JOHN WYNDHAM - CHOCKY (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 9th March 2019
12-year-old Matthew Gore sparks concern for his parents when he appears to develop an intelligent, persistent imaginary friend whom he calls Chocky.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that, far from being imaginary, Chocky is a very real alien intelligence. But then Matthew comes to the attention of sinister government forces...
First published in Amazing Stories magazine in 1963, John Wyndham's developed his story as a full sci-fi novel five years later.
Stars Judy Bennett as Matthew, Eric Thompson as David, Sheila Grant as Mary, Peter Baldwin as Alan, Michael Spice as Landis, Rolf Lefebvre as Sir William Thorbe, Lockwood West as Dr Frost, John Baddeley as Dennis Chattery and a cameo appearance from Jack De Manio.
Adapted and directed by John Tydeman.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1968.