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What did you love best about John Finnemore's Double Acts: Series 2?
John is one of the best writers in his field. He's amazing. He writes some of the most clever stuff that has ever been put on paper, then on radio. Series One of Double Acts was absolutely masterful. 'Red Handed' is a marvel of writing. So clever it defies description. Out of the 6 episodes of Series One, 5 of them are "boundaries" for six. Only one stays inside the field of play but even then is a 4 just tapping the rope.
This series is hit and miss. There are 2 Great. 2 Quite Good. 1 Good, and 1 not very clever. The not very clever one is just preaching, without the twist of mystery, or phrasing.
John is so good, such a good writer and thinker. The one story, while I have no quarrel with the subject matter, is merely two characters standing on a soap box. Which is fine. He can write what he wants and has every right to do so, and it won't stop me from pre-ordering everything that comes from his mind and pen.
Comparing the stories of Series One to Series Two isn't really fair. They are in two different leagues. I have literally listened to Series One two dozen times at least. Series Two will have to pick and choose.
But again. John Finnemore is a genius. He's not just funny and clever, he's a genius. How he tied together "Cabin Pressure" in Zurich is a masterpiece in literature. I heartily recommend anything he does. His genius is just too great. He has the right to write what he wants, and his audience will continue to purchase in droves as they should, but these six stories are just a bit of a step slower than Series One.
The acting in these stories is superb. No quarrel there. Easily as good as Series One. The production, sound, editing, foley, and all other aspects of the episodes is again first class all the way.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
You'l have to listen to them
Which character – as performed by John Finnemore – was your favorite?
They are all great.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Mostly made me Laugh Out Loud
Any additional comments?
I can't wait for the next "Souvenir Programme" to come out. Already have it on pre-order.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
John continues to deliver the laughs in beautiful and unexpected ways. In the space of 30 minutes he tells a story that makes you fall in love with the characters and wish there was more. He captures the human condition so well that anyone can relate and smile at our own quirks.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
These were all fantastic. Subtle and gentle but brilliantly written and performed. Each story was very different but all had the same qualities.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Beautifully crafted. Gloriously acted. A real treat. a b c d e f g h