ITV Playhouse: Casting the Runes (1979)

UK, 24 April
Series 3, episode 9
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: ITV Playhouse (1977-1982)

A British horror television episode directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark.

Plot Summary

A television journalist crosses the path of a black magician and Satanist who passing her an ancient rune, marking her for a hideous death from supernatural forces. The only hope the journalist has is to pass the rune back without the warlock realising she's done it.


Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
© Trident Television Ltd. MCMLXXIX [1979]
Yorkshire Television
Executive Producer: David Cunliffe
Produced by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Adapted by: Clive Exton
From the Story by: M.R. James
Lighting Cameraman: Peter Jackson
Film Editor: Peter Taylor
Film Sound: Barrie Box
Film Dubbing Mixer: Alan Bedward
Designed by: Natasha Kroll

Iain Cuthbertson (Karswell)
Jan Francis (Prudence)
Bernard Gallagher (Derek Gayton)
Joanna Dunham (Jean Gayton)
Edward Petherbridge (Henry Harrington)
Christopher Good (John Harrington)
Patricia Shakesby (Elise Marriott)
David Calder (John Marriott)
Jane Lowe (Joanna)
Alan Downer (Peter)
Clifford Parrish (Wiggin)
Christine Buckley (housekeeper)
Abdul Ali (doctor)
Simon Prebble (newscaster)

See also
Mystery and Imagination: Casting the (1968)
Night of the Demon (1957)


Broadcast no.1006 (7 May 1979) p.11 – illustrated review (One man's television by Bernard Davies)
Television Today 3 May 1979 p.26 – review (Built up from a scary start by Hazel Holt)