The Lake of Darkness: Part 1 

Quiet accountant Martin wins the lottery, but things take a turn for the worse when he meets Francesca, who is not what she seems.


Bruce MacDonald


Peter Hammond (adaptation) (as Peter J. Hammond), Ruth Rendell (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cal MacAninch ... Finn
Jerome Flynn ... Martin Urban
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ... Mr Urban
Martha Cope Martha Cope ... Caroline
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Tim Sage
Omid Djalili ... Mr Kaiafas (as Omid Djalki)
Susie Fairfax Susie Fairfax ... Anne Blake
Liz Smith ... Lena Finn
Jean Challis Jean Challis ... Mrs Gogarty
Gillian Barge ... Mrs Urban
Sadie Frost ... Francesca
John Boswell John Boswell ... Mr Beard
Jean Rimmer Jean Rimmer ... Miss Watson
Holly Earl ... Lindsey
Caroline Devlin Caroline Devlin ... Solicitor


Martin Urban seems to be a very lucky man indeed. He had just been made a partner in his accounting firm and most of all, he's won £1.8 million in the national lottery. He decides to share his luck by giving some of his winnings to those in need such as the lady in the corner shop whose son requires an urgent operation. He also meets Francesca, a very pretty shop girl who delivers him flowers one day. Over time, he falls for her even after he learns that she is married and has a 3 year-old daughter. Her husband is a brute from all accounts and he purchases her a flat when she tells him she will be moving out. His attempt at giving away some of his money has run into a number of snags. What he does not see coming is the intersection of his attempt to give money to his mother's needy friend and Francesca's lack of truthfulness, which leads to death. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rukoile, sinä viaton See more »

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Martin Urban: [to Francesca] You shouldn't look like that if you don't like compliments.
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Remake of Screen Two: Dead Lucky (1988) See more »

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