It was the night that panicked America. On 30 October, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater Company broadcast a radio dramatisation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds . But what listeners heard – or thought they heard – were increasingly strident reports of alien craft landing in New Jersey. Thousands fled their homes. Highways were jammed. One terror-struck woman, convinced the Martians had landed, tried to poison herself. Fantastiq is proud to present this benchmark radio play.