A fun, irreverent, one and a half hour long BBC Radio Drama of the classic Jules Verne sci-fi fantasy novel.
Axel, the nephew of the renowned professor and mineralogist Otto Lidenbrock, narrates the story of their Journey to the Center of the Earth.
In May of 1863, Professor Lidenbrock acquires an old runic manuscript and an encrypted message from 16th-century Icelandic alchemist Arne Saknussemm. Lidenbrock believes that Saknussemm wants to share a scientific discovery. The professor tries to decipher the message but has trouble doing so. Axel manages to decipher the message as “the traveler who climbs up on the crater of Snæfells volcano can get into the center of the Earth”. It seems Saknussemm once took this journey himself. Axel knows that his uncle will want to make a similar attempt and decides not to tell him of the find, but eventually gives in.
They then climb the volcano crater and find a slope inward. They to descend to the depths of the Earth. When they reach a crossroads, they first choose the wrong route; this path is a dead end and they are forced to turn back. Meanwhile, their supply of water runs out and it seems that the expedition is doomed to fail.