The audio reimagining of the classic Anderson series UFO continues with three new adventures.
Last year, audio producers Big Finish launched an audio reimagining of the classic 1970s Anderson series UFO.
UFO: Destruct Positive! landed with acclaim and a ringing endorsement from us. Our review praised the new backstory, strong cast and direction, and impressive sound design work.
Now a second three-episode boxset, due for release in March 2023, continues the story.
Here’s the synopsis for UFO: Breaking Point:
New recruits. New technology. New threats. SHADO is nearly fully operational, but the alien menace is intensifying at a greater rate than the fledgling organisation can cope with. Under ever-increasing pressures, Straker is repeatedly put to the test. Facing unimaginable weaponry, warring factions, and near-insurmountable personal strain – can the man leading the fight to defend Earth survive?
While the first boxset was written by Andy Lane, Jamie Anderson and Nicholas Briggs are on script duties this time. The three new episodes are:
‘Lost in Action’
An unexpected confrontation at 30,000 feet leads to a civilian casualty. With no other options, Straker must recruit this stubborn but brave pilot to join SHADO. Meanwhile, Straker’s team orders the early activation of Moonbase – without his consent. It’s just in time. Now, the nascent organisation is being put to the ultimate test, and SHADO’s latest recruit will have put his life on the line.
In the wake of loss, SHADO’s problems are brought into sharp focus by a series of unexpected and inexplicable events. A new threat from the aliens emerges – one that the organisation is ill-equipped to deal with. With few options left, Straker must follow his instincts and put SHADO’s survival in the hands of a traitor.
SHADO faces a severe security breach, swiftly followed by the most intense and highly-coordinated alien threat it has ever seen. Straker now faces unimaginable pressures from every angle. The strain on him, and his organisation, reach impossible levels. Mistakes will be made. Lives will be lost. Could this be the end?
Once again, Barnaby Kay (Wallander) returns as Commander Ed Straker, with Jeany Spark as Lieutenant-Colonel Virginia Lake. The wider cast includes Samuel Clemens, Lynsey Murrell, George Naylor, Hywel Morgan and Nicholas Briggs.
Nicholas Briggs said: “I really love UFO as a series and a concept. It’s been really great working on it. The aim is to make this feel familiar for fans of the original TV series, like myself, but to do it in a slightly different way – with a twist!
“I feel that these outrageous fantasies have a real foot in reality and that’s what makes them more effective. These are real people with fallibilities who are easily exposed to emotional and physical harm. Even though it’s all very exciting, we want to show that there are tragic human consequences.”
It’s available as a collector’s edition CD box set (+ download for £19.99) or a digital download only (for £16.99).