Mindwarp

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Writer: James Follett (adapted by Jacqueline Rayner)
Director: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Starring: Leon Parris and India Fisher,
with Colin Baker and Nicholas Courtney
Post Production & Sound Design: Alistair Lock and William Johnston
Music: Leon Parris
Duration: 65 mnutes approx (single CD)
RRP: £9.99 (non-UK: £11.50)
ISBN: 1-903654-52-1


The prequel to the classic
Radio 4 Science-Fiction drama.

Arama - a great domed city encased in rock, deep beneath the surface. Generation after generation of people have gone about their lives in a world of finite space and infinite resources - never pondering the many inconistencies around them. They have been taught not to.

To them there is only Arama... and Diablo - the evil land against which they fight an eternal war. And the outdoors? Well, that's just a myth. Something to frighten children. A threat for those who disobey the Guardian of Destiny. No one questions why things are as they are. No one wonders if there could be something more.

Until now...

Cast List
(in order of appearance)

Kally Solant Michelle Livingstone

Dom Asta Tarant Andy Coleman

Newscaster Sara Wakefield

Young Tarlan Julian Richards

Father Dadley Nicholas Courtney

Caudo Inman Colin Baker

Jenine Anders India Fisher

Ewan Solant Leon Parris

Deg Calen Neil Henry

Inman's Computer Romy Tennant

Mr. Belan Steven Wickham

Policeman John H. Elson

Tarlan Mark Wright

Simo Belan Neil Roberts

Chairman of the Court Steven Wickham

Diablon Guard Alistair Lock

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Writer: James Follett (adapted by Jacqueline Rayner)
Director: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Starring: Leon Parris and India Fisher,
with Colin Baker and Nicholas Courtney
Post Production & Sound Design: Andy Hardwick @ ERS and William Johston
Music: Leon Parris
Duration: 45 mnutes approx (single CD)
RRP: £9.99 (non-UK: £11.50)
ISBN: 1-903654-53-X


The prequel to the classic
Radio 4 Science-Fiction drama.

Following the death of his brother, Ewen has lost faith in the Guardian of Destiny and all that he sees around him.

Convinced that there must be more than just his existence in Arama, he sets out with Jenine to discover the whereabouts of the mythical 'outdoors' - but he hasn't banked on the interference of Dom Astor Tarant or the long term aims of Caudo Inman...

Cast List
(in order of appearance)

Kally Solant Michelle Livingstone

Father Dadley Nicholas Courtney

Ewan Solant Leon Parris

Jenine Anders India Fisher

Simo Belan Neil Roberts

Tarlan Mark Wright

Deg Calen Neil Henry

Dom Asta Tarant Andy Coleman

Policeman Andy Hardwick

Caudo Inman Colin Baker

Datapad Jacqueline Rayner

Soup Dispenser Sara Wakefield

Inman's Computer Romy Tennant

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Writer: James Follett (adapted by Jacqueline Rayner)
Director: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Starring: Leon Parris and India Fisher,
with Colin Baker and Nicholas Courtney
Post Production & Sound Design: Andy Hardwick @ ERS and William Johston
Music: Leon Parris
Duration: 65 mnutes approx (single CD)
RRP: £9.99 (non-UK: £11.50)
ISBN: 1-903654-54-8


The prequel to the classic
Radio 4 Science-Fiction drama.

Having escaped Aroma, Ewen and Jenine find themselves stranded on a desert island with little hope of escape. Has their journey really ended? Is this the outdoors?

Ewen and Jenine must learn to survive the dangers in the forests and the new hazards of the island. With no way of returning to the safety of all they have previously known, they must learn to adapt to their new surroundings - or face a harsh future...

But are they truly alone?

Cast List
(in order of appearance)

Ewan Solant Leon Parris

Jenine Anders India Fisher

Father Dadley Nicholas Courtney

Caudo Inman Colin Baker

Dom Asta Tarant Andy Coleman

Simo Belan Neil Roberts

Captain Mark Wyman

Armageddonist Michelle Livingstone

Soldier Mark Wright

Mindwarp Sara Wakefield

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From Big Finish Productions

"Big Finish Productions are proud to announce the completion of recording on Earthsearch: Mindwarp, James Follett's prequel to his classic 80's sci-fi radio drama Earthsearch.

Recorded the 8th/9th/10th September 2000, the three CD release stars Leon Parris as Ewen and India Fisher as Jenine (Charley Pollard in the upcoming Big Finish Paul McGann audio's) as well as guest starring Colin Baker and Nicholas Courtney.

The original Earthsearch series was the second most successful BBC radio serial ever (after The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy) winning many awards and being translated into over 30 different languages. Earthsearch: Mindwarp is scheduled for release in May 2001. "

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Mindwarp being recorded Leon Parris as Ewen and India Fisher as Jenine

 

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Leon Parris as Ewen and India Fisher as Jenine ( in an air duct!)

 

Dave's comment 

None at this time.

Jason Haigh-Ellery of Big Finish Productions, the producer of the CD dramatised audio version of Mindwarp, tells me that it will consist of three-CD's

Author James Follett comments

This is from the Tape/Cd notes that Jim has given me

MINDWARP CD INTRODUCTION.

Do you remember the title sequence in that remarkable TV series "The Prisoner" in which an enraged Patrick McGoohan stormed into an office and slammed down his resignation? The guy sitting behind the desk was the late George Markstein, the series' initial script editor -- a gifted storyteller, novelist, and a master of indirection whom I had the good fortune to get to know when I joined the literary agency that he founded with Jacqui Lyons.

George Markstein

"Mindwarp" was one of my sketchy ideas dating from those early days with George and he loved it. We spent happy hours over endless cups of tea and coffee shaping rough story lines and I still have his notes. The trouble was I didn't have a reason for the existence of the strange society that was the very cornerstone of "Mindwarp". "Don't worry," George said. "The reason is there, just waiting. When it finally ambushes you it'll be so blindingly obvious that you'll wonder why younever saw it in the first place."

He was right, the "blindingly obvious" reason was there all the time but, sadly, I didn't see it until after his untimely death. Mindwarp is the logical curtain-raiser to "Earthsearch" -- the science-fiction serials I wrote for BBC Radio 4 in the early 1980s. I was so excited that rather than await the outcome of protracted negotiations for a new Radio 4 series, I got straight down and wrote "Mindwarp" in novel form -- which is a good way of getting a story pinned down on paper. After Severn House published "Mindwarp" in 1994 I realised that adapting it for sound was going to be tougher than I imagined so I kept putting it off.

Thankfully Big Finish are made of sterner stuff and this is their excellent result: an audio version of "Mindwarp" -- the way it was meant to be.

James Follett -- September 2001


 

Other Links

You could look at the original Earthsearch book or Mindwarp:Prelude to Earthsearch.

There is also the audio tapes Earthsearch I and Earthsearch II also Mindwarp

And finally the original radio series Earthsearch I and Earthsearch II

 

 

 

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