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Night Terrace season 2 16 October 2019

2019 Australian science fiction comedy audio drama in eight parts, by John Richards. Dr Anastasia Black, Eddie Jones and Sue Denholm continue to travel through time and space in a suburban house, fixing problems and getting into trouble.

There's slightly less broad parody in this second series, as it starts to work on its own ideas rather than drawing directly from Doctor Who.

Sense and Susceptibility: the house is stuck in London in 1955, and what's significant about this BBC radio serial about farmers?

But we've only just had a delivery of kittens. Mrs Dale hasn't eaten the last lot yet.

Full Steam: yes, but how does a steam-powered starship actually work and why would anybody build one? A fairly conventional Who-type plot, but one that comes together very nicely.

A Verb of Nouns: when everyone has their roles to play, some are still more enthusiastic about it than others.

It's all like Game of Thrones. Or history. Or one of those other things I'm not interested in.

Things That Go Bump in the Night Terrace: the obligatory "bottle show", leaning somewhat on The Edge of Destruction: the house refuses to land.

Ancient History: actual history, rather than the fantasied-up history of a couple of episodes earlier. With a twist.

The Edification of Anastasia Black: Eddie is lost in time and space. Will the others rescue him? Will they even notice? Or will the planet full of inimical life get them first?

The Retirement of Horatio Grey: parallel with the previous episode, Eddie finds himself suddenly being the responsible adult in a group.

Home Again: Anastasia gets what she always wanted, a quiet retirement.

There's surprising subtlety developing here, and I'm interested to see what happens next. (Kickstarter for season 3 coming later this month. Not that the BBC is advertising it or anything.)

The first few episodes have already fallen off iPlayer but the later ones are still available at the time of writing, and the first episode of the first series is freely available from the producers.

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