A dying young Englishwoman falls in love with a mysterious American pilot, whom other people cannot see.

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A dying young Englishwoman falls in love with a mysterious American pilot, whom other people cannot see.

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5 February 1987 (UK)  »

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The Haunted Garden
6 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm currently working my way through as many old British TV programmes from the 70's and 80's as I can find on youtube. I happened to watch a couple of horror-themed ones recently, what with it being Halloween and all, and have found them to be very enjoyable, hence searching for more.

Worlds Apart: The Haunted Garden is an unusual programme/episode. I can't imagine anything like this being on TV now. It's odd, twee and very low budget.

The story is about young terminally ill woman who, while resting in the garden of her parent's country home one day, hears the sound of plane crashing, though there is no visual evidence of the event. Shortly after, she bumps into an American pilot and he starts to regularly visit her. They fall in love and plan to marry. The odd thing is that no one else has ever seen him but the parents of the woman and other people from the village have seen her talking to someone who is not there.

The parents and doctor assume it is a mental thing and when the wedding day comes they think that the fact the pilot will not turn up (because he is not real) will put an end to the woman's delusions.

However, at the end, he does turn up to the wedding and miraculously everyone can see him. During a conversation with the vicar, the pilot reveals the woman is going to die but he will take care of her. In other words, he is some kind of guardian angel that has come to lead her to the other side.

It's a strange story, full of plot holes and unexplainable character actions (the fact that a wedding day got arranged between a woman and a non-existent man is far fetched beyond belief). However, despite this, there was something incredibly sad, sentimental and magical about this programme that kept me watching. The music, while in some ways primitive and silly, was actually very effective at evoking a feeling of sadness.

At the end, as they married couple are driving off, the man disappears again so no one else can see him but the woman is seen talking and gesticulating as if he is still there. I found it incredibly sad.


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