Alison Rowat: In this war of the Americas, who will turn out the winner?

IT must have seemed like a clever idea at the time. Halloween, 1938, storm clouds of war gathering, time to cheer up the folks at home with a prank. Why not take The War of the Worlds, the story of an alien invasion of Earth, and redo it as a live news report, complete with American cities instead of European ones? What are the chances anyone would panic? .