ATA Girl, the first of the new Big Finish Originals range, is an original audio drama inspired by real female heroes of World War Two.
ATA Girl tells the stories of the courageous women of the Air Transport Auxiliary in a society dominated by men. They faced many of the same wartime ordeals as their male fighter pilot counterparts, furthering the way for gender equality.
Created by Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Bergerac, Tenko) and produced by Helen Goldwyn (Waking the Dead, Doctors, Doctor Who), the stories of the brave WWII women aviators of the Air Transport Auxiliary will come to life on audio this April.
From the UK and beyond, a hundred and fifty female pilots, alongside the men, transported a vast range of aircraft from the factories to the squadrons, often flying in perilous weather conditions and without radios or instrument instruction.
One in ten ATA pilots died.
Told as a series of reminiscences from former pilot Amelia Curtis (played by Alicia Ambrose-Bayly – Darklight, Mongrel Country), the stories in this new series aim to honour these unsung heroes of WWII, whose shared passion for flying contributed so much to the war effort and who represented one of the first examples of equality in the workplace for women in the UK.
ATA Girl consists of four tales by four female writers. Big Finish listeners will recognise the names of Helen Goldwyn and Jane Slavin, and we have two new women writers, Gemma Page and Victoria Saxton.
1.1 Up In The Air by Gemma Page
1.2 Dancing With A Spitfire by Victoria Saxton
1.3 Flying Blind by Helen Goldwyn
1.4 Grounded by Jane Slavin
“I first heard of these brave women a decade ago, and the potential that lay in their untold stories fired my imagination,” says creator of ATA Girl, Louise Jameson. “Big Finish invited me to pitch for a series, mixing fact with fiction, so we could bring these World War II pilots to life. The very next day they came back to me with a 'yes'.
“Four one-hour dramas (all by female writers) and a host of marvellous actors later, we have a breathtaking, moving, dynamic series, affectionately known as ATA Girl. These unsung heroines have finally been given a voice.”
You can pre-order ATA Girl now at £17 on download, or it will be available at £20 on download on its release in April 2018.
And to celebrate the launch of the new Big Finish Originals range, until noon UK time on Monday 22nd January the seven new titles in the Originals range will be available for an exclusive pre-order deal of £99 in an Originals bundle. After this date the bundle price will increase to £120.