She-Wolf of London

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For the 1946 film, see She-Wolf of London (film).
She-Wolf of London
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Series intro
Also known as Love and Curses
Genre Horror
Starring Kate Hodge
Neil Dickson
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original run October 9, 1990 (1990-10-09) – April 10, 1991 (1991-04-10)

She-Wolf of London was a short-lived television series that aired in first-run syndication in the USA from October 1990 to April 1991. The first 14 episodes were filmed in England and aired under the She-Wolf title, and a second season of six episodes was filmed in Los Angeles and aired under the title Love and Curses, with a drastically reduced cast.

Plot[edit]

American grad student Randi Wallace (Kate Hodge) travels to Britain to study mythology with Prof. Ian Matheson (Neil Dickson). She arrives expecting a stodgy old academic, but Ian is young, and the two are immediately attracted to one other. Their attraction increases when complication quickly pales when Randi spends a night on the moors and is bitten by a werewolf. She survives what the local hospital thinks was an attack by a large rabid wolf. She insists it wasn't a wolf, but something supernatural seeks Ian's help after surviving a werewolf attack on the Moors. For the rest of the series, Randi and Ian investigate supernatural phenomena together while they search together for a cure, and he becomes her keeper during her transformations, under the secrecy of the Matherson House and keep away from Ian's family. Randi's curse draws the attention of various supernatural creatures: another werewolf, spirit possession, succubus, a possessed bookstore, a bogman, an evil carnival, a guy fawkes spirit, a killer horseman, in a small town, zombies who ultimately confront Randi in her werewolf form (Diane Youdale). Eventually, their search takes them from British academia to American TV, when they move back to Randi's native California, and Ian becomes host of a trashy TV talk show focusing on psychic phenomena. The series was an old-style romantic comedy with a touch of horror. The romantic comedy comes from Randi and Ian's relationship between each other and the Matheson family, plus people Ian work for.

Randi's transformations did not occur every episode, but only during the full moon. This gives her and Ian a chance to hang out and investigate the supernatural, while not being forced with transformation every week.

Cast[edit]

Characters[edit]

Kate Hodge - As a graduate student Randi Wallace, who after surviving a werewolf attack, fears what she will become every time there's a full moon.

Neil Dickson - As mythology professor Ian Matheson, who helps Randi (Kate Hodge), search for a cure.

Background[edit]

She-Wolf of London was part of the Hollywood Premiere Network, an early attempt by Universal Television to create an "ad-hoc" syndication network. The series premiered along with two other shows, Shades of L.A. and They Came from Outer Space on October 9, 1990. The package aired on many of the stations that would later become either UPN or WB affiliates.

The series included female nudity in some episodes, something not uncommon to European television, but something considered taboo for U.S. non-cable television programming.[1]

Midway through the first season, the European producers of the series pulled their financial backing, and the lower budget forced production to move to Los Angeles for the final six episodes. The series was retitled Love and Curses; Neil Dickson's character was dismissed from his position as a British professor and moved to L.A. to become the host of a talk show investigating the paranormal (explained by the success of one of his books after it was issued with a trashy mass market title). The joint UK/US production ended after its first season, along with the cancellation of two other Hollywood Premiere Network shows.[2]

Episodes of the series ran on the Sci-Fi Channel for a short time following its cancellation. For these airings, the Love and Curses episodes were retitled She-Wolf of London. The opening sequence for these episodes were replaced by the show's original opening. These episodes were also retitled when run in Britain on Sky One, with the opening moments of the She-Wolf titles used to establish the series' title logo, before the titles cut to the Love and Curses opening credits sequence.

Episodes[edit]

As "She-Wolf of London"[edit]

Episode One: She Wolf of London. Director: Dennis Abey / Writers: Mick Garris & Tom McLoughlin
Episode Two: The Bog Man of Letchmoor Heath. Director: Roger Cheveley / Writer: Anthony Adams
Episode Three: The Juggler. Director: Gerry Mill / Writer: Jim Henshaw
Episode Four: Moonlight Becomes You. Director: Brian Grant / Writer: Valerie West
Episode Five: Nice Girls Don't. Director: Roger Cheveley / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin, story Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin and Abbie Bernstein
Episode Six: Little Bookshop of Horrors. Director: Gerry Mill / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Seven: The Wild Hunt. Director: Brian Grant / Writers: Diana Ayers & Susan Sebastian
Episode Eight: What's Got Into Them? Director: Dennis Abey / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Nine: Can't Keep a Dead Man Down - Part 1. Director: Roger Cheveley / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Ten: Can't Keep a Dead Man Down - Part 2. Director: Roger Cheveley / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Eleven: Big Top She-Wolf. Director: Brian Grant / Writer: Kate Boutilier
Episode Twelve: She-Devil. Director: Dennis Abey / Writer: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Thirteen: Voodoo Child. Director: Roger Cheveley/ Writer: Terry Erwin
Episode Fourteen: Beyond the Beyond. Director: Brian Grant / Writers: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, story Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin and Arthur Sellers

As "Love & Curses"[edit]

Episode One: Curiosity Killed the Kravitz. Director: Brian Grant / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Two: Habeas Corpses. Director: Chuck Bowman / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Three: Bride of the Wolfman. Director: Bruce Seth Green / Writer: Kate Boutillier
Episode Four: Heart Attack. Director: Chuck Bowman / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Five: Mystical Pizza. Director: Bruce Seth Green / Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Episode Six: Eclipse. Director: Gary Walkow / Writers: Richard Manning & Hans Beimler

DVD release[edit]

It was announced November 18, 2009 that all 20 episodes would be released in a complete series box set from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.[3] Included are the six episodes from the 2nd season that was retitled "Love and Curses". She-Wolf of London: Love and Curses was released on February 2, 2010 as a 4-disc set.[4] The boxed set contains no extras and the opening credits of the series were changed. While originally, the "She-wolf of London" episodes had a different theme from the L.A.-based "Love and Curses" episodes, all episodes in the boxed set begin with the "Love and Curses" theme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Show Biography". Xoomer.virgilio.it. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Character Biography". Internationalhero.co.uk. 1990-10-09. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ "She-Wolf of London Hitting DVD". Dreadcentral.com. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  4. ^ "DVD release information". Tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

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