For International Women’s Day Big Finish is giving away a free episode of their first Big Finish Original range – ATA Girl created by Louise Jameson (Leela – Doctor Who). ATA Girl is fictionalised story based on the real-life struggles of the heroic female pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War Two.
“I first heard of these brave women a decade ago, and the potential that lay in their untold story fired my imagination,” says Louise Jameson. “Big Finish invited me to pitch for a series, mixing fact with fiction, so we could bring these World War Two pilots to life. The very next day they came back to me with a ‘yes’.
“Four one-hour dramas (all by female writers) and a host of marvellous actors later, we have a breathtaking, moving, dynamic series, affectionately known as ATA Girl. These unsung heroines have finally been given a voice.”
This project has a distinctive female voice as producer Helen Goldwyn explains: “As the themes throughout each episode were so resolutely female and embedded in the experience of ‘being a woman’, director Louise Jameson and I agreed that it would be interesting to work with an all-female production team on this occasion. The only exception was our script editor, John Dorney, who shall henceforth be known as an honorary woman!
The first episode Up in the Air written by Gemma Page is available for download for the next. 48 hours. It expires 23:59 UK time on 09/03/2018
ATA Girl 1.1 Up in the Air by Gemma Page
It’s March 1944 and young widow Daphne Coyne arrives at the Air Transport Auxiliary, having signed up to train as a new pilot. Already unsure of her decision, she is shocked to find that her estranged younger sister, Rebecca, has also joined the ATA, hoping for a chance of reconciliation. As Daphne grows close to her flying instructor, the injured former RAF pilot, David, and discovers an unexpected passion for flying, the two sisters try to navigate their broken relationship. But David has family trapped in Belgium and Daphne has a plan that could jeopardise all of their futures…
ATA Girl is available for pre-order now at £17 on download, and/or it will be available at £20 on download on its release in April.