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Dark Shadows: The Tony and Cassandra Mysteries Series 02
Dark Shadows - Mini Series

2. Dark Shadows: The Tony and Cassandra Mysteries Series 02

Released November 2018

Written by Grace Knight Alan Flanagan Tanja Milojevic Philip Meeks Joshua J Price

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She’s a witch. He’s a private detective. And when they get together, it’s magic…

The private detective and the witch are back investigating four new exciting mysteries:

The Mystery of Stone Heart Studios by Philip Meeks

"All that creation can’t simply vanish. All that imagination. It has to still be here somehow; a power of its very own. And if that power joined forces with another power, surely a miracle might occur. I believe my babies are coming to life. After all these years they’re finally going to be real."

Cassandra and Tony are hired to investigate an impossible murder high in the Hollywood Hills.

Once the home of Curdlespoon the Lion, Barbara Bison and a whole host of America’s favourite cartoon characters, Stone Heart Studio's closed over a decade ago after a spate of unfortunate accidental deaths. Now Tina Heart has raised the funds to reopen the studios and finish the work of her late father and his partner. But history seems to be repeating itself.

An actress has been crushed whilst sealed in a sound booth. As other mysterious deaths follow Cassandra begins to realise there’s ghosts stirring within the walls of the studios. An ancient force has been unleashed and its making the beloved characters created within its walls anything but family friendly. Somehow, they’ve started to manifest as unstoppable monsters thirsty for blood.

The Mystery of West Vale Sanitarium by Joshua J. Price & Tanja Milojevic

"There’s evil out there that would make the most vicious monsters look merciful.”

As Tony and Cassandra argue about whether or not to hire a new secretary, an old friend walks back into their lives. Alice Wilkes, who they previously met on doomed Flight 493, is ready and willing to take on the job but within minutes of stepping into their office, she is possessed. A spirit has been bound to our plane of existence because of the pain it feels for a group of children in upstate New York so Tony and Cassandra fly into action and travel to the West Vale Sanitarium to investigate.

But, for Cassandra, this case is going to be like no other, as she is about to discover emotions she has never previously experienced…

The Mystery of Apartment 493 by Alan Flanagan

"We interrupt this broadcast with breaking news of a pair of deaths in Bangor early this evening. The deceased have been named locally as Anthony Peterson and Cassandra Collins."

When Cassandra invites Tony over to see her new apartment, it's meant to be a blessed night off -- crack open a bottle of wine, reminisce about old times, make fun of Cassandra's furnishings. But when you're the best pair of detectives in the tri-state area, mystery has a way of arriving at the door unannounced. Soon Tony and Cassandra find themselves trapped in apartment 493, battling unspeakable horrors and a creature determined to feed on them both -- and tear their sanity apart in the process.

And Cassandra thought it was just the rent that was killer...

The Mystery of the Soulmates Hotel by Grace Knight

“There’s a hotel in Bar Harbor that can take the faith of a pious man in a single night..."

When Tony and Cassandra go undercover to investigate some suspicious goings on at a famous matchmaking hotel, they think they’re in for a relaxing trip to the seaside (albeit one with more roleplay than Tony would like), but when people start disappearing, and the other guests’ personalities begin to change, they know they have to put a stop to it. Just who is the officious Mrs. Hill? Where are people disappearing to? And how long can Tony and Cassandra keep lying to themselves about their true feelings?

Producers Joseph Lidster & David Darlington
Script Editor Alan Flanagan
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs, Jim Pierson

CHRONOLOGICAL PLACEMENT:

The Tony & Cassandra Mysteries are set between The Last Stop and The Phantom Bride

Co-producer Joseph Lidster says: “People seemed to like the first series so we spoke to Big Finish about producing more adventures for the detective duo. We didn’t want to do just more of the same, though, so Series 2 delves into their relationship a lot more. They get a new secretary – Alice Wilkes – who they previously encountered on the doomed Flight 493, and Cassandra is starting to try and settle down to life in the 1970s. She’s even rented an apartment!

“The second series features cartoon characters coming to life, a spooky sanitarium, a two-hander told in real-time and a mysterious lonely-hearts hotel where Tony and Cassandra have to go undercover because obviously they most definitely, absolutely, don’t have any romantic feelings for each other at all.

“Doing more of The Tony & Cassandra Mysteries has also allowed us to bring some new writers into the world of Dark Shadows – with Grace Knight, Joshua J Price and Tanja Milojevic joining returning writers Alan Flanagan and Philip Meeks.”

The first story, The Mystery of Stone Heart Studios, is by Philip Meeks. “The idea for Stone Heart Studios came to me when I read about the recent death of Heather North, the actor who gave Scooby Doo’s Daphne a voice,” says Philip. “I’ve always been fascinated by voice artists and I thought it would be great fun to give our actors the challenge of playing multiple parts within the story we were telling.

“Heather's death also reminded me of how creepy I used to find the soundtracks of the old 70s cartoons I watched as a kid. The weird canned laughter. The comedy noises accompanying violent happenings. I decided they were the perfect starting point for a horror story featuring some original and terrifying monsters.”

In the second story, Tony and Cassandra then find themselves heading out to investigate The Mystery of West Vale Sanitarium by Joshua J Price and Tanja Milojevic. Joshua says: “Both Tanja and I are new to the world of Dark Shadows. A colleague of ours, Bill Hollweg, introduced us to the series a few years back and we fell in love with the characters, the town of Collinsport and the great storytelling that went with it. I emailed Big Finish about some storyline concepts I had in mind, never really expecting to hear back.

“But here we are, not three years later, and we are loving every minute of working on the second series of The Tony & Cassandra Mysteries. We’re humbled and honoured to be a part of such a creative and encouraging team of truly talented individuals.”

Tony finally gets to visit Cassandra’s new apartment in the third story, Alan Flanagan’s The Mystery of Apartment 493. “Tony and Cassandra are a chance to go absolutely hog-wild – I love writing for them,” explains Alan. “I love the scrapes they get into, and I love how crazy their stories can be. After sending them plummeting from 40,000 feet last time round, I thought I'd give them some time off with an episode set in one dinky apartment. Needless to say, things very much do go bump in the night!”

In the series finale, the duo find themselves investigating The Mystery of the Soulmates Hotel, written by Grace Knight. “Writing this script has been the most fun I’ve had all year,” says Grace. “I knew I was onto a winner when I got an email from Joe asking me to write for the show and telling me they wanted ‘whatever strange, mad idea I have!’

“Since my standard writing process involves getting to the end of draft one and then working out how to remove the ghost and the four or five spaceships that always seem to creep in, this was a bit of a relief. The Tony & Cassandra Mysteries are such exciting, warm-hearted adventures; it’s been a total pleasure to get to join in the fun.”

  • Product Format: 4-disc CD (slipcover box set)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Duration: 256 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78703-694-9
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78703-695-6
  • Production Code: BFPDSCD18
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