Another great series of adventures for Jago and Litefoot, intrepid Victorian investigators of the infernal and inexplicable. Following straight on from the intriguing coda to Series 1, here we have four adventures strong adventures, linked by a common thread, that will not fail to entertain and move you.
The set contains all four episodes, each about an hour long. One episode per disc on four discs in separate jewel cases held in a card slip case. There is a fifth disc of bonus material – interviews with cast and crew.
This series is another absolute delight. As well as Baxter and Benjamin’s wonderful chemistry together, we have a larger role for the inestimable Lisa Bowerman as Ellie, and the ever reliable David Collings makes a striking and memorable appearance. In this series the upright and learned professor and the blustering and verbose Impresario must deal firstly with a vampire, then spend the rest of the series dealing with the aftermath of that encounter. The episodes are not as self contained as in series 1, and you do need to listen to all of them in order to get the maximum effect of the story arc. The scripts are excellent, and show the many sides of the two main characters, and provide equal measures of humour and dark and moving tragedy. This is as entertaining a four hours as I have listened to for a long time, and had me completely hooked. Great tales, well told and with an acting masterclass from the four principles. 5 stars. More please! And can David Collings please come back for another series? His typically quiet yet masterly performance really enhanced this series.
Like many others I had read the reviews of Jago and Litefoot and remember them from The Dr Who Episode in which they first featured. The Talons of When Chiang.
That was an impressive story and like many others thought that this series would be - well at best a rip off.
But I am glad to say I was totally wrong this series is wonderful entertainment.
Everything really gels with these sets. The cast- excellent, the Characters superb.
The performances really excellent in fact I need to grab a thesaurus to describe the CDs the are THAT good.
Like many I was also put off by the high price.
At well over 27 pounds (GBP27) it seems like a very high price to take a chance.
Indeed second hand prices (where I obtained mine) seem too high too.
This is simply because you are buying 4 episodes on 4 Cds each of an hour's duration.
The reason why it important to buy the sets is that each story is different but there is an overall arc to the whole 4.
Each in it's own is wonderful but the 4 stories work like a wonderful Swiss Watch- intricate, detailed and delightful.
I enjoyed each and every story and there is a whole lot to go at but the arc throughout was really wonderful that simply takes this series to a peak.
The cast is brilliant.
Trevor Baxter's takes the role of
Professor Litefoot an intelligent coroner who is successful but not quite as highly regarded and respected as he would hope, and Chris Benjamin's Henry Gordon Jago is wonderful. His role is that of an aged Theatre Owner and Impresario - all verbosity, bluster and pomp yet he has that wonderful attribute of being able to laugh at himself and realize he is a bit of a humbug.
Litefoot recognizes this too but sees the genuine merit and bravery at the heart of his colleague and partner in crime (solving).
The fact that I can say this from, what is, essentially two actors in the spoken format is testament to the writers and the brilliance of the central two performers.
The supporting cast is equally wonderful.
Set in Victorian Times- think of the Ripper and the television series `Ripper Street' or maybe the Guy Ritchie's Sherlock movies and you have it.
X Files in Victorian London maybe?
Jago and Litefoot encounter the really devilish side of dark Victoria London Town.
The theme of this series is Vampires.
But the vampires depicted are not the usual run of the mill Nosferatu types these are very much the authors own- in other words these had a twist!
Again the plots are as accurate and as spot on as the best Swiss Chronometers and all in all this is 4 hours wonderful aural entertainment.
As a bonus there is a fifth disc of cast interviews together with the producers and editors and the like. This really explains what and how such a wonderful series was put together.
Mention must be made of the excellent covers to the CDs- the Art work is spot on and the front cover gives you an indication of how dark the series is.
I intend to seek out the others in the series - but the price.......
A big 5 Stars!!! * * * * *.