Robin Hood audio books (complete with Richard Armitage)

Gosh, that Big Finish sure does love an audio book range. Not content with the Companion Chronicles and the Stargate audio books, it’s now planning to release Robin Hood audio books, featuring cast members from the TV show. Here’s the press release. I’ve cleaned up some of the typos.

Big Finish is excited to announce a series of six talking books based on the BBC’s hit series Robin Hood. Designed to be hour-long one-voice productions, each story will be read by a member of the original television cast.

The BBC’s adaptation of the Robin Hood legend for its Saturday night drama slot has proven to be massively popular worldwide. With action and adventure galore, the series has revitalised the traditions of the story and opened it up for an entirely new young audience.

In an innovative move, Big Finish’s series of talking books will tie closely into the third year of the show, reflecting the themes, plots and characters of the season as it unfolds. Each story will be available on CD, or as a download from www.bigfinish.com/robin-hood

Four actors from the series have lent their voices to the stories: Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood); Richard Armitage (Guy of Gisbourne); Sam Troughton (Much) and David Harewood (Tuck) have all provided stunning performances that fans are sure to enjoy.

The first season of Big Finish’s Robin Hood talking books is as follows:

  • The Witchfinders, by Rebecca Levene. Read by Richard Armitage
  • The Tiger’s Tail, by Jonathan Clements. Read by Jonas Armstrong
  • Friendly Fire, by Trevor Baxendale. Read by David Harewood
  • The Dambusters, by Michael Abberton. Read by Sam Troughton
  • The Deer Hunters, by Jonathan Clements. Read by Sam Troughton
  • The Siege, by Simon Guerrier. Read by Richard Armitage

The first release will be available shortly after the first episode of Robin Hood’s third season airs on BBC1, but you can pre-order your copies now from www.bigfinish.com/robin-hood

If you would like to be sent more details when they are available, please send an email to info@bigfinish.com

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BFI offering free David Tennant film to members

David Tennant in Sweetnightgoodheart

No, honestly, I’m not making that headline up. If you’re a member of the BFI, you can now download for free David Tennant in Daniel Zeff’s Sweetnightgoodheart:

Our Valentine to BFI members, this delightfully bittersweet and wry comedy stars Doctor Who’s David Tennant as a less-than-straightforward man trying to split from his hardworking medic girlfriend (Kate Ashfield). Over a candlelit supper, his attempts are misinterpreted as a marriage proposal and the night spins wildly out of control as a host of friends and family descend to wish the happy couple well. Will he find it in his heart to do the right thing?

It’s only nine minutes long and 53MB in iPod format. Ooh, look at that would you, it appears that link is clickable by people other than me. Get it while you can without joining then!

If that stops working (or I’m simply deluded), it’s available for the rest of the month at least so you can sign up to join now and get it; but since previous free downloads are still available, by the looks of it, you’ll probably be able to join at an even later date and still be able to get it. Here’s a clip:

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The Heroes, Chuck and Medium Superbowl promos

The US Superbowl is a traditional time for Americans to get together, eat snacks, party and watch lots of commercials that are occasionally interrupted by some football. Some Superbowl commercials are classics that live in history – can you believe it’s been 25 years since Ridley Scott directed the legendary first ever advert for the Apple Mac way back in 1984?

Most don’t though. Oh well.

But with a vast, near-captive audience, NBC gets the chance to

  1. up promo rates and still show lots of exclusive ads (see today’s news for some movie spots)
  2. promote its own programmes

Here, for instance, is a great big sing- and-dance-a-long involving the casts of Chuck, Heroes and Medium. Yes, Yvonne Strahovski can do a good high kick.

As well as that combo, Heroes got not just one but two dedicated promos: a standard “clips from the next episode” promo

But as pointed out on Thursday, there was also a specially shot promo with various Heroes playing football against NFL players – and having to use their powers to stand a chance of winning.

Me being me, I can’t help but notice that someone who was there for the filming and appeared to have shot some footage for the ad, didn’t appear in the final thing at all except if you look really, really hard between 0:17 to 0:20 . Sigh.

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