6 x 30 minute episodes in 1 series
Sci-fi sitcom set on a hopeless new space colony. Nicholas Lyndhurst and Vicki Pepperdine star
BBC Radio 4
6 (1 series)
Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine, Tom Goodman-Hill, Phil Whelans, John Dorney, Letty Butler and Cariad Lloyd
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.)
Series 2 2014
1. Sample Of Terror
First broadcast: Monday 21st July 2014
Day 30 and Brian has to win the Tour De France to save the contents of Lillian's freezer. Meanwhile, Mason discovers that a nuclear core is not the best venue for some role play.
2. One Small Naughty Step For Man
First broadcast: Monday 28th July 2014
Day 32 and the colony teacher tells Carol and Richard to go and sit in the naughty airlock.
3. They Came To Test Our Brains!
First broadcast: Monday 4th August 2014
A pub quiz and a talking yam spell disaster for Brian when he accidentally discovers his IQ. Oh and that is what Archer's lungs look like. Thank you Lillian.
4. Adjective From Space!
First broadcast: Monday 11th August 2014
It is election time on the colony - Richard goes for the youth vote, while Brian's campaign is based on feeding everyone some nauseating protein.
5. Let Me Entertain Me
First broadcast: Monday 18th August 2014
The discovery of a poet on the colony sets off a bomb, a monster, a sword fight and a poem. But is Archer really capable of murder?
6. Day Trip To Terror!
First broadcast: Monday 25th August 2014
What better time for social media to kick in than on a dangerous search-and-rescue mission on the planet's surface? And just why is Lillian replacing her nose?