ASSASSIN'S CREED

ASSASSIN'S CREED
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 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.


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

Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed: Desert Oath

Assassin's Creed: Desert Oath
Audio book, December 2017

The Long Night - short story

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Fabius Bile Clonelord
December 2017

Assassin's Creed

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Survivors: Series Seven

A dedicated fan of the Survivors audio series, might remember that at the end of Series Three, my character, Daniel Connor, was shot, immolated and blown up. But was that the end for him; of him? Surely, 'yes'. But actually, 'no'. By the magic of audio drama and a script from Matt Fitton, Daniel Connor returns! Not quite a 'Bobby Ewing in the shower' moment, but not far off...

Survivors has always been popular amongst fans of the original TV series as well as regular Big Finish devotees and I feel proud of the work. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Daniel in the first three series and I'm glad that he made it back to sentience, albeit, briefly. I hope you enjoy hearing him again.

The reviews for this series have been good and I'm grateful to those who have expressed their support. This box set was actually released at the end of November, but hey, it got here eventually!

"...it is terrific to hear John Banks return as Daniel, giving Jackie (and us) a chance to bid him a proper farewell.
                                                                                    
                                                                                         Ian McArdell at Indie Mac User

 Four new battles for survival, from the world of Terry Nation's cult-classic series.


Journey’s End by Roland Moore
Alone and resolute, a mother has spent the years since the Death searching for her son. She is closing in on her final lead. One last hope to find Peter.
But for Abby Grant, the worst possible thing might be to find what she is looking for…

Legacy by Simon Clark
Greg Preston is dead. But the work he did in forging his foundation, in bringing communities together, lives on.
When she and Ruth encounter those whose lives he touched, Jenny Richards is forced to remember how the man she loved abandoned her. But when she meets a common enemy, can she find the strength to make a stand?

Old Friends by Matt Fitton
Ruth Anderson and Evelyn Piper unite on a mission of mercy. An old friend is in trouble and in the path of dangerous forces. Jackie Burchell could reveal secrets that change lives. But first, she must find her own way back. When things are at their worst, it’s old friends who keep you going.

Reconnection by Christopher Hatherall
As Jenny continues her plan to restore electricity across the country, she meets someone she never thought she’d see again – but it’s a very different Abby Grant to the one who left the Grange.
Not everyone is in favour of Jenny’s project, and the women find danger in a remote power station. It may be too late for them to reconnect…

 Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston) Lucy Fleming (Jenny) 
Louise Jameson (Jackie Burchall) Helen Goldwyn (Ruth Anderson) ZoĆ« Tapper (Evelyn Piper) Katherine Rose Morley (Sonia Meadows) Brian Protheroe (Abraham / Gruff)  
Ewan Bailey (Garth Warren / PA Announcer) Harry Myers (Neville Trent)  
Susie Emmett (Sylvia Jeffries) Graham Seed (Barstow/ Soldier)  
Justin Avoth (Clock-Winder / Blair) John Banks (Daniel Connor) Alistair Mackenzie (Nick) Jamie Laird (Ewan)

Directed by Ken Bentley 

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

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Fabius Bile

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WARHAMMER 40,000

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.

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