Edy Hurst's Podcast Version of The War of the Worlds is an audio scrapbook of the beloved and seminal sci-fi novel, "The War of the Worlds" by H.G.Wells. Listen along as each chapter is put in an audio blender with added asides, tangents of research, comedy songs and guests.
Chapter 14: In London Feat. Frank Foucault
London, home of Big Ben, the underground and now the ever growing threat of a Martian invasion.As refugees from Woking and Surrey arrive, we join the narrator's brother to see his side of the story, and another of H.G. Wells' what's in the papers chapters.We also take a look at British exceptionalism - what is it? Why is it here? Has it ever led us into terrible decisions that still are unresolved today?This chapter I'm joined by the hugely talented Frank Foucault, a brilliant comedian and musician who has just released an album only available on facemask. He joins us for a quiz on true or false Victorian headlines, and also provides an absolute jam about wanting to read a book.Follow Frank Foucault on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, check out his album mask here.Follow Edy Hurst on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with all the latest on Podcast news, songs and more! Credits:Produced by Edy HurstWritten by H.G.Wells and Edy HurstTheme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod Wolf'I wanna read a book' by Frank FoucaultAll others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst.
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: The Red Room
In this halloween special we read The Red Room, a short ghost Story by H.G. Wells. What apparition haunts the redroom of an old manor house? Is it the Duke, or is wife who was killed by a bad case of the spooks? Or maybe, the real ghost is the friends we've made along the way? Credits:Produced by Edy HurstWritten by H.G.Wells and Edy HurstTheme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod WolfAll others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst
Chapter 13: How I fell in with the Curate feat. Tom Burgess and Black Liver (Keith Carter & Ruth Cockburn)
When the going gets tough, what do you do? Strip off to the waist and steal a boat in boiling water? If you're the narrator, yes! Also, we finally see the introduction of the Curate. To listeners of the musical, they may know the character as the Parson played by Phil Lynott. But what the heck is a curate? Where do they fit into the hierarchy of the Anglican Church? Well don't worry, I sit down with Tom Burgess to discuss this as he takes on the famous role. Follow Tom Burgess on Twitter, and check out his amazing new podcast Into the Archives with Peter FlemingFollow Black Liver on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and check out Keith and Ruth on twitter too.As always, be sure to follow on Twitter, Instagram, and like on facebook to stay up to date with the latest War of the Worlds news. Credits:Produced by Edy HurstWritten by H.G.Wells and Edy HurstTheme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod WolfAll others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst.
Chapter 12: What I saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton feat. Tony Wright & Jade Fearnley
How many Martian tripods does it take to screw in a light bulb? We're heading to the first town in Britain to be wholly lit by electricity (Weybridge) to find out in the next action-crammed chapter of the War of the Worlds.Plus this week we've got two deep dives! One on the history of travel food via biscuits and the other on how the hell you can find out if an area was as posh as it is now in the past.Joining me again as the artillery man is stand-up comedian and actor Tony Wright! And as the Lieutenant it's improviser, comedian and radio host, Jade Fearnley!Subscribe, Rate and Review! Follow Tony on Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe to his sketch group Somali and Me.Follow Jade on Twitter, Instagram, and check out her excellent improv group (including yours truly (that's me)) Murder Inc!As always, be sure to follow on Twitter, Instagram, and like on facebook to stay up to date with the latest War of the Worlds news. Credits:Produced by Edy HurstWritten by H.G.Wells and Edy HurstTheme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod WolfAll others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst. Research Resources:BiscuitsLocal History by Tim LambertEnglish Heritage by Dr. Annie GreyHardtack recipe - Bread DadWeybridge and ByfleetWoking History by Iain Wakeford(check out his ace War of the Worlds tracking here)Byfleet - Exploring Surrey's pastSurrey History Centre
Chapter 11: At the Window feat. Tony Wright
What would you do if you saw a random army man in your garden? Invite them in for a candlelit dinner and a whisky? This chapter we see the introduction of the Artillery Man, a character that pops up in some form in nearly every adaptation of the War of the Worlds.Whether it's David Essex in the Musical Version or Tim Robbins kinda-creepy-conspiracy-theory-guy in the Spielberg version, he's the Martian war survivor with a heart of gold.Naturally, I invited personal comedy friend Tony Wright on to play the role. We also talk about growing up near(ish) the Horsell Common, and Diggerland, the UK's premier heavy machinery based theme park.You can follow Tony on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and be sure to check out his hilarious sketches with Somali and Me on YoutubeFollow @edyhurst on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest on the podcast as well as songs and videos.Credits:Produced by Edy HurstWritten by H.G.Wells and Edy HurstTheme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod WolfAll others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst.
Interlude 3: Justice for Wells feat. Simon Guerrier
Was Wells a bad lad? Did he believe in the horrors of colonialism and eugenics? Is he guilty by association?Regular listeners will remember that in Chapter 1 we took a deep dive into Victorian Racism, a subject that Wells rubbed shoulders with some of the worst proponents of scientific racism.BUT as it turns, the answer is a fairly solid no, as it turns out, Wells was often outspoken for socially progressive, going so far as to write public letters calling for the abolition of segregation in America, and creating the blue prints for Universal Human Rights.For this interlude from our telling of the War of the Worlds, I'm joined by writer and producer Simon Guerrier!Simon has produced a number of documentaries on the life and times of H.G. Wells including the fabulous BBC Radio 3 documentary, HG and the H Bomb which was used as research for the deep dive in Chapter 6!You can listen to both of them at the links on them - fancy that!In this chat we talk about H.G. Wells and his response to eugenics, his love life, and his pursuit to always discover new and challenging ideas. We also have a little chat about Doctor Who and the role Wells played in shaping that.As well as a producer, Simon is best known for his writing work for Doctor Who audio dramas with Big FinishListen to his upcoming episode of Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks written during lockdown is out in October and can be heard hereDoctor Who: Wicked Sisters his audio drama trilogy is out in November and get be heard hereBig Finish also have their own adaptation of War of the Worlds The Martian Invasion of EarthFollow @edyhurst on twitter, instagram or facebook for the latest on the podcast as well as songs and videos.Credits:Produced by Edy HurstWritten by H.G.Wells and Edy HurstTheme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod WolfAll others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst.
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Brilliant dive into War of the Worlds
A great way to listen to the original war of the worlds, have a laugh and learn some surprising new stories too. Perfect for anyone who’s heard of it but never read the book, or looking to see it from a new perspective. Great songs too!
Great podcast loved every minute, highly recommend. Go listen now!!!
All the lols in an unexpected format