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"Shades of Darkness" The Maze (1983)

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Ken Taylor (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
24 June 1983 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Francesca Annis ... Catherine Frode

James Bolam ... Arthur Frode
Sky Macaskill ... Daisy Frode
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amanda Boxer ... Mrs. Levett
Nellie Hanham ... Mrs. Wright
Duncan Preston ... Fred Harston
Philip Sayer ... Mervyn Barbet

Daniel Selby

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Hammond 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Taylor  screenplay

Produced by
Michael Cox .... executive producer
June Wyndham-Davies .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Lewis 
Cinematography by
Ken Morgan (lighting cameraman)
Film Editing by
David Rees 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
Costume Design by
Anne Salisbury 
Makeup Department
Lois Richardson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joyce Fowler .... assistant production manager
Chris Gormley .... production manager
Art Department
Graham Adshead .... graphics
Chris Wilkinson .... set designer (as Christopher Wilkinson)
Sound Department
Nick Steer .... sound recordist
John Whitworth .... sound mixer: dubbing
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Stephen .... camera operator
Location Management
Terry Reeve .... location manager
Other crew
Nicky Cooney .... researcher


Additional Details

60 min


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Great Adaptation, 18 March 2003
Author: Marta from United States

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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