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Publisher's Summary

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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What made the experience of listening to Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 the most enjoyable?

I've listened to both series and really enjoyed them. They're funny and well acted, a great listen while in rush hour traffic.

What did you like best about this story?

The performances were great, I laughed out loud a few times.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

It's a tie between Lucy and the Computer, they're easily the funniest characters.

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

I didn't but could have.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite radio comedy series and am hoping for a 3rd series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I loved this series

If you could sum up Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 in three words, what would they be?

Hilariously funny! Great

What did you like best about this story?

The invaders were often flumoxed by the way we do things here on Earth.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I think I liked the computer the best. It tried so hard to be helpful.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought it was very funny. I enjoyed the variety of stories.

Any additional comments?

This is just overall a cool series!!

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War of the worlds as written by Monty Python

Light radio SF, very pleasant. Two younger female roles might need a bit more differentiation in pitch, but great cast.

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Hilarious

I wish there were more. I have listened to these over and over. Great case of stars!

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Just okay, not a lot of laughs, but witty

Witty humor in that British way. I was looking for something like Cabin Pressure and one of the reviews said this was similar. But, it wasn't. Cabin Pressure sets a high standard for laughs and characters that are unique and easy to relate to.

I had to listen to this 3 times because I kept falling asleep and would go back to try to find the place I nodded off and continue from there. There were parts that weren't understandable too, not sure if it was the sound quality or British accent - but I listen to a lot of BBC stuff, so lean toward sound quality.

Not getting the next in this series of Welcome to Our Village etc . . .

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  • Patrick
  • North Hampton, NH
  • 05-04-16

Very funny!

What made the experience of listening to Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 the most enjoyable?

Very funny!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure. The whole thing was so funny.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Not sure. The whole thing was so funny.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended humor.

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Entertaining, great British humor

Wish we had more comedies like this one, great character development. Great story, lots of fun.

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it was perfect. I wouldn't change a thing.

I love Britcoms and this one was charming. I thought the price was a bit high but would still like to see more of these kinds of programs. thank you

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  • Elisa
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 10-29-15

Great Fun

Would you listen to Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 again? Why?

Yes, and have quite a few times actually. It's funny and it's a great one to listen to especially when there are lots of exams due. Great deserter.

What other book might you compare Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 to and why?

The closes would be Cabin Pressure since they have similar humours.

Any additional comments?

Wish there were more series to this.

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Quaint English fun!

The concept, casting and execution is ridiculously good! Almost wish I was in the village while it was being invaded carefully. And Julian Rhind-Tutt is brilliant!

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  • ET
  • 07-12-14

It takes a village (to resist alien invasion)

What other book might you compare Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 to, and why?

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.

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

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.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"They Came From Outer Space. With Spreadsheets."

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Caz
  • 07-20-15

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

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  • Adrian
  • 01-25-15

Brilliantly funny

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.

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  • Hooky
  • 12-01-15

Yes you're welcome to the village.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Fans of show

What could Eddie Robson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Performance was fine story was however repetious and predictable.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Excellent engaging sympathetic

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1?

All plus following series

Any additional comments?

An attractive premise but with humour so mild you felt you had to check it was there. Loved actors and voices hated script. Sorry I bought second series with first.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-04-14

A Nice Twist On The Alien Invasion Theme

What made the experience of listening to Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 the most enjoyable?

A well characterised funny story, well voiced and stands out from the usual in that, the invaded village welcomes the rather inept alien intrusion.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way that that each chapter builds on the story while standing on it's own as an individual episode.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

There is a fine ensemble cast with stand out performances from the veterans Peter Davidson & Jan Francis.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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  • Pippa
  • 04-21-14

Sadly, a bit of a let down

Would you try another book written by Eddie Robson or narrated by the narrators?

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).

Would you be willing to try another book from Eddie Robson? Why or why not?

Maybe - but it wouldn't be top of my list.

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  • D. P. Pegg
  • 10-12-15

very much enjoyed.

lighthearted play witty and fun. love the concept and cast. now got to find the remaining episodes

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  • Sam Roebuck
  • 03-24-15

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.

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  • Ms CT Clarke
  • 10-02-17

Very funny and well performed.

I rather liked the whimsical title and bought it on the strength of that and a preview.

It's very well performed, very funny and the characters and situations are really brought to life by the writers and cast.

Hard to believe that is the Peter Davison whom I grew with as The Doctor. Time flies but talent remains.

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  • Eleni
  • 09-08-17

Really enjoyed it

Fun, light, enjoyable. If you are interested in listening to something that puts that smile on your face while you are working / driving(?) this audiobook could be it

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