What do you mean you’ve never heard of cult sci-fi series Vixens from the Void – what about its star, the sultry Vanity Mycroft - no? Well, that’s understandable because they only exist in the imagination of Nev Fountain, serving … Continue reading
Vienna Salvatori – a glamorous bounty hunter played by the equally glam Chase Masterson – first appeared in last year’s Doctor Who audio The Shadow Heart opposite Sylvester McCoy. She has now been spun off into this pilot for a … Continue reading
Corks – it’s the return of theatre impresario Henry Gordon Jago and pathologist Professor George Litefoot, those two fruity Victorian investigators played to perfection by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter. They are back for another quartet of audio adventures, courtesy … Continue reading
Patrick, a man wise beyond his years and master of that smashing resource, At The Scene of the Crime, today celebrates the second online birthday of his blog. As we are both fans of mystery audios I was thrilled to … Continue reading
Agatha Christie meets Pirandello in this rather splendid audio mystery by Joseph Lidster starring Susannah Harker and David Warner as ‘time detectives’ Sapphire and Steel. It’s Cairo in 1926 and an expedition arrives from England to uncover the secrets of a … Continue reading
This new audio play by Tony Lee brings together two (fictional) icons of Victorian England – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, that perverse satyr, sensualist and scoundrel whose own narcissism led … Continue reading
I’m a big fan of audio drama (and for a year I even hosted a blog devoted to the subject) and have occasionally reviewed full cast radio plays here at Fedora (for a list of some of these see here). … Continue reading
This new entry in the Dark Shadows series is produced for audio by Big Finish, makers of such fine products as the truly wondrous Jago and Litefoot thrillers (for my reviews of these, click here). I have to admit to … Continue reading
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The title may sound like an episode of The Man from UNCLE but in fact this is the cracking climax to the fourth season of Jago & Litefoot. And one of the things that becomes clear almost immediately is that … Continue reading
The Jago & Litefoot audio adventures, a spin-off from the Doctor Who characters featured in the classic Tom Baker serial, ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ by Robert Holmes, continue into their fourth and potentially best season yet. Trevor Baxter plays pathologist … Continue reading
One of many releases timed to coincide with the Titanic centenary, this audio play runs the risk of being taken for just another chair on a very overcrowded deck (sic). Which would be a great shame, because this has almost … Continue reading
Roll up, roll up for the exciting new season of audio adventures featuring Jago and Litefoot, the Victorian duo specialising in ‘infernal investigations’ played with brio and vim by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter. After their emotional Brighton sojourn in … Continue reading
The plot: Jago, Litefoot and Leela take a holiday in Brighton. There, Jago meets and falls for music hall singer Abigail Woburn, a relationship that threatens to split the infernal investigators apart, as dark forces gather on the beach … … Continue reading
The Plot: When one of the Maugham family meets an untimely death, it seems almost impossible to work out who the murderer might be, until a distant relative of the family comes to light. With the arrival of Hans Gerber, … Continue reading
A few years ago I started commuting – but British trains being what they frequently are (late, over-crowded, expensive …) I found that trying to read a book was not easy, what with all the jostling amongst passengers and the … Continue reading
Synopsis: In 1949, John George Haigh, the infamous ‘Vampire killer’, was hanged for the murder of at least six people. Join him in the hangman’s cell as he tells you his story and invites you to relive the seduction, murder … Continue reading
I first published this review over at my Audio Aficionado blog but I think it belongs more properly here with my other Fedora tips.
Playback (1958) is generally agreed to be the least of Chandler’s novels, with its slender plot and small cast of characters; but on the other hand this works to its advantage in the broadcast medium. In fact the novel, which I previously reviewed here, had its roots in an original screenplay of the same name written between 1947 and 1948 for Universal Studios but never produced. Those interested to compare the now three iterations of this material can read the complete script online.
The Plot: PI Philip Marlowe is mixing a little business with pleasure – he’s getting paid to follow a mysterious and lovely redhead called Eleanor King. And wherever Miss King goes, trouble seems to follow. But she’s easy on the eye and Marlowe’s happy to do as he’s told, all in the name of chivalry, of course. But one dead body later and what started out to be a lazy day’s snooping soon becomes a deadly cocktail of blackmail, lies, mistaken identity – and murder … Continue reading
I first published this brief review over at my Audio Aficionado blog but I think it belongs more properly here with my other Fedora tips.
This four part BBC radio drama is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s eponymous 1949 novel, one which on several occasions she claimed to be the favourite amongst her own works.
The title is derived from the familiar nursery rhyme:
“There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.”