Big Finish have announced a second series of the brilliant ATA Girl audios, telling the story of the courageous female pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II, for release on 8th March 2020 – International Women’s Day.
Appropriately, once again, the creative team behind ATA Girl – creator/director Louise Jameson, and producer/writer Helen Goldwyn – has assembled a brilliant cast of women to portray the main characters.
Kate Copeland (The Ghost, Golden Years) reprises her role as Pauline Gower, the real-life engineer and pilot who initially proposed the formation of the women‘s branch of the ATA. She is joined by Amy Downham (Hollyoaks, Pen Talar) as Tilly, the present-day grand-daughter of series one lead, Amelia, who is making a documentary about the pilots. Holly Jackson Walters (A Beautiful Impurity) and Elinor Lawless (EastEnders) play international third officers, Felicity Moreaux and Rhiannon Geary, respectively.
Louise Jameson said: “I think it‘s a series that‘s worthy, not just because of the amount of talent that‘s gone towards its conclusion but also because of the women that it‘s about. These are very unsung heroines – and very brave women – especially our main protagonist, Pauline Gower, who managed to get equal pay for equal work. This is back in 1942, and we‘re still fighting that battle!”
Helen Goldwyn said: “It‘s all been about respecting and honouring the memory of these women, because we are fictionalising their lives. But every single thing that we write is inspired by the real lives of the real women. We‘ve been very careful about that, I think, and I‘m proud of the end product.”
The series two box set of ATA Girl contains two new stories:
- The Hardest Day by Helen Goldwyn
- Au Revoir by Louise Jameson
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