Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Firewall set for BBC Radio 4

The cult classic video game series will be brought to life in an adaptation starring Andonis Anthony and Will Poulter


BBC Radio 4

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Firewall is being turned into a Radio 4 drama, due for release in December. The landmark adaptation will see the Splinter Cell universe - previously portrayed in the hugely popular video game series, and novels by James Swallow - brought to life on the airwaves for the first time.

The eight-part series, dramatised by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Paul Cornell, follows veteran Fourth Echelon agent Sam Fisher on a new mission, recruiting and training the next generation of Splinter Cell operatives for the National Security Agency's covert action division. When a lethal assassin from Fisher's past returns from the dead on a mission of murder, he is thrust into a race against time as a sinister threat to global security is revealed.

The iconic character of Sam Fisher from the Ubisoft video games series is played by Andonis Anthony (The Archers). The role of his daughter Sarah, who teams up with her dad on his latest secret missions, is played by Daisy Head, who won the Best Debut Performance Award in the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2019.

Other cast include Rosalie Craig, Sacha Dhawan and Nikesh Patel, as well Will Poulter (The Maze Runner; We’re The Millers) on his first foray into radio.

Will says: “I really hope fans of the Splinter Cell game enjoy this, as not only does it have all the action, tension and excitement that the game is famous for, but it also has more elements - there is a lot of comedy, the drama is expanded and horizons broadened by the characters and what they get up to. It is taking the best of Splinter Cell and building on that to make something really well rounded.

“I love this cast too - Andonis does such an amazing job of Sam Fisher, and it is chock full of really great performances.”

The series is a joint commission between Alison Hindell, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 Drama, and Rhian Roberts, Commissioning Editor for Podcasts, Formats and Digital, Radio 4, 3 and 4 Extra.

Alison says: “I am really thrilled to be bringing to Radio 4 and BBC Sounds this innovative and exciting series, and feel sure it will have listeners hooked from the start. We have a great team working together to bring this world to life for audio listeners, familiar as it is in another form to its millions of game fans. We hope they will enjoy hearing situations and characters that they love, given added layers and dimensions through this new interpretation of the story, and the binaural element is an added bonus.”

The series has been recorded in 3D binaural audio, meaning listening on headphones will give a more immersive experience.

Splinter Cell: Firewall (8 x 30’) is a BBC Audio Drama North Production for BBC Radio 4, co-produced by Lorna Newman, Jessica Mitic, and Nadia Molinari.

Splinter Cell: Firewall will broadcast on Fridays on Radio 4 from 2 December at 2.15pm. All episodes will go live as a boxset on BBC Sounds in the Limelight podcast feed on 2 December

Source BBC Radio 4

November 24, 2022 4:27am ET by BBC Radio 4  

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