Big Finish is going back to Coal Hill Academy for six new full cast audio adventures, based on the television series created by Patrick Ness, in arrangement with BBC Studios.
Class is back in session! Due for release in April 2020, the Doctor Who spin-off series returns for two new volumes, each available for pre-order now as a limited edition box set for £19.99, or on download at £14.99 at www.bigfinish.com.
Alongside the series regulars, Greg Austin (Charlie Smith), Fady Elsayed (Ram Singh) and Sophie Hopkins (April MacLean), two new faces are joining the cast.
Dervla Kirwan, familiar to many as the star of TV series Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart, takes over from Katherine Kelly in the role of witty alien exile, Miss Quill. And Joanna McGibbon steps into the shoes of Vivian Oparah as student prodigy, Tanya Adeola.
The six new stories included in the forthcoming Class box sets are as follows:
The Soers’ Ditch by Carl Rowens
Catfish by Kate Thorman
Sweet Nothings by Michael Dennis
Mock by Alfie Shaw
The Creeper by Lizzie Hopley
The Queen of Rhodia by Blair Mowat
Producer and director of Class, Scott Handcock, said: “When we first announced we were reviving Class on audio, I think the response took everyone by surprise, and it became clear to everyone there was an appetite for more adventures with these characters. And now we have even more! As before, they’re set within the television series, tackling urban legends, intergalactic romances, mock exams and an abandoned Shoreditch house on Halloween!
“Greg, Sophie, Fady and Jordan return as Charlie, April, Ram and Matteusz respectively, with a couple of new cast members lending their vocals to familiar characters. Although we were unable to secure the talents of Vivian Oparah and Katherine Kelly, I’m thrilled to welcome Joanna McGibbon as Tanya Adeola and Dervla Kirwan as Miss Quill into the Class family. They’re both such brilliant actors and really capture the unique attitudes of their characters.”
Class Volumes Three and Four are available for pre-order now at £19.99 each as a limited edition CD box set (only 1,000 will be pressed of each volume) or £16.99 each on download from the Big Finish website. Both volumes will remain at this price until general release when they will be available for £24.99 on CD or £19.99 on download.
Class: The Audio Adventures can also be purchased as a bundle together at the price of £38 as a limited edition CD and £28 on download. All CD purchases from the Big Finish website unlock a download exclusive from the Big Finish website and app.
To mark this announcement, and the appearance of the Class cast at the Chicago TARDIS convention this weekend, Class Volumes One and Two have been reduced in price and are now each £14.99 (usually £19.99) on download, or £28 if bought together. This offer will be available until 23:59 (UK time) on 03 December 2019 at www.bigfinish.com
Coal Hill School (later Academy) was introduced in the first television episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, in 1963, and has had numerous appearances ever since including the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor.
Class, a Doctor Who spin-off series created by young adult author Patrick Ness, consisted of eight episodes that were produced for BBC Three in 2016. But Coal Hill Academy still has more secrets hidden in its walls…
Class returned as an audio drama in 2018, with six audio adventures made in arrangement with BBC Studios. Both volumes sold out of their original limited edition box set run on CD – only 1,000 were pressed. They are still available to purchase on download.
Dervla Kirwan joins the cast as Miss Quill, a part previously portrayed by Katherine Kelly. Dervla Kirwan also appeared in the 2008 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, playing the ruthless Miss Hartigan.
Big Finish has been producing Doctor Who audios since 1999, starring Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Tennant and John Hurt.
CLASS: VOLUMES 3 & 4
Duration: 195 minutes each approx.
Released: April 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Director: Scott Handcock
Producer: Scott Handcock
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Written by: Carl Rowens, Kate Thorman, Michael Dennis, Alfie Shaw, Lizzie Hopley, Blair Mowat
Created by: Patrick Ness
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
Pre-release price: £19.99 (each, strictly limited edition CD) £16.99 (each, download) from www.bigfinish.com
RRP: £24.99 (each, strictly limited edition CD), £19.99 (each, download)
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