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Journey into Space was a BBC radio series written by Charles Chilton. It was originally broadcast from 1953 to 1958 but set initially in the distant future of 1965.

The original series consists of:

  • Journey to the Moon (1953-4), remade in 1958 as Operation Luna as the original tapes had been wiped.
  • The Red Planet (1954-5)
  • The World in Peril (1955-6)

Several further one-off installments were produced after the original run:

  • The Return from Mars (1981)
  • Frozen in Time (2008)
  • The Host (2009)

The main characters are:


Notable tropes include:

  • Absent Aliens: Averted, even though the series at first merely appears to a fairly realistic drama about the struggle to achieve a manned moon-landing.
  • The Commonwealth: The crew is British, Canadian and Australian. Possibly Creator Provincialism.
  • Cool Ship: The Luna and the Discovery.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Jet is sanguine, Mitch is choleric, Doc is melancholic and Lemmy is phlegmatic and/or supine.
  • FTL Travel: Averted. Space travel is limited to the inner planets, and takes a very long time until the aliens show up.
  • The Red Planet: In The Red Planet, obviously.
  • Retro Rocket: The Luna.
  • Subspace Ansible: Averted. Becomes a plot point in The Red Planet, when the lack of any delay in communicating with Earth alerts the crew to the fact that the voice is an imposter.
  • This Is Sparta: JOURNEY. INTO. SPACE!
  • Time Travel: Happens to the crew in Journey to the Moon/Operation Luna.
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