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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
4 August 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The cult 80s eco-thriller starring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley.
Plot:
The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force... See more »
Awards:
7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Television drama's finest five hours. See more (52 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 19 of 21)

Bob Peck ... Ronald Craven (6 episodes, 1985)

Joe Don Baker ... Darius Jedburgh (6 episodes, 1985)
Charles Kay ... Pendleton (6 episodes, 1985)

Ian McNeice ... Harcourt (5 episodes, 1985)

Joanne Whalley ... Emma Craven (5 episodes, 1985)

Hugh Fraser ... Bennett (4 episodes, 1985)

John Woodvine ... Ross (4 episodes, 1985)
Jack Watson ... James Godbolt (4 episodes, 1985)
Allan Cuthbertson ... Chilwell (4 episodes, 1985)
Kenneth Nelson ... Grogan (3 episodes, 1985)
David Fleeshman ... Jones (3 episodes, 1985)

Zoë Wanamaker ... 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)

Tim McInnerny ... Terry Shields (2 episodes, 1985)
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Series Directed by
Martin Campbell (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Writing credits
Troy Kennedy-Martin (6 episodes, 1985)

Series Produced by
Michael Wearing .... producer (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Original Music by
Eric Clapton (6 episodes, 1985)
Michael Kamen (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ardan Fisher (3 episodes, 1985)
Dan Rae (3 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Production Design by
Graeme Thomson (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Costume Design by
Denver Hall (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Makeup Department
Daphne Croker .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1985)

Norma Webb .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Rosemary Padvaiskas .... production manager (6 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Art Department
Robin Rumbelow .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1985)
Andy Coward .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Sound Department
Lyndon Bird .... film sound (6 episodes, 1985)
Rob James .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1985)
Steve Thomas .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1985)
Bruce Wills .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1985)
Chris Swanton .... dubbing editor (5 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Mat Irvine .... visual effects (4 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Stunts
Terry Cade .... stunts (1 episode, 1985)
Frank Henson .... stunts (1 episode, 1985)
Dave Holland .... stunts (1 episode, 1985)

Terence Plummer .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Palmer .... film lighting electrician (6 episodes, 1985)
Jim Monks .... grip (3 episodes, 1985)

Phil Brookes .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Martin Healey .... electrician (unknown episodes)
John Ward .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Alison Barnett .... location manager (6 episodes, 1985)
Michael Bartley .... production associate (6 episodes, 1985)
Simon Cellan Jones .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1985)
Scott Thompson .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1985)
Valerie Tuner .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1985)
Mark Lyons .... assistant floor manager (2 episodes, 1985)

Richard Bonehill .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Walt Patterson .... series advisor (unknown episodes)
 
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Runtime:
317 min (6 parts) (25 fps) | Australia:307 min | Brazil:270 min (video version)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2010) | UK:15

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Trivia:
Jedburgh pronounces his name as "Jedburg" throughout. The town of the same name in Scotland, is usually pronounced "Jedburuh", which is the way that his Scottish land lady, Mrs Girvan, pronounces it. (It is also known as "Jeddart" locally)See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Remade as Edge of Darkness (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Christian MilitiaSee more »

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58 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Television drama's finest five hours., 7 July 2003
Author: Mike Knell (mpk@lspace.org) from London, UK

Produced at the height of the nuclear paranoia and economic gloom that drove the Britain of Margaret Thatcher and the USA of Ronald Reagan, Troy Kennedy Martin's landmark drama broke new ground and handled uncomfortable subjects with sometimes unsettling depth and accuracy.

The late Bob Peck, in one of television's greatest performances, is Ronald Craven, a Yorkshire detective whose daughter Emma (Joanne Whalley) is gunned down outside their house in what is initially assumed to be a revenge attack related to Craven's former, and shadowy, intelligence past in Northern Ireland. The plot unwinds from here and slowly reveals a grand, all-encompassing conspiracy extending to the very highest levels as Craven investigates the circumstances of, and the motives behind, his daughter's death.

Peck plays Craven with a subtle emotional intensity rarely seen on television, the deadpan delivery of a man in the depths of grief contrasted by the emotions which his eyes always betray. A supporting cast of renegade CIA agents (Joe Don Baker giving the performance he was born for as brash Texan Darias Jedburgh), amiable but slightly sinister civil servants who never quite make it clear who they're working for (Charles Kay and Ian McNeice as Pendleton and Harcourt), environmental activists, trade-unionists, police and self-serving politicians make for a plot that twists and turns unpredictably as Craven's grief-powered explorations lead him ever deeper into the shadows, until the final, devastating, unexpected dénouement in the last episode that almost leaves more questions in the mind of the viewer than it answers.

This is British television drama at its best. Making it in the first place was a brave decision for the BBC, and it hasn't been bettered since. The plot sometimes seems slow at times, but there's always something relevant happening on screen. I do not recommend starting watching half-way through, as you will end up with an incomplete understanding of both the message of the story and the convoluted plot. Take the phone off the hook for five hours and enjoy. It is superb in all aspects from writing to casting to production, and exercises the mind in a way that few dramas do.

Incidentally - the original DVD release received poor reviews, but the 2003 re-release on a BBC DVD is excellent and includes some worthwhile extras as well as the complete uncut series.

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