Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 1
The gang at Whit’s End presents a Kid’s Radio program: Playhouse of the Airwaves, adapting John Bunyan’s "Pilgrim’s Progress." It’s the story of young Christian (played by Sam Johnson) and his journey to the Celestial City. Along the way, Christian encounters various people who serve as obstacles to his quest: Mr. Worldly-Wise (played by Eugene), Mrs. Busywork (played by Connie), Giant Despair (played by Bart Rathbone), and Apollyon, son of the devil (played by, believe it or not, Whit!). Other characters are are: Evangelist (played by Bernard), Hope (played by Lucy), and The Guardian of the Gate (played by Tom Riley). It’s a funny, touching, and reverent program, showing the allegorical path a believer must often take to reach heaven.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Why did Christian want to reach the Celestial City?
- What is an allegory?
- “Pilgrim’s Progress” is the second best-selling book of all time. What’s the first?
- The broadcast version of this episode included a “Fun Fact” about Officer David Harley.
- The character of Busywork is not featured in Bunyan's book and was specifically created for this episode to make a role for Connie to play.
QuotesMr. Pliant: Do I look like the kind of guy who runs away from danger?
Christian: Actually, yes.
Mr. Pliant: Good point. Let's go.
Mr. Pliant: Keep going? Through that? Why it's thicker than a really thick thing!
Mr. Worldly-Wise: Might I offer you a bit of sage counsel?
Christian: Sage counsel?
Mr. Worldly-Wise: Advice.
Christian: The Bog of Discouragement. This place looks terrible!
Mr. Pliant: Oh, I don't know. A few flowers, a little bulldozing...