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"Shades of Darkness" Bewitched (1983)

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Alan Plater (screenplay)
Edith Wharton (story)
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Original Air Date:
8 July 1983 (Season 1, Episode 7)
The story is set in a small English coastal town, around the turn of the century. A young woman, thought by many in the village to be a witch... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Eileen Atkins ... Mrs. Rutledge
Alfred Burke ... Reverend Hibben
Ray Smith ... Sylvester Brand

Gareth Thomas ... Owen Bosworth
Alfred Lynch ... Saul Rutledge

Mary Healey ... Loretta Bosworth
Martyn Hesford ... Andrew
Mary Jo Randle ... The Girl

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Gorrie 
Edmund Oboler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Plater  screenplay
Edith Wharton  story

Produced by
Michael Cox .... executive producer
June Wyndham-Davies .... producer
Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon 
Cinematography by
Doug Hallows 
Film Editing by
Alan Ringland 
Casting by
Malcolm Drury 
Production Design by
Peter Phillips 
Costume Design by
Esther Dean 
Makeup Department
Julie Jackson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Roy Jackson .... production manager
Sue Pritchard .... assistant production manager
Art Department
Graham Adshead .... graphics
Sound Department
Ray French .... sound recordist
John Whitworth .... sound
Other crew
Nicky Cooney .... researcher
David Weir .... floor manager

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60 min


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
don't get the wrong impression, 30 December 2006
Author: frank-270 from Bristol, England, United Kingdom

The other reviewer was talking about the 1960s sitcom "Bewitched" starring Elizabeth Montgomery. This 1983 (or 1985) production is an episode in the UK series "Shades of Darkness", as the cast list reveals. It would be a lot more helpful if people actually checked first which version of a title they are commenting on! This was a ghost story fairly unsuitable for small children and contained little or NO humour!

I recall seeing this a year or two ago and was struck by the slow pace and gloomy atmosphere, though there was a hauntingly bleak seaside atmosphere and a Victorian setting.

Gareth Thomas as always gives a good beleaguered performance, and the plot revolved around someone whose wife-to-be had been killed early, I think. As usual with "19th century" ghost stories, evil and vengeful spirits were involved. However, the whole thing was directed in a fairly flat and uninvolving manner, not helped by the pace.

Perhaps nose-twitching Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick Yorke would have pepped it up!

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