Written by Glen Neath and broadcast as an Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, this is the true story of Italian radio enthusiasts who intercept transmissions from early Russian space missions and listen in as the earliest men and women in space call for help.
It’s 1964 and the Americans are losing the space race.
They’ve failed utterly in gaining any intelligence on their rival’ space programme so it seems fairly outrageous when two young Italian brothers turn up at NASA claiming to have successfully recorded almost every Russian space mission over the previous seven years. NASA has to take notice when they realise that the brothers have also intercepted American missions and have tapes of classified transmissions by John Glenn, the first American in space.
Listen Up tells the true story of the Judica Cordiglia brothers; of how they made the recordings and what happened during their encounter with NASA.
The recordings are considered authentic by some experts and are disputed by others. The production team have travelled to Turin and have had access to the archive of recordings during the making of this play.
Listen Up contains some of the actual recordings made by the Judica-Cordiglia brothers, including the sound of a woman dying in space as her craft burns up on re-entry.
GIACOMO VALDAMERI, SIMEON PERLIN, SILVIA MERCURIALI, NATHAN OSGOOD, DOMINIC HAWKSLEY, SERENA BOBOWSKI,
RECORDING AND EDITING
THANKS TO SHUNT, KRIS HOLLINGTON, MASSIMO ARVAT,
ACHILLE AND GIAN BATTISTA JUDICA-CORDIGLIA