Journey to the Center of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre, also translated under the titles A Journey to the Centre
of the Earth and A Journey to the Interior of the Earth) is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who
believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull,
encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano.
The genre of subterranean fiction already existed long before Verne. However, the present book considerably added to its popularity and influenced later such writings.
For example, Edgar Rice Burroughs explicitly acknowledged Verne's influence on his own Pellucidar series. This is the 7-part radio serial was broadcast on the BBC Home Service in
1962. It was produced by Claire Chovil, and starred Trevor Martin and Nigel Anthony. An 8-part radio serial was produced for BBC Radio 4 by Howard Jones in 1963. It starred
Bernard Horsfall and Jeffrey Banks. A radio drama adaptation was broadcast by National Public Radio in 2000 for its series "Radio Tales". A 90-minute radio adaptation
by Stephen Walker directed by Owen O'Callan was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 20 November 2011 and re-broadcast on 11 and 12 November 2012. Nicholas Le
Prevost starred as Professor Otto Lidenbrock, Nathaniel Parker as Axel and Oliver Senton as Hans. Rosemary McNab, an original female character who funds and accompanies
the expedition (and has affairs with both Hans and Otto along the way), was played by Kristen Millwood. A two-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Journey to the Centre of the
Earth was broadcast on 19 and 26 March 2017, with Stephen Critchlow as Professor Lidenbrock, Joel MacCormack as Axel and Gudmundur Ingi Thorvaldsson as Hans. It was
directed and produced by Tracey Neale and adapted by Moya O'Shea.