In 2004 Big Finish Productions were granted a licence by Dan Curtis Productions to make original audio drama productions based on the original run of the Dark Shadows televison series that ran from 1966 to 1971.
Full Cast Edit
As a continuation of the original 1966-1971 daytime series, the full-cast audio plays take place at the beginning of the 1980's, a decade after we last saw the present-day characters, and before the audio drama Return to Collinwood. David Selby, Lara Parker, John Karlen and Kathryn Leigh Scott all reprise their roles from the television series. Andrew Collins has been cast in the pivitol role of Barnabas Collins. Additional cast members from televised episodes include: Nancy Barrett, Robert Rodan, Jerry Lacy, Lysette Anthony, Alec Newman, James Storm and Marie Wallace. The second series also featured screen legend David Warner as the main antagonist. The full cast audio plays are produced by Stuart Manning.
|1.1||The House of Despair||Stuart Manning||November 2006|
|1.2||The Book of Temptation||Scott Handcock||November 2006|
|1.3||The Christmas Presence||Scott Handcock||January 2007|
|1.4||The Rage Beneath||Scott Alan Woodard||January 2007|
|2.1||Kingdom of the Dead, Part One||Stuart Manning & Eric Wallace||July 2010|
|2.2||Kingdom of the Dead, Part Two||Stuart Manning & Eric Wallace||August 2010|
|2.3||Kingdom of the Dead, Part Three||Stuart Manning & Eric Wallace||September 2010|
|2.4||Kingdom of the Dead, Part Four||Stuart Manning & Eric Wallace||October 2010|
Dramatic Readings EditThe general ambition of the Dramatic Readings is to tell stories using at least one character that appeared in the original 1966-1971 daytime series. A typical release in the range uses just two actors, a musical score and some foley work and sound design, making the end result sit somewhere between an audio book and a full-cast drama. All the plays add to the main characters' televised continuities.
In general, the Dramatic Readings have a fairly standard format. They usually comprise one 60 minute episode, with the emphasis of the story being on the interaction between whichever two actors of that feature. Earlier releases in the range often would have one of the actors perform any other characters that appear. For example, in Echoes of Insanity, John Karlen also provides the voice for Dr. Julia Hoffman as Willie Loomis recalls a particular encounter with that character. As the series has developed there has been a tendency for every character that appears to be voiced by a separate actor. This ranges from three actors appearing in Dress Me In Dark Dreams to Beyond the Grave which features twenty-one. Another example would be The House by the Sea, which contrives a reason why other characters are being imitated, as events are being dictated by the character featured, for the purposes of an audio recording.
Each play can be listened to as self-contained story whilst also linking into the continuity of the TV series. For example, the Leviathan mythos, which featured in televised episodes, is further explored in Curse of the Pharaoh and The Crimson Pearl. Occasionally plot threads between plays link into each other. The events of The Skin Walkers are referred to in Operation Victor. Some plays form loose story arcs. The ongoing story of the Trask family links The Wicked and the Dead, The Carrion Queen, The Poisoned Soul and The Fall of the House of Trask together. Other plays expand upon the known fates of their principal characters. For instance, Josette Collins’ life after her death in 1795 is told across Final Judgement and The Lost Girl. A developing alliance between Tony Peterson and Cassandra Collins features in The Death Mask, The Voodoo Amulet and The Phantom Bride.
