Must say I really enjoyed this and kudos to Nick Briggs for what he has done. It would have been so easy for this project to have failed. The original was so unique that a remake was like catching lightning in a bottle twice. The lack of visuals was another handicap.
And yet Nick has done a fantastic job overall to pull it off so successfully.
Finished Vol.2 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Out there stories and a quality cast but Mark Elstob is just phenomenal. I really love his portrayal of no.6. Can't wait for vol.3. I'd love them to be a more regular release if they can maintain this high quality.
Always a pleasure to return to the village. I must say, this latest Number 2 isn't much cop - Number 6 is running rings around him. He's possibly the most dangerous despite this, as he seems truly and violently unstable. John Hefferman plays him excellently, and as always, Helen Goldwyn is tremendous as Number 26, her veneer finally beginning to crack. It's good to hear Number 6 getting 'em rattled ... there was an element of triumph in Jamie Robertson's excellent score towards the end. Little victories.
Been re-listening this week after introducing my other half to the TV show. As critical as I was for Volume 1's adaptations being too reverential to the TV versions, the second set is much looser in what it takes from McGoohan and it's much the better for it. None more so than Living In Harmony which is just as different in setting as can be even if some of the message is the same. A, B and C being turned into Project Six is also a very different take. Almost it's own beast.
I can't shake the feeling that if Vol 1 was as willing to take these massive chances, and was sensibly priced, then we wouldn't be looking at this range ending with 12 episodes.
Though I still wish Elstob - who is GREAT as Number 6 - wasn't asked (as he says himself in the Vol 1 extras) to play it more like McGoohan. I could probably live without the very arch "Whaaaaaat?" when he's surprised too.
Got this for Christmas so just listened to it for the first time. Was enjoying I Met a Man Today then they fudged the ending. What was the point?
Hated Project Six. Confusing for confusion's sake. Another stupid ending.
Was about to give up on it all but found myself really really enjoying Hammer into Anvil. Perhaps it was because 6 'won' for a change. And that goodwill spilled into Living in Harmony which I thought was a brilliant switch of location. Although the 9/90 thing was irritating rather than intriguing.
And Nick needs a stronger script editor. Way too many what/who/why the hells in the dialogue, as usual.
I was quite down on this halfway through, but it bounced back with a vengeance. And Elstob really is effective as No 6. Roll on Vol 3.
It's one of Nick's verbal ticks - "what the hell, why the hell, who the hell" - when he writes. I understand its function in an audio drama, but it's used way too often. I think it was Robophobia that had something like 14 instances across two disks.
Just a reminder that this being broadcast on Radio 4 Extra from tomorrow (Sunday). The first episode is in a forty-minute slot, but checking back when it was serialised in the podcast it was 4 x 15 mins, so maybe there's some Extras being broadcast as well to extend 30 to 40 mins?
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