Thursday, August 29, 2013

THE FLIP SIDE takes a closer look at the Blue Whale's jukebox


BIG FINISH has released cast and story details for its next DARK SHADOWS audiodrama. Titled THE FLIP SIDE, the episode stars original DS cast members NANCY BARRETT, KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT, and LISA RICHARDS. Here's a quick synopsis:
"Carolyn Stoddard is lost. Widowed at an early age, she's the lonely rich girl, drinking her life away as her friends grow up and move on. But Carolyn's life is about to change. Because Carolyn is about to be given a set of choices. And those choices will determine whether she is allowed to live or die. It's closing time at the Blue Whale but for Carolyn Stoddard the night is far from over. It's time to face the music..."
The story, which focuses on the character of Carolyn Stoddard, was written by CODY QUIJANO-SCHELL, an author new to Big Finish.

“I'm a huge DARK SHADOWS fan and I love Carolyn,” says Quijano-Schell. “She's a whirlwind of a character. She transitions from being sweet and vulnerable to being a monstrous brat… often in the same scene. The moment she first appeared dancing in the Blue Whale is the exact moment I fell in love with Dark Shadows. The original instrumental pop music composed by ROBERT COBERT is phenomenal. The tracks gave scenes set in the Blue Whale such a distinctive texture. That’s why I was so excited to hear there would be a new original song written just to accompany my script!”

The story features a specially composed song by singer-songwriter SEAN McGHEE – one half of the band ARTMAGIC, with RICHARD OAKES from SUEDE, and shortly to go on tour with the legend that is Alison Moyet. “Sean's a very old friend, and an experienced songwriter and producer,” says co-producer David Darlington, “and when I saw that there was scope in The Flip Side for a specially-composed song, I knew that rather than bashing my own head against walls for days on end trying to come up with singable melodies and lyrics, I could get him to write it to order!”

“I don't usually write period pieces, but the chance to compose an imaginary 1970s radio hit for a ghost story was too much to resist,” says Sean. “I located my inner Carole King for the music and kept the lyrics close to the spirit of Cody's excellent script, and the result is a song called The Better Side. It's quite unlike anything I've done before... but that's part of the fun.”

Visit BIG FINISH for more details, and to hear a trailer for the upcoming episode. A full interview with Sean McGhee about his involvement in DARK SHADOWS can be found at

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