- Independence Day UK
"Independence Day UK" is a one-hour
BBC Radio 1 science fictionspecial, first broadcast on August 4 1996. The show is a spin-offof the movie "Independence Day" and depicts the movie's alien invasionfrom a British perspective. None of the original movie cast appear in the radio show.
The movie's producer
Dean Devlingave Dirk Maggspermission to produce an original radioadaptation provided that he did not reveal certain details of the movie's plot, and that he did not depict the British as saving the day. Maggs wrote, produced and directed the programme, with Devlin credited as "Creative Consultant".
In order to achieve authentic aircraft sounds, Maggs' crew recorded actual aircraft and cockpit interior sounds at an RAF base.
Tagline: It's the
Battle of Britainall over again, but this time our enemies aren't just unstoppable. They're "inhuman".
After a brief
Orson Welles-style opening announcement, recalling Welles' notorious radio adaptation of "The War of the Worlds", the programme begins with a 20th Century Foxfanfare. The first 25 minutes take the form of a live " UFOwatch" broadcast hosted by Radio 1 DJ Nicky Campbelland veteran TV astronomer Patrick Moore(of " The Sky at Night") aboard an RAF Sentry aircraft. Campbell and Moore and the RAF crew deliver authentic reactions to the news that a large object is approaching the Earth. The object is subsequently revealed to be an alien spacecraft.
When the alien mothership disgorges dozens of smaller ships that take up position over the world's cities, the broadcast switches to a
press conferencecalled by Prime Minister John Majorand Opposition Leader Tony Blairto announce the formation of an emergency coalition government. DJ Mark Goodierreports from a rooftop on the alien ship's approach to Londonuntil it fires its weapon and the broadcast goes silent.
Aboard the RAF sentry, Moore and Campbell are shocked to learn that London has been destroyed. The alien ships launch fighters and the RAF Tornado pilots Chris and Becky engage them.
Moore draws upon his vast scientific knowledge to advise the pilots on how to combat - or at least evade - the aliens.
The fighters are then called upon to defend a
BBCtraffic helicopterthat is attempting to carry the British Royal Familyto safety.
The RAF succeed in bringing down one of the alien fighters, and Moore has a close (and given his age, surprisingly violent) encounter with the alien pilot. Meanwhile Wing Commander Reginald engages the aliens in a prototype Eurofighter.
At the end of the show we learn that the Royal Family are safe and have invited Becky - a staunch republican - for tea at Balmoral. The surviving military forces of
Europeand the Middle Eastare preparing to regroup in the Beqaa Valley. One of the RAF men comments that "when this is all over and we've defeated these monsters, the Yanks'll take the credit for it, you wait and see."
Cast and selected credits
Nicky Campbell- Himself
Patrick Moore- Himself
Mark Goodier- Himself
Toyah Willcox- Flight LieutenantBecky Johnson
Simon Treves- Wing Commander John Reginald
Colin Baker- Group CaptainPhil Johnson
Peter Serafinowicz- Flight Lieutenant Max Brett
Toby Longworth- Flight Lieutenant Chris Thomson
Mark Courtney- Sentry Technical Director
William Hootkins- Orson Welles
Dannii Minogue- Special alien effect
* Produced, written and directed - Dirk Maggs
* Original music - Mark Russell
* Movie music -
* An Audio Movies Limited / 20th Century Fox Production for BBC Radio 1
* [http://freespace.virgin.net/ty.po/DMaggsID4UK.html Dirk Maggs ID4 UK]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Independence Day — In de*pend ence Day In the United States, a holiday, the 4th of July, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on that day in 1776. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Independence Day — ☆ Independence Day n. a legal holiday in the U.S., celebrated on July 4, the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 … English World dictionary
Independence Day — ● Independence Day Aux États Unis, fête annuelle, le 4 juillet, commémorant la proclamation de l indépendance (1776) … Encyclopédie Universelle
Independence Day — July 4, a U.S. holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Also called Fourth of July. * * * or Fourth of July Anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence by the Second… … Universalium
Independence Day — Este artículo o sección necesita una revisión de ortografía y gramática. Puedes colaborar editándolo (lee aquí sugerencias para mejorar tu ortografía). Cuando se haya corregido, borra este aviso por favor. Para una lista con el día de la… … Wikipedia Español
Independence Day — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. L’Independence Day est, dans les pays anglophones, le jour anniversaire de l obtention ou de la déclaration de l indépendance d une nation. Le terme peut… … Wikipédia en Français
Independence Day — Unabhängigkeitstag steht für folgende Nationalfeiertage: Unabhängigkeitstag (Vereinigte Staaten), Independence Day am 4. Juli Unabhängigkeitstag (Indien), Swatantrata Divas am 15. August Unabhängigkeitstag (Kroatien) am 8. Oktober… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Independence Day — N UNCOUNT A country s Independence Day is the day on which its people celebrate their independence from another country that ruled them in the past. In the United States, Independence Day is celebrated each year on 4th July. He died on… … English dictionary
Independence Day — noun a legal holiday in the United States • Syn: ↑Fourth of July, ↑July 4 • Hypernyms: ↑legal holiday, ↑national holiday, ↑public holiday • Part Holonyms: ↑July … Useful english dictionary
Independence Day — (Yom Ha atzmaut) The day on which Israelis commemorate the anniversary of the state s founding. It is preceded a day earlier by Yom Ha Zikaron, when the entire country stops to remember the more than 22,000 soldiers and civilians who have… … Historical Dictionary of Israel