Questions tagged [radio-play]

For questions about a "Radio Play" or Radio Drama, a dramatized, purely acoustic performance, broadcast on radio or published on audio media, such as tape or CD. Use in conjunction with [story-identification] to specify the media or to disambiguate between various adaptations of a work, for example with [the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy].

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BBC radio 4 serialisation from late 70's or early 80's about people on a space ship looked after by a robot called 'Angel' [duplicate]

It was a sci-fi serial and all I recall is that the characters were on a ship in space and were looked after by a robot or ship's computer that was called 'Angel'. I think it turned out this 'all ...
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Radio drama astronauts returning from the moon to a nuclear war on earth

Trying to identify a radio drama about astronauts returning to earth on a mission to the moon. One of the astronauts is musing about how the craters on the moon resemble the blast craters at atomic ...
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Story where one person cursed another in her dream, and the victim tried to undo the curse by "turning" her blood

I heard this on the radio in the UK in the '90s, probably BBC R4. It was partly dramatised, aired on Hallowe'en, and is likely to have been adapted from a written short story. It was set in the past,...
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Radio play where the protagonist uses a lance grown from a seed to fight against a giant with three swords

Around 15 years ago I listened to a German audio recording of a fantasy story for kids (I was between 7-9 at the time). The recording was saved as a file on my computer so I'm unsure about the ...
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Old radio show or book about a group of marooned men on a planet with only one creature which they eat and then cocoon and change into that creature

Old radio show originally. Only one type of creature on the planet, it had different types of “meat” which was eaten by the crew. Some men went missing but were found to have cocooned and changed into ...
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Radio drama with four kids in a spaceship returning to a missing Earth

Some years ago I listened to a radio drama involving four kids trapped on a wreck starship. After ruling the mission they and their families were on a failure they convinced the AI to return to Earth, ...
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Short story/radio play where Santa is an Alien

A few years ago I was listening to the radio (Minnesota Public Radio in Minneapolis if that helps) around Christmas time. Whatever program was on either performed a radio play or read a short story ...
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OTR Radio - spaceship self destruct to avoid city [duplicate]

Looking for old time radio show OTR story with this plot. A passenger spaceship for some reason has to make the choice to self destruct because if it doesn't it will impact a major city and be like ...
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Which Iain M Banks short stories have been adapted for radio?

I have been told that several Iain M Banks short stories have been adapted for radio, probably broadcast by the BBC. Hunting online all I can find is a reference to an adaptation of "The State of The ...
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"That's no (inanimate object), that's my WIFE!" (mid 1970's audio media)

I've searched several different ways and I find what look like they could be references to the line I am thinking of, but I can't find an authoritative reference. I am remembering an audio media ...
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Science fiction radio drama: aliens find Earth deserted [duplicate]

Anyone know of a radio drama about an advanced alien civilization visiting Earth (we don't know it's Earth until the end). Everything is deserted. They send down teams to investigate and one team ...
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70s/80s Radio drama about a young man who can't remember his name, stranded on a planet run by robots

This radio drama was about a young man who can't remember his name and is stranded on a planet run by robots. I think it's a mining operation. Earlier, it is revealed he was injured when his ship ...
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"Shipshape Home" as a radio program?

I just noticed the question about the '50s story which ends with the discovery that "the whole block's a rocket ship!" The story is Richard Matheson's "Shipshape Home." I heard this story late at ...
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Radio Adaptation of Neuromancer

In 2003, I heard part of a radio adaptation of William Gibson's Neuromancer on XM Radio, shortly after I had finished reading the book for the first time. Unfortunately, I had a flight to catch and ...
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Radio show where only drunks can see goblins

Years ago I heard an old SF/Fantasy radio anthology program where an alcoholic is recruited by the FBI to fight goblins (or kobolds or some underground fantasy race). The goblins are invisible to ...
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identify "hard" science fiction short story astronaut hides in parade crowd, evades broadcast reporter, was radio drama

