All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.
The episodes are “Taking Overs”, “Minimum Volume”, “Power Block” and “Little Green Lights”. Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson (That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Newsjack), and stars Hattie Morahan (Outnumbered, Critic's Circle & Evening Standard Theatre Awards Best Actress), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing, The Hour), Jan Francis (Just Good Friends, Emmerdale), Peter Davison (Dr. Who, A Very Peculiar Practice), Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones), John-Luke Roberts (Spats, BBC Three Live At The Fringe), as well as Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff), Dave Lamb (Horrible Histories, Come Dine With Me) and Don Gilet (EastEnders, The Line of Beauty).
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I'm a computer programmer.
Hilariously funny! Great
The invaders were often flumoxed by the way we do things here on Earth.
I think I liked the computer the best. It tried so hard to be helpful.
I thought it was very funny. I enjoyed the variety of stories.
This is just overall a cool series!!
I've listened to both series and really enjoyed them. They're funny and well acted, a great listen while in rush hour traffic.
The performances were great, I laughed out loud a few times.
It's a tie between Lucy and the Computer, they're easily the funniest characters.
I didn't but could have.
This is one of my favorite radio comedy series and am hoping for a 3rd series.
If you are a fan of British Comedy, you will like this. My only complaint is that it is short, and there don't seem to be any sequels.
"It takes a village (to resist alien invasion)"
It's tempting to compare Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully with Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. HHGTTG would inevitably win and it is probably fair to say that parts of Welcome To Our Village are written in homage - android Ron comes to mind. Still, it's no insult to lose a comedy battle against the late, great Douglas Adams. Welcome To Our Village mostly pokes fun at the preoccupations of rural England: NIMBYism, xenophobia, cosy authoritarianism and (of course) cricket.
My favourite element of the performance is Julian Rhind-Tutt's performance as the ever-so-aggressively reasonable alien leader, Field Commander Uljabaan. I was a little sorry to hear that someone else will play him in the sequel, which was recorded very recently, as Rhind-Tutt wasn't available.
"They Came From Outer Space. With Spreadsheets."
Some have pointed out that the laugh track is a little too loud and can be distracting. In some parts this is unfortunately true. The show is recorded in front of a live audience, so at least it isn't canned laughter.
"very good series"
after being a fan of the Hitch-hikers for years i was pleased to find this radio series like the HHGH it pokes fun at sci-fi, aliens, space and the idiocies of modern life. very entertaining listen. loved series 1 and 2, eagerly awaiting series 3
Stilted performances, lack of flow, and generally un-funny. Very disappointing. I would have returned it, but Audible won't let me as I live in Ireland. Classic.
Why can't I return this book without having to ring the UK?
"Very funny take on English village life"
Not bad for a first series, there is an actor change after episode 1 as Katherine Parkinson left. Quite funny and an interesting twist on colonisation
"More like this please, BBC"
I've already reviewed the second series, but felt I should come back and review the first. It's where people would look when choosing to buy this audiobook or not, after all. Are you currently making that decision? Then I have one word of advice for you. "Do!".
I'm lazy, so I'll just do a quick 'cut and paste' of my series 2 review, because it applies here just as much:-
How is this little BBC gem not a huge global mega-hit? It's just superb. For a little-known series of half-hour episodes, it really punches above its weight. Well written, well acted, and very, very funny. The characters are likeable, and the world they inhabit is engaging.
More of this, please, BBC.
Really enjoyed this very perceptive views on some of the common irritations of modern life. Would definitely recommend. Cheered me up on a difficult day, will be looking out for the next series.
"A Nice Twist On The Alien Invasion Theme"
A well characterised funny story, well voiced and stands out from the usual in that, the invaded village welcomes the rather inept alien intrusion.
I liked the way that that each chapter builds on the story while standing on it's own as an individual episode.
There is a fine ensemble cast with stand out performances from the veterans Peter Davidson & Jan Francis.
In the end I was sorry when this very funny series came to an end particularly as there does not seem to be a second series in the pipeline.
"Sadly, a bit of a let down"
Maybe - but it wouldn't be top of my list. The dramatisation was good, but the underlying story let it down a bit (but I might be a little bit mean - perhaps it will improve if I re-listen to it again).
Maybe - but it wouldn't be top of my list.
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