Tom Baker is still playing Tom Baker and spends much of the first half of Tatty Bogle tending his cabbages, or friends as he likes to think of them. He is still talking of Goblin chicanery, but it is housekeeper Mrs Frimbly (Susan Jameson) who has most to worry about and she is up to something. It is to Suzy Goshawk (Katy Manning) to make sense of the rising tide of madness and she makes a wonderful counterpoint to the rest of the Baker’s End household.
Stakes rise as bad things and some of our heroes take a trip to the very shores of Hell itself (not to be mistaken for Middleborough). A lot more happens beside with some fabulous twists that can’t even be hinted at. Suffice it to say if you enjoyed the first two episodes, this will leave you keen for more and knocking at the door of the publishers demanding more.
The Baker’s End series may just be the maddest thing to come to audio this millennium, but beneath the surreal insanity is a cunningly crafted (if sometimes well-hidden) story.
BAKER’S END: TATTY BOGLE / AUTHOR: PAUL MAGRS / PUBLISHER: BAFFLEGAB / STARRING: TOM BAKER, KATY MANNING, SUSAN JAMESON / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW