Marian, Again

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Marian, Again
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Danish DVD cover
GenreThriller
Written by
  • Ben Court
  • Caroline Ip
Directed byDavid Drury
Starring
Composer(s)Alan Parker
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes2
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Steve Christian
  • George Faber
  • Tom Grieves
  • Charles Pattinson
Producer(s)Steve Lightfoot
CinematographyMark Waters
Editor(s)Ian Farr
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Company Pictures
  • Isle of Man Films
DistributorAll3 Media International
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 September (2005-09-05) –
6 September 2005 (2005-09-06)

Marian, Again is a two-part British psychological thriller serial, written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip and directed by David Drury, that broadcast across two consecutive nights on ITV from 5 September 2005.[1] Filmed in and around Manchester and on Ballaugh and Douglas on the Isle of Man during May and June 2005,[2] the serial is based upon the real-life kidnapping of Colleen Stan in the United States.[3]

Also taking inspiration from the cases of Marc Dutroux and Natascha Kampusch,[3] Marian, Again follows married father of three Chris Bevan (Stephen Tompkinson), who whilst taking his daughter to school exam, seemingly catches sight of his first girlfriend, Marian Walsh (Kelly Harrison), who mysteriously disappeared fifteen years ago and has not been seen or heard from since.[1]

Marian, Again broadcast over two consecutive nights, with parts one and two attracting 6.76 million and 5.95 million viewers respectively.[4] The serial was released on DVD in Denmark on 13 September 2006, but this remains the only official release worldwide.[5]

Reception[edit]

Mark Cunliffe for Letterboxd, who viewed the serial in 2015, wrote; "This is a gripping psychological chiller. Marian, Again may look a teensy bit dated in terms of today's TV movies - it's often drowned by an unnecessary score - a common complaint with TV from this period - but it remains a deeply absorbing and uncomfortable watch. Be warned though, its content may not be for everyone."[6]

Plot[edit]

Fifteen years after her disappearance, Chris Bevan (Stephen Tompkinson) encounters his first love, Marian Walsh (Kelly Harrison) once again. Now a married father of three daughters, he'd finally learned to accept Marian's disappearance and move on; until now. Intrigued and confused, he is eager to know the reasoning behind her sudden departure all those years ago. What he doesn't know is that she was abducted by Bernie, (Owen Teale) a creepy regular at her father's D.I.Y. store. After years of physical and mental torture at the hands of Bernie, Marian is now a shadow of her wild former self and is convinced her name is Susie (a persona Bernie groomed her into believing). Chris must now fight to save the woman he loved but it is a lot more difficult than he first suspected.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marian, Again (ITV1 2005, Stephen Tompkinson, Kelly Harrison)". Memorable TV. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Isle of Man Guide - ECONOMY - Marian, Again". Isle of Man Guide. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Gefangen im Dunkel" (in German). www.youtube.suburban.ro. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ "BARB - Weekly Top 30 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Marian Again - DVD - Dischop.se". Discshop. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Marian, Again (2005), directed by David Drury". Letterboxd. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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