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Audio Drama Review




Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Tom Price and Erin Richards
BBC Audio
RRP: £9.78
ISBN: 978 1 408 42664 7
Available 06 August 2009

When PC Andy Davidson arrests a young girl for shoplifting, he thinks it's going to be a routine case. That is, until he sees that she is carrying a gun. The girl is soaking wet, covered in mud, and the weapon is like nothing he's ever seen before. He knows that this is a case for Torchwood... The team discovers that the girl is called Freda, but can find out nothing else. Yet when she speaks, it's a strange mix of English and Icelandic,but with a Cardiff accent. While Jack and Ianto check out the girl's weapon and her blood sample at the Hub, Gwen and PC Andy take Freda to a safe house. But when Jack calls with the results - and Freda goes on the run - PC Andy finds his world turning upside down...

Asylum is a 45 minute audio drama which employs the services of the main cast from the TV show to bring their characters to life for Radio (this audio series originally being broadcast on BBC Radio 4).

This audio drama has pretty impressive production values and the acting is universally excellent - Erin Richard's portrayal of Freda is particularly impressive. In fact, I'd go as far as to say as I'm enjoying this collection much more than I did the first two seasons of the TV series. The scripts appear much tighter and the acting is much improved.

If you're a Torchwood fan, and have yet to hear one of these productions, then I strongly suggest you start collecting them.


Darren Rea

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