Count Dracula (1977)

UK, 22 December 1977-23 December 1977 [broadcast in two parts]
videotape, 16mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British horror television film directed by Philip Saville.

Plot Summary

Estate agent Jonathan Harker visits the mysterious Count in his castle in to assist with the preparations for his move to England. Harker falls under the spell of the Count who turns out to be a vampire. Harker escapes, but Dracula has already made his way to England and is targeting the young solicitor's lover and her friends and family.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Philip Saville
Producer: Morris Barry
Production Unit Manager: Denis Curran
[Written] By [opening credits] Dramatised by [end credits]: Gerald Savory
A gothic romance based on the Bram Stoker's Dracula
Script Editor: Sally Head
Studio Lighting: Howard King
Film Cameraman: Peter Hall
Video-Tape Editor: Rod Waldron
Film Editor: Richard Bedford
Music Composed and Conducted by: Kenyon Emrys-Roberts
Film Sound: John Pritchard
Studio Sound: Derek Miller-Timmins
Sound Editor: Anthony Sloman *
Costume Designer: Ken Morey
Make-up Artist: Suzan Broad
Visual Effects Designer: Tony Harding
Title Design: Dick Bailey
Designer: Michael Young
Production Assistants: Rosalind Wolfes, Fiona Cumming, Roselyn Parker

Louis Jourdan (Count Dracula)
Frank Finlay (Professor )
Susan Penhaligon (Lucy Westenra)
Judi Bowker (Wilhelmina Westenra)
Mark Burns (Dr John Seward)
Jack Shepherd (Renfield)
Bosco Hogan (Jonathan Harker)
Richard Barnes (Quincy P. Holmwood)
Ann Queensberry (Mrs Westenra)
George Raistrick (Bowles)
George Malpas (Swales)
Michael Macowan (Mr Hawkins)
Susie Hickford, Belinda Meuldijk, Sue Vanner (brides of Dracula)
Bruce Wightman, Izabella Telezynska, O.T. (passengers on coach)




  • Broadcast no.944 (9 January 1978) pp.12-13 – review (One man's television by Bernard Davies)
  • Cinefantastique vol.7 no.2 (Summer 1978) p.32 – review (by Jeffrey Frentzen)
  • The Dark Side October/November 1994 p.17 – review
  • Fangoria no.266 (September 2007) p.16 – note (Monster Invasion: “Count Dracula”: TV classic rises from the grave by Don Kaye)
  • Photoplay vol.28 no.12 (December 1977) p.39 – review
  • Radio Times vol.217 no.2823 (17 December 1977) pp.68-71, 77 – article
  • Radio Times vol.222 no.2878 (6-12 January 1979) pp.53, 61 – credits, synopsis
  • Shivers no.27 (March 1996) pp.32-36 – illustrated article (Dracula domesticated by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Starburst no.177 (May 1993) p.19 – illustrated review (TV view by Paul Mount)
  • Television Today 30 December 1977 p.13 – review (by Patrick Campbell)
  • Time Screen no.7 (revised) p.29 – note


  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker's Novel Adapted (3rd Edition) by Lyndon W. Joslin pp.93-104
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.50-51 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.184-185; 206 – illustrated review, synopsis; credits