B7 Media’s “Martian Chronicles” audio drama for Radio 4 earns prestigious award nomination

The British Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group have just announced the Nominations for the Radio Production Awards 2014
The Martian Chronicles - B7 Media


The British Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group have just announced the Nominations for the Radio Production Awards 2014 – and a sound designer for a top SF audio production is among the nominees.

Alistair Lock has been nominated in the ‘Best Sound Designer’ category for his epic post production work over the years for B7 Media and specifically for his recent work on The Martian Chronicles for BBC Radio 4’s “Dangerous Visions” programming strand.

The fifth annual Radio Production Awards recognise the unsung heroes of radio and reflect the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated excellence in UK radio production. The 15 award categories include Best Newcomer, Best Music Entertainment Producer, Producer of the Year, Production Hero Award and the Gold Award.

Derek Jacobi stars in B7 Media’s reimagining of Ray Bradbury’s classic fable in which an astronaut from Earth attempts to prevent the colonisation that could eradicate an ancient race of Martians.

When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth.

Spender, an anthropologist on Wilder’s crew, attempts to prevent the colonisation that she believes will eradicate the last of an ancient people living on Mars. But to what lengths will she go?

As the honourable but duty-bound Captain Wilder tracks the now rogue Spender into the Martian mountains, the future of this ancient planet is at stake. Meanwhile, Earth itself teeters on the brink of its own global catastrophe as the very survival of humanity hangs in the balance.

Dramatised for radio by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle and produced by Andrew Sewell, alongside Derek Jacobi the cast includes Hayley Atwell as Spender, Anna Madeley as The Lawyer, Mark Lewis Jones as Hathaway and John Altman as Parkhill. Imran Ahmad provided the music for the dramatisation.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting the Radio Production Awards,” enthused this year’s host, radio DJ and broadcaster Lauren Laverne’ “As a broadcaster, I’m constantly aware of the key role production plays in radio. The producer is vital in making a show a success, so it’s fantastic that these Awards are recognising and celebrating the people who work behind the scenes, making it happen.”

Will Jackson, Managing Director of the Radio Independents Group, said: “The exceptional quality and range of this year’s nominees clearly show that it’s been another amazing year for audio production. The Radio Independents Group and The Radio Academy together are proud to be recognising the achievement of individual producers and production companies from across the UK, in what should be a fantastic awards ceremony with a great new host.“

The winners of the Radio Production Awards 2014 will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 25th November at the Hippodrome in London’s Leicester Square. Tickets go on sale next week. For more information visit: www.radioacademy.org/…/radio-…/rpas-2014-nominations

Editor, writer, curmudgeon and founder of downthetubes, John currently works for audio comics publisher ROK Comics as an editor and writer. He's worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine, Star Wars Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He edited a number of Marvel's "Genesis 1992" books with Paul Neary, including Death's Head II and Warheads; and STRIP Magazine for Print Media Productions. As a freelancer, he has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing "Crucible" as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and "Death Duty" with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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