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Dr Who : Dark Eyes 2

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Nicola will be reprising her role as Liv Chenka in the audio drama, Dr Who : Dark Eyes 2. Nicola first played Liv in the July 2011 Big Finish production of Robophobia. You can read our coverage of Robophobia on this Page.

For more information about the Dr Who : Dark Eyes series, you can visit this Wikipedia page. There is also the official Dr Who : Dark Eyes press release concerning Dark Eyes 2, 3 & 4. They completed recording Dark Eyes 2 on 24, 25, 26 and 27 September October 2013. It means that Nicola must have recorded her part straight after filming of Last Tango in Halifax Series 2 wrapped on 20 September 2013.

Here are two scans (taken off Twitter) of the same article which appeared in the latest issue of Dr Who Magazine which talked about Dark Eyes 2.


 
Dark Eyes 2 is scheduled for release in February 2014. It will be available either in CD format or as a download. There will be a total of 5 discs and will cost you £20. Big Finish is now taking pre-orders for Dark Eyes 2. They will accept payment via PayPal and will ship anywhere in the world.

Update : 28 January 2014

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A cover image for the CD box set is now available – see main image above. Read also the Press Release HERE. In addition, the following synopsis has been made available on the official Dr Who : Dark Eyes website :

Synopsis

When the Doctor defeated the Dalek Time Controller and its Time Lord ally, the timelines shifted and events changed… but the danger is far from over. And new threats to the continued safety of the universe are emerging.

Molly O’Sullivan carried on with her life as a nursing assistant in World War One. She probably thought she would never see the Doctor in his ‘Tardy-box’ again…

From the Dalek occupied planet Nixyce VII through Earth’s history and to the very edge of the universe, the Doctor’s footprints across eternity are being tracked by foes old and new. But when did it all begin and when will it end? Living his life through the complexities of time travel, the Doctor can never be quite sure if he’s experiencing his life in the most helpful order. The only certainty appears to be the advance of the powers of evil and the oncoming threat of a fight to the death against forces that would destroy everything the Doctor holds dear.

Part 1: The Traitor
by Nicholas Briggs

Nixyce VII is under Dalek occupation. For many, their only hope of survival is decent medical care, as slave working conditions under the Dalek regime are appalling. But when you help people to survive under the rule of the Daleks, are you actually helping the Daleks? Med-tech Liv Chenka doesn’t have the luxury of pondering these dilemmas. She must just do what she feels is right.

But then there are the soldiers of last resort… The freedom fighters left behind to cause maximum damage to the Dalek war effort, at whatever cost. To them, anyone who seems to be helping the Daleks is a traitor.

And when the Doctor arrives, his secret agenda throws him into conflict with everyone.

Part 2: The White Room
by Alan Barnes

Molly O’Sullivan is still trying to help people, but now she is back in London, staying in Baker Street.

But there are dangerous forces abroad. Where are the young deserters disappearing to? Who are the Huntsmen? And what is really going on at the Blackwell Convalescent Home?

Perhaps the mysterious ‘Surgeon General’ has the answers. To find out, the Doctor must tackle an old and baffling enemy.

Part 3: Time’s Horizon
by Matt Fitton

The Doctor and Molly find themselves at the very edge of creation. But something dangerous seems to be heading back into the known universe from the very end of time.

The crew of the cryo-ship Orpheus, including its medical officer Liv Chenka, have their mission parameters to adhere to; but the arrival of the Doctor and Molly changes everything. An ancient and terrible force is on a collision course with them all and the outcome seems to be a matter of divine destiny.

Part 4: Eyes of the Master
by Matt Fitton

The Doctor, Liv and Molly arrive back on Earth in the 1970s to investigate the Ides Institute. The timelines have shifted since the Doctor and Molly first travelled here and all is not as it was. Dr Sally Armstrong is still working for the Ides, but her associate has a devastating plan in mind.

Soon, Molly’s ‘dark eyes’ prove to be at the centre of a plot to seize control of all life in the universe.

