Synopsis: Everyone’s a little worried about St Helen’s Hospital. In many ways it is a miracle of the modern NHS. It has plenty to offer its patients. The problem is that a lot of them keep dying of natural causes in the night. And no-one can find the bodies.
People are beginning to notice. Questions are being asked. And there are rumours – the strange whispering figures seen at the end of the corridors, the electrical buzzing, the screams.
Also, Rhys Williams has come to visit his mother. Brenda’s had her hip done and is looking forward to a bit of rest and regular crumble. Rhys and his mam are in for a night they’ll never forget.
Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners
Review: I related to Torchwood: Visiting Hours. I have Cerebral Palsy. Growing up, I had to stay in hospitals on a number of occasions for CP related surgeries and physical therapy. Like Rhys with Brenda, my Mom often stayed overnight with me. As a result, I was particularly attuned to the sound design and world building details in this story, which I thought were spot on (including the overpriced beverages).
I was also attuned to the themes of the story. My parents were lucky. They had friends who could help with my medical bills, compensating for their lack of insurance. However, every story of luck is counterbalanced by several more of debt and disaster, so there is an uncomfortable point at which fiction is no longer allegory. David Llewellyn did an excellent job capturing that desperation in his script.
That said, the allegory was marvelous and totally Torchwood. Llewellyn treated listeners to time travel and killer robots. All the while, Kai Owen and Nerys Hughes played the mother-son bond amid the darkly poignant absurdity perfectly.
- You can purchase Torchwood: Visiting Hours here.
Written By: David Llewellyn
Directed By: Scott Handcock
Kai Owen (Rhys), Nerys Hughes (Brenda Williams), Karl Theobald (Mr Tate), Ryan Sampson (Mr Nichols), Ruth Lloyd (Nurse Brown), Stephen Critchlow (Dr Fletcher)
Producer James Goss
Script Editor Steve Tribe
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
- The Good: Story, Performances
- The Bad: Nothing negative
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