In Canada and the United States, FM and AM rebroadcasts of "old" science fiction and fantasy short stories can be heard. Please identify the following short story: The radio program ends with a live ...
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short-story audio. A Cook (narrator) (sounded exactly like Paul Giamatti) on a ship traveling at light-speed

A Cook (narrator) (sounded exactly like Paul Giamatti) on a ship traveling at light-speed. This is an experimental spaceship studying faster than light travel. He is the only one on board that he is ...
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radio play about crosstime-traveling bidet advertiser

Thirty-odd years ago I heard a radio play about someone finding himself in a parallel world, very similar to his own, except that no one has ever heard of his fabulously successful advertising ...
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Prague golem as a robot - play on BBC Radio 4

I would like to find a radio play I heard maybe 20 years ago - so late 1990s, I think. It was a deliberate retelling of the story of the Prague golem, but set in a futuristic science-fiction setting ...
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In the radio series, how did Zaphod get into the artificial universe?

In the book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it's very clearly explained how Zaphod gets into the simulated universe; he's in it from the moment he enters Zarniwop's office, and a big deal ...
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Conversation on spaceship approaching 3rd planet

Edit: OK, so the story is definitely (at least partially) about aliens coming into contact with the Pioneer space probe. I have a couple of short radio recordings of an acted Sci-Fi story (spoken in ...
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Help finding the name of a radio drama about a machine that grants wishes, but turns out to be a credit card

I heard a radio drama many years ago about a man that is down and out in (I think) a Times Square hotel. Possibly considering killing himself, when suddenly, a machine appears. It is shiny and from ...
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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction...bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

While traveling through Minnesota in the late-1990's I heard an old radio show rebroadcast of a sci-fi dramatization. It tells the story of bureaucracy gone horribly wrong, with the main proponent ...
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Story identification - A BBC Radio 4 parody of The Prisoner

I heard this on BBC Radio 4 back in the 1990's. It was a comedy parody of the show The Prisoner. The protagonist was Number 96 (As numbers were given based on importance, he was very unimportant) in ...
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What philosophy does the secret ruler of the universe represent?

I really am not sure what to make of this guy. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama, Secondary Phase, CD disc 3 track 19, "Pussy Want His Fish?", our heroes finally meet The ...
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Short Radio Horror Story Featuring A Tower Staircase That Goes On Forever

I remember listening to a really creepy dramatised horror story on the BBC when I was a child (probably 1985 – 1995). It featured a couple driving through an eerie countryside who climb a tower (might ...
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In what short story was the character "Dril" used? OTR radio play?

"The Whispers" a new ABC scifi is using a storyline from an old Bradbury/Asimov short story about children and an "imaginary" friend called Dril. Can you tell me the name of the short story and who ...
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In Welcome to Night Vale, what name(s) were given to Khoshek's kittens?

In Welcome to Night Vale, Khoshekh, the cat hovering in the men's bathroom at the radio station, has a litter of kittens. They were all adopted (but continue hovering in the bathroom and are just ...
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British Radio serial with a tyrannical computer looking after a teen boy and girl on a spaceship

I remember listening to this serial in the late 80's. It was really well written. At one point they come to a pyramid and have to enter it by solving problems. I think this might have been a bbc ...
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Do Dirk Gently and The Hitchhiker's Guide exist in the same universe?

There are several common elements between the Dirk Gently and Hitchhiker's Guide universes which I noticed while re-listening to them in succession, but there are also differences: Thor and Asgard ...
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Giant computer sucks thoughts from population

I am trying to remember the name of a short story I heard on radio 4 about 15 years ago. A civilization builds a giant computer to answer their deepest questions. With great fanfare they turn the ...
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Short story (+radio play?) in which astronauts outside their ship slowly drift apart in space

Looking for a short story in which the crew of a spaceship for some reason find themselves outside the ship, drifting apart in outer space. They can communicate via their radios but are individually ...
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