Written By: Nicholas Briggs, Alan Barnes, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Cast

Paul McGann (The Doctor), Ruth Bradley (Molly O’Sullivan), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Alex Macqueen (The Master), David Sibley (The Eminence), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)

Trailer Audio Clip

Still not sure whether to order this for your listening pleasure? How about a trailer audio clip which has been made available by Big Finish :

Nicola interviewed in Vortex Magazine

You can read the latest issue of Vortex Magazine and Nicola’s interview by downloading it HERE.

Apart from being her mad, humorous self, Nicola mentioned in this interview that she’s writing a radio drama about two women who work in the police force. I hope she wasn’t joking about this. A while back, Hermione Norris mentioned that she and Nicola were going to write something together. Could this be the project they’re both working on? I really hope so. :D

Reviews

Den of Geek

 

Order Now

The CDs/Downloads will be available in February 2014. Place your order on the Big Finish website. If you order the CDs, they will ship anywhere in the world, post free. Big Finish also accepts PayPal in addition to credit cards. Enjoy!

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“Kokomo” [radio play]

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Background

Update : 15 May 2013

Writer/director Julian Simpson has tweeted about a new radio play which he has written in which Nicola has been cast.

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This dream cast is kind of like a Spooks reunion, since Robert Glenister. Tim McInnerny and Herminone Norris have all appeared in Spooks [TV] with Nicola.

From further Tweets, we know that the show will be recorded on Monday, 20 May 2013 and Tuesday, 21 May 2013, and it will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5 June 2013. If the show airs in the afternoon, its likely to be the Afternoon Drama slot at 14:15 which usually lasts for 45 minutes.

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Update : 21 May 2013 – We now have a title and synopsis

Thanks to Rosemary on the Spooks Information Central Forum, we now have a name, “Kokomo” for the show as well as this synopsis and cast list (taken from the BBC Media Centre) :

All information online across the world is being held hostage by terrorists. Alice Price is sent in to negotiate the safe return of the information before the world descends into chaos. But who are the terrorists and why have they asked for Price?

With Nicola Walker as Alice Price, Hermione Norris as Columbina, Louise Brealey as Harlequin, Robert Glenister as Levine. Written by Julian Simpson. A thriller by Julian Simpson.

Update : 23 May 2013 – Further tweets from Mr. Simpson

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Click to see a larger image. Beware – some of you may find the language slightly offensive.

Update : 31 May 2013 – Link to BBC Radio 4 Extra page / Background info on the show

The programme is now included in the BBC Radio 4 schedule for 5 June 2013.

Writer/Director Julian Simpson has written an article about how he came up with the story, and title, for “Kokomo” which you can read on this Blog. Its essential reading for any one who intends to listen to the show. He has also posted “Never Make Friends with the Actors” – The Worse Piece of Advice Ever on his own blog which makes very interesting reading. Nicola is mentioned in this piece.

Credits

Role Actor/Actress
Levine Robert Glenister
Daguero Rufus Wright
Pantalone Tim McInnerny
Harlequin Louise Brealey
Columbina Hermione Norris
Alice Price Nicola Walker
Director Julian Simpson
Producer Karen Rose
Writer Julian Simpson

How to listen to the show

Non-UK fans can tune into BBC Radio 4 via the BBC Radio iPlayer which does not have any geographic restrictions. After the show has been aired, it should remain available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for 7 days thereafter.

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Robert Glenister was Nicola’s co-star in Spooks. He played the Home Secretary in Series 4, 5, 8 and 9.

Tim McInnerny was Nicola’s co-star in Spooks. He played Oliver Mace in Series 3, 4 and 5.

Hermione Norris was Nicola’s co-star in Spooks Series 5. She played Ros Myers. Herminone was also in A Mother’s Son though she did not have any scenes with Nicola.

Julian Simpson directed Nicola in a number of episodes in Spooks Series 4 and New Tricks. He also directed Nicola in a number of radio plays, Fragments/Pleasant Green, The Listener and Bad Memories.

