Further details for March's Dark Shadows release, The Happier Dead, can now be revealed. The story, written by theatre playwright Adam Usden, continues the adventures of student parapsychologist Amy Jennings (Stephanie Ellyne). It sees Amy, and her boyfriend Simon (John Chancer) investigating mysterious events at Collinsport Hospital. The story also stars Murray Melvin as the mysterious Edwin Beadle.
Dark Shadows: The Happier Dead is written by Adam Usden, a writer new to Big Finish.“I was thrilled when Joseph asked me to pen my very own Dark Shadows tale, and especially one with Amy Jennings,” says Usden. “She’s a wonderful character - bookish and brave, but maddeningly distrustful of those closest to her, which is unsurprising given all she’s been through. And since this is Dark Shadows, we’re going to make sure she goes through a lot more.”
The cover, trailer, full cast list and behind-the-scenes photographs are now available.
Big Finish is also pleased to announce that Denise Nickerson, who starred in the original Dark Shadows TV series as the original Amy Jennings and famously played the vile Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) will be starring as Elspeth Gardner in April's Carriage of the Damned and June's The Darkest Shadow.
“Elspeth is an amazing character,” says producer, Joseph Lidster. “She's an actress of a certain age who finds herself caught up in two separate Dark Shadows adventures. We've always wanted to work with Denise and were really pleased that we could finally get her on board.”
Dark Shadows (1966-1971) was a US TV series which told the story of the cursed Collins family. Set in the town of Collinsport, it featured witches, vampires, werewolves and warlocks plotting and scheming against each other. It was remade as a film starring Johnny Depp.
It's ten years since Nick Briggs became co-executive producer of Big Finish Productions. His friends and colleagues celebrate this fact in a not entirely serious tribute.