Big Finish have announced Nigel Planer‘s time-travelling adventure Jeremiah Bourne In Time as this week’s #lockdownload, with the first part available now for free!

During the current lockdown imposed by the coronavirus crisis, Big Finish have been offering a different audio drama each week as a free download – or #lockdownload – for a limited time only, with further free stories due to be released over the next three weeks.

This week, Big Finish have made Episode 1 of Jeremiah Bourne In Time available to download for free. First released back in July 2018, this fantasy comedy-drama is part of the Big Finish Originals series, which featured new, original full-cast audio series launched in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary.

Jeremiah Bourne In Time was written by and stars Nigel Planer, a writer and actor who many listeners will recognise from his iconic role as Neil in BBC comedy series The Young Ones. This four-part series also features Planer’s former The Young Ones co-star Christopher Ryan, as well as Sophie Thompson (Four Weddings and a FuneralDetectorists).

Also among the cast are several familiar faces from across the Doctor Who universe, including Annette Badland (Aliens of London/World War ThreeBoom Town), Celia Imrie (The Bells of Saint John), and Tim McInnery (The Planet of the Ood).

Big Finish - Jeremiah Bourne In Time - (L-R) Sophie Thompson, Nigel Planer, Sebastian Armesto, Tim Bentinck, Annette Badland
Big Finish – Jeremiah Bourne In Time – (L-R) Sophie Thompson, Nigel Planer, Sebastian Armesto, Tim Bentinck, Annette Badland

Writer and actor Nigel Planer has said, “Jeremiah Bourne in Time is a very personal take on how I see the world. I’ve been working on it since about 1857 and I think it’s just about ready to share. This was one of the most fun experiences of my writing and acting life, give it a listen.”

Big Finish - Jeremiah Bourne In Time - (L-R) Nigel Planer, Sophie Thompson, Tim McInnerny
Big Finish – Jeremiah Bourne In Time – (L-R) Nigel Planer, Sophie Thompson, Tim McInnerny

The first episode of Jeremiah Bourne In Time is now available to download for free exclusively from the Big Finish website’s Weekly Deals page until 23:59 UK time on Sunday 17th May 2020. It can be unlocked for free by anyone who has registered for a free Big Finish account, and can be played via the free Big Finish listening app.

Listeners can also get 50% off the complete four-hour series of Jeremiah Bourne In Time via the Big Finish Weekly Deals page. What’s more, there is currently 30% off the usual bundle price of the Big Finish Originals range, which features seven original audio drama series, including Nicholas Briggs‘ forthcoming sci-fi epic, The Human Frontier.

Jeremiah Bourne In Time: Episode One is available to download now for free until 23:59 UK time via the Big Finish website’s Weekly Deals page.

Big Finish - Jeremiah Bourne In Time (Cover)
Big Finish – Jeremiah Bourne In Time (Cover)

Jeremiah Bourne is a boy with a remarkable gift. He can travel in time. Not by using a time machine, or stepping through a dimensional portal. It just happens to him, as though by accident. One minute he’s in the present day, the next, he’s a hundred years in the past, standing in the London of 1910.

Jeremiah has two questions; how did he get there – and how can he get back? On his quest for the answers, he enlists the help of Phyllis Stokes of The Society for Theosophical Research and her equally eccentric brother, Roger Allcot Standish, magistrate, spiritualist and dedicated nudist. He encounters the sadistic Mr and Mrs Grout and the ruthless Ed Viney, thief, gang member and slitter of throats. And he arouses the disapproval of Clementina Quentinbloom, the head of a home for ‘Fallen Girls’, by befriending Daisy Wallace, a girl ahead of her time.

Can Jeremiah get home? What is the connection between Clementina’s establishment and Doctor Henry Davenant Hythe, the humanitarian and eugenicist? And does Jeremiah’s gift of time travel have something to do with his mother’s sudden disappearance, all those years ago…

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of CD releases unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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