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Christmas Diaries

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Following the success of the Easter Diaries on BBC Radio 4 Extra earlier this year, producer Paul Arnold and writer Nick Warburton have teamed up again to produce the Christmas Diaries. This programme will be a series of 5 short episodes of about 5 minutes each, airing from Friday, 21 December 2012 until Thursday, 27 December 2012 (there will not be any broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday during this period), at just before 11 am and 9 pm GMT each day on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

From producer Paul Arnold’s BBC Radio 4 Blog

Like the earlier project, the idea was to re-tell the familiar story from the perspective of those involved, either well-known characters such as Joseph and Mary, or those from Nick’s imagination – a traveller on the Nazareth road, or one of Herod’s lawyers. And we wanted once more to do that in real time, hearing day by day how it might have felt for them, without our perspective coloured by the centuries in between.

Nicola will voice the part of the Traveller, who meets Joseph and reflects on the past. Her episode will air on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Eve, Monday, 24 December 2012.

If you cannot tune in at the appropriate time, you can always catch up on the BBC Radio iPlayer which does not have any geographic restrictions – you can listen to BBC radio programmes from anywhere in the world. (Look for this programme under “C” for the “Christmas Diaries”.)

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007™ Legends

Nicola as Tracy

007™ Legends is a computer game which includes six of the James Bond novels already made into movies. The six movies are :

  • Moonraker
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Die Another Day
  • Licence to Kill
  • Goldfinger and
  • Skyfall

For more information about this computer game (for example, which movie actor/actress has also provided the voice work for this game), check out its Wikipedia page. You can also read a three part “Making Of” article at Crave Online.

Nicola is the voice of Tracy di Vicenzo in the second game, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. From the official press release, we have this information 

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The second of six Bond movie-inspired missions to be featured in this year’s upcoming 007™ Legends video game has been revealed as On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. True love is hard to find but James Bond has finally found his equal in the beautiful Tracy di Vicenzo, the daughter of European crime syndicate head Marc-Ange Draco — Bond’s key contact for tracking down criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld. After wooing Tracy and their ensuing whirlwind romance, they jet set off to the Swiss Alps as Bond pursues Blofeld. It’s here, in a picturesque Alpine setting, that gamers encounter an avalanche of action. Blofeld is aware of Bond’s undercover ruse and kidnaps Tracy, luring Bond into a rescue mission involving a fast-paced downhill ski chase and a confrontation in a high-flying cable car, which also uncovers Blofeld’s master plan to release a deadly virus in five of the world’s largest cities. With the help of Tracy’s father, players must infiltrate Blofeld’s private research facility in the Swiss Alps, thwart the release of the virus and save Tracy before it’s too late.

If you are familiar with the James Bond franchise, either the novels and/or the movies, you will know that Tracy is the woman Bond fell in love with and married in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service but sadly, the bride was killed by one of Bond’s enemies on their wedding day. In the film version, Tracy was played by Diana Rigg.

Nicola’s part in this computer game is very small. If you are not into computer games (specially the more violent ones which require you to beat your opponents to a pulp with your joystick), you can watch the game walkthroughs posted by some of the gamers which are uploaded on YouTube. Nicola’s voice can be heard in the following segments :

Game Walkthrough part 1, around 4:43 minutes

Game Walkthrough part 2, around 7:32 minutes

Game Walkthrough part 4, around 4:40 minutes

If you’re still getting over what happened to Ruth Evershed in Spooks [TV], then don’t watch the last part.

Nicola as the ultimate Bond girl, i.e. Mrs. James Bond! Now if only the powers that be would cast her in a live action film version of the next Bond movie. :D

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Big Town All Stars (rpt)

 

BBC Radion 4 Extra will be repeating this wonderful radio programme again, on Friday, 27 July 2012 at 23:00 GMT. If you cannot tune in at the time, or you don’t live in the UK, you can catch this programme on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after its first broadcast, i.e from shortly after midnight on Saturday, 28 July 2012 until about 23:00 GMT on Friday, 3 August 2012.

