Bilis Manger has one final dark deed to perform in Torchwood: Sigil, out now from Big Finish
The late, great actor, Murray Melvin passed away on 14 April 2023. He created many affecting performances in such movies as A Taste of Honey, Barry Lyndon and Alfie, not forgetting a central role in haunted doll horror Ghost Story. Hhe also captivated audiences in recent years with his portrayal of the spectral Bilis Manger in Torchwood both for BBC Wales and Big Finish. Murray returned to the part on audio in 2017 and recorded his final performance a little over a year ago.
That story, Sigil, is now available to hear for the first time. Olivier Award-nominated Gabrielle Brooks (Sam) and Star Trek: Prodigy’s Angus Imrie (Emil) join Murray Melvin for this poignant Torchwood audio drama.
Producer James Goss said: “We didn’t realise that this was going to be Murray’s last recording with us – it was just before his 90th birthday so we had a small party in the studio with flowers and cake, and I hope we gave him a wonderful send off. He took great delight on finding the studio’s sharpest, wickedest knife to advance on the cake with.”
Sam has been haunted for years by the Sigil. She’s drawn the pattern since she was a child, she has a tattoo of it, she sells prints of it. Then one day, she sees it on a statue in the window of Bilis Manger’s shop.
It turns out the Sigil is very old indeed. Why has it been haunting her? Why is it on a Celtic statue of a bird? Where did it come from? Has a terrible entity been released from its ancient slumber?
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