Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Scarifyers say farewell to Nicholas Courtney

The Magic Circle, a new audio play from the Scarifyers, features Doctor Who actors Terry Molloy (Genesis of the Daleks) and David Warner (Dreamland).

The late Nicholas Courtney was originally cast in the play, however due to his illness he was unable to take part. The story acts as a farewell to Courtney and his character, Lionheart. The CD also includes a documentary about the late actor.

The Magic Circle
 Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) is finding the business of single-handedly saving Great Britain from the forces of darkness rather taxing.
 And Lionheart? Lionheart is missing.
 When the only clue to his disappearance seems to lie in a twenty-year-old murder investigation, Dunning turns to the one man who might have the answers: Lionheart’s erstwhile colleague Harry ‘Thumper’ Crow (David Warner).
 Harry doesn’t hold with supernaturalism, but over the next few days he’s going to see some very strange things indeed: a string of murdered magicians, a dead music-hall star come back to life, and a pensioner from the depths of hell.
 Can Crow and Dunning find Lionheart? A terrible truth awaits, as they unearth the long-buried secrets of THE MAGIC CIRCLE.
 This is the sixth adventure of THE SCARIFYERS.
 The Scarifyers
 The Scarifyers began life in 2006 with The Nazad Conspiracy, uniting 1930s ghost story writer Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) with Detective Inspector Lionheart (Nicholas Courtney), as they battled the vengeful spirit of Rasputin. In The Devil of Denge Marsh, Lionheart left the force to set up top-secret government department MI-13, and rescue Dunning from an evil cult and a giant squid. For King and Country saw our heroes save King George VI from an irate resurrected Oliver Cromwell; in The Curse of the Black Comet they travelled to Egypt in the company of Brian Blessed, and in The Secret Weapon of Doom they searched for the titular secret weapon, aided by Nigel Havers and Leslie Phillips.
 BBC 7 (now Radio 4 Extra) picked up The Scarifyers in 2007, and has continued to broadcast the series ever since.  The Radio Times called them ‘rollicking good fun.’
 In 2011, Nicholas Courtney – Inspector Lionheart in The Scarifyers - passed away. The Magic Circle introduces a new lead character, played by David Warner, and serves as a farewell to both Lionheart and to the actor who played him.
 Available from or all good bookshops
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With thanks to Simon Barnard for the press release and artwork.


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