How Orson Welles’ iconic The War of the Worlds broadcast inspired surreal new Apple+ drama Calls

//How Orson Welles’ iconic The War of the Worlds broadcast inspired surreal new Apple+ drama Calls

How Orson Welles’ iconic The War of the Worlds broadcast inspired surreal new Apple+ drama Calls

In 1938, in a nervous world approaching conflagration, a young American radio star called Orson Welles, backed by the Mercury Theatre company, broadcast his dramatisation of a 19th-century science fiction novel by near-namesake HG Wells. Soon after The War of the Worlds hit the airwaves, terrified audiences across the United States started packing up their station wagons and leaving town. They were convinced that a Martian invasion of Earth really was in progress, so persuasive were the…

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