When an ancient bell is discovered at the bottom of a lake near a nunnery, it creates all kinds of problems for people in the area.




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Series cast summary:
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ...  Mrs. Mark 4 episodes, 1982
Kenneth Cranham ...  Nick Fawley 4 episodes, 1982
Edward Hardwicke ...  Peter Topglass 4 episodes, 1982
Patricia Heneghan Patricia Heneghan ...  Sister Ursula 4 episodes, 1982
Ian Holm ...  Michael Meade 4 episodes, 1982
Michael Maloney ...  Toby Gashe 4 episodes, 1982
Derrick O'Connor ...  Noel Spens 4 episodes, 1982
Tessa Peake-Jones ...  Dora Greenfield 4 episodes, 1982
Bryan Pringle ...  Patchway 4 episodes, 1982
William Simons ...  Mark Strafford 4 episodes, 1982
Trudie Styler ...  Catherine Fawley 4 episodes, 1982
Gareth Thomas ...  James Tayper Pace 4 episodes, 1982
James Warwick ...  Paul Greenfield 4 episodes, 1982
John Woodvine ...  James Tayper 4 episodes, 1982
Tim Wylton ...  Fr. Bob Joyce 4 episodes, 1982
Rachel Kempson ...  Abbess 2 episodes, 1982


When an ancient bell is discovered at the bottom of a lake near a nunnery, it creates all kinds of problems for people in the area.

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13 January 1982 (UK) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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A haunting series
12 December 2011 | by Boris_GSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this series since it was first broadcast, and I was all of 17 when I saw it so possibly my memory of it is distorted. But I do remember it being hauntingly beautiful in its on-location (as I remember it) rural setting, not least the underwater scene where Toby (Michael Maloney), a young student about to go to Oxford, discovers the submerged bell of the title; and I was impressed by Ian Holm as the repressed homosexual head of the community in which the action takes place. The drama, based on Iris Murdoch's novel, struck me as very powerful, and my hope of being able to see it again has been rekindled by the discovery that the score was by Marc Wilkinson, who also scored Peter Shaffer's "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" and that terribly titled but wonderful film "Blood on Satan's Claw".

Apologies for not being able to offer a more in-depth review, but since nobody else seems to have written about this series here and I fondly remember it, I hope this review stirs more into being written.

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