Ben Miles and Frank Skinner return in ‘Callan’

❉ The classic spy TV series returns with a brand new full-cast audio drama release from Big Finish. 

David Callan works for The Section, a top-secret counter-espionage organisation. He’s a killer, a trained assassin, and the best at what he does. But that doesn’t mean he has to like it.
Murder, betrayal and model soldiers. It’s all in a day’s work for Callan.

Ben Miles stars as David Callan with Frank Skinner as Lonely, originally portrayed by Russell Hunter. Lonely is a small-time thief, and despite his body odour problems, he is a handy source of information and assistance to Callan.

Callan works for The Section, an MI5-like spy organisation. With the aid of the burglar Lonely; fellow operative Meres; and Section secretary Liz, Callan fulfils the orders of departmental head Hunter.

Originally starring Edward Woodward, four series of the original Callan television series were produced between 1967 and 1972, plus a cinema film released in 1974 and a TV comeback in 1981.

Callan returned on audio at Big Finish in 2018, in tales adapted from series creator James Mitchell’s Sunday Express short stories by his son Peter.

Callan Volume 2 is now available to pre-order at the special price of £27.99 as a collector’s edition four-disc CD box set or £24.99 as a download, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

The forthcoming box set comprises four thrilling escapades for the spy team:

File on a Difficult Don

The cap and gown meet the gun and bullet when Callan visits the Dreaming Spires to protect a code-breaker.

File on a Mourning Mother

Callan and Meres are investigating the mysterious death of a scientist at a top secret research centre when they discover, Hell hath no fury…

File on an Elusive Engineer

Callan and Meres are sent to protect a British engineer from an assassination attempt and then find themselves all at sea…

File on an Angry American

The CIA plans to execute a double agent on British soil and Callan is sent to make sure the target’s wife doesn’t get caught in the cross-fire…

Ben Miles and Frank Skinner.

Producer Emma Haigh said: “It’s really terrific we’ve got the Callan team back together to record a second series. We’ve had to be patient whilst Ben was busy with The Lehman Trilogy but the best things come to those who wait – and they certainly have here.”

Writer Peter Mitchell added: “My dad always said that he was blessed by the leading actors in the original Callan TV series. All I can do is echo that sentiment in these audios. Ben Miles is outstanding as Callan; maintaining that potent mix of threat and vulnerability requires immense skill as an actor.

“Frank Skinner as Lonely beautifully captures the innocence and bewilderment that makes the character endearing and ridiculous all at the same time. Obviously, Frank’s timing is superb – it adds a real lustre to the humour.”


Duration: 240 minutes approx.
Released: September 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Director: Sam Clemens
Producer: Emma Haigh
Script Editor: John Dorney
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Written by: James Mitchell
Adapted by: Peter Mitchell
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

❉ ‘Callan Volume 2’ is now available to pre-order at the special price of £27.99 as a collector’s edition four-disc CD box set or £24.99 as a download, exclusively from the Big Finish website. Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering this box set in a bundle with the first volume in this series for just £50 on CD or £45 as a download.

 News source: Big Finish Productions.

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