Young Matthew Ward is stuck between feuding parents, his work obsessed father, and his adulterous, self obsessed mother. When an ancient book on the occult falls into Matthew's hands he believes its spells hold the key to all his problems.

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Virginia Ward
Max Harris ...
Matthew Ward
Gwen Nelson ...
Mrs. Withers
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Oliver Benthall
Kenneth Gilbert ...
Peter Ward
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Jack Greenwell
Angela Galbraith ...
Marian Greenwell
Anthony Higginson ...
Victor (as Antony Higginson)
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Gym Master
Frank Moorey ...
Policeman
Heffie Moraes ...
Tony
Diana Rayworth ...
Jane Blake
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Ursula
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Young Matthew Ward is stuck between feuding parents, his work obsessed father, and his adulterous, self obsessed mother. When an ancient book on the occult falls into Matthew's hands he believes its spells hold the key to all his problems.

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13 May 1978 (UK)  »

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A really dark story, very well played out.
30 December 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Matthew Ward doesn't have the easiest childhood, a spiteful, unpleasant Mother and a work obsessed Father. Matthew comes into the possession of a sixteenth century book of his Father's and begins reading the spells, believing they hold the key to his unhappiness, his mother's affair, the dismissal of housekeeper Mrs Withers. When his father disappears he begins to fear the worst, even that he's conjured up the devil.

If you've watched The Omega Factor, you might just recognise child actor Max Harris (Matthew Ward) who appeared in the episode Child's Play.

Lynn Farleigh is absolutely brilliant as Matthew's self obsessed and unpleasant mother Virginia, you truly believe in how vindictive and nasty her character is, Paul Freeman also puts in a fine showing as her lover Oliver.

A real sting in the tale with this one, 8/10

All in all this has been the best episode of Scorpion Tales to date, quite original, with very enjoyable performances by all concerned. 8/10


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