Callan – the sixties spy classic – returns on audio today from Big Finish, starring Ben Miles and Frank Skinner. Four new files open for Callan in these audio tales adapted from series creator James Mitchell’s Sunday Express Short Stories by his son Peter Mitchell.
David Callan works for The Section, a top-secret counter-espionage organisation. He’s a killer, a trained assassin, and the best at what he does. But that doesn’t mean he has to like it.
With the aid of the burglar Lonely; fellow operative Meres; and Section secretary Liz, Callan fulfils the orders of departmental head Hunter and finds himself in very murky waters.
Murder, betrayal and model soldiers. It’s all in a day’s work for Callan.
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.
Peter Mitchell 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.”
You can get Callan Volume One now, available at £28 on CD or £25 on download.
More details will be available on Callan Volume Two in the coming months – keep checking the Big Finish website for all the new information.
If you’re new to the world of Callan, why not tune in to this extract from the Big Finish podcast which includes interviews with Frank Skinner and Ben Miles.
Plus, you can download an extract from episode one File on a Deadly Deadshot for free.