The Monster Hunters are back for Christmas in a special episode entitled The Whispering Fog.
Sent back in time to Victorian London, Roy Steel and Lorrimer Chesterfield have set themselves up as supernatural detectives. When they are asked to investigate the disappearance of young governess Kitty Adair by her sister Emily, they discover a more dark and terrible horror. One that lurks the streets of London, looking to feast.
This was a departure for us, as the show is usually set in the early 1970s, albeit one seen through the prism of ITC adventures shows and British horror films. Both Peter Davis, co-writer (playing Lorrimer Chesterfield) and I enjoyed the chance to write a sort of Holmesian parody (something we have previous form in), with a dash of the Victorian ghost story via Oliver Twist (Blackscar’s home was inspired by reading about Jacob’s Island).
We always like the Christmas episode to be a bit smaller and more self-contained than the Halloween one, which feels more like an ‘event’ episode. Part of the fun of Christmas is Ghost stories and watching Gothic horrors on late night TV, so we try to give it a bit of that atmosphere. At the same time, it would seem a bit crazy to set the whole thing in one location and not get Roy and Lorrimer out on to the streets, so it ended up feeling a bit bigger than last year’s Christmas special, The Haunting of Roy Steel.
If a trip down the dark streets of Victorian London takes your fancy, why not pop over th themonsterhunters.com/episodes and give it a listen. It’s free to download!
Episode one of The Legend of Springheel’d Jack, series 2 of The Springheel Saga, has now been released by The Wireless Theatre Company.
Set seven years after The Strange Case of Springheel’d Jack, series two sees us catch up with Detective Inspector Jonah Smith, still on the hunt for his mysterious nemesis.
I had a very jolly time playing a scenery chewing actor, and I hope I provided my finest cuts of prime ham.
This is a great show, and it’s well worth catching up with the first series if you’ve not heard it already. They’re all available on Wireless Theatre‘s website, and its a well worth joining up as the have a wide range of excellent plays on offer.
PRAISE FOR THE LEGEND OF SPRINGHEEL’D JACK
“…Writing and production of evident quality,” Starburst Magazine.
“…The Springheel Saga Series 2 is another triumph,” Frost Magazine.
“…The Terror of London packs an almighty punch… an all-out success. Not to be missed!” The Morgue of Intrigue.
“…Among the best mysteries we’ve heard in recent memory,” Radio Drama Revival.
“…Compelling writing and strong characters on display in this brilliantly crafted thriller,” Hammer Horror Podcast
I wondered where I’d put this little blog thing. I’ve dusted it off and I’m going to try and update it at least more than once a year. Maybe I’ll even write something that’s interesting! Don’t hold your breath, though. You might faint.
In my defence it’s been a busy year outside of work as my daughter, Lydia, was born in April and that’s been keeping me happily busy. But I did think I ought to get round to putting something on here for the three people who turn up every now and again.
I’ve had another round of monster hunting to keep me busy. If you’ve not heard it yet, series 2 is available in its entirety from themonsterhunters.com. We set ourselves a challenge this year, to give the show a strong arc and to develop the characters a bit. I hope we’ve succeeded in part of this. Our Halloween special is also available, and our Christmas special is out in the next few days.
I was also privileged to play one of the icons of British horror, and acting in general, when I played Peter Cushing in James Goss’s brilliant play The Gentlemen of Horror. Set in the dressing rooms of Cushing and Christopher Lee, it charts their friendship and careers from 1957, when they worked together on Curse of Frankenstein, up to the early ‘80s and their appearance in House of Long Shadows. Over that time, Christopher Lee’s career takes off, while Peter Cushing faces personal tragedy and potential obscurity.
It was a pleasure working with director Kate Webster, and my good friend Simon Kane (playing Lee). It’s a great challenge playing a real person, especially one as beloved as Peter Cushing, but I certainly enjoyed getting my teeth into it and doing some proper research (watching films counts as well) – did you know Cushing’s mum used to dress him as a girl? Oh, you did.
Anyway, enough of this. I can’t promise to update this too often, but certainly when there’s something worth telling you both. So keep your internet tuned here!