“Have we learnt nothing from the history of geology?”
The Panel of Peril rise from their slumber on the living chair, shirtless, and scream at their neighbours to turn that ruddy music down! They have a guest panellist in legendary comedy writer David Quantick (Harry Hill’s TV Burp, The Thick Of It, Danger Mouse, Veep et al), and a film to watch: Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny (James Mangold, 2023).
1969: Indy (Harrison Ford) is confronted by the ghosts of his past as goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Dr. Voller (Mads Mikkelsen) come back into his life. Both seek the mysterious Antikythera, or Archimedes’ Dial, which will either fetch a high price at market or provide Operation Paperclip sorts with the means to change the course of World War 2!
Voller believes that the Dial possesses the means to travel back in time, and he plans to win the war for the Nazis. How? Seeing him as the weakest link in the master race’s plot for world domination, the good Doctor plans on assassinating one Adolf Hitler! Can he reunite the two halves of the all-powerful antique or will he be foiled by our whip-cracking hero and his latest batch of sidekicks?
What did the panel think of this week’s movie? How can they improve upon the villain’s masterplan? And what song did David Quantick hear Rob Brydon sing during a showbiz party?