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Keep Calm And Carry On
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.