Nuclear War & the BBC, Uncanny County – VP022

Welcome to episode 22 of Virtual Pizza, I’m Phil and if you’ve listened before, thanks for keeping us on your podcast catcher!  If you’re new, then welcome, I hope you enjoy the show and stick around!
It’s been almost a year since our last episode. The last 2 years have been pretty horrible on a personal level, and the tough times are not over yet, but I felt I needed to get back behind the mic, doing something I enjoy so much, which is this show, Virtual Pizza.

star-trek-2017-new-logo-600x340STAR TREK DISCOVERY
If you haven’t heard, there’s a new Star Trek show coming soon! Titled Star Trek: Discovery, the TV show will be set after Enterprise and ten years before The Original Series, placing it in the original ‘Prime’ continuity rather than the current movie timeline, which is know as Kelvin.
Star Trek: Discovery will air in January 2017, on CBS All Access in the USA and a day later on Netflix here in the UK and across most of the world.
As a surprise to pretty much no one, there’s now a four-disc 3D collector’s edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens heading into stores before the end of the year. The new set will include all of the bonus features from the disc release earlier this year.

No official UK release date has been announced yet (and we’ve not found it listed at online stores in the UK), but the new set will start rolling out across Europe from the end of October.




I have a new highly anticipated movie of the year. Originally known as Story Of Your Life, Denis Villeneuve’s new sci-fi movie – before he heads off to make Blade Runner 2 – is now going by the name of Arrival and a teaser trailer has just been released.
It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whittaker and is based on Ted Chiang’s short story. The official synopsis says
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
We’re promised a full, longer length trailer next week.
bbc-641193BBC WAR ROOM
For the first time, the BBC has given detailed access to the plans it drew up in the Cold War for a Wartime Broadcasting System to operate in the event of nuclear war, this was know as the War book.
The War Book reveals a world of meticulous BBC planning. The Wartime Broadcasting System would have operated from 11 protected bunkers spread across the UK.
Recommendation of the week
Whilst I’ve been away I’ve trawled through hundreds of hours of audio drama, some have been ok, some have been bad but there have been a few stand out productions that I’m going to be sharing with you.
The first of which is Uncanny County
That’s it for episode 22, i hope you’ve enjoyed it.

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