Tony Robinson

Paradise Lost in Space
  • Paradise Lost in Space

    • Colin Swash

    • Alistair McGowan (Read by)

    • Carla Mendonca (Read by)

    • David Haig (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Peter Serafinowicz (Read by)

    • Ronnie Ancona (Read by)

    • Tony Robinson (Read by)

    Tony Robinson and David Haig star in this black-hole comedy about two space-age humans stranded on a friendly alien planet

    Norman is an idealistic, Beethoven-loving revolutionary. Max is a boring but cheerful timeshare salesman who won't stop talking. Fellow passengers on a flight to the Moon, they're thrown together to become reluctant companions after the lunar shuttle's toilet cubicle explodes, crash-landing them both on the desert sands of a distant alien planet.

    They are rescued by the friendly Oblivions, who could not be more delighted to see them. Having spent six years learning English from a discarded volume of Noël Coward plays, they're keen to practise the lingo - and learn more about the many mysteries that have baffled them. How do you mix a Martini? How does one play tennis? And what on Earth is misery?

    Norman and Max are about to answer all their questions - as well as introducing them to fire, contemplation and baked potatoes. But their well-intentioned attempts to share the secrets of racquet-based games and sophisticated cocktails soon backfire. Perhaps providing the Oblivions with the priceless gifts of human civilization wasn't such a good idea after all...

    Written by Colin Swash, whose numerous TV credits include Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, this sci-fi sitcom stars Tony Robinson as Max and David Haig as Norman. Among the co-stars are Geoffrey McGivern and Lorelei King (The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy), and guest stars include Alistair McGowan, Peter Serafinowicz and Ronni Ancona.

    Production credits
    Written by Colin Swash
    Produced by Richard Wilson

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9 March-13 April 1995

    Norman - Tony Robinson
    Max - David Haig
    Stella - Louise Lombard
    Macari - Michael Troughton
    Captain Rossiter - Dan Strauss
    Jane/Terayz/Suzy - Carla Mendonça
    Tony - Geoffrey McGivern
    Ken - Tom Hollander
    Inspector Albermarle - Andy Rashleigh
    Clive - Guy Witcher
    Jonathan Ross - Alistair McGowan
    Buzz - Peter Serafinowicz
    Louise - Ronni Ancona
    Voice of Ume - Lorelei King
    Vince - Daniel Main

Sir Tony Robinson is an award-winning writer, presenter, and actor, and the UK's foremost face of popular history. His television credits include Time Team (Channel 4), Blackadder (BBC1), The Worst Jobs In History (Channel 4), Walking Through History(Channel 4), Me and My Mum (ABC), Tony Robinson's Coast to Coast (Channel 5), Britain's Ancient Tracks (Channel 4), and more. As a children's television writer, he has won two RTS awards, a BAFTA, and the International Prix Jeunesse, and his work includes Central TV's Fat Tulip's Garden, Odysseus - the Greatest Hero of Them All, and Blood and Honey. He has also made a range of television documentaries, written 30 children's books, winning the Blue Peter Factual Book Award twice, and several books for adults, including his autobiography No Cunning Plan. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of Cardiff University, and he has been awarded honorary doctorates and masters' degrees by several leading universities. He is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society, and received a knighthood in 2013.

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