Journey into Space: Classic Science Fiction Radio 1945-1960

Course Ref: C3747099
Date: 1 meeting on Saturday 14/05/2022. 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: RISC
Tutor: Dan Renshaw
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Fee: £27.00

In this day-school we will examine the cultural phenomenon that was Journey into Space. The last radio programme to gain a larger audience share than television – in the mid-1950s the exploits of Jet Morgan and his crew captivated the nation. We shall look at the show itself, and the light that shines on the changing nature of British society from 1945 to 1960. The course will begin by examining British popular culture in the immediate post-war context of austerity and rationing, before going on to consider how radio and later television reflected the profound societal changes (class, gender relations, migration, and the decline of empire) taking place in the 1950s. Other pop culture outputs, from Dick Barton to Dan Dare to early Hammer Horror, will be looked at, but the course will be centred on the Journey into Space's adventures on the Moon, on Mars, and on earth itself...

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