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Edy Hurst's Podcast Version of... The War of the Worlds

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An audio scrapbook of the beloved and seminal sci-fi novel, "The War of the Worlds" by H.G.Wells. Each episode reads through a chapter of the book along with tangents of deep dives, inspired comedy songs and guests.

An audio scrapbook of the beloved and seminal sci-fi novel, "The War of the Worlds" by H.G.Wells. Each episode reads through a chapter of the book along with tangents of deep dives, inspired comedy songs and guests.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

An audio scrapbook of the beloved and seminal sci-fi novel, "The War of the Worlds" by H.G.Wells. Each episode reads through a chapter of the book along with tangents of deep dives, inspired comedy songs and guests.

Twitter:

@edyhurst

Language:

English

Contact:

07852981550


Episodes

Chapter 17: The Thunder Child feat. Jen Ives

1/18/2021
The Final of Book One is nigh! And let's go out of the half way point with a half way bang. Chapter 17 of The War of the Worlds sees us with the Narrator's Brother and the Ephinstone's at the end of the Country, in a desperate escape from an England invaded by Martians. We've got the ironclad Thunderchild, with it's sophisticated strategy of ramming 7 shades of shit out of the Martian Tripods. But is it enough to deter the army of Mars from taking down the would be refugees? Also...

Duration:01:00:54

Chapter 16: The Exodus From London feat. Bennet Kavanagh and Jen Ives

1/4/2021
As the Martians are going, quite frankly, feral, across the South West of England towards London, we continue with the account of the Narrator's Brother (still no name) and his escape from London. We also take a look at revolvers and the UK gun laws, how come so many folks in the book have 'em willy AND nilly? Joining us this week is the fantastic Bennet Kavanagh and Jen Ives. Bennet recently won the Audience Choice award at the Amused Moose New Comedy Award, and has created an ace song...

Duration:00:56:28

Happy Christmas - New Year Slump!

12/28/2020
Wishing you all the superlatives of the season with this brief message and an uplifting Carol for 2020. Thanks to everyone for listening, subscribing and your kind words for what has been an absurd premise for a podcast. The final two chapters of Book One will be out soon! And later in 2021 get ready for book two: The Earth Under Martians RATE | REVIEW | SHARE! Follow Edy Hurst on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with all the latest on Podcast news, songs and...

Duration:00:04:13

Interlude 4: Steam-Powered Nostradmus

12/14/2020
In our fourth interlude we take a look at beloved futurist and socialist horndog H.G. Wells' slight misfires on predicting the future, and also air out a song inspired by the previous chapters, 'Black Smoke (it's no joke)' RATE | REVIEW | SHARE! 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 Hurst Written by H.G.Wells and Edy Hurst Theme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod Wolf All others...

Duration:00:17:46

Chapter 15: What Happened in Surrey feat. The Loremen and Amelia Baylor

11/30/2020
We're back in Surrey after a brief trip to London, but for how long? Not only have the Martians unleashed the heat-ray upon the county, but now they've got a strange new retaliation to earth's firepower. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was personal. As well as the chapter, we've got a fantastic guest song from Amelia Bayler, and a talk about all the sounds from monsters past with the Loremen themselves! RATE | REVIEW | SHARE! Follow Amelia on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and...

Duration:00:44:41

Chapter 14: In London feat. Frank Foucault

11/16/2020
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...

Duration:00:59:34

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: The Red Room

10/30/2020
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 Hurst Written by H.G.Wells and Edy Hurst Theme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod Wolf All others songs and music produced by Edy Hurst

Duration:00:35:16

Chapter 13: How I fell in with the Curate feat. Tom Burgess and Black Liver (Keith Carter & Ruth Cockburn)

10/26/2020
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...

Duration:00:45:47

Chapter 12: What I saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton feat. Tony Wright & Jade Fearnley

10/12/2020
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...

Duration:00:52:23

Chapter 11: At the Window feat. Tony Wright

9/28/2020
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...

Duration:00:30:04

Interlude 3: Justice for Wells feat. Simon Guerrier

9/21/2020
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...

Duration:00:36:48

Chapter 10: In the Storm

9/7/2020
If you've ever heard/read/seen the War of the Worlds before, you'll know that far and away the tripods are the most memorable part. AND THEY'RE HERE! One leg is bad, two legs good, three legs? Perfect! As the Martians ascend out of their pit will the narrator return the rented dog cart back? Will he bump into a bizarrely large amount of people in a war zone? We've also got a run down on some of history's greatest tripods this episode and this weeks song is all about how great three legs...

