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The Dead Room (2018)

Long-running radio horror series and its veteran presenter Aubrey Judd discovers that all is not quiet in the eerie radio studio and that elements of his own past are not as dead and buried as he perhaps hoped.

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Mark Gatiss

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Mark Gatiss
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Complete credited cast:
Simon Callow ... Aubrey Judd
Anjli Mohindra ... Tara
Susan Penhaligon ... Joan
Joshua Oakes-Rogers ... Paul
Christopher Allen Christopher Allen ... DJ voice (voice)
Mark Gatiss ... Radio Announcer (voice)
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Long-running radio horror series and its veteran presenter Aubrey Judd discovers that all is not quiet in the eerie radio studio and that elements of his own past are not as dead and buried as he perhaps hoped.

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24 December 2018 (UK) See more »

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Not good.
26 December 2018 | by greencrestSee all my reviews

Whether acting or writing, Gatiss seems defined by repeated ersatz reproduction of past broadcasting glories. Doctor Who, A Ghost Story For Christmas and The Man in Black have all been subject to this colonisation, this muscling in on well loved classic melodrama. However, as The Dead Room shows, inclusion into the club cannot be assumed. Gatiss may arrogantly add his name to the list, but his work falls far short of those involved in producing his childhood favourites. The saving grace here is Simon Callow, who is wonderful to watch even when working with material this thin. Even silent Joan, ably played by an unrecognisable Susan Penhaligon adds a spooky element (unfortunately literally nothing is made of this potentially interesting inclusion). As for the rest, well it's business as usual for a Mark Gatiss script. Interesting premise but poor scripting glossed over with some self-referential self-reverence. Suddenly "The Ice House" won't be quite so near the bottom of the Ghost Story For Christmas list any more.


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