Don’t like radio shows? Never heard one before? Don’t think you can multi-task by listening to a radio show and doing something else at the same time? Well, tune into this one and I’m sure Nicola’s performance will astonish you and change your mind completely about this genre!If you’ve heard this programme before, then its time for your annual fix of Nicola singing :D

Here is what we said on 3 July 2011 when this programme was repeated on BBC Radion 4 Extra :

BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly known as BBC Radio 7) will repeat the Big Town All Stars as from Friday, 8 July 2011, at 23:30 GMT. We have an episode guide, cast list and more details to this programme HERE . One episode will be repeated in each week.

This is easily one of the best radio shows which Nicola has done. The writing is sharp and full of zippy one liners. As the show revolves around an acappella group, cast members (including Nicola) get to sing snippets of their repertoire throughout the show. Its “Glee” for grown-ups, except that the show was years ahead of its time and has shown no signs of aging. And yes, Nicola has a brilliant singing voice, though she told us that she did have difficulties with the four part harmonies on one or two songs. It would be brilliant if the powers that be could turn this into a TV show, since “Glee” has now paved the way for TV singing shows.

For now, you can listen to this radio show via the internet, no matter which part of the world you live in. Just log on to the BBC Radio 4 Extra website HERE at the appropriate time. If you are unable to catch the show on its first broadcast because of time zone differences or other reasons, you will be pleased to know that each episode will remain available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after its first broadcast.

On 1 July 2011, we logged a tweet about this show being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. We were really chuffed that our tweet was retweeted by the radio station itself a few minutes afterwards! However, we have not been able to confirm with the radio station whether or not they will be including episode 3 of Series 2 in this re-broadcast. For copyright or other reasons, that particular episode was not included each time the show was rebroadcast in 2009 and 2010. For those of us who have been lucky enough to have heard this missing episode, we would say that there is no great loss if it is not rebroadcast since (a) it is possibly the weakest episode in the entire two Series and (b) Nicola has only a few lines in this episode.

Don’t miss this broadcast. It is mandatory listening for any card carrying NOG (that would be “Nicola Obsessed Girls/Guys”)!

Update : 10 November 2012

BBC Radio 4 Extra has just started repeating Series 2 of this how. Back in July 2012, it repeated only Series 1. Tune in, wherever you are!

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The Time Being: Jules rpt

BBC Radio 4 will be repeating its broadcast of “The Time Being” series and first up is Nicola’s episode, Jules. You can read more about this programme HERE. The repeat will go out at 00.30 GMT on Sunday, 7 August 2011 and thereafter available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days. There is no geographic restriction on the BBC Radio iPlayer so non-UK fans can also listen to this programme.

The programme itself is a little less than 15 minutes, and once again, Nicola delivers some fantastic voice acting.

Not to be missed.

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Voice of 7th Dimension

Nicola is the voice of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s 7th Dimension this week. This means that she announces the name of the show at the beginning and at the end of the show. Have a listen :

7th Dimension VoiceOver

7th Dimension is the BBC’s regular radio slot for science fiction, fantasy and horror. It is broadcast on the digital radio station BBC Radio 4 Extra at 6 pm or 6:30 pm (depending on the day of the week) GMT, seven days a week and then repeated each day at around midnight. The host of the show is Nick Briggs. Most of the programs are full cast dramatizations and the remainder are book readings. The show is also available on the BBC Radio iPlayer , but its listed under the individual story names and not under “7th Dimension”. So if you wish to listen to an episode, you should look up the name of the story first in the Schedule page of BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Six degrees :

Nick Briggs is the host of this show. Nick is also executive producer and the writer of Robophobia.

Toby Hadoke (@TobyHadoke) alerted us to this gig via twitter. (Thank you, Toby :D ) Toby plays Farel on Robophobia . Toby will be on 7th Dimenson every night for the next two weeks. You can find out more about this amazing actor/writer/comedian/Dr Who fan by visiting his website.

Please also visit our Guide to Nicola’s other audio work for samples of some of her voice over work, HERE.

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Robophobia

Cover of Robophobia CD © Big Finish Productions

Nicola will guest in an episode of a Dr Who radio drama produced by Big Finish. You can read more about it HERE.

