Wow. Where did that month go? First off, huge thanks to the Fantom Films boys for Utopia. I had a blast at the event, and it was great to spend time with all my fellow attendees and guests in such an impressive yet convivial setting. I do hope to be asked back!
Next, I’ve been most remiss about pointing you towards an interview I did with Tony Jones for Starburst Magazine. Tony asks a host of insightful and interesting questions about some of the things I’ve been up to recently, with some hints for the future…
Speaking of the future, July will see the return of some old friends.
Britain in the mid-1960s and the government has created the Counter-Measures group, a specialist team that investigates strange phenomena and dangerous technology. The Second Series box set contains four new adventures plus a behind-the-scenes documentary. So join scientists Rachel Jensen & Allison Williams, their military liaison Group Captain Gilmore and their enigmatic leader, Sir Toby Kinsella, for more intrigue and adventure.
I’ve written episode one, entitled Manhunt, in which Ian Gilmore is on the run and suspected of murder. The guest cast includes Lucy Fleming (Mrs Simon Williams, and star of 70s hit drama Survivors) as Lady Waverly, Blake Ritson (DaVinci’s Demons, Upstairs Downstairs) as Captain Astor and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Emma Waverly.
The team heads underground for episode two, The Fifth Citadel by James Goss, investigating a hidden wartime bunker beneath London. Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls) plays Dr Elizabeth Bradley, whose long-standing friendship with Sir Toby might not be enough to save the country from disaster…
The third episode, Peshka by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott, takes Counter-Measures to Holland for an international chess championship, where the contest takes on a deadly significance.
The series ends with Sins of the Fathers by John Dorney, which follows the consequences of a tragic death at a funeral… one that will have major repercussions for Counter-Measures. Tom Price (Torchwood) plays Father Ellard, while Philip Pope (The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy) is Templeton, Sir Toby’s trusty assistant.
In the meantime, Big Finish is holding a sale this weekend on titles including the first series of Counter-Measures stories. You can also take the opportunity to catch up with discounted stories featuring 7th Doctor companion Elizabeth Klein ahead of her return. More on that next month…
I’ll be packing myself off to Leeds for the BBC TV Drama Writers Festival next week (if you’re going, say hello!), in between finishing yet more scripts for projects as yet unannounced… Updates covering all this and more to follow. Exciting times!