Peter Jurasik, the well known American actor (Londo Mollari in Babylon 5, Sid the Snitch in Hill Street Blues) will be making a special appearance in a special spin off of The Blackened Mirror virtual TV series, to be broadcast on Sunday 14th October 2012.
Death in Velvet is a radio play, based on a short story by David Abbot, writer of The Blackened Mirror. It relates one of the adventures of Harland Quinn, Private Investigator (and the central character of The Blackened Mirror) , and is set in the dieselpunk location of Seraph City. Once again a dame walks into Quinnâ€™s office ... and this can mean only one thing - trouble!
â€œIâ€™m delighted that Peter has agreed to appear,â€ says Scott Simpson, who plays Harland Quinn. "Peter is an old friend. It's quite amazing that technology has progressed to the point where we can work together again without actually living in the same city!"â€œ
"I worked on a film years ago called Tron that was all about people exploring a virtual world,â€ says Peter Jurasik. â€œAnd now here is a series that is actually being created in a virtual world. Remarkable, when you think about it."
The radio play will be broadcast as part of a special celebration for Second Life fans of The Blackened Mirror. The event will be a party at the Java Jive â€“ a popular club in Seraph City in Second Life. As well as music from popular DJ Victor Mornington, three instalments of the radio play will be broadcast during the course of the party, between 4pm â€“ 6pm Pacific Standard Time.
So â€“ is that the whole story? Not quite, says Saffia Widdershins, the showâ€™s producer.
â€œThe Blackened Mirror is more than a TV series or a web series,â€ she explains. â€œIt can be accessed via a range of social media â€“ and games are an important part of it. We call this â€˜fun noirâ€™. Thereâ€™s a game for Death in Velvet too â€“ youâ€™ll hear Parts 1 to 3 ... but the solution is in Part 4 â€“ and weâ€™re asking our listeners to guess what that solution is going to be!â€
Although Death in Velvet will first be broadcast inworld, there will be a chance for people to hear the show on the web too. But, once again, to hear the episodes, you will have to be prepared to join in the challenges.
â€œThere will be fun noir here too,â€ said Saffia. â€œEach episode will be on a hidden web page, and you will need to solve the clues to unlock the episodes!â€