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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

Released December 2015

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'This is the story of Mars and the people who lived there. It’s always fractious and untidy, it’s frequently tragic and on occasion both horrifying and beautiful. But there’s a constant bass note of wonder to each of these stories, a sense of something truly alien. That’s the spirit of Mars, and of the original book. And it’s alive and well in this remarkable achievement.' - Alasdair Stuart, Sci-Fi Bulletin
'Derek Jacobi turns in a subtle, nuanced but incredibly powerful performance as Captain Wilder.' - Jane Anderson, The Radio Times
'Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles is a work of surreal beauty and this production does a good job in condensing matters down to a coherent single drama... an admirable rendition of a classic.'

'Boasting an impressive cast, pacy direction and phenomenally atmospheric sound design, it’s certainly a polished production.' - Dave Golder, SFX Magazine
'Derek Jacobi’s central performance as the honourable space Captain is involving and there’s admirable support from a passionate and emotional Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) as Spender.' - Ian McArdell, Cult Box

Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell lead an all-star cast in The Martian Chronicles, a thrilling new dramatisation, reimagining Ray Bradbury’s timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation.

When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth...

Spender, an anthropologist on Wilder’s crew, attempts to prevent the colonisation that she believes will eradicate the last of an ancient people living on Mars. But to what lengths will she go?

As the honourable but duty-bound Captain Wilder tracks the now rogue Spender into the Martian mountains, the future of this ancient planet is at stake.

Meanwhile, Earth itself teeters on the brink of its own global catastrophe as the very survival of humanity hangs in the balance.

Also includes a special behind-the-scenes mini-documentary with interviews from the stars, plus six special teasers examining the Martian culture!



Written By: Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle, adapted from the story by Ray Bradbury
Directed By: Andrew Mark Sewell


Derek Jacobi (Captain Wilder), Hayley Atwell (Spender), Anna Madeley (The Lawyer), Mark Lewis Jones (Hathaway), John Altman (Parkhill), Zoë Tapper (Evie), Jonathan Rhodes (Biggs), Dean Harris (Thompson), Ryan Sewell (Young Wilder), Rachael Naylor (Pluto Survey Officer), Jacob James (Soldier), Robert Lock (Prison Officer), Melissa Aston-Munslow (Miss Edwards), Owen Sewell (Robert), Polehampton Junior School (Mayflower Rocket Kids)  

Producer Patrick Chapman
Executive Producer Dirk Maggs

A B7 Production for BBC Radio 4

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