Electric Sheep: Audio Dramatics celebrates Doctor Who and Hitchhiker’s Guide Audio Anniversaries

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Hexagonal Phase

Continuing the new hour-long series Electric Sheep: Audio Dramatics on Resonance FM in which Alex Fitch talks to creators of audio dramas that have been broadcast on radio or released on CD and MP3 download, “Sci-Fi Anniversaries” celebrates two landmarks for Doctor Who and  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

In this episode Alex talks to actress and director Lisa Bowerman about twenty years of playing time travelling archeologist and former Doctor Who companion Bernice Summerfield, and to producer Dirk Maggs about the fortieth anniversary series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, plus his work on audio versions of Alien and Neverwhere.

Lisa Bowerman as Bernice SummerfieldIn her addition to her acting career, Lisa Bowerman also works regularly as a director for Big Finish Productions. Recent work has included Doctor WhoSapphire & Steel, Graceless, Blake’s 7, and Jago & Litefoot.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Hexagonal Phase with Anantha Winchester and Simon Michel is currently airing on BBC Radio 4. Last year, Dirk Maggs‘  projects for Audible included The X-Files – Cold Cases & Stolen Lives, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. He continued exploring the Alien universe in Alien – River of Pain.

Dirk Maggs
Dirk Maggs

Dirk has won national and international awards for his groundbreaking work in spoken word audio, including in the UK, Sony Awards and Talkie Awards, and in the United States, Audiofile Golden Earphones Awards, Audie Awards, a Mark Time Lifetime Achievement Award and a New York Festivals Gold Medal.

He was among the first ever nominees for the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of audio theatre.

Electric Sheep: Audio Dramatics  airs in a bi-monthly slot, alternating with the Electric Sheep Film Show.

• Electric Sheep: Audio Dramatics – Sci-Fi Anniversaries airs at 5.30pm Wednesday 21st March 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 27th March, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

• The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Hexagonal Phase is currently airing on BBC Radio 4. Each episode is available anywhere in the world on BBC iPlayer Radio for a month after transmission. Web: www.bbc.co.uk/radio | The story will be released on CD and for download, with over 50 minutes’ extra material in April 2018

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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