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We love StoriesBig Finish produce great full-cast audio drama for CD and download, featuring many popular television fantasy series.

Lockdownloads are free-to-download audio drama stories from Big Finish, available for one week only, each of which comes accompanied by a special discount offer on related titles.  

During the UK-wide lockdown earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Big Finish began a series of weekly free downloadable audio dramas – or #lockdownloads. Now they’re back, for a limited time.  

This week’s free title is:  

The Confessions of Dorian Gray – This World Our Hell, by David Llewellyn 

Ten years ago, almost exactly to the day, Big Finish producer Scott Handcock and writer David Llewellyn held a creative meeting that resulted in a note saying, “Dorian Gray idea: Oscar Wilde’s last days...”  

That idea became the story, This World Our Hell, and has since generated an entire range of adventures starring Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where the title character was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde spawned the notorious novel. 

Listeners can download this story FREE from now until 23:59 (UK time) 22 November 2020 HERE!   

Praise for Dorian Gray:  

“It keeps you hooked from the start and does not fail to deliver at its end.” (Vada Magazine)  

“Alexander Vlahos is very good as Dorian, treading the line between sympathetic and self-involved without straying too far either direction.” (Unreality SF

“This World Our Hell is an enigmatic, smoked dark chocolate drama, showing us just a little of what his life would have been like after faking out the ending of Wilde’s classic story.” (Warped Factor

“Alexander Vlahos is excellent. He's a conscience-free charmer, smoothly switching from wooing innocents towards debauchery to brutal self-preservation.” (The Atlantic

Producer and creator of The Confessions of Dorian Gray, Scott Handcock said: “This is the one that proved Confessions could work. We were doing half-hour dramas, focussing on character and atmosphere, dressed in a healthy slathering of narration.  

“We genuinely had no idea if people would try it. We certainly weren’t expecting the response it received. That so many people were so vocal in their praise for that very first story undoubtedly contributed to the series’ ongoing success. If it wasn’t for those people who were willing to try something new, we’d never have run beyond that first series. So yes, This World Our Hell is crucial to Confessions having thrived! 

Four additional Dorian Gray titles are available for free; Isolation, Enigma, Frostbite, Trick or Treat, along with The Confessions of Alexander Vlahos, an interview with the star of the series.  

Plus, for one week only, Big Finish listeners can get up to 50% OFF download titles in the Dorian Gray range at the Weekly Deals page. 

All these download discounts will expire at 23:59 (UK time) 22 November 2020. 

Further free stories will be released over the next few weeks. (We're keeping each free title a surprise until we release it, so keep checking back every Monday.) 

Please note: The Confessions of Dorian Gray contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners. 

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