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callan_vol_01_2018_big_finish,jpg.jpg - 144.1 KBBen Miles and Frank Skinner star in new audio episodes from the world of Callan by Big Finish.

Adapted from series creator James Mitchell's Sunday Express Short Stories by his son Peter Mitchell, four new adventures will expand the themes explored in the television show.

Peter explains how it felt to bring his father's work back to life: It was a tremendous privilege to be invited to take part in this project. I grew up with David Callan and he was the first television character created by my father which brought him to prominence. It was a little bit daunting to take on the responsibility of the adaptations but, strangely, the more I got into writing the scripts, the closer I felt to my Dad. It was an incredibly rewarding experience and I know my father would be delighted to know that, even after all this time, David Callan lives on.

These are Peter’s first ever scripts for Big Finish, says producer David Richardson. That could have meant a difficult production process but it was actually very easy. His adaptations are so rich and atmospheric, capturing the original show perfectly. Peter has lived with Callan for most of his life, and there was no better person to reinvent it for audio.

Listen to the trailer:

The stories to be adapted are:

1.1 File on a Deadly Shot

Callan goes hunting for an assassin

1.2 File on a Classy Club

The stakes are high for Callan when he takes on a gang using a casino for cover

1.3 File on a Harassed Hunter

There’s a plot to assassinate Hunter and the man behind it murdered his daughter

1.4 File on an Awesome Amateur

Callan and Meres are sent to Venice to kidnap a Russian poet

Starring in this production is Ben Miles V for Vendetta, Netflix’s The Crown, BBC’s Lark Rise to Candleford and, most recently, The Last Post) as the titularCallan, a maverick top operative. Joining him are Frank Skinner (Room 101, Baddiel and Skinner) as Lonely, a small-time thief with body odour problems, Nicholas Briggs (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Adulthood) as Hunter, head of The Section and Jane Slavin (Doctor Who, Always and Everyone, Coronation Street) as Liz, the efficient Section secretary.

Number of Discs: 4
Duration: 240' approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78703-538-6
Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78703-539-3
Production Code: BFPCALLAN001
Recorded Dates: 4th - 7th December 2017
Recorded At: The Soundhouse
Product Format: 4-disc CD (jewel case in slipcover)
Order from Big Finish

Series One was recorded December 2017 for release in July 2018. Series Two was released Sept. 2020.

Information repurposed from Big Finish Press release.

Some more details can be found in the June 2018 issue of Big Finish's magazine Vortex:

Callan and Lonely on cover from Vortex 2018/06 - 332.9 KB