05. Missing Persons
A new five-part box-set featuring the adventures of archaeologist Bernice Summerfield.
When Bernice Summerfield was invited to participate in a cult archaeology broadcast on the mysterious world of Saravas, she could never have imagined the secrets she might unearth there… or the terrible Truth that would stalk her back to Legion.
With friends and family by her side, Bernice quickly finds herself flung into the face of danger: either combatting deranged despots at terraformed garden parties, appeasing gunslingers in the White Rabbit bar, or simply attempting to survive on a barren desert planet, all alone…
The odds are stacked against her, and this is undoubtedly the end for Bernice Summerfield… but she’s determined to go out fighting!
1. BIG DIG
Written by Hamish Steele
Bernice has been invited to appear on a very special live edition of the archaeology series Big Dig: a programme she grew up with as a girl… which now makes her feel very old. Not as old, however, as the mysterious stone robot she unwittingly uncovers during an excavation on the planet Saravas.
With no other trace of civilisation, this could be the only clue to the Truth of the planet’s inhabitants. But when Ruth and Jack start acting strangely, Bernice realises there was a reason things were hidden… and secrets aren’t the only things to be buried.
Welcome to the biggest Big Dig ever!
2. THE REVENANT’S CARNIVAL
Written by Martin Day
Bernice Summerfield has never been to Moros Prime before - and it’s unlikely she’ll be rushing back. Moros is a world of diplomacy and warfare, ruled over by a variety of creeps, dandies and outright weirdoes, where cybernetic implants are the latest fashion accessory and the native humans are ethically harvested for their organs.
Peter Summerfield, however, has a job to do: heading the security team at the country estate of Willem van der Heever, the effective ruler of Moros Prime. Because Van der Heever is throwing a masquerade ball – which means fancy dress, fluorescent peacocks and an almost certain attempt on his life.
Van der Heever is not without his enemies… But as Bernice and Peter uncover more about his past, whose side will they end up taking?
3. THE BRIMSTONE KID
Written by David Llewellyn
“Welcome to the White Rabbit. What’ll it be?”
“You can start by locking and bolting the doors. Then everyone in here can keep real calm…”
Bernice and Irving were expecting another quiet night at the White Rabbit saloon – their only customers a veteran prospector named Toothless Bob and timid schoolteacher Miss Hannigan. But the evening takes a sinister turn with the arrival of the Brimstone Kid, a wanted outlaw, and the terrifying bounty hunter Cazador hot on his trail…
Soon, Bernice and Irving find themselves caught up in an adventure involving giant, flightless crows, buried treasure and the galaxy’s most ruthless detective agency.
4. THE WINNING SIDE
Written by James Goss
Bernice is lost in the ruins of an alien world. Long ago, something arrived there. Something arrived and found an idyllic civilisation: a city of wonders full of artists and scientists and poets… Something came to this world and destroyed it.
Wandering the ruins, Bernice tries to solve the mystery. What came to this planet? What wiped out its people? Was it a plague? An alien invasion?
Bernice Summerfield explores all that remains of paradise. And she discovers the name of the creature that came and wiped it out...
5. IN LIVING MEMORY
Written by Scott Handcock and Gary Russell
Bernice Summerfield is alone…
Having been captured – albeit technically rescued – by an old enemy, she finally learns the truth her friends and their disappearances… and realises that she is a cog in a far greater machine.
Whatever happens, this is now the end for Bernice Summerfield… and she’s determined to go down fighting.
But how long can she resist when the odds are stacked against her? And is there really such a thing as a happy ending…?
Written By: Hamish Steele, Martin Day, David Llewellyn, James Goss, Scott Handcock & Gary Russell
Directed By: Gary Russell and Scott Handcock
Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), David Ames (Jack), Ayesha Antoine (Ruth), Thomas Grant (Peter Summerfield), Miles Richardson (Irving Braxiatel), Philip Bird (Shepton Rothwell), Paul Copley (Jimmy Deel), Mimi Ndiweni (Ronnie Brockman), Brett Underwood (Vaughan/Shrynor/Second Yokel), Peter Sheward (Stylist/Crazy Hank), Hamish Steele (Digger), Seán Carlsen (Doctor), David Warwick (Willem van der Heever), Susan Vidler (Krige), Ella Garland (Nexo), Scott Handcock (Dressmaker/Sideshow Man), Gary Russell (Computer/First Yokel), David Menkin (Brimstone), John Schwab (Cazador), Katharine Mangold (Miss Hannigan), Ellen Salisbury (Fortune Teller), Hugh Skinner (Theon), Geoffrey Beevers (Meriol), Katy Manning (Yokel Child)