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 listeners 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.
This volume contains episodes 1 to 13 of Journey Into Space: Operation Luna.
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I've been a fan of old radio shows for many years now but this is the first series I have encountered that is structured in a serial format in which each episode plays off of the previous one's ending.
What results, is one long, 7-hour radio play. This may sound unappealing to those who lack an imagination, but - for those lucky enough to be endowed with a healthy one - it is pure gold.
I am a huge fan of the 50's radio program "X-Minus One", but each half hour episode can only pack in so much detail. Journey Into Space has the luxury of time which allows it to go into brilliant sci-fi detail as I've never heard before. The first two episodes are a little slow and boring considering that human beings have since already landed on the lunar surface, so it's hard to peak your interest. But trust me, if you stay with it...It gets INSANE.....
9.4 / 10
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If you love sci-fi or classic radio dramas, you owe it to yourself to listen to Journey Into Space.
The series was good and it let you see how the average person view space in the 50's. It reminded me of movie from the 50's.
It's outdated in some of it's contents but it is still good to sit back and listen to, I have listened to all of the radio broadcast on my MP3, Luna. Red planet and in peril, although they got some thing incorrect IE TV Signals had not reached mars!! and the radio needed a huge amount of power to reach earth, when Voyager signals come to earth even now and only have the strength of a torch bulb. What I say is to forget what we know now and just enjoy it, It would may a good movie, If I had the money I would make it( up dated of course).
A top decision to carry this story. Wonderfully done and evocative of a byegone era when science fiction stories were free of todays overpowering special effects. I hope the ''Red Planet'' and ''World in Peril'' are introduced soon.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This is a great story. It was originally on BBC Radio in the 50's (before the actual moon landings) and it's interesting to hear how the author thought they would be.
Strange things start happening shortly after take-off and we get 6 1/2 hours of cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger, with great voice acting. You just want to keep listening to find out what's going to go wrong next :)
The kids enjoyed listening to this on the way to school and kept wanting to stay longer in the car so they could hear to the end of the episode.
The only thing that got slightly on my nerves was the 50's attempt to make 'spacy' music (which is over-loud and a bit grating), but quick action on the volume control sorted that out.
I'm looking forward to downloading the second series (also on Audible).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a production that does not age and is as good now as when it was first broadcast. I also have The Red Planet and World in Peril which are equally as enjoyable.
A well written set of Space Adventures perfect for Radio, what other broadcast medium could set an entire episode in the dark and get away with it.
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The last chapter is an interview with Charles Chiltern who wrote it. I was particularly moved by his account of the poor First World War wounded soldiers who worked at the BBC at the time.
Overall I love this series it's a true classic!
This was a classic at the time it was first aired. Well worth a listen.
Love it, and play it in car with kids and they cant wait to listen to the next episode.
Takes me back to my childhood before TV took over oh for those simple times.
Very well read as you would expect from the BBC
First bought this on tape to play on my Walkman, more years ago than I can remember. Still got both. These programmes are timeless, Alfie Bass just as anoying as he was way back when, but just plug in your earphones and be transported to another world in another time. Close your eyes and loose yourself in a time before the super technological word, where adventurers had to fly by the seat of their pants and use their experience, knowledge and indeed courage to solve what, on the face of it, seems to be insurmountable problems. Oh the days when men were men!!!.
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I can imagine that this story will be an enjoyable trip down memory lane for anyone who enjoyed the series as a child, but for me it all seemed rather dated and very, very slow.
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The story was quite imaginative and generally plausible in its own way (although I found it hard to believe that someone as daft and annoying as Lemmy would have been given a place on the first manned mission to the moon). Where it fell down was the way in which the events were dragged out - almost a whole episode was taken up by the ship losing power.
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I was disappointed that this 'golden age of radio' story was so slow. I hated the incidental music and would have happily kicked Lemmy out of the airlock, but I did appreciate the suspense and the imaginative plot.
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