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 more than 270* audio-drama stories with Big Finish Productions, together with The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.
There are also details listed here of the 187* audio books & stories I've recorded since March 2013, including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including audible.co.uk, Hachette, Audible Studios, Podium Audio Publishing, HarperCollins, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.
(*figures at April 2020)
I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
My memories of that first day's recording are of course that it held a fair degree of trepidation, if not outright terror. After all, apart from working in a medium in which I had almost no experience, I'd also be working with 'famous people'. As things turned out, I needn't have worried.
David Richardson greeted me warmly when I arrived at the studio and offered me some coffee (not all producers do that!). Similarly Nick Briggs made me feel very welcome and within a very short time in the studio with the Doctor, in this instance, the brilliant Colin Baker, I started to feel very much at home. And of course, there was also Toby's legendary lunch to look forward to!
The nature of working with Big Finish was established that day and has never wavered; David, Nick and Moat Studios' Toby Hrycek-Robinson create a very warm and conducive working environment and huge thanks go to them, as well as to Ken Bentley, Lisa Bowerman, Paul Spragg and Barnaby Edwards for making the last five years such a delight.
I consider myself fortunate indeed to have the privilege of knowing and working with such amazingly creative and talented people and look forward to, hopefully, many more adventures with the Big Finish crew.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
All three of the Nekropolis audio books are released tomorrow, Friday 21st, from Audible.co.uk, which includes, Nekropolis, Dead Streets and Dark War - there's much more about these books in previous postings, so I won't repeat any of that now; just to say, the audio covers are different to the original book covers and here they are:
All I can say about tomorrow's studio day is that I'll be teaming up with someone I haven't worked with for almost exactly 14 years; we'll be recording some Dr Who adventures and I'm really looking forward to it - despite the early start!
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Anyway, a whole year later, this March sees the release of Dr Who: Scavenger and here are some details from Big Finish:
Thursday 28 May 2071: the day the Anglo-Indian Salvage 2 rocket launches. Its mission: to clean up space; to remove from Earth’s orbit over a century’s worth of man-made junk…
From the viewing window of a nearby space station, the Doctor and Flip have a unique view of Salvage 2 as it sets about its essential task – and of the disaster that unfolds when Salvage 2 encounters something it’s not been programmed to deal with. Something not of human manufacture…
Back on Earth, the Doctor fights to save Flip from becoming part of a 500-year tragedy being played out in orbit, hundreds of miles above. And millions will die if he fails.
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
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And to round off this posting, I thought I'd just mention that my final episode of 'Allo, 'Allo!, recorded in the summer of 1989, has just been repeated on BBC2. How strange to jump back in time, remembering many of the details of recording and musing on how much has happened in the interim, how many of those actors appearing in the show are no longer around, David Croft too - yet more fond memories...
Reviews & comments:
Mr. Banks does superb work, and I recommend the audiobooks wholeheartedly!
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
...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
...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks
Jonathan Morris - writer
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
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)
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