . . . . . David Williams
Alien . . . . . . . . . Derek Guyler
Uncle Hector . . . . . .Duncan Macintyre
with contributions from Charles Chilton, Andrew Faulds, David Jacobs

Produced by Nick Baker

Original release on cassette
 

Journey Into Space has been described as the first really successful science fiction series on radio. It was the last radio programme to have a larger evening audience than television and is also one of the most fondly remembered series trom the 1950s.

The programme's vitality came from the combination ot superb scripts - often written by Charles Chilton just days before transmission - and the tension of the live recording where the actors, sound effects and the extraordinary orchestral 'space' music of Van Phillips gelled to create an innovative and believable radio drama.
No complete stories survived in the BBC sound archives and it was only through a stroke of good fortUne that BBC Transcription Services recordings of all three series (initiated in 1957 for overseas broadcast) were discovered In the late 1980s and broadcast on Radio 2.

Operation Luna was an entirely new production for Transcription Services and resulted in some cast changes. The original 1953 broadcast version was subtitled A Tale of the Future and its preliminary episodes featured Jet's father.
Sir WUlfam Morgan. However, when it was remade and retitled it was decided to omit this storyline.

In 1981, a ninety-minute sequel to The World in Peril was broadcast on Radio 4's Saturday Night Theatre. It was called The Return From Mars, was again written by Chilton and starred John Pullen as Jet.
Charles Chlilton was born in London in 1917 and joined the BBC as a messenger boy in 1933. working his way up t0 become a programme producer for BBC radio.

His natural talents tor combining music and drama flourished and in the late 1940s he made his radio name as the writer and producer of the Western serial, Riders of the Range. This programme proved an enormous success, running from 1949 to 1953. It was extensively merchandised and a full,colour picture strip written by Chilton ran for some thirteen years in the famous Eagle comic.

As one of radio's brightest production talents he was asked in 1953 to create a science fiction serial which became the legendary Journey Into Space. His other production credits include the celebrated Goon Show and his best-known success outside the BBC is the musical Oh, What A lovely War! which was first produced as a stage play before becoming a major film release in 1969. 
 

3CDR
AUDIO

WRITTEN BY
Charles Chilton

JOURNEY INTO SPACE

FIRST BROADCAST
The Light Programme
21 September 1953
 

NUMBER OF SERIES
Three

LAST BROADCAST
13 February 1956

Music composed by
Van Phillips



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