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A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of HG Wells' famous story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth.

When strange explosions are observed on the surface of Mars, excitement spreads among the scientific community. Surrey astronomer Ogilvy invites his friend Robert to the observatory to witness the turbulence on the red planet.

Ten days later, Ogilvy discovers a strange projectile on Horsell Common – with something inside. Robert rushes to view the craft, and is present when Martians emerge and turn their heat rays on the locals, who are waving white flags. It is the beginning of a merciless invasion....

As Robert flees in search of safety, accompanied by a young curate, young soldier Billy experiences the chaos happening in London. As the Martians take control, transforming the landscape and decimating the population, is this the end for the human race? Wells' terrifying science fiction tale, first published in 1898, is both a reflection of Victorian fears of a coming apocalypse and a critique of British imperialism. This enthralling dramatisation asks how humankind would fare if colonised by a vastly superior technological invader.

It stars Blake Ritson as Robert, with Samuel James as Billy and Carl Prekopp as the Curate.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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Brilliant and well done.

Outstanding work and cast from "The War of the Worlds." Had the classic version of this but this version does a good job. Love the drama and the sound the effect that it had.

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  • Nigel
  • 05-05-17

A slow decent into madness

So much better than that film with the same name starring Tom Cruise.

Set in England during the Victorian era.

Another great BBC audio drama adaptation. Superb.

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  • steve
  • 10-17-17

a great modern day effort on a classic

I must admit I was sceptical but delightfully surprised. enjoyed very much, and very well acted

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  • Steven J.
  • 07-07-17

No one would have believed...

That this audiophile could be so good. I will admit, I was expecting it to be a word for word read through of the original source material, but was utterly pleased at the great performance that was presented.

The sound effects went well with the story, and the pace was perfect. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a different take on the classic story.

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  • M. K.
  • 05-17-17

Skip this version

I was extremely disappointed with this 2017 dramatized version of War of the Worlds which is one of my favourite sci-fi audios . It seems like a cheap production lacking good sound effects and therefore was not even thrilling to listen to . Plus I got slightly confused with the characters . And this version was rather short time wise. The last dramatised version 2007 by the BBC was vastly superior in sound effects and atmosphere and character build up and is still available on audible .

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