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And the Wall Came Tumbling Down 

Workmen digging in a building discover the remains of a 300-+year-old devil cult.

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Paul Annett
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barbi Benton ... Caroline Trent
Gareth Hunt ... Peter Whiteway
Brian Deacon ... Alan Yardley / Martin
Peter Wyngarde ... Daniel Haswell / General Haswell
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Granny Waters (as Pat Hayes)
Carol Royle ... Kim Osborn / Catherine Parkes
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Father Harris
Gary Waldhorn ... Inspector Crane
Robert James ... Father Ambrey / Packard
Richard Hampton Richard Hampton ... Ted Pinder / David Pritchard
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Jill
Ray Armstrong Ray Armstrong ... Sergeant Mills
Peter Baldwin Peter Baldwin ... Dr. H. Talbot
Jona Jones Jona Jones ... Policeman
Tim Pearce Tim Pearce ... Brinkley / Robert Ford
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In a condemned medieval London church, a demolition crew uncovers a walled up chamber with a skeleton inside. Black liquid crawls out of it and makes a haunted hose choke to death one of the workers. A skeptical police inspector is brought in but he deems the death an accident. However, a female journalist tries to convince him that there's more to the church than it seems. Meanwhile, a young man who feels a strange connection to the building tries to sneak in with his girlfriend. An old priest reveals that in the 17th century, the church was once used by a Satanic cult led by a Satanic priest until one of the cultists had a change of heart and betrayed the coven to the church which led to some of the cultists being caught and burned alive at the stake. Just before dying, they vowed revenge against both the traitor's descendants and the church itself.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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Competent/spooky
11 October 2003 | by analoguebubblebathSee all my reviews

First viewing: November 1984 / Second viewing: October 2003

While this did not inspire the Style Council hit of the following year, "Walls Come Tumbling Down", this "Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense" episode nevertheless ended the series on a high note. Well it was the last one broadcast on Irish TV back in 1984 anyway.

A stirring performance from Gareth "Maxwell House" Hunt provides a key ingredient in our enjoyment of this episode. With credible flashbacks to "witching times" and a relatively spooky atmosphere in the old church, "And The Wall Came Tumbling Down" is a chastening tale of love, betrayal and sacrifice for a man's beliefs. To it I bestow 7/10


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