Dracula, BBC One – Thi电玩城捕鱼送现金s all-new Dracula has charm and sarcasm to die for but ultimately lacks any heft or bite

Dracula, BBC One (3 stars)

  • Brian Donaldson
  • 18 December 2019

Dracula, BBC One

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This all-new Dracula has charm and sarcasm to die for but ultimately lacks any heft or bite

With the future of Sherlock firmly up in the air, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have turned to another icon of the canon for alternative ribald festive fare. Spread across three consecutive nights and lasting four and a half hours, it might be a tall order to expect viewers to hang in there for the duration. This Dracula has a fair amount in common with Sherlock, the titular neck-chomper oozing charm and spitting out sarcastic lines with an inbuilt menace not a million miles away from Andrew Scott’s Moriarty.

Danish actor Claes Bang does a decent turn as the louche Count who spouts the Queen’s English, while his arch nemesis here (a spirited, god-doubting nun called Sister Agatha) is played by Dolly Wells who is handed the task of mastering a Dutch accent. The gist of the three parts is a well-trod set-up: episode one has lawyer Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan) visiting Dracula’s Transylvanian abode where he is tormented by various ghouls and teased by his shape-shifting host; the second part is set on the bad ship Demeter (yes, this episode is called ‘Blood Vessel’) as Drac heads for England, with the climactic 90-minute drama following the undead dude’s fate on UK soil.

While employing as many different methods as possible of portraying Dracula plunging his fangs into flesh through sound effects, colour schemes, and camera angles, the sheer number of assaults on the jugular leave the viewer a bit numb to it all somewhere around the middle of episode two. Meanwhile the corny lines which Bang is现金捕鱼 下分 forced to utter get wearing rather quickly: ‘I’ve been dying to see you’ or describing a new companion/potential victim as ‘fresh blood’ are typical examples.

Enjoyable up to a point but threatening to become a little ponderous in its telling, there is very little tension afoot. This is especially true in ‘Blood Vessel’ when no one on the ship has a clue who is bumping passengers off, while the jump scares all arrive at the points you’d expect them to. Still, as episode two draws to a close, Moffat and Gatiss leave us with enough of a promise that something much more compelling lies ahead for the last hour and a half.

Episodes watched: 2 of 3

Dracula airs on BBC One, Monday 1–Wednesday 3 January, 9pm.

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Queen & Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour set for Manchester and London, tickets on sale today

  • Becki Crossley
  • 25 September 2019

Queen & Adam Lambert's Rhapsody tour set for Manchester and London, tickets on sale today

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World-renowned Queen concert experience heads to the UK for six shows

Queen & Adam Lambert have announced they will bring their smash hit Rhapsody concert experience to the UK in June 2020. The show, which has wowed over 400,000 audience members across North America, is set to do the same all over again in Manchester and London. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am on Wed 25 Sep.

The Rhapsody concert series was conceived following the success of 2018’s box office-busting, Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The film is the highest-grossing music biopic of all time and the biggest-selling film of 2019 in the UK.

The 2020 London and Manchester shows bring the music and glamour of Queen to UK audiences once again with Adam Lambert leading the way alonside band members Brian May, Roger Taylor, Spike Edney, Neil Fairclough and Tyler Warren. The all-new Rhapsody show has been described as ‘a marvel of technology’ and features ambitious staging, lighting and visuals.

Queen & Adam Lambert UK dates:
Tue 2 Jun – The O2, London
Wed 3 Jun – The O2, London
Fri 5 Jun – The O2, London
Sat 6 Jun – The O2, London
Tue 9 Jun – The O2, London
Thu 11 Jun – Manchester Arena
Fri 12 Jun – Manchester Arena (NEW DATE)

Tickets for the Queen & Adam Lambert Rhapsody tour go on sale at 9am on Wed 25 Sep.