Bernice Summerfield returns in August with four new audio releases, plus a new hardback collection of short stories. This eleventh season of adventures, starring the archaeologist from the 26th Century, will begin with a climactic, two-part conclusion to the long-running â€˜Braxiatelâ€™ story arc. The season midpoint, starting with the third release, will mark a new beginning in a new setting.
â€œThis is a really exciting turning point for Bernice Summerfield â€“ both the character and the series,â€ says new producer, John Ainsworth. â€œListeners have been waiting a long time for the answers to some burning questions and now itâ€™s time to deliver. But by concluding the â€˜Braixatelâ€™ story arc half-way through the season, weâ€™re also giving new listeners a perfect opportunity to sample Benny and come on board. No prior knowledge of the characters or the series is required to understand and enjoy the third and fourth plays in this series. Itâ€™s a fresh start.â€
The series kicks off with what is effectively a two-part adventure, Resurrecting the Past (August) and Escaping the Future (September), both by Eddie Robson and starring all the regular supporting characters from The Collection.
â€œWe’ve been building up to a resolution on the Braxiatel arc for years, and I don’t think the scale of it will disappoint,â€ says Eddie who is also editor of this yearâ€™s hardback book, Present Danger, the events of which are set between his two audio plays. â€œIn order to really give the resolution the space it demands, we’ve given over this year’s short story anthology to the wrapping-up events – the plays still make perfect sense if you don’t read it, but it’ll give you a broader view on the situation if you do. Everyone has a part to play – but will they all see the end of it?”
Present Danger will be published in September and includes stories by Kate Orman, Lance Parkin, Mark Clapham and Simon Guerrier.
Benny gets a new start from the third audio release in October with Year Zero by Jonathan Clements. This is followed in November by Dead Manâ€™s Switch by John Dorney and Richard Dinnick. Each is very much a self-contained tale but both fit into a new story arc that will continue and conclude in Season 12. This new beginning takes Benny back to basics and once again focuses on her skills and experience as an archaeologist.
Lisa Bowerman, who plays Bernice Summerfield, is also excited about the new direction for the series: â€œAfter the dust settles on one chapter, sheâ€™s going back to her boots and back to her roots. I canâ€™t wait!â€
Bernice Summerfield â€“ Season 11 is released monthly from August priced Â£10.99 per CD.
The hardback book Present Danger will be published in September priced Â£14.99.
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