''My First Planet'' - from l to r, John Dorney as Richard, Letty Butler as Carol, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Brian, Vicki Pepperdine as Lillian, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mason & Phil Whelans as Archer

''My First Planet'' - Nicholas Lyndhurst as Brian

''My First Planet'' - Vicki Pepperdine as Lillian

''My First Planet'' - Nicholas Lyndhurst as Brian & Vicki Pepperdine as Lillian

''My First Planet'' - Cariad Lloyd as Carol

''My First Planet'' - John Dorney as Richard

''My First Planet'' - Phil Whelans as Archer

''My First Planet'' - Tom Goodman-Hill as Mason

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My First Planet

More ‘soc-fi’ than sci-fi, My First Planet charts the adventures of the first human colony on another planet. We’re aware that having been in deep cryosleep for 73 years, you may be in need of some supplementary information:

Personnel:
Unfortunately, Burrows the leader of the colony has died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst) is now in charge. He'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 Chief Physician Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine), 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 (Best Edinburgh Newcomer Nominee 2011 Cariad Lloyd in the first series, Letty Butler in Series 2) and Richard (John Dorney) - were rather fibbing about being a couple, just to get on the trip.

Add in an entirely unscrupulous Chief Scientist, Mason (Tom Goodman-Hill) and also Archer (Writer Phil Whelans), 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 colonize space, is it destined to succumb to self-interest, prejudice and infighting? (By the way, the answer’s “yes”. Sorry.)

The first series also featured guest performances by Gus Brown as ‘Scalding’ and Clever Peter’s own Richard Bond as the luckless ‘Carshalton’.

Series 1

“The Landing Has Landed”

Day 1 on the colony and they’ve lost the food, the air, the Commander and the Mood Music. Meanwhile, Chief Physician Lillian makes a terrible discovery about Project Adam…

“Hairdresser from Space”
Day 7 on the colony, and Mason stirs up an ethical nightmare involving a clone, a murder and some dreadlocks. Meanwhile, Archer the handyman attempts some repairs on his own head.

“The Noticeboard of Doom”
Day 27 and the colonists are torn between Richard’s newsletter and Archer’s hot pants. And which is more dangerous - Brian’s monkey wrench or Lillian’s “vitamin” drink?

“Inglorious Barters”
A queue for the loo and a rogue backrub threaten to blow up the colony. And just what is Lillian’s “Special Skill”…?

 

Series 2

The second series was commissioned almost straight away, and bumped up from a generous 4 episodes to a munificent 6! We had one casting change, where Letty Butler, of sketch group LetLuce took over the reins as Carol, and once again, we had some great guests over the series, including that splendid Penny Dreadful Thom Tuck and Oram & Meeten’s very own Tom Meeten...

My First Planet

Series 1

Show 1

"The Landing Has Landed"

First Tx: 11/04/12 11.30-12.00

Day 1 on the colony and they’ve lost the food, the air, the Commander and the Mood Music. Meanwhile, Chief Physician Lillian makes a terrible discovery about Project Adam

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolCariad Lloyd
RichardJohn Dorney
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 2

"Hairdresser From Space"

First Tx: 18/04/12 11.30-12.00

Day 7 on the colony, and Mason stirs up an ethical nightmare involving a clone, a murder and some dreadlocks. Meanwhile, Archer the handyman attempts some repairs on his own head.

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolCariad Lloyd
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guest
ScaldingGus Brown
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 3

"The Noticeboard of Doom"

First Tx: 25/04/12 11.30-12.00

Day 27 and the colonists are torn between Richard’s newsletter and Archer’s hot pants. And which is more dangerous - Brian’s monkey wrench or Lillian’s “vitamin” drink”?

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolCariad Lloyd
RichardJohn Dorney
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 4

"Inglorious Barters"

First Tx: 02/05/12 11.30-12.00

A queue for the loo and a rogue backrub threaten to blow up the colony. And just what is Lillian’s “Special Skill”…?

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolCariad Lloyd
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guest
CarshaltonRichard Bond
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Series 2

Show 1

"Sample of Terror"

First Tx Radio 4 Extra: 21/07/14 09.00-09:30

05/09/14 11.30-12.00 Radio 4

It’s Day 30 on the colony 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... 

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolLetty Butler
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guest
CollinsCatherine Shepherd
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 2

"One Small Naughty Step For Man"

First Tx: 28/07/14 09.00-09:30 Radio 4 Extra

12/09/14 11.30-12.00 Radio 4

Day 32 and the colony teacher tells Carol & Richard to go and sit in the naughty airlock. Meanwhile Lillian has to face a deadly rival, armed only with a marker pen and the common cold 

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolLetty Butler
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guest
Miss Laura BottingKate Dûchene
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 3

"They Came To Test Our Brains"

First Tx: 04/08/14 09.00-09:30 Radio 4 Extra

19/09/14 11.30-12.00 Radio 4

A pub quiz and a talking yam spell disaster for Brian when he accidentally discovers his IQ. Oh - and that’s what Archer’s lungs look like. Thank you Lillian.

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolLetty Butler
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guest
The YamWalter Plinge
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 4

"Adjective from Space!"

First Tx: 11/08/14 09.00-09:30 Radio 4 Extra

26/09/14 11.30-12.00 Radio 4

It’s election time on the colony - Richard goes for the youth vote while Brian’s campaign is based on feeding everyone some nauseating protein. And just who is the mysterious Security Officer hidden on the colony?

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolLetty Butler
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guests
JackieBekka Bowling
The Security ManTom Meeten
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 5

"Let Me Entertain Me"

First Tx: 18/08/14 09.00-09:30 Radio 4 Extra

03/10/14 11.30-12.00 Radio 4

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?

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolLetty Butler
RichardJohn Dorney
 
with special guest
The Poet HopkinThom Tuck
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 6

"Day Trip To Terror!"

First Tx: 25/08/14 09.00-09:30 Radio 4 Extra

10/10/14 11.30-12.00 Radio 4

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? 

Starring
BrianNicholas Lyndhurst
LillianVicki Pepperdine
MasonTom Goodman-Hill
ArcherPhil Whelans
CarolLetty Butler
RichardJohn Dorney
 
Written byPhil Whelans
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

My First Planet

The complete first series is now available to buy as a download on iTunes or by clicking here.

And have a look at the lovely flyer we sent out to mark the start of the series by clicking here.


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