Classics Dark and Dangerous (1975-1978)

UK, Canada, 1977
1 series, 6 episodes, average 25m each
colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British Canadian horror, fantasy and science fiction television series.

Premise

An anthology of six adaptations of science fiction, horror and mystery classics.

Credits

Regular Crew
Highgate Associates Ltd, HTV, OECA

Three episodes, The Mannikin, The Island and Mrs Amsworth, were edited together to form the anthology feature film Three Dangerous Ladies (1977).

Episodes

Mrs Amworth
Written by: Hugh Whitemore
Based on the Short Story by: E.F. Benson
Directed by: Alvin Rakoff
Cast: Glynis Johns (Mrs Amworth); Roger Davidson (young doctor); Derek Francis (Benson); Rex Holdsworth (Dr Ross); Pip Miller (David); John Phillips (Francis Urcombe); Ronald Russell (Major Pearsall); Betty Tucker (Mrs Pearsall); Hubert Tucker (clergyman)

The Rocking Horse Winner
Written by: Julian Bond
Based on the Short Story by: D.H. Lawrence
Directed by: Peter Medak
Cast: Kenneth More (uncle); Nigel Rhodes (Paul); Angela Thorne (mother); Peter Cellier (father); Chris Harris (Bassett); Gwen Nelson (Nancy)

Silver Blaze
Written by: Julian Bond
Based on the Short Story by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: John Davies
Cast: Christopher Plummer (Sherlock Holmes); Thorley Walters (Dr Watson); Basil Henson (Colonel Ross); Gary Watson (Inspector Gregory); Richard Beale (Straker); Donald Burton (Fitzroy-Simpson); Barry Linehan (Silas Brown); Josie Kidd (Mrs Straker); Julia Chambers (Edith)

The Island
Written by: Robert Fuest
Based on the Story by: L.P. Hartley
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Cast: Charles Gray (Santander); John Hurt (Captain Simmons)

Ugly Little Boy
Written by: Dennis Hutcheon
Based on the Short Story by: Isaac Asimov
Directed by: Barry Morse, Don Thompson
Cast: Kate Reid (Nurse Edyth L. Fellows); Barry Morse (Dr Hoskins); Guy Big (the boy)

Mannikin
Based on the Short Story by: Robert Bloch
Directed by: Don Thompson
Cast: Ronee Blakley (Simone Maglore); Keir Dullea (Dr David Priestly); Pol Pelletier (Miss Smith); Cec Linder (Dr Paul Carstairs)

References

Books

  • Sherlock Holmes on Screen: The Complete Film and TV History by Alan Barnes pp.41-42 – credits, review