Author Archives: The Flan in the High Castle

Silk and Amphetamine (Casanova Companions)

To an attentive Divine Comedy fan in the mid-1990s, it would appear that Neil Hannon was releasing EPs under two banners: the Companion and the Indulgence. A record is a Companion when it’s associated with a particular album, and an Indulgence … Continue reading

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A Multi-Doctor Manifesto

Multi-Doctor episodes are the best. Strangely, however, there seems to be some confusion about this. A sizeable contingent of fans hold that those Doctor Who episodes in which incarnations of the Doctor meet one another are “indulgent” and “complicated”; that they … Continue reading

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And Never the Bride (Casanova)

In 1996, The Divine Comedy entered their imperial phase with Casanova, the album that finally broke Neil Hannon into the mainstream. Together with its immediate precursors, Liberation and Promenade, it forms the final part of a three-album plateau of artistic … Continue reading

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Beyond the Boundaries of Sense (Indulgence No. 2)

In July 1994, an odd promise was fulfilled as The Divine Comedy released Indulgence No. 2, the sequel – at least in a certain sense – to 1993’s Indulgence No. 1. That shared name is really the only thing connecting the … Continue reading

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The Martian Farm (Recapture Dover)

After two levels in the general “rural England” mould and a third that’s just London, The War of the Worlds gives us its first genuinely unconventional setting. This is the point where the game definitively steps beyond the narrow geographical … Continue reading

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A Middle-Aged, Pleasant, Well-Meaning Priest (The Complete Scripts)

One year after Father Ted aired its final episode, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews published a book. As its title suggests, The Complete Scripts collects in a single volume the screenplays for all 25 produced episodes. However, the book’s most … Continue reading

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A Cheap, Greedy Little Man (The Craggy Island Parish Magazines)

The sitcom format, powered as it is by the very particular way a cast perform and interact both with one other and with their live studio audience, doesn’t translate terribly well to book form. It’s to its credit, then, that The … Continue reading

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