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4 August 1986 (USA) See more »
The cult 80s eco-thriller starring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley.
The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force... See more »
7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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TV Drama simply dosen't get any better than this. See more (53 total) »


 (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)

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)
Crew believed to be complete

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317 min (6 parts) (25 fps) | Australia:307 min | Brazil:270 min (video version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2010) | UK:15

Did You Know?

Both Joe Don Baker and Manning Redwood have been in the James Bond series. Manning in A View to a Kill (1985). And Baker in three films. General Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights (1987). And CIA agent Jack Wade in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).See more »
Emma Craven:Millions of years ago when the Earth was cold, it looked like life on the planet would cease to exist. But black flowers began to grow, multiplying across the landscape until the entire surface was covered in blooms. Slowly, the blackness of the flowers sucked in the heat of the sun and life began to evolve again. That is the power of Gaia. The planet will protect itself. If man is the enemy, it will destroy him.See more »
Sixteen Shells from a Thirty-Ought SixSee more »


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54 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
TV Drama simply dosen't get any better than this., 9 April 2000
Author: Tom May ( from United Kingdom

UK TV Drama has never again scaled the heights set by Edge of Darkness and Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective" in the mid-1980s. Those two series have narratives, dialogue, style and acting that few filmmakers can match.

Troy Kennedy Martin came up with a complex, magnificent script, that balanced the bleak with the entertaining. All of the major characters come across as believable, and often enigmatic.

The plot evolves ingeniously from being a local murder case to a universal ecological parable throughout the 6 episodes. It defies categorisation, combining lyricism with tense action sequences. The "Northmoor" episode is as tense an hour of TV as there's ever been. Joe Don Baker gives a virtuoso performance as the truly larger-than-life maverick CIA agent, Darius Jedburgh whose motives are ambiguous to say the least. Charles Kay and Ian McNeice are wonderfully entertaining as Pendelton and Harcourt. Even Tim McInnerny's character with just a few minutes screen time is superbly written and played. It is, however, Bob Peck who should receive the most acclaim for what is to my mind one of the most complex, emotional and well-judged performances ever as Yorkshire policeman, Ronnie Craven. Craven gets caught up in a sinister and fascinating chain of events involving the death of his environmentalist daughter, played very well by Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. Bob Peck's early death was saddening- he deserved another role of this magnitude. Other factors that add to the genius of EoD are the atmospheric Eric Clapton/Michael Kamen score, the gritty direction, photography and the sheer attention to detail in every department.

It's truly a shame that few people today working on TV drama are willing at least to try to experiment and create television as artistic and exciting as "Edge of Darkness." It should go without saying that anyone who's not seen it should buy the video- you won't regret it. Rating:- ****** (out of *****)

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