The Shape Of Things To Come

An anthology series of science-fiction adventures.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19910826]

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley 's masterpiece is the first in a season of plays looking into a future. Written in 1931, it foresaw a world 600 years hence where procreation would be by test tube, and emotions drug-controlled.

Music Wilfredo Acosta.

Dramatised by Stephen Mulrine Producer Marilyn Imrie. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Aldous Huxley

Dramatised By: Stephen Mulrine

Producer: Marilyn Imrie.

The Savage: Gary Cady

Mustapha Mond: Jack Klaff

Lenina Crowne: Moir Leslie

Bernard Mara: Jonathan Tafler

Linda: Frances de la Tour

Helmholtz Watson: Sean Pertwee

Director of Hatcheries: Hugh Dickson

Henry Foster: Nigel Carrington

Fanny Crowne: Jane Whittenshaw

President of Worship: Susan Sheridan

Benito Hoover: Andrew Wincott

Headmistress of Eton: Petra Markham

Archsongster of Canterbury: Timothy Carlton

Primo Mellon: Mark Straker

Nurse: Joanna Myers

Boy: Richard Pearce

Spanish guide: Walter Acosta

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910826]

Unknown: Aldous Huxley

Music: Wilfredo Acosta.

Dramatised By: Stephen Mulrine

Producer: Marilyn Imrie.

The Savage: Gary Cady

Mustapha Mond: Jack Klaff

Lenina Crowne: Moir Leslie

Bernard Mara: Jonathan Tafler

Linda: Frances de la Tour

Helmholtz Watson: Sean Pertwee

Director of Hatcheries: Hugh Dickson

Henry Foster: Nigel Carrington

Fanny Crowne: Jane Whittenshaw

President of Worship: Susan Sheridan

Benito Hoover: Andrew Wincott

Headmistress of Eton: Petra Markham

Archsongster of Canterbury: Timothy Carlton

Primo Mellon: Mark Straker

Nurse: Joanna Myers

Boy: Richard Pearce

Spanish guide: Walter Acosta

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910828]

Continuing a season of plays looking into a future.

Kaleidoscope

As the space ship

Venturer lifts off from Cape Canaveral, few members of the crew can contemplate the perils of deep space as they will experience them.

Ray Bradbury has adapted his own short story from The Illustrated Man.

Director Hamish Wilson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Ray Bradbury

Director: Hamish Wilson.

Hollis: Tom Watson

Applegate: Finlay Welsh

Stone: Rebecca Hawking

Stimson: John Yule

Lespere: Stuart McQuarrie

Barkley: Neil Shackleton

Woode: John Adam Baker

Houston Control: Lynn Bains

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910828]

Unknown: Ray Bradbury

Director: Hamish Wilson.

Hollis: Tom Watson

Applegate: Finlay Welsh

Stone: Rebecca Hawking

Stimson: John Yule

Lespere: Stuart McQuarrie

Barkley: Neil Shackleton

Woode: John Adam Baker

Houston Control: Lynn Bains

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910904]

A season of plays looking into a future.

The Midas Plague by Frederick Pohl.

In the future, the poorest citizens have the most things. People have to spend most of their waking hours consuming and wearing out what the robots have produced.

Only the most successful are allowed to live a simple life. Morey Fry discovers a way out...

Contributors

Unknown: Frederick Pohl.

Unknown: Morey Fry

Morey Fry: Michael Drew

Cherry Fry: Dyanne White

Howland: Alan Covenay

Henry/Porfirio: Geoffrey Collins

Judge Elon: Eric Allen

Grace Elon: Caroline Hunt

Semmelweiss/Newman: Nick Chivers

Fairless/Sam: Clarence Smith

Blaine/Wally: Richard Pearce

Wainwright: Fraser Kerr

Tanaquil: Catherine Neal

Director Alec: Reid Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910904]

Unknown: Frederick Pohl.

Unknown: Morey Fry

Morey Fry: Michael Drew

Cherry Fry: Dyanne White

Howland: Alan Covenay

Henry/Porfirio: Geoffrey Collins

Judge Elon: Eric Allen

Grace Elon: Caroline Hunt

Semmelweiss/Newman: Nick Chivers

Fairless/Sam: Clarence Smith

Blaine/Wally: Richard Pearce

Wainwright: Fraser Kerr

Tanaquil: Catherine Neal

Director Alec: Reid Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910905]

A season of plays looking into a future.

