Season’s Greetings 2014

Best wishes for the season, from And directly from Steven: “please send my very best wishes for a great Christmas to one and all!”.

To celebrate, here’s a 1985 rendition of a Storyteller Christmas song, Away in a Manger, sung by Steven Pacey.

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Big Finish Update

The most recent edition of Big Finish’s Vortex Magazine, #69, reveals that Devil’s Advocate, the fifth story in the Series 2 of the Blake’s 7 Classic Audio Adventures will be focussed on Steven Pacey’s character, Tarrant.

Steven Pacey takes centre stage in Devil’s Advocate, by Steve Lyons. “This is very much a Tarrant-based story,” says Cav, “dealing with what he was doing before Blake’s 7, when he just pops up after the war. He’s never really been given a backstory – the majority of the other characters are, but not him. We know he’s been a good Federation officer, which I think is fun to play with. He’s not always trustworthy, but seems to be quite a good man, with principles.
“It’s the usual thing, to think of every Federation officer as a scheming villain, but Tarrant is the opposite of that. We start to develop his backstory, and will return to it at some point. We learn of his links to the Federation hierarchy, with a returning voice that the Big Finish Blake’s 7 fans may very well recognise…”

Text from an interview by Kenny Smith with Cavan Scott,
producer of Series 2 of the Blake’s 7 Classic Audio Adventures
Big Finish’s Vortex Magazine, Issue #69, November 2014, p. 15.

Big Finish Cast

Cast of the Audio Adventures
From left: Alistair Lock, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell, Daniel Brennan, Buffy Davis,
Steven Pacey, Tom Chadbon and Paul Darrow
Big Finish’s Vortex Magazine, Issue #69, November 2014, p. 15.

Although fans will have to wait until March 2015 for the release of the Devil’s Advocate, Episode 2 of the Blake’s 7 Classic Audio Adventures, Fortuitas, will be released in December. A trailer for Fortuitas is now available.

All the titles in Series 2 of the Blake’s 7 Classic Audio Adventures are available for pre-order now.

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Scimitar, Episode 1 of Series 2 of the Blake’s 7 Classic Audio Adventures is released today by Big Finish. This is the first of 6 episodes, one to be released every month for 6 months.

Steven Pacey appears once again as Del Tarrant in an episode penned by Trevor Baxendale. Other original cast include: Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally) and Tom Chadbon (Del Grant). Listen to the Trailer.

The crew of the Liberator awaken to find one of their own missing. Where is Dayna? Has their friend been taken or has she deserted them? The search for Dayna leads them to a deserted ship in the middle of a dangerous asteroid field.

But what is the secret of the Scimitar and can Avon get every member of his crew out of the asteroid field alive?

Written By: Trevor Baxendale
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Text from Big Finish

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Filming Humans

Steven Pacey has been filming a short scene in a new TV series this week. It is called Humans and is a “drama set in the parallel present, where ‘Synths’ (high-tech robotic servants) are the rage and in high demand”. The series stars William Hurt and will be released in August 2015.

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Miracles of Life Released

The third in the series of JG Ballard classics that Steven Pacey has read for Rushforth Media, Miracles of Life was released on 14 October, 2014.

J. G. Ballard was, for over 50 years, one of Britain’s most significant writers. Beginning with the events that inspired his classic novel, Empire of the Sun, and followed by The Kindness of Women, Miracles of Lifeis the final in this revelatory autobiography that charts the course of his astonishing life.

Miracles of Life

Miracles of Life takes us from the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, to the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of Lunghua Camp, to Ballard’s arrival in a devastated Britain. Ballard recounts his first attempts at fiction and his part in the social and artistic revolutions of the 60s. He describes his friendships with figures as diverse as Kingsley Amis, Michael Moorcock, and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside recollections of his domestic life in Shepperton – raising three children as a single father following the unexpected and premature death of his wife.

