January 2017
"John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop.

He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens.

He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor." 2018

Coming in November...

Coming in November...


...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 more than 250* audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.

There are also details listed here of the 150* audio books I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including, Hachette, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at October 2018)

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...

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Romance and The English...

...and do the two things ever go together? Well, as far as this month's Big Finish releases are concerned, they certainly do and in multiple formats! The two stories, The Romance of Crime and The English Way of Death, featuring Fourth Doctor Tom Baker and Romana II Lalla Ward, are available either as separate editions, or in a very smart looking box set collection. Here's some artwork by Tom Webster and a synopsis of each story:


The Romance of Crime

The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Romana and K9 to the Rock of Judgement; a court, prison and place of execution built into a rocket-powered asteroid. When involved in an investigation by the system's finest lawman, they find they must seek answers to some disturbing questions.

Tom Baker The Doctor Lalla Ward Romana John Leeson K9 Graham Seed Pyerpoint Miranda Raison Margo/Xais Phil Mulryne Shom, Hogan, Ogron 6 Marcus Garvey Frank Spiggot Michael Troughton Stokes James Joyce Zy, Ogron 5, Barman Joshua Silver Charlie Nisbett John Dorney Eddie Nisbett/Ogrons Jane Slavin Blakemore, Bailiff, Librarian


 The English Way of Death

The Doctor, Romana and K9 arrive in 1930s London to return some overdue library books. They plan to take a rest after their recent adventures, but Romana detects a distress signal from the future and the Doctor is attacked by a suffocating green mist.

Tom Baker The Doctor Lalla Ward Romana John Leeson K9 Terrence Hardiman Stackhouse Derek Carlyle Orlick Richard Braine Percy Closed Abigail McKern Felicia Annabel Mullion Julia Mark Bonnar Porteus Tim Bentinck Colonel Radlett Andrew Bone Woodrow Jane Slavin Harriet

This is a five-disc limited Special Edition in deluxe premium packaging, which includes a behind the scenes interview disc, a cover exclusive to this release, and a stunning array of professional photos of the cast:

I mentioned in the previous posting that I'd had some involvement in these recordings, although I wondered at the time, whether or not I'd be credited. It now seems that I'm not actually credited with playing any specific role/s in either story, although my photo appears on the inner sleeve artwork. As far as I remember, I possibly added to the general Ogron melee and filled a few of the continuity gaps. It's a little confusing I agree, but there are quite a number of stories I'm uncredited with, although my photo doesn't usually find it's way on to the sleeve art in such instances.

I found myself signing a number of those CD sleeves at Big Finish Day 6 last weekend, which, I must say was thoroughly enjoyable once again and which seemed to fly by. It was a pleasure to meet and chat to so many Big Finish fans, both at the signing area and at the Sherlock Holmes panel. I had the impression that it was the busiest BF Day so far and the pace didn't seem to slacken at all until final close of play. So thanks indeed to all who came, I hope you had as much fun as I did and I hope we'll meet up again at a future BF Day.

Earlier in the week just gone, I was in studio working on a new Doctor Who adventure and having a fabulous time with the company; the morning's work started a little late as the stories and anecdotes were in full flow, as indeed were the tears rolling down my face - quite an effective 'warm up' really.

...all for now, more just as soon as it happens!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Big Finish Day 6

Just a quick reminder, as if one were necessary (!), that Big Finish Day 6 takes place this Saturday 17th.

 Maybe see you there?

Saturday, 10 January 2015

January 2015

Well, at least I got the date right! Welcome to the first posting of the year; it seems an age since I signed off in December and much has happened in the interim. I was fortunate indeed to have spent Christmas and New Year in New York with friends old and new (too many 'news'!?). I love the city and would happily go there pretty much whenever the opportunity presented itself; I find it a paradoxically 'relaxing' place to be, although I'm now feeling a bit shattered and still have end of year accounts to wade through...

Moving on. Despite a lack of updates, work is well under way this month and in fact I lost a couple of jobs because I was in NY (poor me). I'll have to keep this posting succinct as there's much to do this weekend, so allow me to mention a couple of January Big Finish releases, which I had some involvement with and for which I might not be credited - it'll be interesting to find out, so I'll say no more until the CD copy is in my hand! 

First up is my final role to date in the Pathfinder Legends series:

Having steeped their weapons in the ancient magic of Thassilon, Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros prepare to confront the newly risen Runelord Karzoug at the seat of his power. To do so, they must travel high into the mountains, to the fabled city of Xin-Shalast, where they are confronted by enormous giants and dragons before they can finally confront the mad wizard of greed in his mountaintop palace. Yet can defeating Runelord Karzoug stop the rise of the Runelords? Or are there more terrors yet to come?

Stewart Alexander Valeros Trevor Littledale Ezren Ian Brooker Harsk Kerry Skinner Merisiel  
Yuriri Naka Ameiko Kaijitsu David Dobson Silas Vekker / Bjormundal John Banks Karivek Vekker
 Nicholas Rowe Karzoug Mark Donovan, Harry Myers, and Steven Wickham The Ghosts

 Written by: Cavan Scott
Directed by: John Ainsworth 

Love the artwork on this series and looking forward to giving it a listen when it arrives. Below is the BF trailer video for a couple of Tom Baker Doctor Who stories, which again, I'm really looking forward to hearing.

And I'm afraid that's all for this posting, although there's much more to come as the month progresses!

Fabius Bile

Fabius Bile

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


...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

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.

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015