The audio programme will be available in July 2011, either as a CD or MP3 download. As far as we can see from the Big Finish website, there is no geographic restriction if you wish to purchase the download, though it is unclear whether or not they will ship the CD outside the UK. In order to make a purchase on the Big Finish website, you first have to register an account. We have, but have not been able to make any purchases so far, as the Big Finish website appears to be undergoing some update work. Every time we click on an item to buy, it redirects us back to the log in page, even though we are already logged in, and so it goes round in circles. Hopefully, this kink can be resolved soon.

You can read more about the Big Finish series of Dr Who radio dramas HERE on Wikipedia.

Although Robophobia is in the sci-fi genre, we are sure that Nicola will be in top form, as usual, and very entertaining so that even if you are not already a Dr Who fan, you should not have difficulties in following along with the story.

We have made enquiries with Big Finish and will update this page as more information becomes available.

© Big Finish Productions

Update : 11 March 2011

One of our Contributors, who is not based in the UK, has been successful in registering an account and purchasing a download from the Big Finish website by using Safari as the browser instead of Firefox. So if anyone has a problem purchasing anything from Big Finish, try using a different browser to complete your transaction.

You can pay for online purchases by using either a credit card or via PayPal. If you use PayPal, Big Finish will add a small amount to your final bill in order to absorb the PayPal charges.

You should note that this is a radio only production of a Dr Who story, not the TV version, and the Dr in this story is not the current Dr Who played by Matt Smith on TV. If you are not already familiar with the Dr Who franchise of TV and radio shows, there are plenty of resources available online where you can familiarize yourself with the characters and some of the lingo used. Here are two such venues :

BBC Official Dr Who site

Wikipedia

Now if only we can get Nicola to appear in the TV version of Dr Who!

Update 2 : 11 March 2011

Nicola recorded her episodes on 7 and 8 March 2011, her days off from Season’s Greetings (at the National Theatre). Paul Spragg of Big Finish Productions told us, “I was in the studio for the recording and Nicola was both a delight to work with and superb in the role. So it’ll be one worth waiting for.”

HERE is a direct link to the Big Finish website to purchase this programme when it becomes available in July 2011. The story is spread over four episodes and lasts a total of 120 minutes. Nicola’s the main guest star in this story and she’s in every episode.

You can either purchase the CD version (it will come on two discs) or the download version (which will be given to you free when you purchase the CD version). The CD version is priced at £14.99 plus shipping. Big Finish will ship anywhere in the world. Pre-orders for the CD version are now being accepted. The download only version will be £12.99. If you’re a serious Dr Who fan, there is also the option of buying a subscription package for 6 or 12 releases (CDs or downloads only); this will work out far cheaper on a per title basis.

Update : 9 April 2011

THANK YOU RobertG :D for alerting us to the fact that the CD cover for Robophobia has now been put up on the Big Finish website. Robert also told us that Nicola’s image on that CD cover has been “photoshopped in order to add the distinct eye make-up for the Kaldorian race (featured in the 1977 story “Robots of Death” – for which “Robophobia” is a sequel)”.

You can read more about the “Robots of Death” at Wikipedia HERE.

Update : 12 May 2011

Thanks to a heads up from flip18, there is a short write up of Nicola’s forthcoming performance in Robophobia in Vortex Magazine (page 3). Have you ordered your copy of this radio programme yet?

Update : 25 May 2011

Just saw this tweet from @BigFinish : Just listening to the extras for Robophobia. Nicola Walker is just wonderful.

Now will you put in your order for a copy of this audio programme?

Update : 10 June 2011

We received more information on said extras yesterday from Big Finish :

  • the “extras” will be interviews with the cast, including Nicola
  • these interviews will total about 15 minutes, so Nicola’s contribution will be a little less than that
  • the “extras” will be available to any one who has purchased Robophobia in either CD or digital format. This will also be available to any one who subscribes at the main range of the Dr Who stories.

Place your pre-orders NOW!

