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‘Chasing Shadows’ Episode 3 review

It’s a brand new story in this week’s Chasing Shadows episode, and whilst ITV’s latest crime drama continues to underwhelm, it’s still oddly enjoyable, much like last week. The first of part a two-part tale, this time writer Rob Williams moves away from the obvious teenage runaway shtick that dominated the opening story, and instead...

National Theatre’s ‘Ballyturk’ play review

While the audience might guess the setting of Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk to be a fictional village in Ireland sometime in the late ‘60s / early ‘70s, the programme specifies that it takes place in “No time. No place.” Very well. Its characters are numbered rather than named. 1 (Cillian Murphy) and 2 (Mikel Murfi) spend...

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Time Heist’ spoiler-free review

Bankers, eh? You know the drill. Boo, hiss, etc. Since the real-world economic crisis (now also canon in Doctor Who thanks to ‘The End of Time’) they’ve become besuited bogeyfolk. Like The Silence, but with champagne corks. Still, after ‘Listen’ it’s not like you can keep your savings under the bed. Callous, calculating, and ruthless,...

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Listen’ review

Back in Series 3, Steven Moffat submitted the script for ‘Blink’, an episode of Doctor Who directly inspired by a story he had written for the previous year’s Doctor Who annual, which sought to explore the creepy possibilities of monsters inspired by nightmares and neuroses. Now, seven years later, he’s crafted ‘Listen’, an episode which...

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Listen’ spoiler-free review

Clara Oswald’s on a first date with Danny Pink. It’s maybe the most important date in all of Time and Space. More important even than 26/06/10. Or maybe it’s not. Or maybe it’s simultaneously significant and inconsequential. Just like how the episode that it’s centred around is all at once a good story told well...

‘Chasing Shadows’ Episode 2 review

There’s a marked improvement in the second of instalment of Chasing Shadows, which, whilst only slight, definitely bodes well for the rest of ITV’s new crime series. Yes, the dialogue is still clichéd, unoriginal and rather clunky in a couple of places. But unlike last week’s underwhelming opening episode, this time there’s a much faster...

‘In the Club’ Episode 6 review

Finales always have a lot to wrap up, and usually not a lot of time to do it in. Very often they have to tie up many dangling plot threads whilst enticing us with reasons to stay watching incase these characters should return. In the final episode of Kay Mellor’s maternity comedy dama, In The...

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Robot of Sherwood’ review

Which stories are more real? Those where their authenticity is proven, or the ones we have retold in our heads, where literal truth has given way to poetic meaning? It’s the single big idea at the heart of ‘Robot of Sherwood’, and if it sounds pretentious, really it isn’t. It is, in fact, as comic...

‘Chasing Shadows’ Episode 1 review

Another month, another new ITV crime drama. Chasing Shadows is the latest cop show to hit our screens, boasting an interesting cast and a premise that promises something slightly different from the usual police prodedural. Following the investigations of a Missing Persons Unit that operates to find the missing before they become the victims of...

‘Doctor Who': ‘Revenge of the Swarm’ (Big Finish 189) audio story review

Sometimes the ambition of a Doctor Who story utterly outstrips the production’s ability to deliver and 1977’s ‘The Invisible Enemy’ is a case in point. The story, involving a sentient space virus which infects the Doctor and prompts a Fantastic Voyage style adventure into the Time Lord’s head, is probably best remembered for the introduction...