|Jago & Litefoot|
Jago, Leela and Ellie take a trip to the theatre to see Oscar Wildes new play and discover something sinister during the interval. Meanwhile, bodies are turning up at Litefoot's lab, while Wilde meets his biggest fan...
Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor Litefoot), Louise Jameson (Leela), Colin Baker (Claudius Dark), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie), Elizabeth Counsell (Abigail Woburn), Alan Cox (Oscar Wilde), Victoria Alcock (Winnie O'Connor), Terry Molloy (Lord Ampthill), Christopher Beeny (Mr Kempston), Mike Grady (Mr Hardwick)
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Beautiful Things is the standout story of Series 4 of Jago and Litefoot. It is well written and fun with a real originality sparkling through that is perhaps absent in some of the other stories of the season, and I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of Wilde which was a great contrast to the straightforwardness of Leela.
The slight ambiguity to something Professor Litefoot says towards the end of the story was also intriguing and I couldn't help but wonder if we were privileged enough to see a little more of his inner self than hitherto.
Reviewer Says: No previous stories required.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Ugh. Not only is the story unfocused and meandering, but it's almost never a good idea to try and recreate legendary personalities in fiction-- generally a terrible, terrible idea unless you're a wonderful, wonderful writer. In this case, Wilde just comes across as smarmy and petulant, which wouldn't be a problem if the point was to present this as a deliberately deconstructionist take. But the author genuinely seems to be attempting to portray him as world-weary, charismatic, and preternaturally witty. The result is some extended banter that isn't much more than a glorified "Who's on first" routine. There's also a continuation of the regrettable trend toward using Leela's thickheaded literalism for comic relief, and the central mystery is just sort of goofy. It attempts to both tie in with the work of Oscar Wilde and to be a mind-blower on a cosmic scale, but it never really gels. The Wilde tribute just seems lazy, and (spoiler?) "cosmic horror with Dick and Jane" just plain doesn't work. Certainly one of the more ambitious entries in this series, but also one of its low points.