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Started by Spontu on Feb 17, 2018 11:10:25 AM
Proper ‘War of the Worlds’ being made by the BBC

It is reported that the BBC is making a television serial adaptation of H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds that will be faithful to the period and the novel.

Spontu - 17 Feb 2018 11:14:46 (#1 of 71)

Wells’s novel of 1895 was not set in Dorking, though Chesney’s highly similar The Battle of Dorking of 1871 was.

Ebadlun - 26 Feb 2018 00:33:07 (#2 of 71)

Runs panicking into the street

Yersinia - 26 Feb 2018 00:58:52 (#3 of 71)

Well, it's Surrey, it ends in -king, near enough.

solomongursky - 26 Feb 2018 01:19:23 (#4 of 71)

He'd ride for 30 miles a day round Woking and have daydreams about vaporising people with heat rays. Most cyclists have them.

Tripos - 26 Feb 2018 07:05:50 (#5 of 71)

Good news.


"There they are, what did I tell you?"

Arjuna - 26 Feb 2018 07:11:19 (#6 of 71)

Germans, Martians, whats the difference?

Brexit means Brexit!

invicta - 26 Feb 2018 09:10:59 (#7 of 71)

The problem with The War Of The Worlds is that the protagonist spends a great deal of time cycling about the Downs near Woking and misses most of the apocalypse. I suppose that works in a Cloverfield sort of way, but we're all expecting Richard Burton and Dat-dat-daaaa. (Tom Hardy, these days, I expect).

Catspyjamas17 - 26 Feb 2018 09:14:23 (#8 of 71)

I wish they'd adapt new material instead. WOTW has been done to death and I'm not especially fond of it anyway.

Tripos - 26 Feb 2018 09:14:34 (#9 of 71)

I haven't read the book but have listened to the album a few times.

invicta - 26 Feb 2018 09:22:33 (#10 of 71)

The book is very good, but very Wells is an acquired taste theses days.

thePiMan - 26 Feb 2018 11:13:36 (#11 of 71)

Found out about this a few weeks back when the production team moved into the Liverpool Film Studio building where my niece works.

They brought biscuits.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Feb 2018 11:17:36 (#12 of 71)

Was Wells being mildy satirical with the setting? The idea that the world had collapsed because Maidenhead had been overrun with Martians always struck me as rather comically parochial.

LippyPongstocking - 26 Feb 2018 11:21:31 (#13 of 71)

I wish they'd adapt new material instead.

Yes, WOTW has had enough adaptations, surely - plus the ending is rather lame.

Maybe one of the John Wyndham novels would be a better bet: not Day of the Triffids, or The Midwich Cuckoos, as they've been done a few times already; but The Kraken Wakes, Web, or The Chrysalids would be good.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Feb 2018 11:22:22 (#14 of 71)

"plus the ending is rather lame."

"And then all the Martians died, and that was the end of the war of the worlds."

Ebadlun - 26 Feb 2018 11:25:48 (#15 of 71)

"And nothing any of the human characters did actually mattered"

AlanII - 26 Feb 2018 11:26:16 (#16 of 71)

"Except the one that sneezed."

Dayraven - 26 Feb 2018 11:27:00 (#17 of 71)

Was Wells being mildy satirical with the setting?

He was having fun unleashing war machines on places he'd spent a lot of time. And the book does have London falling easily at about the height of the British Empire.

solomongursky - 26 Feb 2018 11:32:14 (#18 of 71)

Late Victorians had a dread of suburbs.

thePiMan - 26 Feb 2018 11:48:16 (#19 of 71)

Whilst War Of The Worlds has been adapted a good few times, it's about time it was done for the correct period. One of the things that's missing from the versions that have been done is the complete lack of shock at the levels of technology possessed by the invaders.

In Victorian times there was no comprehension at all that these things may be possible, whereas in adaptations like the Tom Cruise one, people are used to the ideas of advancing technology and the possibility of life on other planets.

Tripos - 26 Feb 2018 15:03:58 (#20 of 71)

and the possibility of life on other planets.

"I say.. I say.... I say - now come now son you're being preposterous!!

Sorry, I couldn't find the relevant clip.

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