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Dangerous Visions: dystopian documentaries and dramas on BBC Radio 4

Posted by Rich Cross on June 17, 2013

A series of documentaries and dramas focused on the theme of ‘dystopia’ feature in the Dangerous Visions season on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra (15-23 June). Post-apocalyptic settings occur throughout this exploration of the wider dystopian genre. All of the programmes in the series will be available (to UK listeners) through the BBC iPlayer service (for a limited period).

Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias. Dramatisations of Ballard’s seminal works, Drowned World and Concrete Island, straddle the season, and we have asked five leading radio writers – Nick Perry, Ed Harris, Michael Symmonds Roberts, Michael Butt and Philip Palmer – to imagine what life might be like in the near future if everything goes wrong.

Their Dangerous Visions form the bedrock of the series: clever, imaginative and disturbing takes on just what might happen.

What happens if sleep is outlawed? If cloning becomes a matter of course, and your loved ones are capable of being cloned? If North London declares UDI on South London, which has become a wasteland? If human sacrifice becomes a part of society?

We are also running a 5 part dramatisation of Jane Roger’s award winning terrifying novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb, dramatised by the author.

Dangerous Visions – you will be disturbed as you see the present reflected in the glass of an uneasy future.

‘About Dangerous Visions’, BBC Radio 4, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02v1q2n/features/about.

Dangerous Visions - BBC Radio 4 - June 2013

Dangerous Visions – BBC Radio 4 – June 2013

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The Independent: ‘A vision of post-apocalypse Britain?’

Posted by Rich Cross on June 17, 2013

As part of the promotional drive for new post-apocalyptic PlayStation game The Last of Us, Sony have released a gallery of images of famous British landmarks as they might look years after humanity’s fall, which have been published in The Independent:

A broken down, rusty and overgrown Angel of the North

A broken down, rusty and overgrown Angel of the North

Gone are the neat flowerbeds, the clipped verges and the elaborate decor.

After years of neglect, the once glorious Buckingham Palace is now little more than a shell; a crumbling royal residence that looks more like a long-abandoned medieval ruin than the grand home of Elizabeth II.

This is, of course, pure make-believe.

But thanks to the work of computer programmers from Sony’s PlayStation team, we are now able to glimpse how iconic British buildings might look if humanity was wiped out by a pandemic and they were left to rot.

John Hall. 2013. ‘A vision of post-apocalypse Britain? Eerie computer-generated images reveal how UK landmarks could crumble and decay if humanity was wiped out’, The Independent (12 June).

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/a-vision-of-postapocalypse-britain-eerie-computergenerated-images-reveal-how-uk-landmarks-could-crumble-and-decay-if-humanity-was-wiped-out-8655594.html

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