In the not-so-distant future, Man makes the leap into space. Under the leadership of Colonel Ed McCauley of the USAF, Mankind leaps into orbit, colonizes the Moon, and by the end of the series is launching the first spacecraft to Mars. In this relatively realistic portrayal of manned space flight, many of the episodes stem around problems caused by the actual problems of space exploration.There are no aliens of other science fiction elements, and everything is grounded in scientific fact.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1959-09-30

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Journey Into Space is a BBC Radio science fiction programme written by BBC producer Charles Chilton. It was the last UK radio programme to attract a bigger evening audience than television. Originally, four series were produced (the fourth was a remake of the first), which was translated into 17 languages (including Hindustani, Turkish and Dutch) and broadcast in countries worldwide (including the United States, New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands). Chilton later wrote three best-selling novels and several comic strip stories based upon the radio series. The first series was created in 1953, soon after Riders of the Range (a popular Western, also written by Chilton) ended its six series on the BBC Light Programme. Michael Standing, then Head of the BBC Variety Department, asked Chilton if he could write a sci-fi programme, and Journey to the Moon (later known as Operation Luna) was the result. Each half-hour episode would usually end with a dramatic cliffhanger, to increase the audience's incentive to tune into the next episode. The original magnetic recordings of the show were erased shortly after broadcast, and for several decades it was believed that no recordings of the show had survived. In 1986, a set of misfiled Transcription Service discs (produced for sale to overseas radio stations) was discovered, containing complete copies of the three original series (more accurately, the surviving version of the first series is a cut-down remake of the original, produced for the Transcription Service during the 1950s). This discovery enabled the BBC to begin re-broadcasting the show in the late 1980s, and release copies of the show, first on audio cassette, and more recently on CD and internet download. Fans of Journey Into Space include Colin Pillinger, Kenny Everett, John Major, Stephen Hawking, Miriam Margolyes and former Doctor Who producer Philip Hinchcliffe.

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Van Phillips composed and conducted the music for all three series. The music was initially recorded beforehand, and played from acetate discs during the recording sessions. Later, an eight-piece orchestra was actually present in the studio, and played the music live. Phillips liked the sound of the clavioline, and obtained one for use during Journey Into Space. He composed music especially for it, and it was “bolted onto the piano” in the studio. Titles of his compositions include “A Picture of the Universe”, “Rocket Away”, “Music for Outer Space”, “The Red Planet”, “Crossing the Plains”, and “Sunrise”. In 1955, Decca released a 78rpm record of the Journey Into Space theme, performed by Frank Weir and his orchestra (catalogue number F.10435), and sheet music of a piano solo of the theme was also published. In 1978, the recording was included on the 33⅓rpm BBC compilation record BBC Space Themes (catalogue number REH 324), and in 2005, Vocalion/Dutton Laboratories included it on their digitally remastered compilation CD Presenting Frank Weir And His Saxophone (catalogue number CDLK 4266). In Journey to the Moon, Lemmy occasionally provided musical entertainment for the crew on his mouth organ, playing songs such as “Knocked 'em in the Old Kent Road” and “My Old Dutch”. Excerpts of popular music were often used during the episodes, and sometimes played an important role in the plot. In episode 8 of Journey to the Moon, an excerpt from “Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship” by Hank Snow and The Rainbow Ranch Boys is heard by the crew on the ship's radio. “When It's Night Time In Italy”, by James Kendis and Lew Brown, was an important part of episodes 7 and 8 of The Red Planet. Other popular music used in The Red Planet included: “Flat Foot Floogie”, by Bulet Galliard, Leroy Stewart, and Bud Green, performed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra The theme tune to the Billy Cotton Band Show “Somebody Stole My Gal”, by Lee Wright “Friends and Neighbours”, by Marvin Scott and Malcolm Lockyer “Selection of Hebrew Dances Part 2”, by Ambrose and his orchestra Banjo music by Billy Bell The World in Peril featured a 'rebel song', sung by the 'conditioned' men aboard the Martian asteroids. This song was actually a musical arrangement of The Green Hills of Earth (a poem taken from Robert Heinlein's short story of the same name), performed by the George Mitchell Choir. In the final episode of The World in Peril, Chopin Opus 34: No. 2: Valse brillante in A minor is heard playing over the radio.

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