Batman: Knightfall

1st Broadcast 1994 BBC Radio 1

 

Producer

Dirk Maggs

 

Dramatized By

Dirk Maggs

 

Director

Dirk Maggs

 

Produced for

BBC Radio Light Entertainment BBC Radio 1

 

 

Synopsis

A new and sinister enemy, Bane, has arrived in Gotham City.

The entire maximum-security wing of Ardham Asylum has been breached; all the major villains have escaped and are looking for vengeance.

 

Cast

Character

Actor
The Riddler
Stuart Milligan
Mayor Krohl
Vincent Marzello
The Mad Hatter
Chris Emmett
Nightwing
James Goode
Scarecrow
James Goode
Robin
Daniel Marinker
Shondra Kinsolving
Alibe Parsons
Scarface
Michael Roberts
Ventriloquist
Michael Roberts
Harvey Bullock
Eric Meyers
Montoya
Commissioner Gordon
William Roberts
The Joker
Kerry Shale
Jean-Paul
Kerry Shale
Bane
Peter Marinker
Brue Wayne
Bob Sessions
Batman
Bob Sessions
Tim Drake
Daniel Marinker
Alfred
Michael Gough

 

Production Crew

Recorded and Mixed Paul Deeley

 

 

Recorded at

None at this time

 

Music composed & Arranged

Mark Russell

 

 

Comment by Dirk Maggs

Released as three cd's called

CD1 A Knight's Fall CD2 A Hero's Quest CD3 A Batman Reborn

When it was first suggested we should make action dramas in daily three minute episodes I was pretty scared but willing to give it a try. There was a lot of gloomy
predictions of failure but once we got into our stride it seemed to work pretty well, and it was a format which could be slotted in between the chart records on BBC Radio 1. Also the first real effort to get to grips with Dolby Surround was ‘Batman Knightfall’ which we made for BBC Radio 1 in 1994.

The idea was to create an atmospheric mood which would be quite scary. Paul Deeley did some amazing sound mixing but some of the effects mixing and panning aren't as focussed as we would do it now on Dolby 5.1. To be honest, everything I have done I would improve if I could go back and do it again ... we are all the same, perfectionists who - but for deadlines - might never finish a job! A quick word for Bob Sessions who played our Batman. What a great presence he has, what a wonderful voice. And he WAS Batman in a uniquely urbane way. My ambition was to do Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ with him ... sadly it was not to be - dear Bob died before it could happen. Thank you Bob.

 

 

Running Time

65 number 3 minute episodes 195 minutes in total

 

 

Cast Pictures

Batman Knighfall cast

 

 

Other Links

Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome

 

 

Review

A Very good Review By Ty Power

 

 

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What Others have said

 

“... Dirk Maggs, who wrote and produced, threw everything into the pot and stirred vigorously. The result was richly textured, highly flavoursome, original and wonderfully energetic ... Maggs struck just the right balance between Gothic horror, gung-ho heroism and camp humour, and maintained it. This sort of speed and density is all too rare in radio ...”

NIGEL ANDREW, Daily Telegraph

 

“... summoned up Gotham’s nocturnal horrors more effectively than the movies...”

DAMIAN THOMPSON, Sunday Telegraph

 

“... Dirk Maggs productions ‘Composed through' like a Lloyd-Webber' musical - scene boundaries of the lightning cut type - over-aural-excitation - crowded 'mise en scène' - plenitude of sound events...”

STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY February 2001 NEW MEDIA: NEW PRACTICES: NEW PARADIGMS

 

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