❉ Series One of audio series Baker’s End draws to a close in folk horror fashion, in ‘Tatty Bogle’.
“It’s raining blood on the village of Happenstance.
As the end of summer beckons the local folk are planning the Festival of TATTY BOGLE. Hideous scarecrows are appearing all over the place, and almost everyone is behaving as if they’re FUDGEKNOCKING BANANAS.
Retired TV star TOM BAKER is in the garden making friends with cabbages (especially ERIC) and Mrs Frimbly is up to curious, malinky deeds of her own. Before the festival is over there’ll be RITUAL SACRIFICE, A NASTY HOMUNCULUS and an ALMIGHTY RUCKUS in the front parlour.
But that’s not all.
TOM has had a word with the FERRYMAN and it’s all aboard the ferryboat as it glides through the KINCHING MORTS OF MIDNIGHT…
We’re all going to HELL.
And it looks a lot like MIDDLESBROUGH.”
Things get hellish for Tom Baker in Baker’s End: Tatty Bogle!
The third episode of Baker’s End reunites once more acting legend Tom Baker, former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning, and Susan Jameson, who played opposite Tom in the BBC Doctor Who audio series, for a tale of scarecrows, talking cabbages and human sacrifice. The series is written by Paul Magrs (Doctor Who, Brenda and Effie).
Paul Magrs says: “This episode is the most extreme instalment of Baker’s End yet. Things really start to get very odd indeed. Rural horror, bloody rain and talking cabbages. And I must say again – kudos to our brilliant cast and crew for going along with all these shenanigans. What a superbly funny and busy day we had in October recording this one. Singing! Raining blood! Fleeing from Hades! We barely had time to catch our breath. And, in the middle of it all, the formidable and gracious form of Tom Baker. He’s a legend, as we all know – but how hackneyed that phrase is. These days, so many people are called icons. But Tom Baker really is a piece of legend; a fragment of myth; a figure from a folk tale. He’s in his element, here at the heart of these stories, I think. He bellows and coos and declaims his crazy doggerel as the King of Cats and I couldn’t be prouder of the wonderfully mad and funny world we’ve created around him.”
The first episode in the Baker’s End series, The King of Cats, was a finalist in the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards. The series is produced by Bafflegab Productions, producers of audio series The Scarifyers (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra), Hammer Films audio anthology Hammer Chillers, and The Brenda and Effie Mysteries, starring Anne Reid (winner of the Gold New York Radio Award for Best Audiobook 2015).
❉ Baker’s End: Tatty Bogle will be released on CD and download on March 3rd 2017, and will be available from www.bafflegab.co.uk or Amazon.