Late Night Horror (1968)

UK, 19 April 1968-24 May 1968
1 series, 6 episodes
2″ videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A six-part anthology horror series made by the BBC, adapting short stories by well known authors. All six episodes are missing in their original format though a 16mm black-and-white film print exists of The Corpse Can’t Play.

Credits

Regular Crew
BBC
Producer: Harry Moore
Story Editor: Richard Davis
Title Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Episodes

No Such Thing As a Vampire (19 April 1968)
Crew
Director: Paddy Russell
Script: Hugh Leonard
Based on a short story by Richard Matheson
Vision Mixer: Keith Darby
Music: Norman Kay
Sound Supervisor: Norman Bennett
Designer: Roger Andrews
Production Assistant: Terence Banks
Assistant Floor Manager: Marcia Wheeler
Floor Assistant: Peter Hebbes
Technical Managers: Denis Channon, Peg Hutchins
Cast
Andrew Keir (Dr Gheria); Meg Wynn Owen (Alexis); Peter Blythe (Michael Vares); Thomas Gallagher (Karel); Cynthia Etherington (Hilde)
When Alexis falls ill, the local villagers believe that she has been bitten by a vampire.
NOTE: This appears to feature the first vampire story specifically created for BBC television.

William and Mary (26 April 1968)
Crew
Director: Richard Martin
BBC
Producer: Harry Moore
Based on the short story by Roald Dahl
Music: Tristram Cary
Title Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Designer: John Cooper
Cast
Brenda Bruce; Donald Sinden; Andre Van Gyseghem; Alan Bennion (the doctor)
Professor William Pearl is close to death in a hospital bed when a radiologist makes a discovery that vould allow him to presere Pearl’s brain after his body has died.

The Corpse Can’t Play (3 May 1968)
Crew
Director: Paddy Russell
Script: Hugh Leonard
Based on the short story by John Burke
Camera Crew: 11
Vision Mixer: Keith Darby
Music: Norman Kay
Sound Supervisor: Gordon Mackie
Grams Operator: Lawrence Taylor
Costume supervisor: Rupert Jarvis
Make Up Supervisor: Sonia Markham
Designer: Clifford Hatts
Graphics: Charles McGhie
Production Assistant: Terence Banks
Assistant Floor Manager: Linda McCarthy
Assistant: Jane McIntosh
Floor Assistant: Alan Benson
Technical Managers: Denis Channon, Reg Hutchins
Cast
Clare Austin (Alice); Christine Pollon (Joanna); Neil Hallett (Tom); Michael Newport (Simon); Frank Barry (Ronnie); Kim Goddey (Karen); Samuel Burleigh (Colin); Beverley Jennings (Louise); Mark Colleano (David); Erin Geraghty (Michele); Brent Oldfield (Tony); Karen Newport (Caroline)
At young Ronnie Jarman’s birthday party things are going well until the strange and unpopular Simon Potter turns up with some very strange ideas about to play some well known party games…

The Triumph of Death (10 May 1968)
Crew
Director: Rudolph Cartier
BBC
Producer: Harry Moore
Script: David Campton
Based on the short story by Herbert Russell Wakefield
Story Editor: Richard Davies
Camera Crew: 11 (John Linton)
Vision Mixer: John Lopez
Music: Norman Kay
Title Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Sound: Derek Miller-Timmins
Costume supervisor: Michael Endacott
Make Up Supervisor: Sonia Markham
Designer: Marilyn Taylor
Production Assistant: John Mathews
Assistant Floor Manager: Michael Jackley
Assistant: Pamela M. Butcher
Technical Managers: Jim Richards, Bert Postlethwaite
Cast
Claire Bloom (Amelia Lornon); Nora Nicholson (Miss Pendleham); Robert James (Redvale); Jean Anderson (Mrs Redvale); Dave Griffiths (executioner); Brenda Bodman, Linette Meredith, Jimmy Meachin (children); Felix Felton, Jane Jordan Rogers, Sheila Grant [voices – uncredited]
Miss Pendlesham has been living alone in a remote, run-down mansion for years. But her new companion Amelia comes to suspect that the house is haunted by the ghosts of children murdered in obscene experiments conducted by Pendlesham’s ancestors.

The Bells of Hell (17 May 1968)
Crew
Director: Naomi Capon
Script: Hugh Whitemore
Based on the short story by Robert Aickman
Film Cameraman: Brian Langley
Camera Crew: 11
Vision Mixer: Bob Horman
Sound Supervisor: Derek Miller-Timmins
Grams Operator: Brian Duffet
Costume Supervisor: Juanita Waterson
Make Up Supervisor: Toni Chapman
Designer: Richard Wilmot
Graphics: Charles McGhie
Production Assistant: Terry Coles
Assistant Floor Manager: Jenny MacArthur
Assistant: Lesley Bruce
Technical Managers: Robert Wright, Malcolm Martin
Floor Assistant: Graham Hobson
Cast
Michele Dotrice (Phrynne Banstead); Ronald Hines (Gerald Banstead); Pauline Letts (Mrs Pascoe); Keith Pyott (Commander Shotcroft); Jerold Wells (Don Pascoe); George Rutland, Robin Sherringham, Aubrey Wolfson, Roy Simpson, Bob Anthony, Jack Birkett (dancers); Lindsay Kemp, Jeremy King, Larry Dupres (gravediggers/Ealing dancers); Lucie Swayne, Joan Wolfson, Gavin Campbell (Ealing dancers/voices); Terry Nelson, James Appleby, Pat Gorman (gravediggers); Pauline Letts, Jerold Wells (voices)
Newlyweds Gerald and Phrynne Banstead visit the Bell Inn in East Anglia only to find the area strangely deserted. The only sound is that of a church bell ringing in the distance and their hosts, Mr and Mrs Pascoe and fellow guest Commander Shotcroft all seem terrified of something they can’t explain.

The Kiss of Blood (24 May 1968)
Crew
Director: Richard Martin
Producer: Harry Moore
Script: John Hawkesworth
Based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Music: Ray Davies
Title Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Designer: Lionel Radford
Cast
Diane Cilento (Lady Sannox); Roy Dotrice (Douglas Stone); Christopher Benjamin (Algy Somerville); Charles Workman (Lord Sannox); David Graham (Dr Hamid Ali); Deddie Davies (Yvonne); Bart Allison (Pim); Malcolm Rogers (John)
When Lady Sannox takes a lover, her older husband uses it to prove that he isn’t the meek and mild man everyone thinks he is and starts plotting a terrible revenge.

References

Periodicals
Time Screen no.7 (revised) p.25 – episode guide

Books
The British Television Drama Research Guide 1950-1997 p.Plays15 – episode list
The Complete Directory to Science Fiction and Horror Television Series pp.428-429 – episode list, credits