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"Shades of Darkness" The Intercessor (1983)

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May Sinclair (story)
Alan Plater (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
3 June 1983 (Season 1, Episode 2)
Mr. Garvin is a writer who is seeking a quiet place to do his research and work on his book. Although he was staying in a small village... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
John Duttine ... Garvin
Chrissie Cotterill ... Rachel
David Hargreaves ... Falshaw
Maggie Ford ... Mrs. Falshaw
Peter Hughes ... Dr. MacKinnon
Annette Wilkie-Miller ... Effy (as Annette Wilkie-Millar)

Beverley Callard ... Rhoda (as Beverley Sowden)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Smith 
Writing credits
May Sinclair (story)

Alan Plater (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Cox .... executive producer
June Wyndham-Davies .... producer (as June Wyndham Davies)
Original Music by
Derek Hilton 
Cinematography by
Mike Popley (lighting cameraman)
Film Editing by
Chris Gill 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Production Design by
Alan Price 
Costume Design by
Esther Dean 
Makeup Department
Julie Jackson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Bell .... production manager
Art Department
Graham Adshead .... graphics
Sound Department
Ray French .... sound recordist
John Whitworth .... film dubbing
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Hallows .... camera operator
Other crew
Nicky Cooney .... researcher
Jonathan Dynevor .... floor manager
Lynne Marriott .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies

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UK:60 min


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A superior, scary ghost story with dark undertones, 6 August 2005
Author: Marta from United States

Based on a story by the wonderful May Sinclair, "The Intercessor" 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 6 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. Contact Granada and ask them to release the series to DVD. Update: The Shades of Darkness series is on DVD as of 2010!

"The Intercessor" is the story of an author who goes to the country to get some peace and quiet, so he can do some writing. He takes a room at a local farm and soon becomes enmeshed in the dark secret the silent farmer and his bitter, much-older pregnant wife have hanging over them. He is astonished to catch site of a small child ghost, playing in the garden outside. After this, events escalate and the author begins to think he's losing his mind, as the ghost appears to be communicating with him. He goes to the local doctor for answers, who only deepens the mystery.

This is a superior ghost story that has adult overtones and is not for the faint-hearted. It is extremely scary and done so well it reminds me of "The Woman in Black," which it can match chill for chill.

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