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The Midwich Cuckoos: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised) | [BBC Audiobooks]

The Midwich Cuckoos: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

This is a dynamic, modern dramatisation of a classic book by John Wyndham. Bill Nighy (Love Actually and many other films) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It) play Richard and Janet, a couple caught up in the goings-on of a sleepy English village in which all the children have golden eyes, blond hair, and a sinister talent for telepathy and telekinesis. (Wyndham's novel was filmed as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995.)
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This is a dynamic, modern dramatisation of a classic book by John Wyndham. Bill Nighy (Love Actually and many other films) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It) play Richard and Janet, a couple caught up in the goings-on of a sleepy English village in which all the children have golden eyes, blond hair, and a sinister talent for telepathy and telekinesis. (Wyndham's novel was filmed as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995.)

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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 08-15-09
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 08-15-09
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    "Quite good - except for the screaming"

    I hadn't read any John Wyndham books since I was a kid, but lately I've been really into BBC radio serials, so I thought I'd give this a try (and heck, who can resist Bill Nighy? I always love his performances).

    Overall, this is a great production, and fairly recent, so some of the more dated aspects (the whole stereotypical '1950s housewives' attitude was one of the reasons I hadn't loved the book whn I read it years ago, for example) have been toned down or confined to a general 'women are more attached to their children than men' approach.

    However.

    I don't recommend listening to this while lying on the couch trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon, because every 5 minutes some female character lets out the kind of ear-piercing, sustained shriek that has you jumping out of your chair and lunging for the EQ because you feel like your eardrums are about to perforate themselves. (The Chysalids dramatization has the same problem.)

    So: definitely buy this, but it's best to listen to while, say, cleaning the house.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Boca Raton, FL, United States 12-25-09
    Thomas Boca Raton, FL, United States 12-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "First rate"

    Very well done. Bill Nighy is his usual delightful self, and Clive Merrison also contributes a solid performance. This is, in many ways, one of Wyndham's more horrifying stories. As a longtime fan of Wyndham's work, I'm happy to say that the spirit of his novel comes through loud and clear. If you appreciate good, intelligent radio drama, this is for you.

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  • Tim
    Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    2/17/07
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    "Loved It"

    I am great fan of the original book and I very much enjoyed this interpretion. It did maybe over simplify the story a little too much in parts, but that did not distract from the overall enjoyment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pippa
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    "Fab - great dramatisation"
    What did you like most about The Midwich Cuckoos?

    Good story, solid audio version, nicely interpreted and brought up-to-date


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great narration, and the updating for a modern twist.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Bill Nighy is great as a languorous, rather useless male!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great version, highly recommended.

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