Wel­come To Our Vil­lage, Please In­vade Care­fully

Keep Calm And Carry On

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Videogames Miscellaneous -

Re­lease Date: 18 De­cem­ber

Pub­lisher: BBC Phys­i­cal Audio Done right, SF ra­dio com­edy can be just sub­lime – Hitch­hiker’s Guide proved that. Un­for­tu­nately it also pro­vides a high stan­dard that ev­ery­thing else will be com­pared against. Thank­fully, this sit­com more than stands up for it­self.

In many ways, it barely feels like SF at all, just the com­edy in close- up BBC ra­dio’s so good at. The vil­lage of Cres­don Green has been taken over by aliens and cut off from the out­side world. With a domed force­field keep­ing ev­ery­one trapped and a men­tal block pre­vent­ing the rest of the world re­mem­ber­ing they were there, the vil­lagers at­tempt to get on with their lives while be­ing stud­ied in prepa­ra­tion for a plan­e­tary in­va­sion.

This re­lease in­cludes the orig­i­nal pi­lot, se­ries one ( four episodes) and se­ries two ( six episodes). There are var­i­ous cast changes as it goes on – it’s a shame The IT Crowd’s Kather­ine Parkin­son is re­placed after the pi­lot, but Hat­tie Mo­ra­han does a good job as Ka­t­rina Lyons, head of the re­sis­tance, and Peter Dav­i­son is ex­cel­lent as her cricket- loving fa­ther. There are plenty of in- jokes for SF fans to en­joy as well, from ref­er­ences to etheric beam lo­ca­tors and a sonic Allen key to an ap­pear­ance from orig­i­nal Ford Pre­fect Ge­of­frey McGivern. The re­sis­tance’s woe­ful plans are more an­noy­ing than amus­ing, but as an ex­am­i­na­tion of the ab­sur­di­ties of English vil­lage life with an alien twist, this is su­perb. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

Writer Ed­die Rob­son has made all eight drafts of one script avail­able on­line: http://bit.ly/wel­come­scripts.

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