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 Ronald Craven (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Darius Jedburgh (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Pendleton (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Harcourt (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Emma Craven (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Bennett (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Ross (4 episodes, 1985)
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 James Godbolt (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Chilwell (4 episodes, 1985)
Kenneth Nelson ...
 Grogan (3 episodes, 1985)
David Fleeshman ...
 Jones (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Clemmy (3 episodes, 1985)
Bill Stewart ...
 Dingle (3 episodes, 1985)
T.R. Bowen ...
 Childs (3 episodes, 1985)
Imogen Staley ...
 Young Emma (3 episodes, 1985)
Paul Humpoletz ...
 Elham (2 episodes, 1985)
Sarah Martin ...
 Polly Pelham (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul Williamson ...
 Bewes (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Terry Shields (2 episodes, 1985)
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The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties. Written by Bryn Coope <bryncoop@eden.com>

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The cult 80s eco-thriller starring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley.


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The scenes in Northmoor were filmed in Wales. See more »

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Ronald 'Ron' Craven: They all drowned.
Emma Craven: I know. I was there.
Ronald 'Ron' Craven: Why didn't you tell me?
Emma Craven: Dad... you were on their side
Ronald 'Ron' Craven: No!
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Edge of Darkness
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Haunting series
4 January 2003 | by (The Hague, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Edge Of Darkness is and was an awesome series when it came out. Lean, melancholy, it exudes a sense of loss that almost perfectly mimics the bleak mood of the day - the Thatcher era, when Europe and the US were attempting to pull themselves out of a long running recession.

Bob Peck is the copper with the intelligence service background whose daughter and only child is murdered when an operative from his own past tries to kill him. How did he find him, was her death purely accidental, and can he find out, without cracking up first?

Soon enough, various British secret services, the CIA, dubious businessmen and national security are thrown into mix, and Peck must survive being thrown into the trickbag.

More than just a detective thriller, this series exudes the atmosphere of Margaret Thatcher's England, the eighties, recession and psychological and economic depression.

This is a very compelling detective series that transgresses into several other genres and issues (ghost stories, environmentalism and nuclear power) and thereby creates ever more interest in the viewer. Great, haunting score by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Great acting from Bob Peck, Joanne Whalley, and a host of local British acting talent.


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