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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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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Berlin, The Sleeping City and the Art of the Fan


And so, while I'm still catching up on recent Big Finish releases, which include the first series of The Avengers, The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes box set, Dr Who: The King of Sontar and the two subscriber specials, Dr Who Short Trips: Methuselah and Tweaker, there's more to look forward to this month with the release of Dr Who: The Sleeping City, which was recorded in December 2012.

As it was such a while ago, I've forgotten almost everything about the story and I'm therefore really looking forward to catching up with it again. However, I do remember what a pleasure it was to be working with William Russell again, especially as there were only two of us in the story and we could really work together quite intensively.

Here are some details from Big Finish: 



After travelling with the Doctor through time and space, Ian Chesterton is back in his own time. But the mystery of how he and Barbara Wright disappeared in the year 1963 has alerted the authorities – and both are suspected of being enemy agents in the Cold War.

Ian protests his innocence. He has a story to tell about travelling through time and space.

And one adventure in particular – a visit to the city of Hisk…

William Russell Ian Chesterton     John Banks Gerrard

Written by Ian Potter
Directed by Lisa Bowerman 

23rd February:-  

As I mentioned last month and have referred to above, the final two Dr Who Short Trips adventures, Methuselah and Tweaker, are now available to Big Finish subscribers. None of these 'freebie' editions come packaged or with the usual BF artwork because they are only available as downloads. However, that seems to have inspired a couple of BF fans to create their own - and what a fine job they've done! Taken from the BF Forum, here are the 'covers' for each of the four Short Trips stories; the first two are by 'bulldogjones' and the second two by 'Silver'. Interesting that Lalla Ward is depicted on the cover of Breadcrumbs; when I was recording the story, I'd imagined myself 'playing' Mary Tamm as the original Romana.










































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Just to round off this update, I wanted to briefly mention the film I did a voice over for back in November. Hopefully at some point, I'll get to see it; I'm intrigued by the 'teaser trailer' for it which is posted here. The film has been entered for this year's Berlin International Film Festival, so fingers crossed that it makes a good impression and the hard work of Director Henry Vought and Producer Marie Favre at Deadfox Films Ltd is suitably rewarded - hals und beinbruch!



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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


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