Stories Behind The Films

To mark the September launch of a new strand of unabridged readings in the 7th Dimension slot, a mini-season of stories by the very best writers from the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror genres whose work has been transferred, with varying degrees of success, onto the big screen.

The next three months will feature classic stories that became classic films (and not always for the right reasons!) - ranging from Hammer House kitsch; via 1980s cult to a Director's swan song.

There'll be a few surprises along the way: writers who have sued to have their names added to film credits; writers who've wanted their names removed and writers whose work is not usually associated with the genre.

Also, to give a taster of what to expect in the future from this strand of readings, dotted through the schedule will be a selection of tales by established and new writers who are known for pushing the boundaries.

Episodes

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01We Can Remember It For You Wholesale - Part 12003090820050110 (BBC7)
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To mark the September launch of a new strand of unabridged readings in the 7th Dimension slot, a mini-season of stories by the very best writers from the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror genres whose work has been transferred, with varying degrees of success, onto the big screen.

The next three months will feature classic stories that became classic films (and not always for the right reasons!) - ranging from Hammer House kitsch; via 1980s cult to a Director's swan song.

There'll be a few surprises along the way: writers who have sued to have their names added to film credits; writers who've wanted their names removed and writers whose work is not usually associated with the genre.

Also, to give a taster of what to expect in the future from this strand of readings, dotted through the schedule will be a selection of tales by established and new writers who are known for pushing the boundaries.

by Philip K.

Dick

Buried memories and false memories - classic Dick themes - feature in this tale of a man who dreams of going to Mars and then discovers that he's actually been to the planet as part of a sinister government mission.

Read by William Hootkins.

The story behind Total Recall by sci-fi master Philip K Dick.

Hidden beneath false memories, a disturbing truth is revealed.

02We Can Remember It For You Wholesale - Part 22003090920070608 (BBC7)
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Philip K Dick's sci-fi classic concludes.

Does a childhood fantasy hold the key to the human race's survival?

03Of Withered Apples2003091020041126 (BBC7)
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Revealing a less well-known side to the writer in this chilling horror story: an ancient apple tree is dying, with barely enough leaves to survive another Summer.

A beautiful young woman picks its last remaining withered apple.

Taking a bite, she ensures that the tree's life force will continue...but at a terrible cost.

Read by William Hootkins

Philip K Dick turns his hand to horror in this chilling tale.

An ancient tree will do anything to ensure that it doesn't die.

As a beautiful woman picks its last apple, a dying ancient tree is determined to survive.

As a beautiful woman picks its last withered apple, a dying ancient tree is determined to survive.

04Soldier - Part 12003091120041129 (BBC7)
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By Harlan Ellison.

A thousand years in the future, earth has become a nightmare high-tech battlefield where few survive.

From this world, soldier Qarlo is accidentally teleported back to the U.S.

city streets of 1964 - to warn the human race of its capacity for self-destruction.

Ellison successfully sued to have his story credited as the source for the film, TheTerminator, released in 1984.

Read by John Sharian.

05Soldier - Part 22003091220041130 (BBC7)
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Finally, the horrific truth of soldier Qarlo's past becomes known.

But is it already too late to save humanity?

06Dream Story - Part 12003091520060920 (BBC7)
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Fantasy And Jealousy

Paul Rhys reads Arthur Schnitzler's psychological exploration of a marriage.

Read over 8 episodes Dream Story (or Traumnovelle) is set in Vienna at the start of the 20th Century where Fridolin, a doctor, and his wife Albertine have a young child.

They have enjoyed a conventional marriage but one evening confess their private desires to one another.

Fridolin, though outwardly calm, is horrified to hear that his wife held a brief but passionate longing for a Dane she saw, but never spoke to, on their holiday.

That night Fridolin sets off on a surreal journey through the streets of Vienna in an effort to affirm his own sexuality and to avenge what he perceives as his wife's infidelity.

His encounters lead him to a strange, clandestine masked ball filled with beautiful, naked women - one of whom sacrifices her life to rescue him when he is discovered.

Or so he believes.

When Fridolin eventually returns to his wife he does not know whether the events of the previous night were real or imagined but in confessing his fantasy to Albertine they are ambiguously reconciled.

Arthur Schnitzler (1862 - 1931) anticipated many of Sigmund Freud's ideas about sexuality and the sub-conscious.

He identifies the source of Fridolin's insecurity with intelligent precision - that his curiosity about his wife's desires cannot withstand his own jealousy.

Paul Rhys's stage, film, tv and radio work is extensive.

He was worked for directors as diverse as Richard Eyre, Robert Altman and Richard Attenborough and is starring in Ken Russell's new film Charged: The Life of Nikola Tesla.

Fantasy And Jealousy - Paul Rhys reads Arthur Schnitzler's psychological exploration of a marriage.

07Dream Story - Part 22003091620060921 (BBC7)
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20070529 (BBC7)
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Fridolin, disturbed by the revelation of his wife's fantasy, sets out into the Viennese night to explore his own desires.

08Dream Story - Part 32003091720060922 (BBC7)
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A chance meeting and an old friend tells Fridolin of a secret masked ball where revellers cavort with beautiful naked women.

09Dream Story - Part 42003091820060925 (BBC7)
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Fridolin has endangered his marriage and reputation on the streets of Vienna, but now risks his own life pursuing his fantasy.

10Dream Story - Part 52003091920060926 (BBC7)
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Having infiltrated a secret masked ball where the female revellers are naked, Fridolin is discovered and must face his hosts.

11Dream Story - Part 62003092220060927 (BBC7)
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The revelation of Albertine's dream sends Fridolin deeper into chaos as he tries to unravel the mystery of the previous evening.

12Dream Story - Part 72003092320060928 (BBC7)
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Fridolin returns to the house of the masked ball to find the mysterious woman who saved his life, and has an unpleasant surprise.

13Dream Story - Part 8 Last2003092420060929 (BBC7)
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Arthur Schnitzler's exploration of jealousy and desire reaches its disturbing conclusion.

Read by Paul Rhys.

14The Fall Of The House Of Usher - Part 120030925

by Edgar Allan Poe

In an attempt to thwart the brain disease that afflicts his family line, Roderick Usher invites an old schoolfriend to witness a desperate act.

This chilling story about a descent into madness has been made into a number of films including the 1960 cult classic directed by Poe specialist Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price as Usher.

Read by Sean Barrett.

15The Fall Of The House Of Usher - Part 220030926