Oh, My Krog! Venna’s Planet cast revealed, third graphic novel by Robin Evans released

AUK Studios has announced the cast of the forthcoming audio dramatisation of Robin Evans’ graphic novel and comedy space opera Venna’s Planet, produced for AUK, as we previously reported, by multi-award-winning producer B7 Media.

Venna's Planet - B7 Media Promotion

To coincide with the first season audio release, AUK has also released volume three of the graphic novel series by series creator Robin Evans, Peril in Prime City, with a planned limited-edition volume of all three Venna ’s Planet graphic novels released later in 2021.

Combining knowing and camp space opera like Flash Gordon, Barbarella and Buck Rogers with a daft and very British sense of humour in the style of The Hitch- Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Monty Python, Venna’s Planet is a much-needed tonic for our times, and a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously. Featuring bureaucratic, admin-loving Krogs, insects that explode as a self-defence mechanism, flying paragravs, falling droners and self-heating trousers, Venna tackles them all. Well… maybe not the trousers.

Amelia Tyler
Amelia Tyler

Venna herself is played by popular video game voice actor Amelia Tyler, who’s no stranger to battling bizarre creatures on strange and curious planets. Having previously voiced iconic characters in major franchises including, Malady in Divinity: Original Sin, as Nyrissa in Pathfinder: Kingmaker and as the narrator in Baldur’s Gate III.

Handy with a space pistol, since Venna is an intergalactic heroine who is always willing to fight her corner, a fierce protector of her friends, it wasn’t a huge jump for Amelia to leap into Venna ’s intergalactic boots and the actress instantly identified with the character.

“We both have a very can-do attitude, throwing ourselves into all manner of scrapes with reckless enthusiasm and making up solutions on the fly, neither of us take any sh*t and are fiercely protective of the people we care about… but the biggest similarity is our sense of humour.

“Whether she’s in a shootout, getting attacked by a horrifying alien creature or covered in some kind of disgusting goo, Venna always has time for a wry quip and I’m very much the same.”

“We’re also both bisexual and it’s been great to play a bi character whose sexuality is normalised rather than fetishised or made the entirety of her character, ” says Tyler. “Venna’s in love with a woman, but that’s only a tiny part of her and her story.

“She’s also very feminine in appearance and the adventures we go on with her are full of hilarious eyebrow wiggles and knowing winks. But I think listeners will be pleasantly surprised to meet a female lead who doesn’t fit the traditional ‘sci-fi hottie’ stereotype.”

Venna's Planet - Art by Robin Evans

The all-star cast includes cult Hammer Horror and Bond actress Caroline Munro as Venna’s nemesis “Jylda” and former Blake’s 7 star, Sally Knyvette, who plays Venna’s senior officer and jealous admirer, Countess Galo.

“I beamed into my dear departed mother who was a bit like a Countess,” says Knyvette. “The Countess is quite sensual and she’s very commanding! The writing’s good and I like the humour, too.”

Sally Knyvette
Sally Knyvette

Joining Venna on her adventures are Misha Crosby (Hollyoaks, American Horror Story: 1984, Green Rush) as Clayton, Natalie Winter (Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Big Finish: Doctor Who) as Suhl and Andrew James Spooner as Geezur (The Sandman, Wurzel Gummidge, Assassins Creed: Valhalla), with a host of other Krogs, humans and monsters to keep Venna on her toes.

“It’s genuinely been a joy to be a part of Venna,” says Misha Crosby. “The writing is so much fun; the production and cast have had me laughing at a time when I think most people could really do with it.

Radio’s a wonderful thing – with Clayton it’s the first time I’ve been able to get chiselled abs without having to actually work out.”

Venna’s Planet is produced by Helen Quigley (The Space Race and Greenborne) and directed by Andrew Mark Sewell (I Robot, Blake’s 7, Dan Dare Audio Adventures) and is a ten-part audio series created by B7 Media on behalf of AUK, and is part of AUK ’s expansive investment program with multiple international creative companies and talents, across multiple media formats.

“Having worked with B7 Media for many years, and with their outstanding record in Sci-Fi audio drama creation speaking for itself,” says Paul Andrews, CEO of AUK and executive producer of Venna’s Planet. “I had no hesitation in giving free creative control to Andrew and Helen to bring Robin’s graphic novels to life, and we are looking forward to it spearheading the many exciting releases from AUK already announced as well as many more pending, as part of a large expansion of AUK funded content creation throughout 2021 and beyond.”

For more about Venna’s Planet, check out aukstudios.uk | Twitter: @AUK_Studios | Facebook: andrewsukltd

• Robin Evans is online at www.grenville-evans.co.uk

Venna's Planet - Broken Promise - Cover

• Buy Venna’s Planet Book One: Broken Promise from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

• Buy Venna’s Planet Book Two: Scorching Darkness from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Buy Venna’s Planet Book Three: Peril in Prime City from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

• Check out the Venna’s Planet: The Big Turn-Off Canvas Print from Retro Trader

• Check out all of B7 Media’s projects on the official web site at www.b7media.com | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | YouTube | Vimeo

VENNA’S PLANET – THE FULL CAST

Venna 8362 – Amelia Tyler
Countess (Aka Galo 12) – Sally Knyvette
Clayton – Misha Crosby
Geezur – Andrew James Spooner
Suhl – Natalie Winter
Shelly 3211 – Julie-Ann Dean
Blok – David Monteith
Snorrb – Darrell Maclaine-Jones
Dosk – Barnaby Eaton-Jones
Gritch – Kenny Blyth
Grust – Pavel Douglas
Marla – Samantha Béart
Krog Scientist – J D Kelly
Krog Medic – Marta Da Silva
Krog Clyde – Phillipe Bosher
Zoltan – Isi Adeola
Knullius – Jonathan Rhodes
Clyg – George Weightman
Dortha – Bronwen Price

With Special Guest Star – Caroline Munro As Jylda

For more about Venna’s Planet, check out aukstudios.uk | Twitter: @AUK_Studios | Facebook: andrewsukltd

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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