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Edge of Darkness 

The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Bob Peck ...  Ronald Craven 6 episodes, 1985
Joe Don Baker ...  Darius Jedburgh 6 episodes, 1985
Charles Kay ...  Pendleton 6 episodes, 1985
Ian McNeice ...  Harcourt 5 episodes, 1985
Joanne Whalley ...  Emma Craven 5 episodes, 1985
Hugh Fraser ...  Bennett 4 episodes, 1985
John Woodvine ...  Ross 4 episodes, 1985
Jack Watson ...  James Godbolt 4 episodes, 1985
Allan Cuthbertson ...  Chilwell 4 episodes, 1985
Kenneth Nelson ...  Grogan 3 episodes, 1985
David Fleeshman David Fleeshman ...  Jones 3 episodes, 1985
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Clemmy 3 episodes, 1985
Bill Stewart Bill Stewart ...  Dingle 3 episodes, 1985
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ...  Childs 3 episodes, 1985
Imogen Staley Imogen Staley ...  Young Emma 3 episodes, 1985
Paul Humpoletz Paul Humpoletz ...  Elham 2 episodes, 1985
Sarah Martin Sarah Martin ...  Polly Pelham 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ...  Bewes 2 episodes, 1985
Tim McInnerny ...  Terry Shields 2 episodes, 1985
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The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties. Written by Bryn Coope <bryncoop@eden.com>

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The cult 80s eco-thriller starring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley.


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4 August 1986 (USA) See more »

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(6 parts) | (video)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Martin Campbell later re-teamed with Joe Don Baker for GoldenEye (1995). See more »

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Ronald 'Ron' Craven: They all drowned.
Emma Craven: I know. I was there.
Ronald 'Ron' Craven: Why didn't you tell me?
Emma Craven: Dad... you were on their side
Ronald 'Ron' Craven: No!
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Featured in Timeshift: Political Thrillers: Plays of State (2003) See more »

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Sixteen Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six
Tom Waits
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The finest hours of television
21 December 2006 | by harri-21See all my reviews

I first saw a small clip of Edge of Darkness while visiting Britain during the 1986 BAFTA award ceremony and the imagery has haunted me ever since. After that I have seen it in several occasions, and even if I risk downplaying masterpieces like Bergman's "Fanny & Alexander" or Kieslowski's "Dekalog", for me this is still "the" TV series of all times.

For once every single piece of the production is fully supporting each other. Acting is superb, cinematography and editing terrific and music (by Eric Clapton) creates an unique atmosphere. Director Campbell and his team really knew their medium (this series actually looks better in a small TV set than on a large screen. After all, it was *designed* to be viewed that way!) At 1980s, the style and quality of Darkness was revolutionary. 20 years later it has been copied so often that it looks almost classical.

The complex plot that turns from labour union investigation to tale of grief and personal loss, to murder mystery, to international political thriller, to allegory of the eternal fight between forces of good and bad, to analysis of the philosophy behind environmental movement, is today as acute as it was 20 years ago. Most of all, however, Edge of Darkness is an exceptional TV drama that keeps you enchanted for all of its length. And it does offer the ultimate cliffhanger before the final episode...


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