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 's science-fiction story, from which an Oscar-winning film and a musical have been made. Tom Courtenay stars as the backward Charlie, who is offered a miraculous cure for his low IQ.

Director Matthew Walters. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Algernon Daniel Keyes

Unknown: Tom Courtenay

Director: Matthew Walters.

Miss Kinnian: Joanna Myers

Dr Strauss: Barrie Cookson

DrNemur: Ronald Herdman

Bert: Clarence Smith

Joe/Donnegan: Nigel Carrington

Frank/Sherrinford: Alan Barker

Mrs Flytm/EUen: Auriol Smith

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910905]

Unknown: Algernon Daniel Keyes

Unknown: Tom Courtenay

Director: Matthew Walters.

Miss Kinnian: Joanna Myers

Dr Strauss: Barrie Cookson

DrNemur: Ronald Herdman

Bert: Clarence Smith

Joe/Donnegan: Nigel Carrington

Frank/Sherrinford: Alan Barker

Mrs Flytm/EUen: Auriol Smith

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910908]

A season of plays looking into a future.

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

David is growing up in a society in which any kind of mutation is ruthlessly punished. His problems begin when he discovers that, although outwardly normal, he is different in another, dangerous, way.

With Robin Browne ,

William Eedle , Jennifer Piercey ,

Martyn Read and John Rye. Dramatised by Barbara Clegg Director Michael Bartlett. Stereo (First broadcast in 1981)

Contributors

Unknown: John Wyndham.

Unknown: Robin Browne

Unknown: William Eedle

Unknown: Jennifer Piercey

Unknown: Martyn Read

Unknown: John Rye.

Dramatised By: Barbara Clegg

Director: Michael Bartlett.

David: Stephen Garlick

Davida as a child: Susan Sheridan

Rosalind: Amanda Murray

Petra: Judy Bennett

Michael: Spencer Banks

Katherine: Philupa Ritchie

Rachel: Jenny Lee

Anne: Kathryn Hurlbutt

Mary: Elizabeth Rider

Father: Peter Baldwin

Mother: Sonia Fraser

Axel: Michael Spice

Sophie: Jane Knowles

Sophie as a child: Elissa Derwent

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910908]

Unknown: John Wyndham.

Unknown: Robin Browne

Unknown: William Eedle

Unknown: Jennifer Piercey

Unknown: Martyn Read

Unknown: John Rye.

Dramatised By: Barbara Clegg

Director: Michael Bartlett.

David: Stephen Garlick

Davida as a child: Susan Sheridan

Rosalind: Amanda Murray

Petra: Judy Bennett

Michael: Spencer Banks

Katherine: Philupa Ritchie

Rachel: Jenny Lee

Anne: Kathryn Hurlbutt

Mary: Elizabeth Rider

Father: Peter Baldwin

Mother: Sonia Fraser

Axel: Michael Spice

Sophie: Jane Knowles

Sophie as a child: Elissa Derwent

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910909]

A season of plays looking into a future.

Space-Ache by Snoo Wilson.

Chrissie goes for a Cryo, to be matter reduced and placed in a container the size and shape of a milk bottle. She looks forward to being reconstituted in a million years hence, when life will be better, but love and a chemical toilet change the course of her life. Director Alec Reid Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Snoo Wilson.

Director: Alec Reid

Christie: Siriol Jenkins

Carwash: Neil Roberts

Betty: Euzabeth Bell

: Pagey Johntelfer

Shorter: Geoffrey Collins

Punting: Nat Brenner

Easey: Clarence Smith

Mudroche: Snoo Wilson

Erica: Julia Hills

Joan: Vanessa Dodd

Ranulph: Neil Ben

Burning Judge: Brett Usher

Dad: Paul Nicholson

Priest: Graham Wyles

Gunner: Craig Edwards

Surgeon: Ronald Herdman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910909]

Unknown: Snoo Wilson.

