And so we reach the penultimate episode of the story (although there is a rather tantalising epilogue as well) and we find most of the supporting characters in a bit of a pickle. Who will come to their rescue?

In other news, I’m recording my Radio Verulam “Tracks of My Life” tomorrow morning. After far too much deliberation, I have chosen sixteen tracks of varying suitability which I am convinced – depending on which way my mood is swinging at a given moment – will almost certainly make me look either like a total philistine or a pretentious pseud. Either way, you will be pleased to know that neither “Ernie” nor “Two Little Boys” made the final cut.