Update : 18 June 2011

You can now hear a trailer of Robophobia on the Big Finish website HERE. It sounds fantabulous! Please put in your pre-order soon, it will be released on 31 July 2011. Thank you, RobertG, for the heads up :D

Update : 1 July 2011

Thanks to Dan Tostevin (@notdangle), there’s an interview with Nicola in the current issue of Vortex magazine. You can read a Flash version of this issue HERE. If you go to the Vortex magazine website, you can download PDF version of the current issue. Nicola’s interview appears on pages 6 and 7. There is also more from that interview in the current issue of Dr. Who Magazine (#436).

Update : 4 July 2011

You can download the June podcast from Big Finish HERE. Another clip from Robophobia is included, as well as some lovely comments from Toby Hadoke about Nicola’s performance.

Update : 11 July 2011

Here is a preview of Robophobia which appeared on page 92 of issue #436 of Dr Who Magazine, written by Dan Tostevin (@notdangle). (click on the image to enlarge)

Update : 15 July 2011

With very little fanfare, Big Finish brought forward the release date for Robophobia (from 31 July 2011) to 15 July 2011. Hurray! :D

If you pre-ordered this title, you should be able to find a download link as soon as you log into your Account page at the Big Finish website. If you ordered only the CD version, you will also be given a download link as the MP3 file is included as part of your order, so you don’t have to wait for the actual CD to arrive before you can enjoy the programme. And if you haven’t yet purchased this title, well why not?

The programme is a 2 hour long Dr Who story. You don’t have to be an existing fan of Dr Who, or a Sci-Fi fan, to enjoy this programme. Nicola does “audio angst” so well. There is also a short interview with Nicola as part of the CD/MP3 extras. The executive producer and writer of Robophobia, Nick Briggs, was most complimentary about Nicola’s performance, telling us that “she’s smart and she’s a brilliant actress”. Eh, we already know that, don’t we, fellow NOGs? :D

Reviews

18 July 2011 From Google Alerts come this review on the Red Rocket Rising Blog

Why the acclaim?

Simple really – the performance both when moved to emotion and in general is superb. The character has range of expression and displays both vulnerability and trust.

Liv is manipulated by the Doctor throughout this tale and manages to recognise it, question it and go with it. More than becoming an extension of the Doctor’s will Liv is recognisably an individual made more so by the talented Nicola Walker (her of Spooks!).

This review appears in Issue #438 of Dr Who Magazine (click on the image to enlarge)

Availability on Amazon UK

The price for this CD may appear low on Amazon UK, but that will only be a saving for you if you are able to take advantage of Amazon’s free shipping policy; otherwise, after you add on shipping outside the UK, Amazon’s price will end up being far higher than the price quoted on the Big Finish website.

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The Witcher 2 – Sile

(click on the image above to view a larger version and to read about the character of Sile De Tansarville)

Nicola’s profile on IMDb was recently updated to include a voice over gig for a video game called The Witcher 2. She plays the role of Sile. As of this writing, we have not yet received confirmation from Nicola’s agent about this role, but we have found parts of the game which have been uploaded on YouTube where you can hear Sile talk. Go to around the 9 minute mark and judge for yourself. Is Sile voiced by our Nicola? If it is Nicola, this would be the first time that she’s done voice over for a video game.

Update : 2 June 2011

We have just received confirmation from the Agnieszka Szóstak, the Publicity Manager for CDProjektred, producers of Witcher 2, that Nicola DID voice the character of Sile De Tansarville for this video game.

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Vent (rpt)

BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly known as BBC Radio 7) will be repeating episodes of Series 1 of the comedy series, Vent, as from Tuesday, 17 May 2011 at 10:30 pm (GMT). There is a detailed Episode Guide of Series 1 HERE. Vent was also included in our Guide to Nicola’s Audio work HERE.

This show was first broadcast in 2006. Each episode revolves around Ben and the people around him, though the problem is that Ben is in a coma and is supposedly only able to converse with some fellow hospital patients but not most members of his family. Nicola appeared as a guest in Episode 4 of Series 1 and played a psychiatrist who was called in to se if she could help Ben feel less depressed whilst he was still in a coma.

