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.