Dead of Night (TV series)

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Dead of Night
Genre Thriller / Horror
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Producer(s) Innes Lloyd
Running time 50 mins
Release
Original network BBC2
Original release 5 November – 17 December 1972

Dead of Night was a British television anthology series of supernatural fiction, produced by the BBC and broadcast on BBC2 in 1972.

History[edit]

Dead of Night ran for a single series in the autumn of 1972. Of its seven 50-minute episodes, only three—"The Exorcism", "Return Flight", and "A Woman Sobbing"—are known to exist today in the BBC's archives. Another programme made by the Dead of Night production team under Innes Lloyd, The Stone Tape, intended to be the eighth episode, does survive in the archives but was not broadcast under the Dead of Night banner.

BBC Four rebroadcast "The Exorcism" on 22 December 2007.

In October 2013 the surviving episodes were released on DVD by the BFI, with extras including a gallery of stills from the missing episodes, the downloadable scripts for all missing episodes and a booklet featuring essays and biographies by Lisa Kerrigan, Oliver Wake, Derek Johnston and Alex Davidson.

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title First transmission (UK) Director Writer Designer Cast notes Archive status
1 "The Exorcism" 5 November 1972 Don Taylor Don Taylor Judy Steele Anna Cropper (Rachel)
Sylvia Kay (Margaret)
Edward Petherbridge (Edmund)
Clive Swift (Dan)
Exists
2 "Return Flight" 12 November 1972 Rodney Bennett Robert Holmes Paul Allen Peter Barkworth (Captain Rolph)
Bernard Brown (Frank Warley)
Diana Fairfax (Rosalind Warley)
Artro Morris (Samuels)
Denis Lill (Froggat)
Exists
3 "Bedtime" 19 November 1972 Simon Langton Hugh Whitemore John Wood Sarah Badel (Lorna)
Terrence Hardiman (Piers Wickett)
Jacqueline Pearce (Sarah Hopkirk)
James Smillie (Keith Hopkirk)
Neil Stacy (Geoffrey Hamilton)
Yutte Stensgaard (Gertrud Wickett)
Missing
4 "Death Cancels All Debts" 26 November 1972 Brian Farnham Peter Draper Gerry Scott David Baron (James Halt)
Lucy Griffiths (Florence)
Sebastian Shaw (Powys Jubb)
Nora Swinburne (Mariella Jubb)
Missing
5 "Smith" 3 December 1972 Robert Knights Dorothy Allison Walter Miller John Castle (Michael)
Christopher Hancock (Features editor)
Ruby Head (Mrs. Hunter)
Gwen Taylor (Tessa)
Missing
6 "Two in the Morning" 10 December 1972 Paul Annett Leo Lehman Archie Clark Peter Jeffrey (Wisbech)
Donald Douglas (Hazelhurst)
John Nettleton (Grandman)
Ralph Nossek (Dr. Fortescue)
Missing
7 "A Woman Sobbing" 17 December 1972 Paul Ciappessoni John Bowen David McKenzie Anna Massey (Jane Pullar)
Ronald Hines (Frank Pullar)
Julian Holloway (Sandy)
Yokki Rhodes (Inge)
John Lee (Priest)
Margaret John (Fay)
John Graham (Philip)
Exists

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