Retrogram #7913: Three Shows, Three Mile Island

The week of March 26th, 1979: Wales is finally exporting the works of one of its finest storytellers to the small screen.  Britain is exporting interconnected space operas, complete with space Vikings.  And the U.S.?  It’s exporting superheroes and a rare appearance by a genuine comics legend…but it’s keeping the nuclear fear to itself.  (50:16)


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Retrogram #7060: The Case For Doctor Who Season 7

1970: The Doctor’s back.  With a new face.  In color!  But his first story was being made by the last of the black & white era’s production team, and a new team would be taking over with an aim toward building social messages into their story.  What were the expectations of the new Doctor and his new behind-the-scenes crew…and how were those expectations promptly defied?  (1:19:10)


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Retrogram #7516

The week of April 14th, 1975: Pestilence, Cybermen, angry vegetation, and death – it was a week in 1975 that saw Doctor Who come up against a new show created by one of the writers most directly responsible for Doctor Who’s success, while a couple of genre shows for kids got pretty weird. Join us for a thoroughly British Retrogram…or avoid it like the plague. (63:14)


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Retrogram 7409: Houston, We Have Quite A Large Number Of Problems

The week of February 24th, 1974: Daleks, telekinesis, nukes, O. Henry, and overwrought mission controllers, oh my! There wasn’t a mission to the moon in progress during this week in 1974…but there were a lot of shows…and a few of them were good. There was also the first-ever attempt to dramatize the Apollo 13 mission for television…which was less good. Warning: listeners will be subjected to double doses of Gary Collins and Harve Bennett in this Retrogram. (83:02)


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Retrogram Special: Life Lessons From Kerr Avon

A Great Big Fan Love Letter To Paul Darrow: Breaking the normal “one week” format of the show already seemed like a thing that had to be done to bid a fond farewell to one of the stars of Blake’s 7, and a memorable presence in so many other genre shows. Whether you’re a longtime fan or have never heard of the man, raise a glass to the man (and his utterly unmistakable voice) who was Kerr Avon on our screens. (93:11)


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