My First Planet. Image shows from L to R: Richard (John Dorney), Carol (Cariad Lloyd), Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine), Mason (Tom Goodman-Hill), Archer (Phil Whelans). Copyright: Pozzitive Productions.

My First Planet

BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 10 episodes (2 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine, Tom Goodman-Hill, Phil Whelans, John Dorney, Letty Butler and Cariad Lloyd.

My First Planet

Sci-fi sitcom set on a hopeless new space colony. Nicholas Lyndhurst and Vicki Pepperdine star

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2012 - 2014
Channels
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 4
Episodes
10   (2 series)
Starring
Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine, Tom Goodman-Hill, Phil Whelans, John Dorney, Letty Butler and Cariad Lloyd
Writer
Phil Whelans
Producer
David Tyler

My First Planet is an audience sitcom set on a newly-founded space colony. Unfortunately, the leader of the colony died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst) is now in charge.

Brian's a nice enough chap, but no alpha male, and his desire to sort things out with a nice friendly meeting infuriates the colony's Senior Medical Officer Lillian, who'd really rather everyone was walking round in tight colour-coded tunics and saluting each other. She's also in charge of Project Adam, the plan to conceive and give birth to the first colony-born baby. Unfortunately, the two people hand-picked for this purpose - Carol and Richard - were rather fibbing about being a couple, just to get on the trip.

Add in an entirely unscrupulous Chief Scientist, Mason and also Archer an idiot maintenance man who believes he's an "empath" rather than a plumber, and you're all set to answer the question - if humankind were to colonise space, is it destined to succumb to self-interest, prejudice and infighting? (By the way, the answer's "yes". Sorry.)

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