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1.4 - The Lighthouse

Synopsis
All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.

A lighthouse in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Newly weds Nick and Suzy are planning to renovate the lighthouse. But the old building is haunted by an horrific past.
Starring
David Warner (Steel); Susannah Harker (Sapphire); Joseph Young (Adrian); Neil Savage (Old Man); Ian Hallard (Nick); Lucy Beresford (Suzy); Michael Adams (Mike); Stuart Piper (Young Nick)
Written By
Directed By
John Ainsworth

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10 Rated 10/10 on 8/15/10 6:34 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The decision to release this first series of Sapphire and Steel audios as a mixture of double and single CD releases comes into effect for this single release, meaning that the story is considerably shorter than the first three.
At first, I felt that this was not a Sapphire and Steel story. It strays too far from the atmospherics of the initial premise, or so I felt. And yet with every subsequent eharing, it dawned on me this is exactly the kind of subject matter the series would tackle if it was still being made on television today.
To start with, the two leads aren't part of the action most of the time, they are more part-time observers. Secondly, it contains some fairly graphic imagery, and some quite vicious homophobic content that appears to drive the drama of the story - at least initially.

Having heard it a number of times now, it is quite astonishingly good, dealing with resentment in a similar, but at the same time refreshingly brave, manner to the second television story. Resentment here is represented more as self-loathing, something Time seems to have taken advantage of. It is complex and brutal. Setting it aboard a lighthouse also makes it very visual; such a location is ideally isolated for quite extraodinary events to occur within a somewhat claustrophobic setting - only Time widens the goalposts.

It is also ideally placed as a two-parter. Any longer and events may appear to be overly drawn out. If this doesn't make sense on first hearing, stick with it - it is the best of this first series.
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Review By bianco2nero
Rated 9/10 on 8/20/10 6:21 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Perhaps the most challenging and anomalous of the series - in truth it probably doesn't need Sapphire and Steel to work, but is a very fine audio none the less and a very intense one.
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Review By Tim90
Rated 8/10 on 8/26/11 2:40 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
The Lighthouse is the fourth release in Big Finish's series of Sapphire And Steel audio adventures and has been on the recieving end of a fair bit of criticism. I must admit to being a sucker for storys set in lighthouses as they can be truly spooky places and the idea of a Sapphire And Steel story set in a lighthouse appealed to me.

Penned by Nigel Fairs The Lighthouse is a particularly brutal affair featuring the two elements trying to stop time breaking out once again while also bearing witness to an horrific murder. For most of this story Sapphire And Steel appear to be in limbo, being able to observe but not able to interfere with events on the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself is caught in a time storm meaning echos of the past, the present (in this case being 1972), and the future (2004), are all jumbled together. At first this can be quite confusing for the listener but once you know whats happening it is an extremely good idea which I felt worked quite well.

The Lighthouse is not without its problems however. It certainly would have benefitted from being longer as it did feel a bit rushed at times and as I have already said it is a particularly brutal story. Indeed it is hard to imagine this story being transmitted on TV as it contains a very bloody murder, hints at many more murders taking place, a cast of rather unlikable characters, and a lot of sexual subtext.

In conclusion The Lighthouse really is a love it or hate it story and while I admit it isnt without its problems it is still worthy in my opinion of a rating of eight out of ten.
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