H.G. Wells

The H G Wells BBC Radio Collection
  • The H G Wells BBC Radio Collection

    • H.G. Wells

    • Amy Hoggart (Read by)

    • Bernard Cribbins (Read by)

    • Bill Nighy (Read by)

    • Blake Ritson (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by)

    • Paul Daneman (Read by)

    • Robert Bathurst (Read by)

    • Robert Glenister (Read by)

    • Stephen Murray (Read by)

    H G Wells wrote dozens of novels and short stories, and is often called the "father of science fiction". Here we collect together the works of H G Wells as broadcast on BBC Radio.

    With full-cast dramatisations of novels including The Time Machine, The Island of Dr Moreau, The War of the Worlds, Ann Veronica, The First Men in the Moon and The Wonderful Visit; plus readings of The Invisible Man, Love and Mr Lewisham, and several short stories including The Inexperienced Ghost and In the Abyss. Also included is a bonus drama about H G Wells and George Gissing, The Wells Way, and fascinating documentary H G Wells: The Invisible Author.

    During his own lifetime, H G Wells was prominent as a forward-looking, prophetic social critic - he foresaw the advent of aircraft, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite TV and something resembling the internet. In the 1930s and 40s he made regular radio broadcasts from the BBC to the nation, and we include a selection of these here. Hear Wells in his own words as he discusses topics as diverse as world politics, the history of the printing press, the possibilities of technology and the shape of things to come...

    The stellar casts in this collection include Bill Nighy, Robert Glenister, Bernard Cribbins, Blake Ritson, Amy Hoggart and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1866. After an education repeatedly interrupted by his family’s financial problems, he eventually found work as a teacher at a succession of schools, where he began to write his first stories. Wells became a prolific writer with a diverse output, of which the famous works are his science fiction novels. These are some of the earliest and most influential examples of the genre, and include classics such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. Most of his books very well-received, and had a huge influence on many younger writers, including George Orwell and Isaac Asimov. Wells also wrote many popular non-fiction books, and used his writing to support the wide range of political and social causes in which he had an interest, although these became increasingly eccentric towards the end of his life. Twice-married, Wells had many affairs, including a ten-year liaison with Rebecca West that produced a son. He died in London in 1946.