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Susan Hill Update

Steven Pacey reads the next in Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler series, A Breach of Security. Released last week, on 16 September, A Breach of Security is a short story, just 1 hour and 28 minutes, that will whet your appetite for the upcoming novel, The Soul of Discretion, the 8th in the Simon Serrailler series.

A Breach of Security

When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too – and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.

Publisher’s Summary

The Soul of Discretion is now available for pre-order. It will be released on 2 October, 2014.

The Soul of Discretion

The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.

When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton’s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone – not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.

Meanwhile, Simon’s sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS. But an urgent call about her and Simon’s father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home.To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.

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The Kindness of Women

This is the second in a series of JG Ballard classics that Steven Pacey reads for Rushforth Media. Following on from Empire of the Sun, Ballard’s account of a boy’s ordeal in Japanese occupied Shanghai in WWII, The Kindness of Women, Ballard’s sequel, following post-war life in England, will be released on 7 October, 2014, and is now available for pre-order.

Kindness of Women

The fascinating, and largely autobiographical, sequel to J. G. Ballard’s prize-winning Empire of the Sun, that follows Jim to post-war England. The Kindness of Women continues the story of the boy whose life in Japanese-occupied Shaghai was described so memorably in Empire of the Sun, it sets those traumatic events within the context of a lifetime as we follow the narrator, Jim, to England and suburban Shepperton after the war.

Jim tries and fails to find stability as a medical student at Cambridge and a trainee RAF pilot in Canada. Then, after settling happily into family life, his world is ripped apart by domestic tragedy. He plunges into the maelstrom of the 1960s, an instigator and subject of every aspect of cultural, social, and sexual revolution. All this and much more, we see as the attempt of a bruised mind to make sense of the upheaval around it.

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Empire of the Sun Released

JG Ballard’s best seller, Empire of the Sun, read by Steven Pacey was released on the 9 September, 2014. And soon, the sequel, The Kindness of Women, will be available, too!

Empire of the Sun

From the master of dystopia, comes his heartrending story of a British boy’s four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author’s own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the 20th century will be not only remembered but judged.

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Liberator Chronicles 9 Reviews

Liberator Chronicles 9

Reviews of Liberator Chronicles 9, from Big Finish are popping up around the Internet. Here’s a collection of them:

“The voice acting by Steven Pacey and Tony Chadbon was outstanding.”

Ian Cullen, Sci-Fi Pulse

“… script is narrated by Steven Pacey’s Tarrant, and the actor’s long experience of audiobook reading comes in handy here, as he provides voices for a number of other characters along the way – including a dealer who brings back memories of The Phantom Menace!”

Paul Simpson, Sci-Fi Bulletin

“The narration is carried chiefly by Steven Pacey, and his dialogue scenes with Tom Chadbon flow naturally; the two actors are great together.”

Jackie Emery, Horizon – The Official Blake’s 7 Fan Club
1 September, 2014 Starburst Magazine Tony Jones 8/10
30 August, 2014 Sci-Fi Pulse
(Review of Defector only)
Ian Cullen 9.8/10
20 August, 2014 Third Eye Cinema
(Review of Defector only)
not rated
16 August, 2014 Horizon – The Official Blake’s 7 Fan Club Jackie Emery not rated
nd Sci-Fi Bulletin
(Review of Defector only)
Paul Simpson 8/10

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Poirot Repeat in UK

Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 13, Episode 2: The Big Four, featuring Steven Pacey, will be re-broadcast in the UK on:

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ITV Encore
ITV Encore
6 September, 2014
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours )

The sleuth is reunited with sidekick Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), secretary Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) and Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) in a case that plunges him into the world of global espionage as the Second World War looms. The public are in panic after the shocking death of Russian grandmaster Ivan Savaranoff during a game of chess. Poirot must try to determine the good guys from the bad, as a complex plot by a gang of dangerous dissidents sees a host of international figures used like pawns. David Suchet stars in a story adapted by Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard

Text from: TV Guide

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