The Naked Sun

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On a hostile planet

Delia created the sounds effects and music sequences for the BBC TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov's book The Naked Sun, directed by Rudolph Cartier for series 3 episode 7[1] of the BBC TV series Out Of The Unknown in which "Detective Baley must solve a murder on the planet Solaria, where reclusive people have their every need attended to by robots."[2]

It was filmed 23rd-26th July 1968 with studio recording on the 8th and 9th August and broadcast on BBC on 18th February 1969[2] while Delia's notes say it was recorded on the 7-8-9th August.[3][4]


Three of Delia's musical sequences were renamed by the BBC in 1976 and released on Out Of This World (1976) and Essential Science Fiction Sound Effects, vol. 2 (1993):[5]

Heat Haze - Spectrogram.jpg

Frozen Waste - Spectrogram.jpg

Icy Peak - Spectrogram.jpg


Times refer to the audio of the BFI's DVD and page numbers to the rehearsal script (DD151706 to DD152242).

  • 01. Prologue (00:33.50-00:40.00)
    Made with three copies of what was later republished as Heat Haze. The overdubbed burst of the Radetsky March is played as Baley enters the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C.[6]

The Naked Sun - 01. Prologue - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 02. The Solarian Transport Capsule in motion (03:59.50-07:13.00)

The Naked Sun - 02. The Solarian Transport Capsule in motion - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 03. Making contact with Doctor Thool (09:08.50-09.36:50)

The Naked Sun - 03. Making contact with Doctor Thool - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 04. Making contact with Mrs Delmarre (12:59.80-13:03.50)

The Naked Sun - 04. Making contact with Mrs Delmarre - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 05. Dramatic crescendo (16:09.60-16:16:50)

The Naked Sun - 05. Dramatic crescendo - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 06. Gruer is poisoned (18:28.62-18:37.95)

The Naked Sun - 06. Gruer is poisoned - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 07. Scene change (26:02.00-26:04.50)

The Naked Sun - 07. Scene change - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 08. Contact with Doctor Leebig (27:46.00-27:52.50)

The Naked Sun - 08. Contact with Doctor Leebig - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 09. She hated her husband (29:54.65-30:02.32)

The Naked Sun - 09. She hated her husband - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 10. Landscape, peaceful and serene (30:02.30-34.04.30)

The Naked Sun - 10. Landscape, peaceful and serene - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 11. Earth contact from Undersecretary Minnim (35:20.78-35:53.43)

The Naked Sun - 11. Earth contact from Undersecretary Minnim - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 12. Scene change + busy, high pitched note (36:15.50-36:40.80)
p.60    Scene 17: INT. THE PURPLE ROOM
        "MUSIC: Busy, high pitched note"
        ROBOTS: Contact Dr Leebig! Contact Dr Thool!

The Naked Sun - 12. Scene change + busy, high pitched note - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 13. Removing the robot's arm (39:49.27-39:53.80)

The Naked Sun - 13. Removing the robot's arm - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 14. Filler ()

The Naked Sun - 14. Filler - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 15. Crash End (42:47.64-43:11.38)
p.69    Music: "CRASH - END"
        BALEY: You fool - it's a robot!

The Naked Sun - 15. Crash End - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 16. Epilogue (43:16.00-48:27.70)
p.69    TELECINE 6: Ext Solariam landscape. Day.
        BALEY and GLADIA meet.
               BUT IN A SAD, MINOR KEY
        BALEY: I'm seeing you?

The Naked Sun - 16. Epilogue - Spectrogram.jpg



  • Broadcast on the BBC on 18th February 1969.[4]
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6891: "4 reels, master and makeup".[8]
  • According to the Internet Movie Database, "This episode was wiped by the BBC and no copy of it is known to exist."[9]
  • There is a reconstruction with the original sound on a DVD from the British Film institute, also available as a torrent.
  • The BBC Broadcast Archive contains a tape of the sound only:[2]
Item: 2B00E8BFB_001
ID: LDP9232W
Broadcast: 18/02/69
Catalogue: LONPROG
Catalogue Page: 9894831
Item Duration: 00:49:32.000+01:00
Subject: Science fiction mystery drama 'The Naked Sun' by Isaac ASIMOV.
Name: PATRICK, Roy; CARGILL, David; ASIMOV, Isaac (AUT); NOBLE, Trisha; HALLETT, Neil; LEIGH-HUNT, Ronald; STASSINO, Paul; MAXWELL, Paul; MULLER, Robert (SCR); ROBINSON, John; CARTIER, Rudolph (DIR); COLLINGS, David; JAEGER, Frederick; HICKS, John; BURRELL, Sheila; HARDY, Raymond; WEATHERUP, James (DGN); TAYLOR, Gerald; CHITTY, Erik; BROMLY, Alan (PRD); MARTIN, John Scott
  • There is a torrent of surviving Out of the Unknown episodes containing the reconstruction as Series 3 Episode 7.


  1. According to its torrent.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 BBC Archive page for Out of the Unknown: The Naked Sun, moved to gettyimages
  3. DD152319
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Naked Sun: Adaptations on
  5. DD073013 DD073025: Memo about renaming The Naked Sun effects for reissue on vinyl.
  6. Audio12, personal communication.
  7. The play was made according to the later "camera script", which omitted some sequences present in the rehearsal script. [Colin Cutler, personal communication].
  8. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6891.
  9. Out of the Unknown: The Naked Sun on

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