Murray Melvin reprises his portrayal of Machiavellian, time-travelling Torchwood nemesis, Bilis Manger, in a creepy new full cast audio drama, Torchwood: Dead Man’s Switch, available now from Big Finish Productions.

But this time the eerie manipulator isn’t facing off against Captain Jack and his team. Instead, Bilis features as the central figure in a chamber piece faintly reminiscent of Amicus portmanteau horror movies such as Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Torchwood: Dead Man’s Switch – Maxine Evans (Rowena Prothero), Mali Ann Rees (Zoe Blake), Murray Melvin (Bilis Manger) and Timothy Blore (Piers Meadows) (c) Big Finish

This release features distinguished actor Murray Melvin, who rose to public fame in the 1961 movie, A Taste of Honey. In this story, he reprises the role of Bilis Manger, whom he originally played in the televised Torchwood episodes Captain Jack Harkness and End of Days.

Of his return to Torchwood in audio form, Murray Melvin said: “I call it Bilis’ retribution! What is fascinating is that, these days, you can do anything on screen, but the really frightening ghost stories have no ghosts. And this is one of them. If your audience is interested, they’ll have their own image of what’s going on. All the characters are lovely parts, which every actor is always grateful to come across.

Torchwood: Dead Man’s Switch

A devious antiques dealer, a property developer and a heartbroken hairdresser. Three strangers sit on a train that’s going nowhere.

They are joined by a mysterious figure.

Bilis Manger wants to tell them how they died.

Please note that Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.


  • Murray Melvin (Bilis Manger)
  • Timothy Blore (Piers)
  • Maxine Evans (Rowena)
  • Mali Ann Rhys (Zoe)


Torchwood: Dead Man’s Switch is available now as a collector’s edition CD at £9.99 or on download from the Big Finish website at £7.99. The Big Finish App, available on Apple and Android devices, also makes listening even easier. It is a free app to download, just search in your app store.


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