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Journey into Space Radio/TV Program
Journey into Space
Written by: 
Charles Chilton
Narrated by: 
Charles Chilton
Journey into Space Radio/TV Program

Journey into Space: The World In Peril, Episodes 1-20

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Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged the listener as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

In this epic concluding series, Captain Jet Morgan, Doc Matthews, engineer Mitch Mitchell, and radio operator Lemmy Barnet once more set out for Mars, but this time alone. Their orders: to discover all they can about the threatened Martian invasion of Britain. Jet and his comrades are stretched to their limits as they taken on the awesome Martian power. When they learn the astounding secret of the invasion plan, there is a race against time to warn a defenceless Earth. This is the complete The World in Peril series.

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    Niels J. Rasmussen 04-13-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant Old-Time Radio Drama"
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    "Journey Into Space" is by far one of the most exciting series amongst all of those old classic radio dramas. This is the 2nd story-line in its long serial of programs. If you are a fan of audio books or radio dramas of any kind, you will most surely enjoy "Journey Into Space". It is a shame that this medium is not as popular as it once was but it's great that you can still enjoy these old shows with the help of the internet.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 11-29-13
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 11-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "A BBC Radio Show. Lots of fun from the era!"

    This is a radio show from the BBC. 20 shows each an 1/2 hour. The sound effects and dialogue show the era - and it was great fun. This was recorded in the days when TV was just about replacing Radio Shows.

    But that increased the enjoyment of listening. Hard to believe that at certain times of the week, people stopped everything to listen to a show. Now with DVR and the ability to record and control live TV, we forget what had to be done each week to keep the show going.

    For the small price, it was well worth it.

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  • Peter
    Malvern, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
    5/21/09
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    "A Journey into Digital download!"

    Journey into Space is a true legend of radio sci-fi. More intelligent than most of the US offerings of the time, it was the perfect alternate to TV's Quatermass (Parts of JiS in total darkness were allegedly written in response to Nigel Kneale's argument that 'TV could do anything better than radio'!). The pace is different to modern-day offerings and the science sometimes a little daft, but overall the trilogy is wonderful listening; I have shared Jet, Lemmy, Doc and Mitch's adventures several times now, and still don't tire of them.
    To pick up on a previous reviewer, these are restored episodes from the original transcription discs. The first series (Operation Luna) was not retained on original broadcast and was re-recorded in 1957, tightening up much of the early plot (by the writer, who CHOSE to re-write it) and by necessity re-casting some of the roles. However, the second and third series (Red Planet and World in Peril) ARE the originals, at least what was kept of them at the time. The full story of the re-recording, loss and recovery of these episodes can be read in the accompanying booklets.
    These are well worth buying, but be aware the audio quality is not perfect, particularly due to Audible's compression, it is only a shame that the BBC flatly refuse to issue the third series on CD.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/22/07
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    "Retro flavoured fun but no classic"

    The 3rd Journery into Space radio series by Charles Chilton is a lot of things: fun, stupid, full of cheesey cliff hangers, charming in it's way, excellent value for money and repeated on BBC 7 practically every year.
    This series is a direct sequel to the 'Red Planet' which you should listen to before you download this one as it starts with more of bang and serves as a better introduction to the reocurring characters and recycled plots. If you think I'm being hard on the series let me say that I am a big fan, but part of the charm is the sillyness of it. At times this is more of a space pantomine then a space opera, but it's always played straight. Annoiyingly, this version of the series is not the original but a remake with different (and hugely inferior) actors playing two of the best characters. This kind of thing is typical of the BBC's infamous archiving policy decisions!
    Check out the audio sample to see what you make of the style of the show. If you think you could enjoy 10 hours of this stuff you will have a great time with this download.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ne5566
    Korea
    7/19/16
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    "Daft is not my kind of Sci Fi"
    Would you try another book written by Charles Chilton or narrated by Charles Chilton?

    No. I guess I was after some escapist, Heinlein (teenager audience) sci-fi and thought 'The World in Peril' a good choice - especially after having read Follet's 'Earthsearch.'plot daft and vacuous and some of the characters, with local dialects sounding like Bert the plumber from Bletchley who had clearly finished school with low grade CSE's, didn't quite fit the image of an interplanetary astronaut. The entire plot and production was Boy's Ownish and probably suited an audience half canned from a few beers, Sunday lunch and sat in front of a radio, napping.


    What three words best describe Charles Chilton’s voice?

    Tiresome times three. The bushwaker aussie character and Bert the plumber really grated.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. You're probably best to listen to this when you're pissed but be careful, the wacky sound effects between episodes are frighteningly loud and painful.


    Any additional comments?

    Recruiting international astronauts like the awful bushwacker and Bert the plumber killed my visualization. Boomerangs and wrenches tumbled into the rocket cockpit every time they uttered - that's why the world was in peril!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael B.
    6/25/16
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    "A brilliant take on old space travel!"

    i really loved it! can't wait to listen to the next installment. jet Morgan and his crew!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    9/6/15
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    "It's a page turner"

    I have listened to it a few times now. I never get tired of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • StevieBee
    5/30/15
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    "Love It"

    Love Charles Chilton's Journey into Space stories....😁😎. Renee listening to it on "Wireless". back in the day

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  • P.F. AINSWORTH
    South Yorks UK
    1/22/15
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    "Intelligent SF and amazing music from 1955"

    Back in the mid 1950s many thousands were glued to their radios each week. Eery, evocative music by Van Phillips, lively writing and engaging characters, and convincing sound effects. Great SF and radio drama fed by an impressive and sometimes prescient mind. Marvellous entertainment, that modern audiences should try out for themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howard
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    7/28/10
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    "A classic from the BBC"

    It is dated and tacky in places - who am i kidding all the way through - but it is a real blast from the past for any of us that hark back to an era that dared dream about space travel and the future in this way. It is now a classic a real collectors piece. I actually felt transported back to listening round a valve radio.

    To younger ears this will grate and jar and leave you wanting but to those that hail from the 50s and 60 this is a must just for the nostalgia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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