In Review: Big Finish: Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Series 02: In Loving Memory

Dark secrets are revealed! The unlikely investigative pair uncover horrible truths in the Cornish village of Morlington.
Shilling

Synopsis: In Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Series 02: In Loving Memory, Dark secrets are revealed! The unlikely investigative pair uncover horrible truths in the Cornish village of Morlington.

The Second World War has begun. London’s children are being evacuated to the country and the Pluck family’s loyal nanny has been kidnapped. 

Where has she been taken and by whom? After a death that chills Lavinia Sixpence to her very bones, she is determined to discover the truth.

 

Review: Nigel Fairs and his merry band return to Big Finish. They triumphantly and cheekily address the previous set’s cliffhangers.

 

Story

Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Series 02: In Loving Memory is a mystery, a love story, and a darkly comic yarn. Fairs deftly balances the various tonal shifts. He also weaves together the plot threads with a practiced pen.

All that said, I’m genuinely curious how Fairs plans to continue in the wake of David Warner’s death. It’s obvious he and Big Finish were planning to resolve another set of trademark cliffhangers with Warner as their leading man.

 

Acting

The entire cast is again superb! The supporting players inhabit multiple roles with fluid ease. They joyously pour years of experience in these roles into four hours of gothic fun.

I was particularly impressed with Abi Harris as Enid Shilling. She had to tread a very fine line as the twists unfolded.

I also enjoyed Matthew Waterhouse as Lord Robert Pluck. He played a layered arc with gusto.

Finally, Louise Jameson was a wonderful scene partner with all her costars. She found unexpected grace notes throughout her performance.

However, Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Series 02: In Loving Memory belongs to Warner and Celia Imrie. I don’t envy the choices Big Finish faces after losing half their team.

 

Overall

Thank you for returning to Morlington. It’s a brilliant village in a surprising corner of the worlds of Big Finish.

 

You can purchase Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Series 02: In Loving Memory here

9.7
Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Series 02: In Loving Memory
  • Story
    9.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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