The Tunnel under the World" is a science fiction short story by Frederik Pohl. It was first published in 1954 in Galaxy magazine. It has often been anthologized, notably appearing in The Golden Age of Science Fiction, edited by Kingsley Amis (1981).
It was dramatized by Mike Walker on BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Play - 22.12.2000.
Guy and Mary Burckhardt wake up in their house in Tylerton on June 15, having both had terrible nightmares but they can't recall the events of their dreams. Guy dismisses the dream and goes to work as usual, the downtown offices of Contro Chemicals, which operates a highly automated and robot-staffed petrochemicals plant. But something isn't right; he is surrounded everywhere by loud and all-pervasive advertising jingles for everything from cigarettes to freezers.
William Hope ........... Guy Burckhardt
Bob Sherman .......... Stanley Swanson
Laurel Lefkow .......... Mary Burckhardt
Beth Chalmers ......... April Horn
Glenn Wrage ........... Dorchin
Jasmine Hyde ......... Sarah
One of the few remaining episodes of the great BBC series 'Out Of The Unknown'. Directed by Alan Cooke, 'Tunnel Under The World' was adapted by David Campton from a story by Frederik Pohl. It was first transmitted on 1st December 1966 and starred Ronald Hines and Petra Davies. (Season 2, episode 8)