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A Very English Scandal review

Right now Hugh Grant is in the position any actor would envy – he has nothing to prove and everything to gain. Like all actors who make their name being very good in a string of rom-coms, Grant can now surprise everyone with unexpected roles that demonstrate his talents.

Big Finish Originals – Cicero Series 1 review

Starring Samuel Barnett (Netflix’s Dirk Gently), the pilot episode of Cicero was a surprise hit last year. Returning for a further five episodes, as part of the Big Finish Originals range, all six now form a first series. Set in ancient Rome, lawyer Marcus Tullius Cicero comes to prominence with his successful defence of a...

Doctor Who: Lure Of The Nomad review

Big Finish has had a reorganisation of its Doctor Who main range, with each Doctor now having their own producer. In the case of the Colin Baker’s sixth Doctor, the producer is now John Ainsworth, who also directed The Lure Of The Nomad, a story written by Matthew J Elliott. Matthew is presumably used to...

Torchwood: Believe boxset review

While Big Finish have been releasing Torchwood audios since 2015, Believe is the first to reunite the original television line-up with a three-part tale rooted in the latter part of the second series. The story focuses on Owen’s suspicions about “The Church of the Outsiders”, a religious organisation who believe that our destiny belongs in...

Blake’s 7: Crossfire part 3 review

In this third set of four full-cast stories, Big Finish brings to a close the Crossfire sequence of Blake’s 7 tales set in a galactic civil war: Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce) vs the former President (Hugh Fraser). Range producer/script editor/director John Ainsworth has used these stories to good effect so far, weaving a large-scale story into...

Doctor Who: The Helliax Rift review

Despite being an essential part of the Pertwee years, the Doctor’s connection with UNIT – his alien-fighting army allies – faded within two years of Tom Baker’s arrival in Doctor Who and they were not seen again en masse until the last series of the classic era. With Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and co hailing from the 1970s/80s...

The Good Karma Hospital: series 2 episode 6 review

“It’s hard to hide how you feel about someone.” “Sometimes love is worth the risk.” Episode 6 of The Good Karma Hospital begins with Hari, a young fisherman, being pursued along the beach by an angry mob. When his beaten bloodied body is then dumped outside the hospital, eyewitness AJ is forced into some quick...

The Good Karma Hospital: series 2 episode 5 review

“We treat what’s in front of us and we move on. This job’s hard enough without making moral judgements on our patients.” Episode 5 of The Good Karma Hospital begins with Dr Nair treating his fiancée to a surprise breakfast on the beach, but he’s barely sat down at the table before being called in...

The Good Karma Hospital: series 2 episode 4 review

“What do they say? Life laughs at those who make plans.” Episode 4 of The Good Karma Hospital begins with Doctors Walker and Varma still at the picturesque plantation, still reeling from last week’s cliffhanger revelation. “He wants to talk to you.” “Who? My uncle or my father?” Varma tries to mediate but Ruby is...

Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Chronicles Vol 1 review

Following last year’s box set of The Ninth Doctor Chronicles from Big Finish, the partially narrated format has been used again to give stories drawn from David Tennant’s tenure. This collection offers one tale with each of his regular companions, though Donna is replaced with her mother, and one from the time of the 2009 specials,...