Release 1 to 14 are produced by Stuart Manning, 15 to 32 are produced by James Goss & Joseph Lidster, 33 and onwards are produced by Joseph Lidster & David Darlington. The following is a complete table of all the plays released to date:
|1||Angelique's Descent: Innocence||Lara Parker||Angelique Collins||August 2007|
|2||Angelique's Descent: Betrayal||Lara Parker||Angelique Collins||August 2007|
|3||Clothes of Sand||Stuart Manning||Maggie Evans||July 2008|
|4||The Ghost Watcher||Stuart Manning||Maggie Evans||July 2008|
|5||The Skin Walkers||Scott Handcock|| Quentin Collins|
|6||The Path of Fate||Stephen Mark Rainey|| Angelique Collins|
|7||The Wicked and the Dead||Eric Wallace|| Gregory Trask|
|8||Echoes of Insanity||D. Lynn Smith|| Willie Loomis|
|9||Curse of the Pharaoh||Stephen Mark Rainey||Carolyn Stoddard||September 2009|
|10||Final Judgement||D. Lynn Smith|| Angelique Collins|
Josette DuPres Collins
|11||Blood Dance||Stephen Mark Rainey||Quentin Collins||April 2010|
|12||The Night Whispers||Stuart Manning|| Barnabas Collins|
|13||London's Burning||Joseph Lidster||Quentin Collins||June 2010|
|14||The Doll House||James Goss|| Jenny Collins|
|15||The Blind Painter||Jonathan Morris||Charles Delaware Tate||May 2011|
|16||The Death Mask||Mark Thomas Passmore|| Tony Peterson|
|17||The Creeping Fog||Simon Guerrier||Quentin Collins||June 2011|
|18||The Carrion Queen||Lizzie Hopley|| Gregory Trask|
|19||The Poisoned Soul||James Goss||Charity Trask||July 2011|
|20||The Lost Girl||D. Lynn Smith||Josette DuPres Collins||July 2011|
|21||The Crimson Pearl|| James Goss|
|22||The Voodoo Amulet||Mark Thomas Passmore|| Tony Peterson|
|23||The House by the Sea||James Goss||none||March 2012|
|24||Dress Me In Dark Dreams||Marty Ross|| Edith Collins|
|25||The Eternal Actress||Nev Fountain||Amanda Harris||May 2012|
|26||The Fall of the House of Trask||Joseph Lidster|| Charity Trask|
|27||Operation Victor||Jonathan Morris||Quentin Collins||July 2012|
|28||Speak No Evil||Scott Handcock||Tad Collins||August 2012|
|29||The Last Stop||David Llewellyn||Tony Peterson||September 2012|
|30||Dreaming of the Water||Kymberly Ashman||Sebastian Shaw||October 2012|
|31||The Haunted Refrain¹||Aaron Lamont||Quentin Collins||January 2013|
|32||A Collinwood Christmas¹||Lizzie Hopley||Jamison Collins||December 2012|
|33||The Phantom Bride||Mark Thomas Passmore|| Tony Peterson|
|34||Beneath the Veil||Kymberly Ashman||Eve||July 2013|
|35||The Enemy Within||Will Howells|| Cyrus Longworth|
|36||The Lucifer Gambit||Eric Wallace||Amy Jennings||August 2013|
|37||The Flip Side||Cody Quijano-Schell||Carolyn Stoddard||September 2013|
|38||Beyond the Grave||Aaron Lamont||Maggie Evans||October 2013|
¹Due to a delay in production of The Haunted Refrain, numbers 31 and 32 were released out of sequence.
Special Releases Edit
|1||The Legend Reborn||Stuart Manning & Joseph Fox||May 2007|
|2||Music from the Audio Dramas||Nigel Fairs||July 2010|
|3||Music from the Audio Dramas - Volume Two|| Nigel Fairs, David Darlington|
& Mike MacLennan
|1||Dark Shadows Special 2010||Stuart Manning & Joseph Lidster||April 2010|
|2||Dark Shadows Special 2011||James Goss & Joseph Lidster||September 2011|
|3||Listeners' Questions Answered||Joseph Lidster||October 2012|
See also Edit
- Big Finish Audio Dramas, Characters A-Z: An index of every character to feature or be referenced.
- Chronology (audio dramas): A timeline covering the continuity of the original televised series incorporating the Big Finish audio dramas.
- Vortex: A monthly magazine published by Big Finish.