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The late Sir John Hurt up for a posthumous BBC audio drama award

Actor John Hurt in Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Actor John Hurt in Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

Three Big Finish audio dramas - one featuring the late Sir John Hurt - have been nominated for the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

The awards were established in 2012 to celebrate the quality of on-air and online audio drama.

The first nomination is for former Cromer resident, Sir John Hurt for his performance as Griffin in HG Wells’ The Invisible Man.

In the midst of a snowstorm, a stranger arrives in an English country inn, seeking solitude. Soon, inexplicable goings-on at the Coach and Horses bring fear to the village.

Two very different men – the scholarly Dr Kemp and gentleman-of-the-road Thomas Marvel – are drawn into terrible events beyond their understanding.

A man named Griffin has defied the laws of nature, and is about to embark on a reign of terror. For he is… The Invisible Man.

The Invisible Man was adapted for Big Finish by Jonathan Barnes, directed by Ken Bentley and produced by David Richardson, with sound design by Matthew Cochrane and music by Jamie Robertson.

The other two nominations are in the same category, Best Online or Podcast Audio Drama, and are I Met a Man Today by Nicholas Briggs, the opening episode of The Prisoner Volume 2, and the Big Finish adaptation of King Lear.

The winners will be revealed at a special awards ceremony on January 28.

Widely accepted as one of Britain’s best-known and most versatile actors, Sir John Hurt became a popular figure in Norfolk after making it his home in 2009.

He lived in north Norfolk and was a staunch supporter of Sheringham Little Theatre, appeared in productions made by Holt-based Capriol Films, was patron of Cinema City in Norwich and became the first chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts.

Sir John also performed at local arts festivals including Holt and Voewood, supported and inspired budding actors and art students and even turned on the Cromer Christmas lights in 2013.

He died at his Norfolk home from pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed in 2015, on January 25.

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