Play for Today: A Photograph (1977)

UK, 22 March 1977
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Play for Today (1970-1984) – series 7, episode 13

A British horror television episode written by John Bowen and directed by John Glenister.

Plot Summary

Michael Otway, a freelance arts journalist/presenter, his wife Gillian receive a mysterious photograph through the post simply showing a pair of young women sitting outside a gypsy caravan. There's no note, no explanation, no clue as to the sender. off to investigate, ultimately finding himself caught in an unexpected trap.


Directed by: John Glenister
Producer: Graeme McDonald
[Written] By: John Bowen
Script Editor: Colin Tucker
Studio Lighting: Dennis Channon
Studio Sound: John Holmes
Costume Designer: Raymond Hughes
Make-up Artist: Judy Neame
Designer: Tony Abbott
Production Assistant: Carol Robertson
Production Unit Manager: Christopher Cherry

John Stride (Michael Otway)
Stephanie Turner (Gillian Otway)
Freda Bamford (Mrs Vigo)
Eric Deacon (boy)
Judy Monahan (Vicky)
Will Knightley (Fred)
Raymond Mason (Mr Lightbody)
Derek Thompson (Chet)
Graham Ashley (barman)



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