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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.
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What made the experience of listening to Journey into Space the most enjoyable?
Adventure stories with a science theme are rare today, this is one of the best, it stands the test of time and the Characters are well played
Who was your favorite character and why?
The Martian, principled and ethical
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.
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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.
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