BBC Radio 4, 12 April 2008
Into Space brought back – for one performance only – the characters from the famous 60s science fiction series.
David Jacobs led the cast as he recreated his original role as Jet Morgan. The production resembled a pastiche playing on
listeners’ memories of the original series, as well as making jokes about Jet’s age. The action was set in 2013
in a world which was apparently free from strife. However as with all stories of this nature, this apparent calm was rudely
interrupted as a race of monstrous women sought to take over the universe. They were only vanquished by means of the Journey Into Space crew’s bravery and ingenuity. Liz Anstee’s production proved highly paradoxical;
while seeming postmodern in its determination to sustain an atmosphere of pastiche, it reinforced the strength of male bonding
as a means of protection against the female ‘threat’ to social stability. Anstee offered a male-oriented response
to the ideology expressed in Blount’s Country Wife; in order for society
to survive, gender roles should remain fixed and unchanging, the same as they were in the early 60s when Journey Into Space first appeared on the airwaves.
David Blount's Country Wife