Presenting Honest Tommy: The Radio Adventures, an audio anthology series featuring original, full-cast stories of wonder and amazement as Captain Dashworth and his vagabond crew venture across the Fifteen Galaxies in search of titillating thrills and sensational spectacle.
The series stars Ted Hutchings (Shields of Justice, Seasons of War) as Captain Dashworth, self-styled adventurer extraordinaire; Morwenna Towns (A Story for Happy, Alien Outbreak) as Commander Gwen Broadchest, a runaway from the Space Navy seeking escapism; Ben Gilbert (Dea, Jason and the Argonauts) as Ensign Benson, the put-upon and eternally chirpy dogsbody of the Jolly Good; Emily Carding (Richard III: A One-Woman Show, Ghost Stories) as Professor Runcible, maddened inventor of a thousand bizarre gizmos; and Lucy Townsend (Scareycrows, The Snug) as Princess Victoria, darling of the British Space Empire and rather handy with a high-powered blazer pistol.
You will also hear the dulcet tones of Aaron Turner, (Galavant, Real Person Fiction) Katie Beard (LeMoon Productions, Scatter), Richard Knox (Othello, The Duchess of Malfi), and additional voicework by Tom Menary (Seasons of War, The Liminal) and Michael "Whisky" Gartley (Wildcard Production Studios, Rewind: Life Is Strange). The episodes were recorded by Michael Gartley at the Big Red Studio at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, with additional recording and mastering by Phil Baker (A Story for Happy, Killing Lionel). Original music was composed by Tom Menary.
Join the crew as they face the terrible Priest of Blood and the fearsome Graven Monks in Dawn of the Space Thumb; a case of malingering space blindness during In Space, No One Can Hear You See; and the discovery of a mystery at the heart of The Hollow Earth.
Honest Tommy: The Radio Adventures are coming to a cosmos near you this winter.
At our recent appearance at the English Riviera Film Festival in Torquay, the Honest Tommy crew showcased some of the props constructed by Tom Hutchings. These wonderful inventions and bizarre gizmos were intended for use in photoshoots with our cast, and as illustrative visual aids to sit alongside our audio stories in The Radio Adventures. Here, we'll be taking a closer look at some of these cosmic contraptions.
The ZAPPY ZAPPY FWIP FWIP
On the surface, this blazer pistol has much in common with standard sidearms carried by Royal Navy marines, and even the short-barrelled hold-out pistols favoured by pirates beyond the Fifteen Galaxies. However, Captain Dashworth has modified the inner workings of his signature shooter, and has given it not only a dashing splash of "Violet Waft", but has also bestowed it with a name that makes no bones about what you'll get if you stare down its bronze barrel.
The CROWN BREAKER
A custom blazer revolver owned by Princess Victoria, the VR-1 "Crown Breaker" was gifted to the daring royal as a housewarming present from her Ladies-in-Waiting when she took possession of her Moon fortress. A chunky weapon with a powerful, ironclad punch, the VR-1 (also known as the "Empire Breaker") is sometimes hard to conceal beneath a regal dress or ballroom gown, but Victoria rarely leaves the palace without it.
As the Royal Navy has an unfortunately high turnover rate for limbs and various bodily appendages, the cybonics workshops of Pillockwick Pistons & Gears churn out several models of robo-limbs to replace any lost, torn, or otherwise mangled while operating Britain's war machinery. Gwen Broadchest, formerly of the Royal Navy, owns a Rostrum-8 Mk3, boasting myoelectric fingertips and internal self-lubrication, although isn't entirely happy about it.
The INDIFFERENCE ENGINE
The engineer Charles Babbage picked up a thing or two while working with Professor Runcible at the Royal Academy of Scotland. One of those things was the professor's notebook, from which he picked up several more things. His famed difference engine was the result, based on an Indifference Engine Runcible came up with after a particularly big sneeze. Her design is an endless work-in-progress on a robot designed to do nothing much of anything, as part of her attempts to stick two fingers up at the laws of motion. The Mk1 is little more than a cybonic brain, usually found festering in a half-eaten can of beans on the professor's cluttered workbench.
While some killer robots guard the Realm and Star Territories, others have been co-opted by nefarious pirate groups and insane warlords who'd like to charge into battle astride a mechanical behemoth of belching steam and clanging claws. The Robo-Killer fielded by the Fifth Vorgak Horde during the Invasion of Vorgak 3 was powered by a raging furnace and armed with a shoulder-mounted blazer cannon lashed down with several loops of twine. This unit possibly nursed ideas above its station, if the admiral's cap perched jauntily on its head was anything to go by.
The JOLLY GOOD
It may have been the sleekest and sexiest rocket ship in the Fifteen Galaxies, but in the hands of Professor Runcible the Jolly Good looks more like a shanty town on wings—and indeed boasts a small hamlet of vagrants living quite happily next to the central chassis. The design came to Runcible while in the throes of cosmic transcendence and a large volume of chemical substances, and the ship's precise operations have been lost to the whirlpool of the professor's addled mind.
Today we were accompanied by the brilliant sounds of our first Radio Adventures recordings. Thanks to the wonderfully accommodating Hannah's at Seale-Hayne, and their Big Red Studio, we recorded the first of our specially-written audio adventures (as well as a little bit extra!), which will begin Honest Tommy: The Radio Adventures.
These original tales, written by Tom Hutchings and Tom Menary, and performed by a full cast, will immerse listeners into the adventures of Captain Dashworth and his crew as they battle deadly fanatics, an infernal voice, mysteries below the cobbles of London, and a scorching case of space blindness.
Listen to this space for more updates soon!