Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Jules Verne's classic adventure, dramatised by Steve Walker
Lidenbrok, a Hamburg geologist, decodes runes which tell of a passage to the centre of the Earth.
Axel: Nathaniel Parker
Prof Lidenbrok: Nicholas Le Prevost
Rosemarie McNab: Kristin Milward
Hans/Student: Oliver Senton
Grauben: Deborah Berlin
Martha: Eva Stuart
With Peter Yapp, Michael Tudor-Barnes and Joshua Towb
Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Sat 9th Dec 1995
19:50 on BBC Radio 4 FM
An adventurous geology professor chances upon a manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a route to the earth's core. Professor Lidenbrock can't resist the opportunity to investigate, and with his nephew Axel, he sets off across Iceland in the company of Hans Bjelke, a native guide. The expedition descends into an extinct volcano toward a sunless sea, where they encounter a subterranean world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic marine life — a living past that holds the secrets to the origins of human existence.