A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll.
Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.
"Gripping from start to finish!"
As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.
"Fun story for Alien day"
A penny-pincher carts off free soil from a graveyard in which to grow his own fruits and vegetables - but eventually the free dirt gets him in over his head.
The first three books in the Mind Dimensions series from a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.... Darren's had it easy his whole life. Finishing Harvard at 18 and landing a lucrative job on Wall Street at 21 - all things are possible when you can cheat by stepping outside of time. Thanks to his ability, he's a know-it-all, but what he doesn't know is how he's able to do what he does. That's until he meets Mira and discovers her dangerous, hidden world.
The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.
"An old, but faithful, brief telling of Tolkien."
A busy executive can't find enough time in his week to keep his boss and his girlfriend satisfied. This problem is quickly solved when a strange old man with a mysterious invention gives him all the time he needs - but at what price?
Janitor Woodrow Mulligan escapes to the future thanks to his employer's time-helmet invention. Once there, though, he's not so sure the future is all that it's cracked up to be.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the premiere episodes of The Adventures of Superman! Debuting on March 12, 1940, the exciting radio serial was an instant hit. Starring Clayton "Bud" Collyer in the dual roles of Superman and Clark Kent, this initial nine-episode sequence tells the story of the destruction of Krypton and the Man of Steel's arrival on Earth.
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.
Two lost stories from the Fourth Doctor's era: The Foe from the Future and The Valley of Death.
Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's saga continues with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Life, the Universe and Everything, the third book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'.
"laughter in space"
The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....
"Reasonable acting marred by electronic noises."
The Doctor and Leela find themselves in the middle of London at the time of a new energy crisis. The GlobeSphere Corporation seems to have all the answers - but several thousand protestors beg to differ. What is the connection between the National Gallery and a base on the moon? Has radical thinker Damien Stephens simply sold out, or does he have a more sinister agenda?
A terrified man believes if he falls asleep a woman in his dream will murder him, so he seeks the help of a psychiatrist.
Twelve stories of excitement and adventure in distant times and places!
X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.
An old woman consumed with the fact that she will die one day soon barricades herself in her cold, dark tenement apartment so that "Mr. Death" cannot visit her.
The senior residents of Sunnyvale decide that the secret to youth is acting young, and in particular playing a childhood game called "kick-the-can". One grumpy resident refuses to play and learns to regret it.
Archie Hammer is gifted with the ability to changehis face to make it look like anyone he chooses. He uses this unique gift for his own amusement, without a thought to those who might get in his way. But when he tries to double cross a gangster, Archie Hammer, the "human chameleon,"can't slither away.
Luther battles against the Disruptors in a parallel world where many things are familiar - but nothing is the same. The alternative England where Luther fights the Disruptors did not see the monarchy restored after the English Civil War and has been under the rule of the Puritan Parliamentarians for hundreds of years. Led by a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, England is ripe for the taking by European superpowers that are preparing to invade.
'You drank from me, vampire. Shurafa draws closer because of you.' Barnabas Collins is a desperate man. In Cairo's great cemetery, the City of the Dead, an ancient tyrant is plotting his return from the grave, and Barnabas has been chosen to assist in his rebirth. When the city begins to burn, Barnabas is coerced into assisting his escape by murdering a young girl. But the reluctant vampire faces resistance from his conscience: a brilliant scientist by the name of Julia Hoffman.
After a tornado uproots her from her home in Kansas, Dorothy and her beloved dog, Toto, are whisked away to the strange and magical Land of Oz! Landing in Munchkin Country and accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy and Toto embark on a quest to find the only person who can help them return home: Oz, the Great and Terrible Wizard.
'The further into the antique shop she explored, the darker it seemed to get, until Lela couldn't see the walls at all....' Lela Quick is a busy woman. She's got essays to mark, journals to edit, books to write.... But every night she is tormented by the same dream: a nightmare of pursuit through a dark forest, the air filled with haunting music. A chance meeting with Quentin Collins, the enigmatic owner of Pandemonium Antiques, adds to her growing sense of unease.
It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying.... When most of the world's population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces. Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again.
Collinsport is broken after recent events. David Collins is intent on rebuilding the town he almost helped to destroy and enlists the help of his old friend Amy Cunningham. As these two childhood companions begin to reconnect and discover feelings they never knew existed, another woman from David's past is about to make her own timely return.
From the streets of Edwardian London to the corridors of a near-infinite library in the distant future, a single book holds the key to the fate of life on Earth. Some believe it predicts our future - and the apocalypse - with unnerving accuracy. Others will stop at nothing to destroy it and will chase it from one side of the universe to the other, from a country house in the Roaring '20s to the casinos of Mars and from 221B Baker Street to the terrifying desert world of Sisyphus IX....
Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where Dorian Gray was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde once spawned the notorious novel. Starring Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray, The Spirits of Christmas comprises two hour-long festive episodes pitching Dorian against a slew of festive horrors.
Newlywed Maggie Haskell has started a life away from Collinsport with her husband, Joe. But before their honeymoon can start, Maggie finds herself trapped in a cabin in the woods with a strange man. A strange man with a familiar face. With time running out, Maggie has to buy her freedom. But her captors will accept only one thing. Who are the faceless men holding her captive, and what do they want? Where is Joe Haskell? And who is the man with the face of Burke Devlin?
Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where Dorian Gray was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde once spawned the notorious novel. Starring Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray, this fourth series of supernatural horror stories comprises eight original half-hour episodes.
Join transtemporal adventuress Iris Wildthyme (Katy Manning) for a series of eight brand-new half-hour episodes as she travels through time and space aboard her trusty double-decker bus, accompanied by her new friend, Captain Turner!
Fully recovered from her hospital stay and back behind the bar of The Blue Whale, Jessica Griffin welcomes Nate, a stranger in town claiming to be just passing through. But how come he knows so much about her, and why is he so keen to lure her back to the house she hasn't set foot in since the death of her husband? And he really is so very familiar....