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ABOUT THE SHOW
This final job was supposed to pay off all of her debts, but Kilner’s last delivery contained more than she bargained for.
When Kilner accepted the job of smuggling escapee Samantha Trapp across the galaxy, she expected the job to be over and done with quickly. But now they’re stuck with each other, and they have a job to do…
Following in the footsteps of Harry Harrison, Brian Aldiss and Douglas Adams, We Fix Space Junk is a sci-fi comedy podcast from Battle Bird Productions, written by Beth Crane (Upholstery, Ronnie and the Other World) and produced by Hedley Knights (The People’s Rock).
THE BIRTH OF WE FIX SPACE JUNK
We Fix Space Junk was born from a deep love of storytelling and a decade-long bout of insomnia. When other teenagers were sleeping, I was lying awake listening to the radio, and when there wasn’t anything on the radio I was listening to audio books (especially public domain sci-fi from Librivox.org).
There are a lot of tales out there about repairmen and they seem to be the outlier in sci-fi – they aren’t really heroes or villains, they’re just there, travelling around and fixing things. No Moving Parts and The Repairman are both stories I’ve listened to time and again, and they really shaped Kilner’s evolution, as well as Automnicon’s. Because what’s a protagonist without an antagonist, right?
I studied scriptwriting at university and while I was there I developed a lack of confidence in the ideas I liked the most — I thought what I wrote needed to be ‘artistically worthy’, or ‘shockingly relevant’, or any number of other buzzwords. But in the back of my mind Kilner’s journey was taking shape.
Kilner gradually materialised in my head over the years until she became a full character. She doesn’t have complete control over her life and I think that’s an interesting thing to explore – all too often, protagonists are heroes with status and great things ahead, or a destiny waiting to be fulfilled. All Kilner really wants — all she’ll let herself want — is a decent nap and a jar of peanut butter.
Samantha Trapp was initially a single-episode character, but something about her stuck. I enjoyed the contrast between the two women, especially as they developed in my head and Samantha grew stronger and more confident. Despite her upbringing, in many ways she is in even less control of her life than Kilner, and has to evolve quickly to survive — which she does.
I’ve got a lot planned for Kilner and Samantha, although I seem to have caught the Douglas Adams bug; things keep happening in the episodes that I’m not entirely in control of. It’s a fun, if at times disconcerting, way to write.
I hope you’ve enjoyed season one; I can’t wait for you to hear season two!
CAST AND CREW
SCRIPT AND GRAPHICS – Beth Crane
SOUND ENGINEER, RECORDIST, EDITOR AND COMPOSER – Hedley Knights
KILNER – played by Beth Crane
SAMANTHA – played by Rebecca Evans
D.A.C.H.S.H.U.N.D. – played by Jack Carmichael
FABIO – played by Chris Montague
JAULT – played by Hedley Knights
MS. LAMB – played by Vicki Baron
MARILYN – played by Francesca Mintowt-Czyz
LUCAS – played by Luke Booys
OTHER PARTS PLAYED BY MEMBERS OF THE CAST ALONG WITH JAMES BRADSHAW, ROSIE ALYS AND AARON SIMMONDS.
RELEASE SCHEDULE (2018)
We Fix Space Junk is released on a weekly basis in eight-week seasons. Between seasons we take a five-week break, then air an eight-week minisode season, then take another five-week break.
Episode 1: Escape from Hargan IV
In which Kilner picks up a suspect package and Samantha flees from the law.
Episode 2: Flight of the Submarine
In which Samantha is betrayed and Kilner talks about crocodiles.
Episode 3: The Popcorn Men of Entertania III
In which Kilner repairs a projector and Samantha is chased by sentient food.
Episode 4: An Unsubtle Utopia
In which Samantha meets a TV critic and Kilner fixes a transmitter.
Episode 5: The Third Repairman
In which Kilner and Samantha visit a mining planet and meet another repairman.
Episode 6: The Trainer, The Leech and The Mortgage
In which Samantha tries to keep fit and Kilner tries to buy a house.
Episode 7: Unplanned Parenthood
In which Kilner accidentally creates a new species and Samantha skypes an old friend.
Episode 8: The Awakening
In which Samantha and Kilner find themselves at the mercy of RINGO.
Episode 1: 18/06/2018
Episode 2: 25/06/2018
Episode 3: 02/07/2018
Episode 4: 09/07/2018
Episode 5: 16/07/2018
Episode 6: 23/07/2018
Episode 7: 30/07/2018
Episode 8: 06/08/2018
Episode 1: 17/09/2018
Episode 2: 24/09/2018
Episode 3: 01/10/2018
Episode 4: 08/10/2018
Episode 5: 15/10/2018
Episode 6: 22/10/2018
Episode 7: 29/10/2018
Episode 8: 05/11/2018
Episode 1: 17/12/2018
Episode 2: 24/12/2018
Episode 3: 31/12/2018
Episode 4: 07/01/2019
Episode 5: 14/01/2019
Episode 6: 21/01/2019
Episode 7: 28/01/2019
Episode 8: 04/02/2019