BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Postby Australian Dawn » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:12 pm

The BBC might have some competition here:
http://bloody-disgusting.com/tv/3511327 ... elivision/

(Or not, this'll be crap, lets face it.)

But I wonder how many people are going to have a go at War of The Worlds and if any of his other stories are going to be adapted? It would be nice to see someone try The First Men In The Moon but nobody seems to be able to see past the tripods it seems. :(
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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Postby U Toob » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:07 pm

The show was announced in spring 2017 and production began in April 2018, with filming taking place in Liverpool.

An exact air date has not been confirmed but it’s expected to arrive on our screens later in 2018.



17 days left then...

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2018-12 ... -the-cast/
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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Postby Australian Dawn » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:48 pm

And it's good to know that George and Amy will be able to take time off from running from the alien death machines and the end of the world to defy society's prejudices.
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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Postby Nikonov_94 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:35 pm

Eh, it may well be good, I'll give it a try. I've been craving some late Victorian era sci fi these days, I hope they won't go full steampunk as this trend can end up being ridiculous sometimes.
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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Postby Australian Dawn » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:26 am

I hope they don't go full on cogs, rivets and steam as well. From his criticism of some illustrations of his story Wells clearly didn't see his Martian Tripods that way.
I'd be more worried if it wasn't the BBC TBH, I'm not sure the Steampunk aesthetic ever really broke away from general idea of Sci-fi anachronism to become it's own cliché thing in the minds of the BBC, the influence of Dr. Who and it's everything-and-the-kitchen-sink attitude to genre conventions I think. But British posters would know better than I there.

More likely IMHO the Edwardian main characters will act more like 21 century people with none of the attitudes of the time, which aids identification for non-fans but hurts the whole allegory-of-empire thing Wells was going for and makes recapturing the disquieting, probably verging on horror emotional impact the story probably had on readers of the time very unlikely IMHO.

Quite frankly I'm worried they probably don't aspire to anything more than creating a nostalgic, nationalistic celebration of Britishness fit for a flag waving Brexit era audience. :(
Which would be particularly irksome as the era produced tons of nationalistic fiction ripe for that treatment but this story is certainly not one of them.
But perhaps I judge too harshly based on the few articles I've read, only time will tell.

And at the very least we'll get aliens and explosions. :D
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