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Baker's End: The King of Cats Performance

Baker's End: The King of Cats

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Publisher's Summary

Former Doctor Who star Tom Baker stars as himself, Tom Baker, in a series of bedazzling audio adventures from the pen of Paul Magrs (Doctor Who, The Brenda and Effie Mysteries): Baker's End.

Peevish actors are descending mournfully upon the remote English village of Happenstance for the funeral of TV legend Tom Baker. His one-time costar Suzy Goshawk is sucked into a parochial vortex of intrigue involving the quailsome local vicar, Tom's acidulous housekeeper Mrs Frimbly and various other fruminous scumblebums. None of them can agree upon how Tom met his disastrous end, and Suzy is starting to suspect that something murksome and swervish is going on.

The snow comes down, and Suzy finds herself trapped at Baker's End for Christmas, with all the village's creepy pensioners enslaved by a strange, dancing dragon...and a Sinister Presence lurking on the sidelines.

Why are old ladies twerking their bottoms outside the post office-cum-mini-mart? Why is the vicar creeping about in the bushes in the dead of night? And why, just when all looks hopeless, does a strange, scobberlotching creature spring into view? Who exactly is the King of Cats in his furry costume and his battered golden crown?

©2016 Bafflegab Productions (P)2016 Bafflegab Productions

What the Critics Say

"A bizarre, off-kilter story suffused with the feeling that almost anything might happen.... Baker is in full flow here, playing an amped-up version of himself, much in the same way that Matt Le Blanc does on Episodes.... this shaggy cat story is probably the oddest thing you will hear all year. It may well be the funniest too!" (Cultbox)
"Beautifully bizarre and laugh-out-loud funny, writer Paul Magrs wonderfully baroque dialogue suggests the star himself may have had some input.... A riotous, fantastical, absurdist romp then.... 82-year-old Tom has never sounded more at home than in Baker's End." (Edinburgh Evening News)
"Giggle-inducingly joyous listening.... Top wordsmithery on the part of the lovely Mister Magrs, beautifully realised by the cast and crew.... Highly recommended listening, if you like the clever, the silly, and the downright delightfully batty." (We Are Cult)

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  • Serrai Arriannai
    Haselbury plucknett, Crewkerne
    9/12/17
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    "Hilariously funny!"

    If you are after something incredibly silly, that will have you in stitches then The King Of Cats is perfect!!
    I can honestly say that I have not laughed like that since my mid teens (& I'm nearly 40 now) yep funny things have coaxed a smile out of me, but real belly aching laughter, not a bit of it!
    This though, was hilarious!
    What a shame that there are only 3 of them...
    Well worth the money!
    Will definitely be buying the other two (just wish there were more)!..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • graham ward
    7/20/17
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    "Baker At His Best"

    Excellent performances all round but Tom is allowed free reign to be himself in a crazy adventure in which he always seems at home. Some very humorous rude-ish sounding phrases like 'fudge-knocking' I laugh at every time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JDP
    5/31/17
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    "For enthusiasts (and relatives) only"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Magrs again?

    Probably not


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Few


    Any additional comments?

    Gushing reviews made me try this but it's seriously disappointing, maybe one for enthusiasts and relatives of the cast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    4/26/17
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    "Dr Who for almost grown ups"

    I slightly miss the Dr Who of my childhood : the scarf, screams and interesting aliens. Life needs a bit of silliness sometimes. This is fantastic.
    Thank you. Please do more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Berkshire, UK
    4/21/17
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    "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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