Key Facts The expanded dramatisation of the Star Wars trilogy was created in 1981, 1983 and 1996. The first two series were based on ‘A New Hope’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. The last one was based on ‘Return Of The Jedi’. They were all produced and broadcasted by National Public Radio (NPR). George Lucas helped create all three of the radio serials. He also allowed many of the sound effects and music used in the films to be used in the radio dramas.
A New Hope A New Hope consisted of 13 episodes that all together came to 5 hours and 15 minutes. It was adapted by Brian Daley from the original film, and directed by John Madden, with music by John Williams and sound design for Lucasfilm by Ben Burtt. • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker • Ann Sachs as Princess Leia Organa • Perry King as Han Solo • Bernard Behrens as Obi-Wan Kenobi • Brock Peters as Lord Darth Vader • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO • Keene Curtis as Grand Moff Tarkin • John Considine as Lord Tion • Stephen Elliott as Prestor – more widely known as Bail Organa • David Ackroyd as Captain Antilles Many of the actors involved in the movie were unable to take part in this adaptation, however Anthony Daniels and Mark Hamill did take up their roles again for this radio serial.
The Empire Strikes Back The success of the first part led to the second series which consisted of 10 episodes. It was also written and directed by the same people. In this series they decided to add new scenes to what was in the movie. National Public Radio's promoted the series in part by getting Craig Claiborne to create his version of Yoda's rootleaf recipe, which the Jedi Master serves Luke in the hut on Dagobah. The recipe ran in magazines and newspapers across the country Billy Dee Williams reprised Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow played Yoda at the same time Madden was directing Lithgow in the play Beyond Therapy. Hamill and Daniels returned to voice Skywalker and C-3PO.
Return Of The Jedi Return Of The Jedi was put on hold because of NPR’s funds were reduced. Plans to produce this series eventually fell due to financial disagreements between KUSC and Lucasfilm.