Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully. Katrina Lyons (Hattie Morahan). Copyright: BBC.

Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully

BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2 sitcom. 11 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Hattie Morahan, Hannah Murray, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Charles Edwards, John-Luke Roberts and others.

Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully

Radio sitcom about a sleepy English village which is taken over by aliens. Katrina Lyons finds herself trying to start a rebelion

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2012 - 2014
Channels
BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2
Episodes
11   (1 pilot + 2 series)
Starring
Hattie Morahan, Hannah Murray, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Charles Edwards, John-Luke Roberts, Dave Lamb and Michael Bertenshaw
Writer
Eddie Robson
Producer
Ed Morrish

Katrina Lyons was only visiting Cresdon Green, the village where she grew up, to borrow some money from her parents. They said no. But when she tried to head back to London, it turned out aliens had lowered a force field around the village and were refusing to let anyone in or out.

The Geonin are not your typical alien invaders. Instead of the usual all-at-once approach to global domination (which usually fails, they've noticed) they've decided to start small. They've encircled the small English village with an impenetrable heat wave, preventing anything coming in or out. With Cresdon Green as their base, they will learn about humankind, using their knowledge to effectively and efficiently spread their domination over the rest of the world, bit by bit.

Katrina finds their global invasion plans even more abhorrent than the prospect of living with her parents again at the age of thirty four. Unfortunately almost everyone in the village is too cowardly, apathetic, polite or stupid to stand up to this alien menace, so Katrina has no choice but to start the resistance movement herself. In the cricket pavilion.

Along with Lucy Alexander (the only teenager in the village, willing to rebel against whatever you've got) Katrina forms The Resistance - slightly to the annoyance of her parents, Margaret and Richard, who wish she wouldn't make so much of a fuss, and much to the annoyance of Field Commander Uljabaan who, alongside his unintelligible minions and The Computer (his hyper-intelligent supercomputer), is trying to actually run the invasion.

The first series ended with the observation project being extended for another year - so the second series sees Katrina and Lucy still running the resistance; Field Commander Uljabaan still struggling to understand humanity against the backdrop of Geonin budget cuts; Margaret and Richard still not trying to upset their new alien overlords; and the computer just wondering why they all bother.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 5th July 2012 on BBC Radio 2 at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 19th November 2014 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 22nd August 2018 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
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