A horror anthology series of chilling tales.
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 Captain Rolph (1 episode, 1972)
Anna Cropper ...
 Rachel (1 episode, 1972)
Bernard Brown ...
 Frank Warley (1 episode, 1972)
Sylvia Kay ...
 Margaret (1 episode, 1972)
Artro Morris ...
 Samuels (1 episode, 1972)
Edward Petherbridge ...
 Edmund (1 episode, 1972)
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 Rosalind Warley (1 episode, 1972)
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 Dan (1 episode, 1972)
Kenneth Kendall ...
 Newsreader (1 episode, 1972)
Denis Lill ...
 Froggat (1 episode, 1972)
Anthony Dutton ...
 Armstrong (1 episode, 1972)
Karin MacCarthy ...
 Zoe (1 episode, 1972)
Barrie Fletcher ...
 Arthur Shaw (1 episode, 1972)
Christopher Denham ...
 Radio Controller (1 episode, 1972)
Laurie Asprey ...
 Ground Controller (1 episode, 1972)
Roger Avon ...
 Police Inspector (1 episode, 1972)
Carl Bohen ...
 Ernst (1 episode, 1972)
Paul Bentley ...
 Franz (1 episode, 1972)
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 New secretary (1 episode, 1972)
Sarah Badel ...
 Lorna (1 episode, 1972)
David Baron ...
 James Halt (1 episode, 1972)
Tommy Boyle ...
 Fitter (1 episode, 1972)
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 Michael (1 episode, 1972)
Vivienne Cohen ...
 Girl on bus (1 episode, 1972)
Nicky Cox ...
 Robin (1 episode, 1972)
Gerald Cross
(1 episode, 1972)
Richard Dennis ...
 Lofthouse (1 episode, 1972)
Donald Douglas ...
 Hazelhurst (1 episode, 1972)
Jan Edwards ...
 Woman in church hall (1 episode, 1972)
Elaine Elder ...
 Dutch au-pair (1 episode, 1972)
Candida Fawsitt ...
 Linda (1 episode, 1972)
Jason Fithian ...
 Major Smith (1 episode, 1972)
John Gabriel ...
 Scrutton (1 episode, 1972)
Denis Gilmore ...
 Fitter's mate (1 episode, 1972)
Peter Gilmore
(1 episode, 1972)
John Graham ...
 Philip (1 episode, 1972)
John Gregg ...
 Partner (1 episode, 1972)
Lucy Griffiths ...
 Florence (1 episode, 1972)
Frederick Hall ...
 Manager (1 episode, 1972)
Christopher Hancock ...
 Features editor (1 episode, 1972)
Terrence Hardiman ...
 Piers Wickett (1 episode, 1972)
Ruby Head ...
 Mrs. Hunter (1 episode, 1972)
Joan Heath ...
 Mrs. Thirkell (1 episode, 1972)
Madi Hedd ...
 Miss. Blatch (1 episode, 1972)
Ronald Hines ...
 Frank Pullar (1 episode, 1972)
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 Sandy (1 episode, 1972)
Peter Jeffrey ...
 Wisbech (1 episode, 1972)
Margaret John ...
 Fay (1 episode, 1972)
Sidney Johnson ...
 Antique Dealer (1 episode, 1972)
Carrie Jones ...
 Roberta (1 episode, 1972)
Lois Kentish ...
 Tea girl (1 episode, 1972)
Anna Kilpinen ...
 Hilde (1 episode, 1972)
Charles Lamb ...
 Clockmender (1 episode, 1972)
Graham Leaman ...
 Mr. Simon (1 episode, 1972)
Annabelle Lee ...
 Cashier (1 episode, 1972)
John Lee ...
 Priest (1 episode, 1972)
Doris Littlewood ...
 Mrs. Walter (1 episode, 1972)
Frank Littlewood ...
 Mr. Walter (1 episode, 1972)
Lala Lloyd ...
 Mrs. Barnes (1 episode, 1972)
Preston Lockwood ...
 Mr. Denfield (1 episode, 1972)
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 Jessie (1 episode, 1972)
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 Jane Pullar (1 episode, 1972)
Judy Matheson ...
 Tessa (1 episode, 1972)
Denis McCarthy
(1 episode, 1972)
Craig McFarlane ...
 James (1 episode, 1972)
John Nettleton ...
 Grandman (1 episode, 1972)
Ralph Nossek ...
 Dr. Fortescue (1 episode, 1972)
Jacqueline Pearce ...
 Sarah Hopkirk (1 episode, 1972)
Donna Reading ...
 Secretary (1 episode, 1972)
Yokki Rhodes ...
 Inge (1 episode, 1972)
Pam Scotcher ...
 Girl on bus (1 episode, 1972)
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 Powys Jubb (1 episode, 1972)
David Sinclair ...
 Art teacher (1 episode, 1972)
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 Keith Hopkirk (1 episode, 1972)
Gladys Spencer ...
 Mrs. Simon (1 episode, 1972)
Bernice Spivack ...
 Miss. Levy (1 episode, 1972)
Neil Stacy ...
 Geoffrey Hamilton (1 episode, 1972)
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 Gertrud Wickett (1 episode, 1972)
Marianne Stone ...
 Mrs. Frith (1 episode, 1972)
Pauline Stroud ...
 Mary (1 episode, 1972)
Nora Swinburne ...
 Mariella Jubb (1 episode, 1972)
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 Tessa (1 episode, 1972)
Stacey Tendeter ...
 Anne (1 episode, 1972)
David Whitworth ...
 Man in church hall (1 episode, 1972)
Marjorie Wilde ...
 Mrs. Denfield (1 episode, 1972)
Katya Wyeth ...
 Vanessa (1 episode, 1972)
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Only 3 episodes from this series are known to have survived the BBC purge of its archives in the 1970s. They are: Return Flight, The Exorcism and A Woman Sobbing. See more »

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Very worthwhile and rarely seen BBC horror series
26 July 2016 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Dead of Night is a pretty obscure television horror anthology series made by the BBC and broadcast only once in autumn of 1972. Sadly, only three episodes survive, the other four having subsequently been lost due to the BBC purging their archives in the 70's. On the strength of the three remaining episodes, it does seem like a sad waste. This series had an interesting, serious tone and there seemed to be a reasonable amount of psychological depth and well-rounded characters on display. It even was successfully chilling on a few occasions which was great.

The stories that remain all feature what can best be described as hauntings of troubled individuals. So to this end we have characters with a few real-life issues who are then a conduit for sinister ghostly entities. The episodes sometimes have subtexts underlying their supernatural tales, such as a socialist message underpinning 'The Exorcism' and feminism playing a similar role in 'A Woman Sobbing'. These two instalments incidentally are the strongest ones of the three, with the third 'Return Flight' feeling a little less focused and muddled. 'The Exorcism' is the most famous episode and quite rightly so, it benefits from a very strong performance from Anna Cropper who is possessed by a ghost in a scene of remarkable intensity. It's the best moment in the series and the episode as a whole connects its social message within the ghost story framework extremely well. 'A Woman Sobbing' similarly benefits mainly from another very strong performance from its lead actress, in this case Anna Massey who plays a woman increasingly unhappy with her role in life as a housewife bringing up children. She is haunted by the sound of a woman crying in the night. Like 'The Exorcism' it's executed with considerable intelligence and is genuinely chilling at times also.

On the whole, I enjoyed seeing this little seen bit of horror TV. It's a criminal waste that most of the episodes only got broadcast once, never to be seen again. But three is better than zero, and these surviving episodes do indicate that this was a good quality series of contemporary ghost stories with social relevance.


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