Shades of Darkness (1983–1986)
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The story is set in a small English coastal town, around the turn of the century. A young woman, thought by many in the village to be a witch, dies suddenly one day. Not long after she's ... See full summary »

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Alan Plater (screenplay), Edith Wharton (story)
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Eileen Atkins ... Mrs. Rutledge
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Reverend Hibben
Ray Smith Ray Smith ... Sylvester Brand
Gareth Thomas ... Owen Bosworth
Alfred Lynch ... Saul Rutledge
Mary Healey ... Loretta Bosworth
Martyn Hesford Martyn Hesford ... Andrew
Mary Jo Randle ... The Girl
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The story is set in a small English coastal town, around the turn of the century. A young woman, thought by many in the village to be a witch, dies suddenly one day. Not long after she's buried, the villagers begin to see her walking around the area and especially along the shoreline. The village minister begins to look into her life and her death, hoping to lay the spirit to rest. Written by Marta Dawes <marta@steveandmarta.com>

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Drama | Horror

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UK

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English

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8 July 1983 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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don't get the wrong impression
30 December 2006 | by frank-270See all my reviews

The other reviewer was talking about the 1960s sitcom "Bewitched" starring Elizabeth Montgomery. This 1983 (or 1985) production is an episode in the UK series "Shades of Darkness", as the cast list reveals. It would be a lot more helpful if people actually checked first which version of a title they are commenting on! This was a ghost story fairly unsuitable for small children and contained little or NO humour!

I recall seeing this a year or two ago and was struck by the slow pace and gloomy atmosphere, though there was a hauntingly bleak seaside atmosphere and a Victorian setting.

Gareth Thomas as always gives a good beleaguered performance, and the plot revolved around someone whose wife-to-be had been killed early, I think. As usual with "19th century" ghost stories, evil and vengeful spirits were involved. However, the whole thing was directed in a fairly flat and uninvolving manner, not helped by the pace.

Perhaps nose-twitching Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick Yorke would have pepped it up!


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