Director: Alec Reid

Christie: Siriol Jenkins

Carwash: Neil Roberts

Betty: Euzabeth Bell

: Pagey Johntelfer

Shorter: Geoffrey Collins

Punting: Nat Brenner

Easey: Clarence Smith

Mudroche: Snoo Wilson

Erica: Julia Hills

Joan: Vanessa Dodd

Ranulph: Neil Ben

Burning Judge: Brett Usher

Dad: Paul Nicholson

Priest: Graham Wyles

Gunner: Craig Edwards

Surgeon: Ronald Herdman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910912]

A season of plays looking into a future.

Who Goes Here?

Bob Shaw 's humorous story, set in AD 2386. Warren Peace joins the Space Legion to forget.... but to forget what? He can't remember.

Dramatised by Wilfredo Acosta Director Glyn Dearman. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Bob Shaw

Dramatised By: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman.

Warren: Douglas Hodge

Professor Legge: David March

Capt Widget: Timothy Carlton

Oscar 1: Terence Edmond

Oscar 2: Charles Millham

Doctor: Adjoa Andoh

Boy: Paul Russell

Ryan: Andrew Wincott

Merriman: David Bannerman

Pennycook: Peter Penry-Jones

Miz Harley: Ann Windsor

Georges: Mark Straker

Simpkins: Eric Allan

Fiuffo: Jane Whittenshaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910912]

Unknown: Bob Shaw

Dramatised By: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman.

Warren: Douglas Hodge

Professor Legge: David March

Capt Widget: Timothy Carlton

Oscar 1: Terence Edmond

Oscar 2: Charles Millham

Doctor: Adjoa Andoh

Boy: Paul Russell

Ryan: Andrew Wincott

Merriman: David Bannerman

Pennycook: Peter Penry-Jones

Miz Harley: Ann Windsor

Georges: Mark Straker

Simpkins: Eric Allan

Fiuffo: Jane Whittenshaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910914]

The last in a season of plays looking into a future. Tiger! Tiger!

Alfred Bester 's story about Gulliver Foyle , who survives abandonment in space to create vengeful havoc. Even the War Lords of the 24th century fail to stop him...

Music Gary Yershon.

Dramatised by Ivan Benbrook

Director Andy Jordan.

Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Alfred Bester

Unknown: Gulliver Foyle

Gully Foyle: Alun Armstrong

Joseph: Tony Church

Jisbella McQueen: Lesley Manville

Robin Wednesbury: Siobhan Redmond

Olivia Presteign: Miranda Richardson

Presteign: Andrew Hilton

SaulDagenham: Brett Usher

Regis Sheffield: Christopher Ashley

Capt Y'ang Yeovil: Steve Hodson

Sigurd/ Robot: John Telfer

Harley Baker: Terence Edmond

Forrest/Bunny: David Bannerman

Moira: Petra Markham

Sgt Logan: Eric Allan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910914]

Unknown: Alfred Bester

Unknown: Gulliver Foyle

Music: Gary Yershon.

Dramatised By: Ivan Benbrook

Director: Andy Jordan.

Gully Foyle: Alun Armstrong

Joseph: Tony Church

Jisbella McQueen: Lesley Manville

Robin Wednesbury: Siobhan Redmond

Olivia Presteign: Miranda Richardson

Presteign: Andrew Hilton

SaulDagenham: Brett Usher

Regis Sheffield: Christopher Ashley

Capt Y'ang Yeovil: Steve Hodson

Sigurd/ Robot: John Telfer

Harley Baker: Terence Edmond

Forrest/Bunny: David Bannerman

Moira: Petra Markham

Sgt Logan: Eric Allan

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Alfred Bester's story about Gulliver Foyle, who survives abandonment in space to create vengeful havoc.

Even the War Lords of the 24th Century fail to stop him.

Gully Foyle....Alun Armstrong

Joseph....Tony Church

Jisabella McQueen....Leslie Manville

Presteign....Andrew Hilton

Olivia Presteign....Miranda Richardson

Saul Dagenham....Brett Usher

Robin Wednesbury....Siobhan Redmond

Capt.

Y'ang-Yeovil....Steve Hodson

Regis Sheffield....Christopher Ashley

Moira....Petra Markham

Sgt Logan....Eric Allen

Ben Forrest....David Bannerman

Harley Baker....Terrance Edmund

Sigurd/Robot....John Telfor

Written by Alfred Bester, dramatised by Ivan Benbrook.

Directed by Andy Jordan.

Produced by Paul Spencer.