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Hello...

...I'm John Banks - welcome to my website.

The majority of my working life has been spent in the theatre with companies including
York Theatre Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre in London.

Television work includes Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and 'Allo, Allo!'. I have also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC.

Since March 2009, I have enjoyed playing a huge variety of characters in numerous audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and Games Workshop, for whom I have performed in over 200 audio dramas*, details of which can be found in the postings below.


There are also details listed here of the more than 100 audio books* I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including audible.co.uk, Hachette, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at November 2017)

I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.


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Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed

Blackshields

Blackshields
The False War

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

The Harrowing - short story

Catherine, David & me as Gully......

Catherine, David & me as Gully......
May 2016

The Emperor's Legion

The Emperor's Legion
Watchers of The Throne

The Long Night - short story

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Thursday, 1 December 2011

December 2011

Looking back to this time last year, I'm reminded of the deep and still falling snow, coping with transport chaos and struggling to get to the studios to record a sequence of  Doctor Who stories starring Peter Davison. Working together over a relatively extended period of weeks, we developed a 'Band of Brothers' spirit and found sanctuary in the cosy confines of Moat Studios and the legendary hospitality provided by Toby Robinson. The pub round the corner also became a welcome re-fuelling station before setting off for home, although Peter had no such respite as he had to get to The Savoy Theatre for his evening performance of Legally Blonde. Despite most of us eventually succumbing to 'the company cold'  I think we all had a great time - I certainly did!

Three of the stories that I'm involved with from that period are currently available and this month sees the release of The Children of Seth.

In the February 2011 posting, I quoted producer David Richardson who said:

“We knew we had to get the very best for this one,” says David, “because it’s such a wonderful script. And it was beautiful to listen to in studio – I think we have discovered something very special indeed…”

Peter Davison (The Doctor), 
Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), 
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), 
Honor Blackman (Anahita),  
Adrian Lukis (Byzan),  
David Warner (Siris),  
Vernon Dobtcheff (Shamur),  
Matt Addis (Albis),  
Emerald O’Hanrahan (Mira),  
John Banks (Radulf Varidi)

During one of Nyssa’s experiments, the TARDIS’s temporal scanner picks up a message: ‘Idra’. Just one word, but enough to draw the Doctor to the Archipelago of Sirius.

There, the Autarch is about to announce a new crusade. A mighty war against Seth, Prince of the Dark...


But who is Seth? What is the secret of Queen Anahita, Mistress of the Poisons? And what terror awaits on Level 14?
   

Online reviews & comments:

'It's a great story, with phenomenal performances and production values up to the very high standard the Lost Stories have set.'
                                                                                                                   Eiphel    The Time Scales
And finally, for the time being at least , a recording that I'm really looking forward to hearing: 

The Hound of The Baskervilles

Nicholas Briggs (Sherlock Holmes),
Richard Earl (Dr Watson),  
Samuel Clemens (Sir Henry Baskerville),  
John Banks (Dr Mortimer/Mr John Barrymore/Selden/Postmaster/Lestrade),  
Barnaby Edwards (Mr Jack Stapleton),  
Charlie Norfolk (Miss Beryl Stapleton/Mrs Eliza Barrymore/Laura Lyons)

Young Dr Mortimer ventures from Devonshire to Baker Street, with news of the death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville. Can it really be that the grisly legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles might have something to do with the case? Holmes will have none of it, but even he must accept that dark forces are at work. Darks forces that it seems Dr Watson must face alone…

 

Online reviews & comments:

'This Big Finish adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles is a masterpiece...'

'The cast for this story is as good as it gets.'
                                                                                                                      Stevo       The Time Scales
 
I must say how delighted I am to have been asked to take part in this series and to have been given such a fabulous range of characters to play. There's a pod-cast to accompany the stories, a link to which is here:




I think we all felt quite a sense of responsibility in playing these characters and recording these stories. Sherlock Holmes seems to have been in the public consciousness for such a long time and even those who aren't dedicated fans have an idea as to how the characters should appear and how they should be played.

I can only hope that the passion and care that went into the creation of this series is communicated via the recordings.

So far, I've listened to the first CD in the collection which has The Final Problem and The Empty House. I enjoyed both audio-dramas enormously and hope the high standard of story telling is maintained in  
The Hound of The Baskervilles.

I can't wait to hear it!



And just to round off this ever lengthening post (!), a 'behind the scenes' look at Moat Studios during the recording sessions for these Sherlock Holmes audio-dramas.

The particular story being recorded here is The Tangled Skein, full details of which will appear in next month's posting to coincide with its commercial release. In the meantime, enjoy a quick studio tour in the company of Sherlock Holmes himself, Mr Nicholas Briggs!

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Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over the course of this 8 book series, the amazing John Banks has had to create and voice 648 distinct characters!

Neil Gardner - producer

Mervyn Stone: The Axeman Cometh


John Banks is a voice genius...

Nev Fountain - writer

Mervyn Stone... played by the note-perfect John Banks.

Matt Hills - Reviews in Time and Space

Dr. Who: The Sleeping City

I also must draw attention to John Banks who is an exceptional voice artist and in this one story performs more characters that I can count. ... it is listening to episodes like this one that really do let his talents shine through.

Tony Jones - Red Rocket Rising

Highlander:

...playing several parts, was the brilliant Big Finish regular John Banks - it was as if there were about 40 different actors in the other booth.

James Moran - writer

I went for the best of the best and brought in voice artiste extraordinaire John Banks.

Paul Spragg - producer

Vienna:

...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks

Jonathan Morris - writer

Dead Funny:

The acting is first rate… wonderfully played by John Banks as Richard – his impersonation of Eric Morecambe is worth the admission money alone.

Beverly Greenberg: Bolton Evening News

A Spy Like No Other:

This is the best audio book ever.

The Cult Den

Mr. Happiness:

This early and unfamiliar play by David Mamet is a character study of a 1930s radio counsellor, dispensing suave advice to his devoted listeners. John Banks brings out the wry comedy of this – comedy quite unappreciated by the character – with a clever range of gesture and vocal tone.

Jeremy Kingston: The Times


All My Sons:

This is a beautifully crafted piece ...and it affords a wonderful opportunity for John Readman* to do his All-American Boy act as Chris Keller. This most polished and well observed performance as the blighted son of a blighted father must rank as one of his finest accomplishments yet. ( * see Profile)

The Stage

The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

Kudos should also go to John Banks. Lestrade can be a thankless part, but Banks rose to the challenge, playing a pivotal role in this decades long arc.

Raissa Devereux - SciFiPulse

The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes

John Banks is multi-tasking, both as the superb Lestrade and also the villainous and no doubt moustache twirling Sebastian Moran. They sound completely different and I bow to his talent.

Sue Davies - SFcrowsnest


Further reviews and comments are included with specific postings throughout the site.