BBC The War of the Worlds

BBC The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds written in 1897 is a novel by HG Wells, it’s one of the earliest books to tell the story of a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. In the book the aliens are Martians who fight in three legged walking fighting machines.

Back in January 2018 I blogged about the forthcoming BBC production of The War of the Worlds.

The BBC’s interpretation of the HG Wells 1897 classic will begin filming in spring 2018 and air later on BBC One.

Unlike more recent interpretations this will be set in the period it was published, so faithful to the Victorian era.

We do know that it will be three sixty minute episodes.

BBC One have announced the show will be arriving on our screens Autumn 2019 – not during the Christmas period as many expected.

BBC The War of the Worlds

Director Craig Viveiros said. “This is the first version to be set in London and [its environs] during the Edwardian period.”

BBC The War of the Worlds

This version stars Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall. Robert Carlyle and Rupert Graves are also set to star alongside them.

The trailer arrives on Sunday!

One of my favourite Osprey books is about the War of the Worlds. This is a historical record of the Anglo-Martian war of 1895.

War of the Worlds (Dark Osprey)

On one terrible night in August 1895, the world changed forever. Grey metal cylinders, launched from Mars and hurtled through space, came crashing down in southern England. The next 15 days were marked by courage and despair, hope and shock, defeat and fleeting victory as Queen Victoria’s army struggled to contain the terrible alien threat. The war, man against machines from space, was fought without mercy on both sides. And the outcome would be decided by the smallest of things. This book covers the whole of the Anglo-Martian conflict, beginning with a look at the relative strengths and weakness of the two armies, both English and alien, and comparing the different strategies employed. It then takes a detailed look at the actual military struggle, covering all of the major engagements between the tripods and Victoria’s army.

I have been thinking about since purchasing the book gaming scenarios pitting Edwardian Brits against the Martian invaders.

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