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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


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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Release Date:

1 May 1981 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Padstow, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Robert Stewart's music for the serial was recorded by six musicians. The composer also conducted the recording sessions. Thetittle music was recorded on Tuesday 24th March and the incidental music for the first two installments the next day, Wednesday 5th, and the last two installments on the 26th. Other music heard was existing recordings of classical music, to be dubbed onto scenes featuring radios playing music, such as the hotel scenes and at Fiona's house. See more »


Insp. Inskip: You know what worries me, Tom? This guy's not one of our ordinary everyday psychopaths. Like he's not sittin' at home at the moment drinkin' cocoa. No, this guy's totally bananas on both sides of the fence, like a dog with rabies. And I've got four men to police thirty-five square miles.
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Not the best of British atmospheric spooky drama.
10 November 2018 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

Nobody does spooky, mysterious 'out in the boonies' drama as well as the British... and the late 70s to mid eighties was a great time for them, too, Armchair Thriller, Chiller, Tales Of The Unexpected, The Agatha Christie Hour and many more besides!

Unfortunately this one isn't one of them. The 'style over substance' approach, which can often work well in these types of programs, falls flat here.

Most irritating is the screen play, which is constantly forcing silly ideas into our heads... "What if the mysterious thing killing the sheep is a monster from outer space?" There are ludicrous attempts to shower the viewer with suggestions of what's going on through the screenplay which makes the entire relationships between the characters a little forced.

When the military enter the scene, they seem to embrace the locals and tell them everything that's going on. Soldiers running over a heath comes off as silly and time-wasting.

James Warwick does a wonderful job of staring off into the middle distance and getting annoyed over nothing... Celia Imrie has the best eye makeup artist in entertainment and provides an insane amount of 'Doctor Who assistant' style exposition along the way..

There are a few vague similarities to other TV programs of that time, especially from children's TV like 'Timeslip', 'Ace Of Wands' or 'Children Of The Stones', etc. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this was originally intended for kids and spruced up a bit for adults in a production meeting.

It has a small amount of nostalgic value but ultimately this is silly and forgettable.

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