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Summary

Baker's End: Gobbleknoll Hall brings together Tom Baker, former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning, and comedienne Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk from Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe) for a tale of television ghost hunters, dead glam-rock stars and goblins.

Ghost-hunting TV show Manifest Yourself is filming an overnight vigil in the infamous Gobbleknoll Hall, deep in the murksome woods somewhat near the village of Happenstance! When Mrs Frimbly gets wind of these swervish developments, she is terribly excited: she's a huge fan of the show.

But the spirits of Gobbleknoll Hall are not to be messed about with, as the King of Cats knows all too well! Why is the crepusular mansion haunted by the jangling of ancient glam-rock anthems? What is the secret of the phantom boozer in the basement? And what the fudgeknocking blazes is Mrs Frimbly playing at?

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Critic reviews

"As totally insane as its predecessor...this second Baker's End adventure is a delight from start to finish." (9/10, Sci-Fi Bulletin)
"Paul Magrs has done it again! This time writing a sequel to the BBC Audio Drama Award nominated Baker's End: The King of Cats that's not only is as good as the first but surpasses it!.... The kooky fun really shines through with the endless wordplay and the shades of the absurd and the macabre. When the cast is having a good time, it really shows through the finished product." ( We Are Cult)
"In truth, there is nothing else out there, and nothing else quite as "out there" as Baker's End. It manages to be hilarious and heart-warming, as well as manic and melancholy too and if you enjoyed The King of Cats, then Gobbleknoll Hall is surely a must have." (5/5, Cultbox)

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Daft, inventive, fun and you can tell that everyone involved had a great time making this episode. It carries over and is a joy to listen to.

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Well, tickle my fanny craddook.. That was unexpected!!! 🐈

The series is a masterpiece!..
Bought the lot after buying the first one, what a shame there’s only three.
Tom Baker is simply the best king of cats on this earth!!
Absolutely, fudge knocking brilliant!!
I SUGGEST THAT YOU ALL GO BY IT RIGHT NOW!
Go on, you know you want to!..

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 21-04-17

Bafflegab + Paul Magrs = Pure Joy

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Bafflegab have produced some of the very best audio dramas (The Scarifyers) and once again they have teamed up with writer Paul Magrs (The Brenda and Effie Mysteries) for Baker’s End.

The story starts when Suzy Goshawk (narrator + played by Katy Manning) travels to Happenstance for Tom Baker’s funeral (played by himself), but not all as it seems.

Some stories are predictable, this is not. It’s bonkers and a highly enjoyable listen.

Episode 01 - King of Cats
Episode 02 - Gobbleknoll Hall
Episode 03 - Tatty Bogle

Only three episodes have been produced so far, but I do hope the saga of Baker’s End continues……..

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  • John Williams
  • 10-08-18

Maybe I'm not British enough for this book?

Performance quality is great, the actors are great, but this audio performance didn't connect with me. I suspect that I'm lacking context that would make it better. You seem to need to already have some thoughts on the real life actor Tom Baker and perhaps understand him how he is understood in the zeitgeist of England. I am just vaguely aware of him as one of the actors who played Dr. Who.

Still there were bits that made me laugh. Unfortunately the vast majority just left me confused. It felt like there was a joke there but the punchline was inaccessible to me.