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January 2017

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

(*figures at May 2017)

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


For all posts, reviews and audio samples, please scroll down...

Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

The Harrowing - short story

Resurrection

Resurrection
Warhammer 40,000

The Carrion Throne

The Carrion Throne
Warhammer 40,000

The Long Night - short story

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

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

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Dr Who: Scavenger

I've begun many a posting with an expression of bemused surprise that the year has progressed so rapidly and this month is no different; March already - Spring is springing and the birds are singing etc etc. Curiously, the most popular post over the last several weeks has been last March's update on the release of Dr Who: The Seeds of War and by a considerable margin. I have no idea why that should be; maybe everyone really likes the photo of Bonnie???

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.


 Colin Baker  The Doctor    Lisa Greenwood  Flip Jackson 
Anjli Mohindra  Jyoti Cutler    Tariq Bhatti  Salim 
Kate McEwen  Jessica Allaway    Tania Rodrigues  Anarkali - Melissa - Isra Tech #2  
John Banks  Scavenger - Commander Gabbard - Isra Tech #1 - Security Guy

Written by William Gallagher
Directed by  Nicholas Briggs 

I have very fond memories of working on Scavenger, which we recorded last summer; in fact, day two of recording took place on my birthday. The company were particularly fun to be with and having discovered a mutual passion, I have a vague recollection of agreeing to open a shoe shop with Lisa and Anjli, although my feeling is that both Anjli and Lisa would want to keep the entire stock to wear themselves! 

So, fond memories indeed and I'm really looking forward to hearing this story.

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As the time rolls merrily along, June isn't too far away and champing at the bit, just yesterday, Big Finish released a trailer for the forthcoming first series of Survivors - and here it is:




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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...



 Until next time, this is Nighthawk signing off - a bientot!


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Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over 7 books recorded since December, John Banks has had to create unique voices for 583 characters. Quite amazing!

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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