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As if it wasn’t enough that we get Rob Grant and pals commentating on Red Dwarf episodes live every Sunday, more new Rob Grant material is coming our way on the radio, with the second series of Quanderhorn (having apparently dropped the The and the Xperimentations from its title) starting Wednesday 29th April at 6:30pm on BBC Radio 4.

As well as Rob co-writing with his now-established new writing partner Andrew Marshall, he’s co-producing the series with fellow Red Dwarf alumnus Gordon Kennedy, with Twentica‘s The Actor Kevin Eldon returning as resident alien Guuuurk. The first series is currently available on BBC Sounds if you need to catch up, and titles and synopses for the first and second episodes are also online (they tend to be added around a fortnight ahead of broadcast, so the rest will be following soon). Read on for a further blurb covering the whole series, lovingly copied and pasted from the press release.

QUANDERHORN RETURNS  IN THE THRILLING SEQUEL:

QUANDERHORN 2

STARTING APRIL 29th 6:30 ON BBC RADIO 4

THE STORY SO FAR:

BRIAN NYLON, amnesiac test pilot, awoke to find himself a member of a scientific Task Force led by the maverick, mercurial PROFESSOR QUANDERHORN – consisting of Martian fugitive GUUUURK, young TROY QUANDERHORN (the Professor’s half-insectoid son), the brilliant DR GEMINI JANUSSEN with a half clockwork brain, and the professor’s long-serving and long-suffering factotum, RSM “JENKINS” JENKINS.

65 years ago, Quanderhorn created a Time Loop, causing 1952 to repeat indefinitely. His nemesis, PRIME MINISTER CHURCHILL, sent a bomber fleet to obliterate Quanderhorn’s lab – and unbeknownst to him, the 5 dimensional tanks that stored the surplus time.

THE STORY CONTINUES:

Astonishingly, the second series begins just as the bombs are about to detonate, and after six episodes of a breath-taking brouhaha of time-hopping and mind-bending shenanigans, finally ends with their explosion.

The team are scattered through time, and have to navigate their way back together to save Reality.

On the way, they’ll face the Witchfinder General, execution in Roman Britain for crimes against interior decoration, and a terrifying double attack from a Squirrilla and a Gorrirrel. And let’s not mention the savage beak of the murderous Penguinelope.

They’ll encounter the Martian horde on the invasion mothership “Tally Ho!”, drink Maggotini cocktails, and be the fleeing prey of a pack of Martian Polar Warthogs.

Brian loses his memory another three or four times, Troy grows a nice new set of arms, Jenkins is shrunk to the size of a fountain pen, and Guuuurk finally achieves all he desires – at a terrible cost.

Meanwhile, a new member is added to the team with a devastating dance technique.

And Gemma’s dark secret is finally brought into the open.

AND NOW STRAP ON YOUR TRANSISTORISED UNDERPANTS AND SPLASH ON YOUR HAI KARATE APRES-RASAGE[1]

FOR THE LAUNCH OF …

QUANDERHORN 2

Adventure, thrills, romance and mind-warping technology.

The brand new series of the Science Fiction comedy serial from Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall.

6.30 pm Wednesdays from April 27 2020

Catch up on the first series on BBC Sounds:

Go to bbc.co.uk/sounds and search for “Quanderhorn”

bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/b0b8cx2z

[1] Warning – Extraordinarily beautiful women may form themselves into ravaging packs and attempt to caress you while pouting and tossing their hair in a somewhat unbelievable manner. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. Look what happened to Peter Wyngarde.

No word on whether there’ll be an accompanying novel(isation) this time around, but we do know that the first book is being issued in paperback form on May 14th, its cover having gained a lovely light blue hue in the process.

5 comments on “Quanderhorn Again

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  • I would presume the truncated title is in reference to Quatermass, which did an identical thing for its second series.

  • Yeah, was going to say, it’s a very Quatermass thing. Presumably, if they make it that far, the third series will be Quanderhorn and the something and the final series just Quanderhorn.

  • Looking forward to it, enjoyed the first series for the most part. This definitely isn’t a knock at the writing, but I think the cast are amazing.

  • Listened to the first five episodes again. I get a kick out of Quanderhorn’s pronouncing of Churchill.

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