Don’t forget The Big Finish Classic: Phantom Of The Opera which got played one or two times...
Earthsearch: Mindwarp was also broadcast on the radio many years ago, (2006?) but that might have been before the days of iPlayer, oh and Graceless got a radio broadcast at some stage too, not sure about iPlayer availability for that either though.
While I enjoyed this immensely, I can't help but feel the sci-fi elements took me out of this a bit, especially after the build up. Yes, this is a comedy drama, but it was still too much of a left-turn for me, especially with how well-established and rounded the characters were... I did love everything else - it was great to see these two queer kids begin to wrestle with their adult responsibilities rather then have some overwhelming tragedy push them to it and I love that Rhys coming out to his parents was still a big deal for him, while certiantly not ignoring the issues involved, it was difficult within his own context. And I loved that Rhy's parents weren't regulated to quirky or understand, but actual characters in their own right, just two grown up kids trying to steer their way through parenthood and for Rhys, a glimpse into the uncertainty of adulthood. And I love that Rhys is actually kind of brat and annoying at times, rather then being forced into adulthood and still has a lot to learn from his supportive parents despite being eighteen.
And I loved what they did with Noel here, but not so much. While still very much a guy, Father characters like Noel are regulated too often to certain positions in these type of narratives and it's nice to see that challenged here. Noel loves and respects his wife, their equal partners, cares deeply for her emotional well-being (and she for him) and isn't afraid to be vulnerable with her, and is just as scared about his son entering adult life and isn't afraid to wrestle with his emotions, while still struggling to show it. It's nice that Scott Hancock and Jay Harley don't avoid that this is going to be challenging and that it is presented as simply as a curveball (one of many), but not as immensoutable one and not beyond Noel and Eleri's understanding. (And Eleri is going to be one of those parents who learns every bit of Gay/LGBT terminology)
It's a strong original debut from Big Finish to BBC Radio and given it's strength, surely one of many to come
I didn't listen to it yet, as I learned long ago it was rather pointless to listen to audio drama while at my computer (too many distractions to maintain proper focus, so I only listen while walking or driving) but I did the old-school "play a stream while recording it" thing and so I was able to turn this into something I can load to my MP3 player.