Monday, October 13, 2008

Bradley & Trueman

Although the episode has already aired on the digital CBBC channel, tonight sees the premiere of "The Day of the Clown - Part One" on UK terrestrial television. It airs on BBC One at 4:35pm, with the second installment following straight after on the CBBC channel, at around 5:15pm. It features the introduction of new girl Rani Chandra (played by Anjli Mohindra) and also sees Bradley Walsh (he of game show and Coronation Street fame) playing a sinister clown. Get him, huh?

Here's what a number of readers had to say after seeing the opening "...Clown" episode last Monday - but BE WARNED! There's ever-so-slight SPOILERS afoot!

Anonymous: "The Day of The clown part one is quite a different yet excellent story. It shows the arrival of RANI CHANDRA and her mum and dad (which turns out to be the head of PARK VALE HIGH)!!! The parents combined are excellent; also Rani does make an excellent new arrival to the trio. I like the whole clown aspect and the museum climax to the 1st part - as Bradley walsh turns out to have 4 or 3 forgot pesonalities!! Can't wait for part 2"

Who Cares: "Wow is Rani too curious for her own good or what? I'm looking forward to next week when she's stops asking questions we already know the anwser to. Also it looks like Clyde was right back in the Lost Boy a couple more months and Luke might just pass for cool. If he keeps up reading those kinds of "encyclopedia". It's a good thing the writers aren't neglecting the fact that he's getting more and more accustomed to the world."

Nabu San: "Oh my lawdys, Day of the Clown was effing BRILLIANT! We're finally back to the classic SJA we know and love! Yaay for Rani! Think she's officially replaced Luke as my favourite character on the show. :D"

Last week's BBC One effort - part two of "The Last Sontaran" - managed 0.6 million, down 100,000 viewers on the week before; but don't forget that a chunk of the audience had seen the advance preview on CBBC, which may account for the dip.

Looking ahead, the BBC Press Office have issued synopsis for both parts of the next adventure, "Secret of the Stars":

Part One: Astrologer Martin Trueman causes a stir with his uncanny insights and predictions. While Sarah Jane doesn't believe in astrology, she does believe that all is not as it seems with Trueman. Around her, people are falling under Trueman's sinister spell and even Mr Smith doesn't understand what's going on.

Part Two: As Trueman begins to take over the world's population through their star signs, Clyde takes a big gamble to help Sarah Jane, Luke and Rani into the astrologer's inner circle. But when Sarah Jane's plan to defeat Trueman fails, who will be Earth's last hope to overcome the Ancient Lights?

Martin Trueman is played by long standing children's television fave, Russ Abbot.

The story debuts - part one at least - next Monday on the CBBC channel.

But forget about that for now; enjoy tonight's show, in all its creepy glory! Don't forget to leave your thoughts and opinions on tonight's episodes; because we'll post the very best here next week. Oh, we're so kind to ya all!

The Sarah Jane Adventures, airing on BBC One, Mondays at 4:35pm.
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