The Gemini Apes

1st Broadcast BBC Radio 4, Christmas Day 2.15pm 1998

 

Producer

Dirk Maggs

 

Writer

Dirk Maggs

 

Director

Dirk Maggs

 

Produced By

Audio Movies Ltd for BBC Radio 4

 

Synopsis

At last ... Intelligent Life On Earth ...

Two chimpanzees shot into space in 1964 as part of a NASA capsule test return thirty-five years later, apparently unchanged - but for exceptional intelligence, exceptional compassion - and a deep distrust of Man. Yet the Gemini Apes hold the key to solving Western Medicine’s most urgent problem - antibiotic resistant superbugs.

Should they be sacrificed to save a child’s life ?

What happens in a world where we are not the only intelligent life on Earth?

This is an action-packed space age fairytale in which survival of the fittest doesn’t necessarily mean fittest to survive...

 

Cast

Character
Actor
Drake

Christopher Lee

Jojo
Gary Martin
Character Name not known
Nic Colicos
Rusty

Garrick Hagon

Character Name not known
Mollie
Liza Ross
Character Name not known

Rupert Degas

Ricky
Alan Marriott
Nadia
Katherine Shannon
Character Name not known

Simon Treves

 

Production Crew

Studio Assistant John Hood http://homepage.mac.com/johnhood

 

 

Music composed & Arranged

Matthew Strachan

His website is here

 

Comments by Matthew Strachan

on working with Dirk Maggs

Click here

 

Audio Design

The Soundhouse LTD

 

 

Comment by Dirk Maggs

 

Background on The Gemini Apes

 

In 1998 BBC Radio 4's controller James Boyle kindly allowed me make a story of my own as an ‘audio movie’ for Christmas Day. The idea had been in my mind for several years and I wanted to play with the conventions of narration and backstory in a way that kept things moving along in a dynamic way.

I hit on having the narration in the present tense to give the feeling that we are witnessing events rather than getting them second hand. The story concerns two NASA chimps lost in space in the 1960s who return in the 21st century, not only none the worse for wear but now possessed of great intelligence. It's a story I'd like to develop further if I ever get a chance.

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Running Time

90 Minutes

 

 

Other Links

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Cast Pictures

 

Lorelei King
Rupert Degas
Christopher Lee
   Lorelei King  
Rupert Degas   
Christopher Lee
Katherine Shannon

                                                 

 

 

The Original Press Release

tHe GeMiNi APes©

At last ... Intelligent Life On Earth ...

Two chimpanzees shot into space in 1964 as part of a NASA capsule test return thirty-five years later, apparently unchanged

- but for exceptional intelligence, exceptional compassion -

and a deep distrust of Man.

Yet the Gemini Apes hold the key to solving Western Medicine’s most urgent problem - antibiotic resistant superbugs.

Should they be sacrificed to save a child’s life ?

What happens in a world where we are not the only intelligent life on Earth?

This is an action-packed space age fairytale in which

survival of the fittest doesn’t necessarily mean fittest to survive...

BBC RADIO 4's AUDIO MOVIES LTD Production

CHRISTOPHER LEE

GARRICK HAGON LORELEI KING GARY MARTIN

LIZA ROSS SIMON TREVES RUPERT DEGAS and NIC COLICOS

tHe GeMiNi APes©

Featuring ALAN MARRIOTT and KATHERINE SHANNON

Music by MATTHEW STRACHAN Audio Design by THE SOUNDHOUSE LTD

Written, Produced and Directed by DIRK MAGGS

DOLBY SURROUND®

 

What Others have said

 

“... Dirk Maggs’ thrill-a-minute scifi drama should lure the kids in from the television ...”

LINDA O’CALLAGHAN, Daily Mail WEEKEND, 19 December 1998

“... has teenage appeal ... a fast-moving saga billed as radio’s answer to the Yuletide movie blockbuster.”

STEPHANIE BILLEN, The Observer, 20 December 1998

“... a highly crafted sci-fi morality tale ... big, bright, bold, highly original and beautifully done ... it ought to be snatched up at once and made into a movie.”

GILLIAN REYNOLDS, Daily Telegraph, 28th December 1998

 

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