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Dark Shadows

14/08/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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For 40 years, Dark Shadows has entertained audiences with supernatural intrigue and gothic romance. The classic US daytime drama featured vampire Barnabas Collins and his ancestral home Collinwood, cursed across three centuries.

Big Finish Productions have been granted a licence by Dan Curtis Productions, Inc, the first of its kind, to make these original full-cast audio drama productions, featuring new music and sound effects alongside classic Dark Shadows compositions from composer Robert Cobert.

Four original stories will be recorded this summer, featuring members of the original cast reprising familiar roles. The first two CDs will be launched at the 2006 Dark Shadows 40th Anniversary Celebration, which will be held in Brooklyn, New York. The CDs will subsequently be made available by mail order and through retail outlets.

"It is bittersweet that, on this 40th anniversary of Dark Shadows, we have just lost the mastermind behind Collinwood and its characters, creator-producer Dan Curtis," Jim Pierson, Marketing Director for Dan Curtis Productions told SFcrowsnest. "Dan knew that his legacy of gothic mystery and magic would live on. He greatly loved his original group of actors and it is truly fitting that they are helping to continue his Dark Shadows dream."

"I'm delighted that Big Finish is able to add Dark Shadows to its range of audio dramas," said Jason Haigh-Ellery, MD of Big Finish and co-producer of Dark Shadows. "We are making sure that these new audios can be enjoyed by listeners new to Dark Shadows as well as long-time devotees of the original TV series."

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