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Reviewed By: chrisscorkscrewReview Date: 4/12/15 5:16 am
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Jago & Litefoot & Patsy is, as you would expect, all about the mudlark Patsy; a wheedling, gin-soaked old crone who has had cameo roles in previous Jago & Litefoot stories and has now come into her own with a starring role.

It all kicks off when Patsy discovers a fish in the mud of the Thames, which leads to the discovery of a man's severed hand in its belly, a lot of luminous slime spurting about, and some suspicious goings in a waterfront warehouse. Before long, Jago & Litefoot are on the case and find themselves battling against dark forces from beyond the stars and out of the depths of the past.

This story lives and dies by your reaction to Patsy. A 'love her or hate her' character, by the end, I was truly sorry for the mad old baggage who felt rather more real than parody. An unexpected tale, but a touching one.
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Reviewed By: chrisscorkscrewReview Date: 4/12/15 5:05 am
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Higson & Quick is unusual for Jago & Litefoot in that it is the second part of a two part story.

The rather creepy aliens from the previous story were dealt with... apparently. The only thing left to do is for Inspector Quick to dispose of the alien's embryonic fluid, but Patsy is acting strangely, as are our titular heroes, and it seems like embryonic fluid is trickier stuff than expected.

This is a good solid story which brings back the marvellously awful mudlark, Patsy from the previous episode and leaves you wondering throughout exactly how far the influence of the Darkling Facade has spread. Ellie Higson and Inspector Quick are key players working to stem the mayhem that unfolds, and the whole episode is full of surprises and jarring moments as you realise that characters are perhaps not what they seem.
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Reviewed By: chrisscorkscrewReview Date: 4/10/15 7:58 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I wasn't so sure of this story when I first listened to it as it seemed to be a pale imitation of the much-lauded Companion Chronicle, The Scorchies, but on a second hearing it really hits the spot, offering its own unique tribute to the Victorian music hall.

Jago has discovered a wonderful new act for the New Regency Theatre. Unfortunately this wonderful new act is the Scorchies and they are up to their usual tricks again. High jinks ensure, and only George Litefoot and Ellie Higson can sort things out.

This is an entertaining story. The music is wonderful, and the inventive use of Mister and Missus, two characters who observe and comment on the action as it unfolds, brings an extra dimension to what is a particularly barking story. It's Ellie Higson who really lights up the episode though. In more ways than one...

You don't need to have heard the first Scorchies story to enjoy this one, but I'd highly recommend it.

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Reviewed By: chrisscorkscrewReview Date: 4/10/15 7:45 am
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This final episode in the excellent Series Seven picks up from the previous story. Jago and Litefoot have found an ally who believes in their innocence and who needs just a very teeny favour from them - their help in catching Jack the Ripper.

There's some clever misdirection in the story as the indefatigable investigators work to identify the killer, and Ellie and Sergeant Quick get some much deserved screen time, lighting up every scene in which they appear. It all culminates in the uncovering of a terrible plot against her Majesty, Queen Victoria which Jago and Litefoot must foil in order to save the Empire.

It's a fitting end to what has been a superb series of stories, and, very cheekily, the final scene hints at bigger, brasher and more tuneful things to come...

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