1 series of 4 x 30 minute episodes
The Laxian Key
Sci-fi comedy series based on the short stories of Robert Sheckley. Two planetary decontaminationists accidentally cause the Earth to melt
Set in the year 2150, Arnold and Gregor work as planetary decontaminationists via their own firm, AAA Ace Eco-Friendly Interplantary Decomtamination. Their job is to clean up polluted planets and to make them habitable for humans. One such place is Planet Party, where several people have died when they landed there. With a big cash award given to anyone who can clean it up, it looks like Arnold and Gregor might do the deadly job.
However, they soon get sidetracked by an alien music box which contains a strangle liquid which dissolves anything it touches. It is not long before the 87th floor of a skyscraper in Streatham starts to melt, followed by London, and soon the entire Earth.
According to the song in the music box, the only thing that can stop the melting is something called "The Laxian Key".
1. Episode One
First broadcast: Sunday 25th February 2007
The mysterious deaths of space tourists on Planet Party give planet decontaminators Arnold and Gregor a unique job opportunity.
2. Episode Two
First broadcast: Sunday 4th March 2007
London is melting! With the whole of Earth blaming Arnold and Gregor, the planetary decontaminationists must flee, but where?
3. Episode Three
First broadcast: Sunday 11th March 2007
Guilt stricken Arnold's call home to apologise for melting Earth is traced. Our planetary decontaminationists are on the run.
4. Episode Four
First broadcast: Sunday 18th March 2007
Arnold and Gregor are about to be bombed senseless by Evans the Welsh vigilante, a fitting reprisal surely for melting Earth.
BBC Radio 7
4 (1 series)
Chris Larner, Mark Bonnar, Christine Kavanagh, Virginie Gilchrist, Trevor Cooper, Alex Lowe, Bethan Walker and Sam Dale
Robert Sheckley, Chris Larner and David Gilbert