Dan Dare “mini-documentary” to feature on BBC “Inside Out” magazine show

BBC Inside Out and Dan DareA Dan Dare mini-documentary will screen as part of an upcoming edition of Inside Out BBC North West on Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm.

The mini-documentary will tell creator Frank Hampson’s story, celebrating Dan Dare and Eagle, and bringing the story up-to-date showcasing the B7 Media all-new audio adventures.

Frank’s son, Peter Hampson, who hosts a tribute site to his father, and who was the model for “Flamer” Spry, features in the item.

“A couple of weeks ago I was invited by BBC North to take part in the filming of a short documentary about my father and Dan Dare,” Peter told downthetubes. “My contribution was filmed in Southport at the Atkinson Art Gallery and in the Old Bakehouse, the original Dan Dare studio. 

“I’d never seen inside the Bakehouse before,” Peter reveals, “so this was particularly interesting for me. Not only were the original butler’s sink and concrete floor still there but amazingly, so was the original owner – now well into his nineties – who, in 1950, had rented the studio to my dad for 1/6d a week. 

“It was easy to picture my father and his team of artists jammed into that small place, battling to meet publisher’s deadlines!”

The film is still scheduled to be shown on Monday October 2nd at 7.30pm on BBC One North West. If you have a Sky Box you can watch the regional opt for the NW on channel 958.

It will of course be on BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards for 30 days.

Dan Dare is enjoying something of a renaissance right now, with the audio adventures proving a hit with listeners, a new comic on the way from Titan Comics, and the resumption of the original Dan Dare strip collections, with Mission of the Earthmen Volume One – the new comic and new book both due for release next month.

• More about the Dan Dare Audio Adventures at www.dandareaudio.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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