Shades of Darkness: Season 1, Episode 5

The Maze (24 Jun. 1983)

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A couple moves into a country estate that turns out to be haunted.

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Catherine Frode
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Arthur Frode
Sky Macaskill ...
Daisy Frode
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Amanda Boxer ...
Mrs. Levett
Nellie Hanham ...
Mrs. Wright
Duncan Preston ...
Fred Harston
Philip Sayer ...
Mervyn Barbet
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Soon after World War II, Catherine Frode along with her husband and daughter have moved back to her childhood home. The house is full of unhappy memories for her and she secretly wishes she hadn't returned. She is adamant that Daisy stay away from the maze in their garden but she disobeys her mother and then returns with a tale of having had a picnic there with a man. Catherine is particularly haunted by the memory of a childhood friend who was killed in an accident in the maze on the same day she was giving birth to Daisy. Written by garykmcd

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Great Adaptation
18 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great adaptation of C. H. B. Kitchin's little-known 1953 short story of the same name. "The Maze" was shown originally on PBS' Mystery! series in 1984, under the Shades of Darkness series name (which is still owned by Granada Television), this neglected gem and the six other shows in the series have not been shown since, which is truly a shame. They are excellent adaptations of high quality ghost stories and deserve to be shown again. Update May 2007: This is now available on DVD under the Shades of Darkness title.

In "The Maze," Francesca Annis is marvelous as a slightly-repressed housewife during the post-war years in England, with a secret; a secret that has held her love for her only daughter in check. Despite many misgivings she returns to the house she grew up in, after her mother's death, with her husband and the daughter. The house, a large old Victorian place with rambling gardens, has a hedge maze on the grounds that has fallen into rather sad shape. The daughter is drawn to the maze, and we slowly see what secret the mother is hiding.

Atmospheric and genuinely touching, "The Maze" is one of those shows that you can watch again and again. While not strictly a ghost story it has a ghost in it, but not the kind you'd expect.


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