Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future by Frank Hampson and Nick McCarty
The last recording is from Dec. 23, 2010 where Tim Rice explores the
history of Eagle and its hero Dan Dare.
The popular British
'Eagle' comic book hero of the 1950's comes alive in Nick McCarty’s
imaginative dramatisation based on the characters and an original
story line created by Frank Hampson.
Spaceships have been vanishing in 'The Dead Zone' near Venus, but
why? Colonel Dan Dare has a theory and persuades the authorities to
build an old-fashioned rocket ship so he can fly out to investigate.
Starring Mick Ford as Dan Dare and also featuring Donald Gee,
Richard Pearce and Terence Alexander, it was directed by Glyn
Dearman. The music is by Wilfredo Acosta.
First broadcast in April 1990.
My recordings from BBC7. Four half-hour episodes. 160kbps MP3
1 - Disaster
Dan Dare embarks on a mission to Venus to save the world.
2 - Divided We Fall
The Venus expedition has started disastrously. Dan and Digby have
been captured by the Treens.
3 - The Mekon
On Venus, has Dan fallen to his death? The others of his crew are
prisoners of the Treens.
4 - Battle Stations
The Treens prepare to attack the gentle Therons.
Have fun & please seed when you are done.
Eagle: The Space Age Weekly (BBC link) (30min). For the MP3 download, click here (this site).
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 extra on THU 23rd
DECEMBER 2010 at 11:30.
Sir Tim Rice explores the
lasting appeal of British magazine Eagle and the impact of its
flagship character Dan Dare.
Eagle ran in two main incarnations
between 1950 and 1994. Dan Dare, often referred to as "Biggles in
space", is regarded in some circles as the greatest British science
fiction hero of the 20th century.
In this feature we chart the
influences behind the comic, and explore the life of its creator
Marcus Morris, a fascinating man who began the publication because of
his concern over 'horrific' US comics which presented 'disturbing'
storylines which he felt 'corrupted British youth'.
programme reveals how Dan Dare was originally envisaged as a space
chaplain before becoming the popular astronaut. It also examines the
work of illustrator Frank Hampson who introduced technology years
ahead of its time. Hampson knew the Space Age was on its way while
serving in the Second World War and seeing the German VI rockets. He
made the Dan Dare strips as realistic as possible by dressing his team
in spacesuits and uniforms, basing the look of the fictional
characters on his colleagues.
We reveal how the stories had
educational value and, along with Dan Dare, we look at other Eagle
offerings including Shakespeare's plays and the Greek myths which ran
as comic strips.
Featuring contributions from author Philip
Pullman, Sally Morris the daughter of Eagle Creator Marcus and Eagle
Society member David Britton.
Revised: December 19, 2015
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