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Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out review

The middle-aged dads of alternative comedy return once more with a holiday special which -as can only be expected from the pair- has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas or the New Year. This return of the cult comedy hit conjures a half hour of surreal vignettes, made up of set-pieces and sketches which contain...

Little Women episode one review

Retelling the tale of Four head-strong sisters during the American Civil war as they evolve from childhood to womanhood, Little Women is a timeless classic that has been adapted into many forms; from film to opera. However, Gillian Armstrong’s filmic adaptation being 13 years old, means there’s a new generation of audience needing their own...

Doctor Who ‘Twice Upon a Time’ review

A two thousand-and-something year old man said it last Christmas, and it feels even more apt now: ‘Everything ends, and it’s always sad. But everything begins again too, and that’s always happy.’ And that’s what we have right here. An ending and a new beginning. Sad and happy all at once. Very Moffat. The mourning of...

The Highway Rat review

Magic Light Productions have treated everyone to yet another Christmas delight. The company behind The Stickman. Gruffalo and 2012’s Room on a Broom have adapted the popular children’s story by Julia Donaldson for perfect post-lunch viewing. The 30 minute outing follows the titular character, Highway Rat, on his journey and growth from selfish cake thief to...

Doctor Who: Static review

With a chilling cold open, in which a companion calls out in desperation for the Doctor’s help, it is clear that we are in for a terrifying time as the latest Big Finish Colin Baker Doctor Who trilogy concludes. Travelling in the company of Phillipa ‘Flip’ Ramon, nee Jackson (Lisa Greenwood) and Leading Wren Mrs Constance...

The League of Gentlemen 2017 Specials spoiler-free review

(Note: This preview covers the first two episodes out of the three) ‘So, is it good to be back Benjamin, after all this time?’ We’re back in Royston Vasey – it’s fitting we return with Benjamin (Shearsmith), the first character seen – and it doesn’t feel like it’s been away. It’s been fifteen years since...

Peaky Blinders series 4 episode 5 Review (spoilers)

In his (thoroughly excellent) book about the making of Doctor Who, ‘The Writer’s Tale’, Russell T Davies describes dialogue as ‘two monologues clashing’. ‘Everyone,’ he says, ‘is always, always thinking about themselves.’ And though that applies to every drama, it feels especially appropriate to Peaky Blinders, and especially this week. Everyone’s got an agenda, and...

UNIT Encounters review

After the high-octane widescreen epic that was the previous set UNIT: Extinction, it’s a change of pace for UNIT: Encounters. We have four stories exploring various facets of the UNIT world, with some good exploration of both Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver). While there’s no big enemy looming large, there is something...

Doctor Who: The Middle review

This main range Big Finish Doctor Who release features Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor, travelling with his current duo of audio companions, Flip and Constance. As a pair, the two could not be more different in background and age and it is the latter aspect which plays heavily into ‘The Middle’. The story is high-ish concept sci-fi...