Adapted for radio by Chris Boucher from the novel by Harry Harrison Another play in the occasional series tracing the writing of science fiction from the turn of the century to the present day.
Climactic Studios in Hollywood is about to go bankrupt and is in need of a big-budget epic to restore its fortunes. In desperation, L.M. Greenspan agrees to use a time machine to transport the company's director and stars back to the period of the Viking crossing to America in the year 1005. Real Vikings can be paid in whisky and the entire film made, edited and delivered within a week - our time. At least - that is the idea ... with Lee Montague as Barney Hendrikson (a film director) Richard Pearson as Professor Hewett (an inventor) John Bay as L.M. Greenspan (the head of Climactic Studios) David March as Dr Jens Lyn (a philologist) Michael Kilgarriff as Ottar (a Viking) Karen Archer as Slithey Tove (a film star) Alexander John as Ruf Hawk (another film star) Barry Dennen as Charley Chang (a scriptwriter) William Roberts as Tex (a stuntman) Crawford Logan as Dallas (another stuntman) Don Fellows as Amory (a technical advisor) Sean Barrett as Gino (a cameraman) Andrew Secombe as Doody (a musician) Patience Tomlinson as Betty (a secretary) and John Livesey as Saa (an accountant) Directed by Glyn Dearman