At the rate of one episode being rebroadcast per week, we should be able to hear Nicola’s episode on or about 7 June 2011. This is assuming that there is no copyright problems with episode 4 which prevents it from being re-broadcast. If you wish to be familiar with all the activities going on inside Ben’s mind before Nicola comes on in Episode 4, you should start tuning in on Tuesday, 17 May 2011.

Non-UK fans can listen to this programme via the BBC iPlayer, which does not have any geographical restrictions for radio programmes.

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The Birds (rpt)

This Sunday, 27 March 2010, BBC Radio 7 is repeating the radio drama, The Birds, at 6 pm and again at midnight (GMT). This is a one hour drama which is a closer adaptation to the original short story (of the same name) by Daphne du Maurier than the movie interpretation by Alfred Hitchcock. Presumably, BBC Radio 7 is giving this programme another airing because of the male lead, Neil Dudgeon, who has recently commenced his run as the replacement lead on the long running BBC drama, Midsomer Murders.

Nicola has only a small role in this drama and plays the wife of the male lead. You can read our guide to this program HERE.

There is no geographic restrictions on the BBC iPlayer, so non-UK fans can listen to the show as well. We assume that because of this recent (re)broadcast, the show will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 7 days after the Sunday broadcast.

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Guides to Nicola’s audio work


Guides for all of Nicola’s audio work to date (including one for Bad Memories, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 7 January 2011) have now been completed. Click HERE to access a list of these Guides.

We have also included other examples of Nicola’s voice work HERE.

Updated 21 January 2011

Nicola’s list of Audio credits has been updated to include Neuormancer, a radio play she did in 2003.

If any one has any information on how we can update Nicola’s credits in Audio, Stage, Film or Television, please Email Us.

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Bad Memories

Nicola will be in a new radio play titled Bad Memories which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 7 January 2011 at 21:00 in the UK. Here is a description of the programme taken from the BBC Radio 4 website :

In 2004, a successful architect and his family mysteriously disappear from their home. Six years later five bodies are found in the cellar of their house. They are identified as Jonathan and Imogen Blake and their son, Matthew; Philip Gibson, who was on the missing person’s register and a woman, identity unknown. Forensics determine that not only were they murdered, but the time of death was 1926. Can audio files found with the bodies solve the mystery?

Cast:
Rachel Weir ….. Nicola Walker
Jim Marquez ….. Rupert Graves
Phillip Gibson ….. Steven Mackintosh
Jonathan Blake ….. Anthony Calf
Imogen Blake ….. Jana Carpenter
Matthew Blake ….. Oscar Richardson
Mary Marston ….. Imogen MCCurdy
Boy 1 …… Rohan Nijhawan
Boy 2 …… Ted Powell

Written and directed by Julian Simpson.

If you cannot catch this programme when it is first broadcast, you can always listen to it again via the BBC iPlayer. For fans who live outside the UK, please note that since the BBC iPlayer does not have any geographical restrictions where radio programmes are concerned, you can also listen and enjoy this programme. You do not need any special software to be able to access the BBC iPlayer. This programme will remain available on the BBC iPlayer website for 7 days after the initial broadcast date, i.e. until 14 January 2011.

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Julian Simpson, the writer and director of this play, also directed Nicola in Episodes 409 and 410 of Spooks. Nicola last appeared in other Julian Simpson radio plays, The Listener (2008) and Fragments : Pleasant Green (2007). In fact, this programme is very similar to Fragments : Pleasant Green (2007). Both plays involved detectives trying to solve a murder by trying to reconstruct past events using fragments of an audio tape. Nicola has a more prominent role in Bad Memories than Fragments : Pleasant Green (2007).

Rupert Graves appeared in Episode 403 of Spooks and played the racist politician, William Sampson. He did not have any scenes with Nicola in that episode.

Steven Mackintosh is a regular cast member of Luther. Nicola appeared in Episode 104 of Luther. They did not have any scenes together.

Anthony Calf appeared in the stage play, Gethesame with Nicola (November 2008 to March 2009), though they did not share any scenes together.

Continued on …

Now that the programme has aired, please refer to our Guide page for Bad Memories for further updates on this programme. We will also close our comments section here. If you wish to leave a comment, please do so on the Bad Memories guide page.

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