Jack Flanders and Bill Lizard

Today on the ZBS Radio Hour, at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 and 03:00 GMT), we bring you some­thing rather spe­cial as we start two new adven­tures, includ­ing one that will be espe­cial­ly fas­ci­nat­ing for lis­ten­ers with Celtic sen­si­bil­i­ties. 

We kick off the hour with a new tale from the Fan­tas­tic Voy­ages of Jack Flan­ders: Trop­i­cal Hot Dog NightJack Flan­ders and his crew sail to Key Mila­gro, an island that’s often referred to as “Key Dia­blo!”. A mys­te­ri­ous fog moves in at night, suck­ing out all the colour, and every­thing becomes black & white. The next day, no one can recall exact­ly what hap­pened. The fog returns night after night. The islanders seem nor­mal dur­ing the day, but at night they dress up in clothes from the 40s and 50s; slinky dress­es, dou­ble-breast­ed suits, fedo­ras and trench coats. But there is one per­son who may know exact­ly what’s going on: his name is John­ny Sev­en. His book­shop, “John­ny Seven’s Pri­vate Eye,” sells only detective/crime/mystery nov­els and also rents videos of black & white film noir…

Then at the bot­tom of the hour, we present a new depar­ture for the ZBS Radio Hour where we bring you a show that was­n’t actu­al­ly made by ZBS! Instead, by spe­cial arrange­ment, it’s a pro­duc­tion by the incom­pa­ra­ble Roger Gregg and the award-win­ning Crazy Dog Audio The­atre from Ire­land: join us for Part One of Tread Soft­ly, Bill Lizard. When Amer­i­can pri­vate-eye Bill Lizard is thrown off his speed­ing train of thought, he finds him­self in a strange land known as the Celtic Imag­i­na­tion. Trapped there, he becomes an unwill­ing Yan­kee tourist fum­bling through a sur­re­al tapes­try of Irish lit­er­ary par­o­dy, social satire and some good ol’ slap-stick. Bil­l’s trav­el­ing com­pan­ion, Cyril, is a 6 foot Pooka in the shape of a Big Bun­ny. It’s quite bril­liant. This pro­duc­tion won the Gold Mark Time Award for Audio Sci­ence Fic­tion Pro­duc­tion. For more details, click here. Roger Greg­g’s work is also dis­trib­uted by ZBS in the Unit­ed States.

And don’t for­get, if you like what you hear on the ZBS Radio Hour, get along to ZBS.org where you can buy these mar­vel­lous adven­tures as down­loads or on CD.

Tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 or 03:00 GMT): click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. In the Unit­ed States, please use http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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