Duration:00:36:34

Chapter 9: The Fighting Begins feat. Bexie Archer, Pottervision and Tom Little

8/24/2020
How long is too long to sit in a cold bath? Should you run off to the pub when Martians threaten your home and loved ones? This Chapter is a jam packed with conversations, and what better chance to invite some personal comedy friends onto the pod? There is none. NONE. We invite Pottervision (Lukas Kirkby and Tom Lawrinson), Tom Little to the show and the wonderful return of Bexie Archer for some of the many characters our narrators talks to. Plus, we've got a hard funk bop for Lord...

Duration:00:45:25

Chapter 8: Friday Night

8/10/2020
You know how it is, it's Friday night, a bunch of Martians have killed your friends and all you want to do is find out what's shakin' at the railway station. At least that's where we find our narrator in this weeks episode of Edy Hurst's Podcast Version of the War of the Worlds. Plus, we take a look at Germany's status as a growing military power in later 1800s Europe, what makin' love meant in the day, and also a song about Men from Mars. Follow @edyhurst on twitter, instagram or...

Duration:00:19:58

Chapter 7: How I got Home feat. Bexie Archer

8/3/2020
After the destruction of your close friends by some interplanetary mirror jerks, who wouldn't seek comfort at home? In this week's chapter our narrator heads back to his wife, but not before slagging off some locals. Also, we take a look at what it meant to have PTSD in Victorian times (it didn't exist then) and a quick chat with the wonderful Bexie Archer! Bexie plays the role of 'the wife' bringing all her experience as a RADA trained actor, a member of the BBC Writersroom 2019/2020,...

Duration:00:28:33

Chapter 6: The Heat-Ray on Chobham Road

7/27/2020
The power of the Heat-Ray continues to wreak havoc on the South England Municpality of Woking, Chobham and Chertsey in Chapter 6. We also take a look at the world of Science Fiction future prediction, and there's George Clinton inspired funk song that the Heat Ray has always deserved. Follow @edyhurst on twitter, instagram or facebook for the latest on the podcast as well as songs and videos. Credits: Produced by Edy Hurst Written by H.G.Wells and Edy Hurst Theme Song 'The Fall of...

Duration:00:22:45

Chapter 5: The Heat Ray Feat. Hannah Platt & Josh Jones

7/20/2020
Back to the book, and we find Horsell Common under attack from the Martians advanced weaponry. As we see a welcome party made up of Ogilvy, Henderson and Stent, we sit down with Hannah and Josh to see how they would make first contact with visitors from out of space. Follow @edyhurst on twitter, instagram or facebook for the latest on the podcast as well as songs and videos. Credits: Produced by Edy Hurst Written by H.G.Wells and Edy Hurst Theme Song 'The Fall of Saigon' By Ichabod...

Duration:00:26:42

Interlude 2: What even is a chance of Mars? feat. Ross Brierley

7/13/2020
One of the most quotable lines from H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds must be Ogilvy the astronomers famous assertion that: The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars, are a million to one. But is it actually a million to one? How likely is that, really? This episode Edy takes a look at the scientific attempts of putting a number on extraterrestrial life, and talks to Not So Late Show Host Ross Brierley about whether it's worth placing a bet on, and if it's worth being more concerned about...

Duration:00:29:56

Interlude 1: Jeff Wayne's Podcast Version of the Robot Knee

7/6/2020
Over the century and a bit since it was published, the War of the Worlds has been adapted into countless formats, from graphic novels to radio shows, but one of the most beloved must be Jeff Wayne's 1978 Musical Version. Taking a short break from the book proper, this week we take a deep dive into the life of Jeff, as well as hear a song Edy wrote about a robot knee. Follow @edyhurst on twitter, instagram or facebook for the latest on the podcast as well as songs and...

Duration:00:17:54

Chapter 4: The Cylinder Opens Feat. Alasdair Beckett-King

6/29/2020
Finally! The mysterious cylinder crash landed on Horsell Common Opens, and at last we catch a glimpse of those pesky Martians that'll cause such a ruckus. With the first description of the Martians, I wonder with Alasdair Beckett-King what previous descriptions of aliens might be found in folklore of yore. There's also a banger of a tune about being stuck in a pit, not that anyone knows what it feels like to be stuck in a specific place for an unspecified amount of time right now! Follow...

Duration:00:28:44