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Newfangle - Series 1 (2009) [WebRip (mp3)]
BBC Radio 4
Set hundreds of thousands of years ago among proto-humans, who are half-human, half-ape, Newfangle is a low status member of the tribe. He tries to alter his position through inventions such as language then, in later episodes, fire, money, warfare, religion and music. But the tribe remains selfish, foolish and venal and Alf, the alpha male, steals Newfangle's ideas to stay in power.
Coco, Newfangle's mother, despairs of her weedy son ever doing anything useful like ripping someone's face off, and places all her hopes in Crag, his half-brother.
Crag may not the brightest hominid in the swamp but at least he's loyal to Newfangle. Newfangle also remains hopeful that his love interest, Snaggle, may be impressed by one of his new creations.
1. Insult to Injury
Newfangle is bottom of the tree; despised by his mother, savaged by alpha male Alf on a daily basis and ignored by Snaggle, his favourite female. But Newfangle is a hominid with big ideas.
First Broadcast: 1st June 2009
2. Changing Tunes
The tribe are tasked with building Alf the Alpha a giant mound to help him survey his swamp kingdom. While working in the mud, Newfangle finds a rhythm in the clanking of flints in dirt - it's music and the tribe go ape for the original sound. Soon he and Crag are performing their songs to adoring fans, but then the band splits. Newfangle's dreams are shattered, until he meets a mysterious primate impresario in the forest who has a plan for a comeback tour.
First Broadcast: 8th June 2009
3. Grows On Trees
Newfangle, aided by Crag, discovers that piles of mud can be shaped into shelters from the oppressive heat. These mudturtles, as Crag calls them, prove very popular with the other hominids - so popular that Newfangle devises a complicated payment system based on future harvests to cope with demand.
First Broadcast: 15th June 2009
4. Bright Ideas
Newfangle has to come up with a spectacular new invention for the annual feast or he'll end up as the main course, because Alf's recent hunting was a disaster. Will inspiration strike or is Newfangle a damp squib?
First Broadcast: 22nd June 2009
5. Sticks And Stones
Alf upsets the fragile peace with the Australopithecines by mentioning their funny-shaped heads and Newfangle has to develop some kind of super-weapon to deal with the Aussies' superior technology.
First Broadcast: 29th June 2009
6. A Tree In The Forest
Newfangle accidentally offends the elders of the tribe, who order the other hominids to savage the doubter. He hides from the mob, only to discover that his words carry a new-found power.
First Broadcast: 6th July 2009
Audio Codec : mpeg 1 layer III
Audio Bitrate : 128 kbps
Frequency : 44100 Hz
Mode : Stereo
Duration: 30 mins
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