Denis Lill to tour with The Mummy

Denis Lill - The Mummy
Denis Lill is appearing is a new touring theatrical production: the comedy scarefest The Mummy.

Also joining the cast of The Mummy are Jason Durr (Heartbeat ) and Susie Amy (Footballers’ Wives ).

Adapted (“very loosely”, say the producers) from Bram Stoker’s Jewel of the Seven Stars  by Jack Milner, The Mummy  is described as “a cross between The Woman in BlackThe 39 Steps  and The Morecambe and Wise Show “. The production is directed by Joe Harmston (Associate Creative Director of The Belgrade Theatre, and Agatha Christie Theatre Company regular).

From deepest, darkest, dangerous Egypt, a legendary curse is stirring back into life and we’re all going along for the outrageous and terrifying ride! This titillating tale of terror and intrigue spans thousands of years and will have you laughing, screaming, screaming with laughter and laughing with screaming in equal measure!

A respectable legal practitioner, a beautiful dark-eyed Cornish heiress, a 5,000 year-old man seeking an ancient love and the Tomb of the mystical Queen Tera all clash spectacularly in hilarious circumstances.

Lill plays two separate roles: ‘The Egyptologist’ in search of the key to eternal life, but one half of a horse with fellow actor Andrew Bone. “It’s really stretching my accomplishments,” jokes Lill. “It’s a unique experience.”

The Mummy premiered at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Friday 21 March, completing its initial run on Saturday 29 March, ahead of a nationwide tour, which takes in theatres around the country throughout April, May and June.

Denis Lill and the cast of The Mummy, in rehearsal
Denis Lill and the cast of The Mummy, in rehearsal

SFX review of The Walking Dead equates the show with Survivors’ ’emotional power’

In an online review of this week’s brilliant, emotionally-wrenching episode of post-apocalyptic zombie serial The Walking Dead  (“The Grove”, 4.14) SFX  compares the shocking drama’s emotional power to that of the ninth episode of the first series of Survivors.

SFX  suggests that the agonised moral texture of this latest installment of The Walking Dead  puts the episode:

in the same one-to-watch-with-a-stiff-drink company as the infamous 1975 Survivors episode, “Law And Order”

SFX. 2014. The Walking Dead 4.14 “The Grove” review, SFX online, 17 March.

Original scripts of The Face of the Tiger and Reunion for sale by auction bid

The Face of the Tiger
The Face of the Tiger

Survivors‘ scriptwriter Don Shaw is selling his personal copy of his Survivors scripts for his series two episode The Face of the Tiger and series three story Reunion.

These are the scriptwriter’s copies of the shooting script for each episode, kept in Don’s personal archive since 1976 and 1977.

The scripts for The Face of the Tiger and Reunion are being sold separately, and independent offers (with an opening price for each script of £250) are invited. Each script is in very good condition and will be signed by Don. An additional handwritten message can be added to either script at the buyer’s request.

In the past couple of years, Don has sold a signed copy of one of his Doomwatch scripts for more than £200, while a copy of an signed script from his contribution to the Hammer House of Horror anthology sold for more than £400. Last year, Don sold his personal copy of his script for his series three Survivors episode Mad Dog.

If you are interested in making a bid on either the The Face of The Tiger or Reunion scripts, please submit your bid via the contact form on the Survivors: A World Away site, by the end of Wednesday 19 March. (Please note, the Survivors: A World Away site is just helping Don to get word out to Survivors‘ fans about this offer – and will not receive a penny from any sale). Remember to indicate which script you are bidding on (or if you are making separate bids for both).

If no suitable offers are received directly from the Survivors fan community (which is receiving first sight of the sale), then the script will be listed in open auction on eBay.


UPDATE (1 April 2014): As a result of the auction, the script for The Face of the Tiger was purchased by a member of the Survivors fan community. As with the previous successful sale of his personal script copy of Mad Dog, Don Shaw was pleased that the script was acquired by a dedicated Survivors fan. No successful bids were received for the script for Reunion, so this item will be listed for open auction on the eBay site shortly. A further update will follow once the Reunion script has been listed on eBay.

Carolyn Seymour (Abby) to appear at Big Finish Day 5 convention

Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) is scheduled to appear at the Big Finish Day 5 convention, being held on 13 September 2014 (from 10:00 to 18:00) at Copthorne Hotel Slough-Windsor.

The Big Finish Day 5 will feature guest appearances from Tom Baker and Philip Hinchcliffe launching the new Big Finish Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents release; a new audio drama in which Carolyn will also feature, lending her vocal talents to the role of Mordrega.

From the team behind the new Big Finish Survivors audio adventures, there will also be appearances from producers Nick Briggs, David Richardson, director Ken Bentley and actor (and Big Finish regular) John Banks.

Advance tickets can be purchased online.

Big Finish Day 5
Big Finish Day 5

Big Finish release first teaser trailer for new Survivors audio adventures

Big Finish have released the first teaser audio trailer for the new series of Survivors audio adventures, to be released on CD and via digital download in June 2014, and available for pre-order from the Big Finish online store.

The trailer is available to stream online and for free digital download.

Based on the original series of Survivors (1975-1977), this first set of new audio adventures will compromise four stories, featuring new characters and several of the leading characters from the original series.

As well as a brief vocal appearance from key original cast members, the trailer includes extracts from the new version of Anthony Isaac’s original series’ theme specially re-recorded for this release.

Big Finish - Survivors - series one - cover design
Big Finish – Survivors – series one – cover design