Category Archives: Audio Review

Callan is back … on audio

Callan, the classic spy drama television series from the Sixties, returns with a star-studded cast in brand new audio adaptations from Big Finish Productions. Ben Miles stars as the titular Callan, with Frank Skinner joining him as small-time thief Lonely.

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The Prisoner – volume 2

Following the deserved success of the first volume of this intelligent re-imagening for audio of the classic TV show of the 1960s, now comes its sequel – and it is even better than the first. Mark Elstob is our hero, … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Espionage, Nicholas Briggs, Patrick McGoohan, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 8 Comments

Homecoming

This riveting psychological thriller dealing with returning American servicemen has just completed its second season and I am here to sing its praises – of course, without divulging any spoilers. An audio drama available as a free podcasts, it features … Continue reading

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TILL DEATH DO US PART (1944) by John Dickson Carr

This classic Golden Age detective story tends to get a little lost among the multitude and enthralling mysteries that John Dickson Carr was producing at such a prodigious rate at that time. It begins with a superb set piece in … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, Audio Review, England, Five Star review, Gideon Fell, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery, London, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 65 Comments

Jago & Litefoot – Series 1

Hurrah – theatre impresario Henry Gordon Jago and pathologist Professor George Litefoot, those two fruity Victorian investigators created by Robert Holmes and played to perfection by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, are back this month for their eleventh series! The … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Lane, Audio Review, Big Finish, Jago & Litefoot, Jonathan Morris, London, Scene of the crime, Steampunk | 13 Comments

WHO KILLED MATTHEW CORBIN? by John Dickson Carr

You may not have heard of this work by the great John Dickson Carr, but that’s OK as it isn’t a novel or short story – it was in fact his debut as a radio dramatist. Recordings of the serial appear … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, Audio Review, England, Gideon Fell, John Dickson Carr | 47 Comments

TO WAKE THE DEAD (1937) by John Dickson Carr

John Dickson Carr is my favourite Golden Age mystery author and this entry, featuring his titanic sleuth Gideon Fell, was published when he was at the height of his powers. However, this one isn’t as well-known as many of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, Audio Review, England, Gideon Fell, John Dickson Carr, London | 79 Comments

ALL-CONSUMING FIRE by Andy Lane

This audio production is an adaptation of the 1994 novel by Andy Lane that brought  together Sherlock Holmes and, wait for it, Doctor Who. In addition there are also elements of the HP Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos too. Now, I realise … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Lane, Audio Review, Big Finish, Doctor Who, England, India, London, Scene of the crime, Sherlock Holmes, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 24 Comments

The Prisoner – volume 1

This CD box (also available as a download) comprises four Spy / Science Fiction adventures reviving for audio the classic British TV show of the 1960s. Mark Elstob takes over from Patrick McGoohan as the kidnapped secret agent, while John Standing, Celia … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Nicholas Briggs, Patrick McGoohan, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 17 Comments

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (1941) by John Dickson Carr

This historical mystery, set around the battle of Waterloo and involving a locked room murder, a phantom woman who only our hero believes exists, a mysterious ‘man in black’ and a duel in a hot air balloon, was for decades a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Audio Review, England, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery, London | 41 Comments

HE WHO WHISPERS (1946) by John Dickson Carr

This classic Golden Age detective story features a seemingly impossible murder and came top of the 2014 John Dickson Carr poll, somewhat to my surprise. I hadn’t read it in a while (well, try 30 years actually, and only in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Audio Review, England, Five Star review, France, Gideon Fell, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery, London | 65 Comments

THE JUDGEMENT OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Jonathan Barnes

Sherlock Holmes had many secrets. This is the greatest of them. This collection of four new audio adventures by Jonathan Barnes follows on from his very conspicuous success with The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner and The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes for Big Finish … Continue reading

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Vienna – series 1

This CD box (also available as a download) comprises three science fiction adventures that follow on from The Memory Box, featuring glamorous bounty hunter Vienna Salvatori, played by the equally glam Chase Masterson. The following review is offered as part … Continue reading

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THE ORDEALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Jonathan Barnes

This collection of four new audio adventures follows the threads of a single case across 40 years in the career of Conan Doyle’s consulting detective. Following on from the conspicuous success of The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner, Jonathan Barnes is again … Continue reading

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THE AXEMAN COMETH by Nev Fountain

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

Posted in Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, Audio Review, Big Finish, Doctor Who, Film Noir, Mervyn Stone, Nev Fountain, Poirot | 23 Comments

Vienna: The Memory Box

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

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The Age of Revolution

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

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Mysteries in Audio: Podcast

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Gilbert Adair, Jago & Litefoot, Podcast, Sherlock Holmes | 7 Comments

The Mystery of the Missing Hour

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

Posted in Agatha Christie, Audio Review, Big Finish, Egypt, Joseph Lidster, Miss Marple, Nigel Fairs, Poirot, Sapphire & Steel, Scene of the crime | 22 Comments

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST by Tony Lee

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

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Mysteries in Audio: Podcast

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Jago & Litefoot, John Dickson Carr, Podcast, Sherlock Holmes | 8 Comments

THE ETERNAL ACTRESS by Nev Fountain

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Billy Wilder, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who, Film Noir, Gothic, Hollywood, Nev Fountain, Scene of the crime | Tagged , | 7 Comments

THE HOURGLASS KILLERS by Justin Richards

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Doctor Who, Jago & Litefoot, Justin Richards, London, Scene of the crime, Steampunk | 7 Comments

THE LONELY CLOCK by Matthew Sweet

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Jago & Litefoot, London, Matthew Sweet, Scene of the crime, Steampunk | 4 Comments

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE PERFIDIOUS MARINER by Jonathan Barnes

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, London, Scene of the crime, Sherlock Holmes, Sussex | 9 Comments

BEAUTIFUL THINGS by John Dorney

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Jago & Litefoot, John Dorney, London, Scene of the crime, Steampunk | 3 Comments

JAGO IN LOVE by Nigel Fairs

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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Brighton, Jago & Litefoot, London, Nigel Fairs, Scene of the crime, Steampunk | 9 Comments

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE REIFICATION OF HANS GERBER by George Mann

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

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THE MAHOGANY MURDERERS by Andy Lane

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

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IN CONVERSATION WITH AN ACID BATH MURDERER by Nigel Fairs

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

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