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Rather Nebulous?

05/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Ring in the New Year for 2005 with Nebulous, a new science fiction comedy starring Mark Gatiss on BBC Radio 4.

Hot on the heels of BBC Radio 4's adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, comes new original science fiction comedy Nebulous starring Mark Gatiss and David Warner (begins Thursday 6th January 2005, 11.00pm).

It is written by writer and actor Graham Duff, writer of BBC Two's Dr Terrible's House Of Horrible and Combat Sheep.

The year is 2099 and Professor Nebulous (Mark Gatiss) is the director of K.E.N.T - the Key Environmental Nonjudgemental Taskforce.

In a post-apocalyptic England, things will never be the same again. Cattle-clasm has wiped out the majority of our livestock, the year has been restructured to include new months such as Octember and Janril, and there's even a new season, hamble, which falls between spring and summer and is generally drizzly.

Meanwhile, Professor Nebulous - a brilliant, if eccentric eco-conscious scientist - is determined to get Mother Earth back on the right track.

Nebulous runs an eco-troubleshooting organisation called K.E.N.T which is so woefully underfunded they have to subsidise their work by running a launderette.

Nevertheless, Nebulous must pit his wits against whatever challenges the Earth's distorted ecosystem throws at him - be it sentient dust, killer cacti or 'garrow' - a new colour which sends people insane.

However, Nebulous's work is continually undermined, often by the ineptitude of his own team: the overenthusiastic and under-qualified Paula Breeze; man of action Rory Lawson; and tactical equipment specialist Harry Hayes, who uses a wheelchair.

Directed by Nick Briggs (Dr Who - Dalek Empire) and written by Graham Duff, the cast includes Mark Gatiss as Professor Nebulous, David Warner as Dr Klench, Graham Crowden as Sir Ronald Rolands, Paul Putner as Harry and Rosie Cavaliero as Paula Breeze.

Nebulous is produced by Baby Cow and is the company's first production for Radio 4.

Henry Normal, co-founder of Baby Cow, told the 'nest: "We are proud that Baby Cow Productions has now become part of the fine tradition of comedy on BBC Radio".

Steve Coogan, also of Baby Cow, added: "Nebulous is such a vast comic world... it can only be contained on radio. With this kind of budget".

Nebulous, tune in to Radio 4, 6th January at 11.00pm.

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