Dead of Night (TV series)

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Dead of Night
GenreThriller / Horror
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Producer(s)Innes Lloyd
Running time50 mins
Original networkBBC2
Original release5 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.


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.


"The Exorcism"
"Return Flight"
  • Peter Barkworth: Captain Rolph
  • Bernard Brown: Frank Warley
  • Diana Fairfax: Rosalind Warley
  • Artro Morris: Samuels
  • Denis Lill: Froggat
"Death Cancels All Debts"
"Two in the Morning"
"A Woman Sobbing"


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Exorcism"Don TaylorDon Taylor5 November 1972 (1972-11-05)
Archive status: exists
2"Return Flight"Rodney BennettRobert Holmes12 November 1972 (1972-11-12)
Archive status: exists
3"Bedtime"Simon LangtonHugh Whitemore19 November 1972 (1972-11-19)
Archive status: missing
4"Death Cancels All Debts"Brian FarnhamPeter Draper26 November 1972 (1972-11-26)
Archive status: missing
5"Smith"Robert KnightsDorothy Allison3 December 1972 (1972-12-03)
Archive status: missing
6"Two in the Morning"Paul AnnettLeo Lehman10 December 1972 (1972-12-10)
Archive status: missing
7"A Woman Sobbing"Paul CiappessoniJohn Bowen17 December 1972 (1972-12-17)
Archive status: exists

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