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‘Humans’ Season 1 soundtrack album review: Wistful, exhilarating and terrifying

Is there such a thing as melancholic electronica? ‘Melanctonica’? If there isn’t already then Cristobal Tapia de Veer just invented it with the soundtrack to Channel 4’s huge summer hit, Humans (ahh, remember when we were all sweating Pimms and wondering what Colin Morgan’s character Leo was?). And if you watched the show or were...

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ soundtrack review: Volume 1 album is big and bold

Barry Gray’s score for Thunderbirds is a tough act to follow. It’s amazing, timeless music; so good that it even gets used on Cadbury adverts in 2015, five decades since it first played on television! So composing an updated score for a new Thunderbirds TV series, one can imagine the task being quite a daunting...

‘Indian Summers’ Season 1 soundtrack album review

India, 1932. Cynthia Coffin is propping up the bar at the Royal Simla Club, there’s a steaming train stopped on the tracks just outside the Himalayan town of Simla, and Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck’s soundtrack is sinuously moving through the heat, the passion, and the secrets of Indian Summers. Reflecting the characters of Channel...

‘Music from the Star Wars Saga’ album review

What would the Star Wars franchise be without John Williams? 83 years young, and he’s still the musical Force of the Star Wars cinematic process, surrounding and binding together the galaxy of acting, dialogue, effects both practical and special, in a grand orchestral sound inspired by Erich Korngold and the Golden Age of adventure cinema;...

‘Doctor Who’ Season 8 soundtrack album review

Listen! Question: Why do we talk to ourselves when we know we’re alone? Answer: Because we haven’t had the Doctor Who Season 8 soundtrack to keep our pudding-brains busy. That, and there may be a race of unseeable entities watching our ever move. But mostly, y’know, the soundtrack thing. Always a treat for a Whovian’s...

‘In the Flesh’ soundtrack album review

Here’s a nice reminder that one of the BBC’s best BAFTA-winning shows hasn’t been recommissioned: the soundtrack to that BAFTA-winning BBC show. Sorry. Sorry. That’s too jaundiced a way of looking at things, and certainly in respect to a fine soundtrack. All you Rotter fans, don’t think of this as a reminder of what you’ve...

‘Utopia’ Season 2 soundtrack album review

Channel 4 really went straight for the spoon when it came to Utopia‘s fate, didn’t they? Skipping the chilli or bleach, they just scooped Dennis Kelly’s dark dystopian drama right out of the future schedules, never to be seen again. Some torturers have no finesse. So while we don’t have a third season to look...

‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ soundtrack album review

Now this is a real treat. Edmund Butt's score to Mark Gatiss' terrific Doctor Who drama. You all remember An Adventure in Space and Time, don't you? It's the 90 minutes last year that made several generations of Who fans get all moist-eyed and nostalgic, some for a time they weren't even alive in.

‘Sherlock’ Series 3 soundtrack album review

Pass that popcorn-filled Deerstalker, would you? Because with that filmic running length, a principal duo of Hollywood stars, and the fact that each 90-minute feature is advertised with the hashtaggable anticipation of your average blockbuster, every episode of Sherlock is less a TV drama and more a movie that has escaped into your living room. So it stands to reason that it should be given a fittingly filmic score.