Have yourself a very Benny Christmas!

Lisa Bowerman Christmas
Lisa Bowerman Christmas

Out just in time for Christmas — which, as we know, in 2020 is a month long at least — it’s Bernice Summerfield: The Christmas Collection, a bumper festive audiobook read by Lisa Bowerman, taking in tales from across this universe and others.

Fans both old and new will enjoy this collection; new fans because each story works as a stand-alone, so there is no need to worry about any complicated back story if you want to dip in; and old fans, because these ten stories are collected from all across Benny’s eventful life, from St Oscar’s to the Braxiatel Collection, to Legion and even in the Unbound Universe…

It’s Christmas!!! (nearly!)(ish)

The countdown to Christmas 2020 has officially started with the release of an audio anthology of archaeological adventures read by the first lady of Big Finish, Professor Bernice Summerfield. Lisa Bowerman narrates ten festive fairytales, available now for download exclusively from www.bigfinish.com.

Benny fans will also enjoy the special seasonal video, A Visit From Prof. Summerfield, which is available to watch for free on the Big Finish YouTube channel now.  

The ten Yuletide yarns in this collection are:   

Part 1: Seasonal Stories from St Oscars 

Tap by Mark Clapham  

Bernice has a spooky story to tell about her expedition to a junk world where, looking for archaeological treasures buried in the garbage, her team disturb remnants of an old culture that, perhaps, should have been left to rot… 

Null Ziet by Scott Harrison  

Searching for her friend Haruko, Bernice arrives on a devastated planet that seems to be at war with itself. As the situation spirals out of control, Benny soon realises that Christmas is at the very heart of every strange occurrence… 

Glory to the Reborn King by Matthew Griffiths 

Bernice has dragged her assistant Gavin away from his home planet’s winter celebrations to help with an archaeological expedition to the mysterious planet Telway. But as the team dig in the dust, it seems that something sinister is stirring in the dark reaches of space… 

Part 2: Christmas Tales from the Braxiatel Collection 

Signifiers of the Verphidiae by Tim Gambrell  

Bernice is enjoying planning a traditional Christmas party for her friends – and Bev, Jason, and Joseph are happy to join in. But Benny should have learned by now not to trust a mysterious alien artefact, especially at Christmas time… 

The Frosted Deer by Sophie Iles 

Hot on the trail of an ancient artefact, Bernice goes undercover on the planet of Teilan. But it’s not long before she starts to have some doubts about Braxiatel’s real motives for finding this mysterious object… 

Collector’s Item by Eddie Robson 
After discovering an impossible sculpture on a small planet, Bernice decides to call in Braxiatel to help figure out what it could be – with alarming consequences for both of them… 

Santa Benny at the Bottom of the Sea by Simon Guerrier 

Deep under the sea, Nessa, Freng and Strong are trying very hard to be nice. Because if they are naughty, then Santa won’t come and give them presents. And they do want presents very much. But what does Santa really want from them? And what does being nice really involve…? 

Part 3: Holiday Stories from Legion 

Bernice Summerfield and the Christmas Adventure by Xanna Eve Chown 

Helping test a festive VR game should be fun – and Bernice considers herself a bit of an expert on 20th Century traditions. But as she explores a virtual Christmas in this odd little basement on Legion, it’s possible she might have bitten off more than she can chew… 

White Christmas by Victoria Simpson 

Life on Legion is full of surprises. But when Bernice is mistaken for a theatre critic in an odd version of the Bing Crosby classic, set in an industrial hangar – the surprises take a turn for the sinister… 

Part 4: Festive Tales from the Unbound Universe  

Wise Women by Q 

Bernice’s plans to join her friend Gilly for a traditional Qiyotian holiday is scuppered by a less-than-festive crash. Soon she finds herself trekking through the desert on the back of a Nurmash in search of engine coolant. Whoever thinks Christmas is boring has never spent the holidays with Benny! 

Bernice Summerfield: The Christmas Collection is now available to own as a download for just £9.99, exclusively from the Big Finish website. 

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