Splinter Cell is being turned into a BBC radio drama
Radio 4 will begin airing episodes of the spy series starting next week
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is being adapted into a radio drama on BBC Radio 4, the broadcaster has announced.
The eight-part series, which will broadcast on Fridays from December 2 at 2.15pm, 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”.
The synopsis reads: “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.”
Sam Fisher is played by Andonis Anthony (The Archers). The role of his daughter Sarah, who teams up with her dad, is played by actor Daisy Head.
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Other cast include Rosalie Craig, Sacha Dhawan and Nikesh Patel, as well Will Poulter (The Maze Runner; We’re The Millers).
Poulter said in a statement: “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.”
All episodes will go live as a boxset on BBC Sounds in the Limelight podcast feed on December 2.
Ubisoft officially confirmed last December that it was working on a remake of Splinter Cell, the stealth action game which was first released in 2002 as an Xbox exclusive.
The game is being rebuilt with the Snowdrop engine—which also powers The Division and is being used to build Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Ubisoft’s upcoming Star Wars game—”to deliver new-generation visuals and gameplay, and the dynamic lighting and shadows the series is known for”.
The remake will also include a rewritten story designed to appeal to a new generation of players.