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The Nightmare Man 

A lonely Scottish island is stalked by a brutal killer who may be from another world...
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Series cast summary:
James Warwick ...  Michael Gaffikin 4 episodes, 1981
Celia Imrie ...  Fiona Patterson 4 episodes, 1981
Maurice Roëves ...  Inspector Inskip 4 episodes, 1981
Jonathan Newth ...  Colonel Howard / ... 4 episodes, 1981
Tom Watson Tom Watson ...  Dr. Goudry 4 episodes, 1981
James Cosmo ...  Sergeant Carch / ... 4 episodes, 1981
Fraser Wilson Fraser Wilson ...  P.C. Malcolmson 3 episodes, 1981
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart ...  Drummond 3 episodes, 1981
Tony Sibbald ...  Symonds 3 episodes, 1981
Pat Gorman ...  The Killer 3 episodes, 1981
Jon Croft Jon Croft ...  McGrath 2 episodes, 1981
Ronald Forfar Ronald Forfar ...  Campbell 2 episodes, 1981
Elaine Wells Elaine Wells ...  Mrs. Mackay 2 episodes, 1981
Robert Vowles Robert Vowles ...  Lieutenant Carey 2 episodes, 1981
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A heavy fog cuts the small isolated Scottish island off from the mainland, and dentist Michael Gaffikin has just discovered a dismembered corpse on the golf links. Michael and his artist girlfriend, Fiona Patterson, assist the local law enforcements in searching for the murderer. However, as the body count rises and the surrounding circumstances turn increasingly bizarre and gruesome, everyone begins to wonder if the killer is a human or an unimaginable creature... Written by L. Hamre

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This series reunited director Douglas Camfield with writer Robert Holmes. Both were highly regarded for their extensive contributions to Doctor Who (1963), which had included working together on Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons: Part One (1975) and Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom: Part One (1976) when Holmes had been script editor and Camfield was director. See more »

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Insp. Inskip: Look, all of the evidence we have got to date, points to something which is half human, half animal.
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Referenced in Remembering Douglas Camfield (2013) See more »

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Big let-down
26 May 2007 | by siobhan-rouseSee all my reviews

Oh dear. Some of the best talent in British TV made this serial, and so I can only assume that they were working under incredible time pressure, and had to settle for first takes of many scenes.

There ARE some frightening scenes in this Highland mystery (mostly when the "monster" attacks and we see it from his point of view), but I'm afraid that I found most of the story unintentionally funny ! Such as the moment when the hero discovers a dismembered corpse on a golf course: Oh look, there's a hand ... oh, and there's another hand over there ... hmm this is a bit puzzling ...

For many years fans of British cult TV shows campaigned to have this serial released on VHS or DVD, but the BBC always said no. Now I think I understand why !


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