SLEEPWALKER

10 Apr 1976 / ATV ("Thriller").

Writer: Brian Clemens / Director: Alan Gibson.

A girl is troubled by nightmares which seem to foretell a death. But whose?

With: Darleen Carr, Robert Beatty, Michael Kitchen, Ian Redford, Basil Lord, Elaine Donnelly, Eileen Peel, Harry Webster ,John Challis, Desmond Jordan, Jane Williams, George Herbert.

 

THE FEATHERED SERPENT

Jun - July 1976 & Apr - May 1978 (12 eps) / ITV (Thames).

Writer: John Kane

Children's historical drama series set in the time of the Aztecs. The emporer wants to outlaw the custom of human sacrifice but an evil Nasca priest has other ideas.

With: Diane Keen, Patrick Troughton, Brian Deacon, Richard Willis.

 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

19 Sep 1976 / BBC1 ("Play of the Month").

Writer: John Osborne (based on the novel by Oscar Wilde) / Director: John Gorrie / Producer: Cedric messina.

Period drama. The portrait of a young man appears to age visibly while the subject remains ever youthful.

With: Peter Firth, John Gielgud, Jeremy Brett.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (jeremybrett.info)

 

PLAYHOUSE: THE MIND BEYOND

Cover of the accompanying series book - The Mind Beyond 29 Sep -3 Nov 1976 (6 eps) / BBC2.

Producer: Irene Shubik.

An anthology of plays looking at paranormal phenomena from different perspectives. The episodes were:

(1) Meriel the Ghost girl (29 Sep 1976).

(2) Double echo (6 Oct 1976).

(3) The Love of a Good Woman (13 Oct 1976).

(4) The Daedalus Equations (20 Oct 1976).

(5) Stones (27 Oct 1976).

(6) The man with the Power (3 Nov 1976).

Each episode is listed separately below.

 

MERIEL THE GHOST GIRL

29 Sep 1976 / BBC2 ("The Mind Beyond").

Writer: David Halliwell / Director: Philip Saville.

A Psychic investigator is invited to attended a seance.

With: Donald Pleasance, Janet Street-Porter, Diana King, John Blutha, Charles Keating.

 

DOUBLE ECHO

6 Oct 1976 / BBC2 ("The Mind beyond")

Writer: Brian Hayles / Director: Alan Bridges.

With: Anthony Bate, Geraldine Cowper, Jeremy Kemp.

 

THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN

13 Oct 1976 / BBC2 ("The Mind beyond")

Writer: William Trevor / Director: John Gorrie.

After the death of his first wife, Henry Ridout remarries and builds a new life in a harbour town. But his dead wife' s restless spirit tries to communicate with him through his young daughter.>

With: WILLIAM LUCAS, ANNE MASSEY.

 

THE DAEDALUS EQUATIONS

20 Oct 1976 / BBC" ("The Mind beyond")

Writer: Bruce Stewart / Director: David Reid.

With: Michael Bryant, George Coulouris, Megs Jenkins, Peter Sallis.

 

STONES

27 Oct 1976 / BBC2 ("The Mind Beyond").

Writer: Malcolm Christopher / Director: Graham Evans.

With: T.P. McKenna, Judy Parfitt, Richard Pasco, John Wells

 

THE MAN WITH THE POWER

3 Nov 1976 / BBC2 (The Mind beyond").

Writer: Evan Jones / Director: John Gorrie.

After discovering that he has the power to heal people and see into the future, a man embarks on a spiritual quest, leaving his girlfriend, home and job.

With: Geoffrey Bayldon, Cyril Cusack, Willie Jonah, Vikki Richards.

 

BEASTS

1976 (6 eps) / ATV.

Writer: Nigel Kneale.

An anthology of 6 plays which contained some supernatural elements. The episodes were:

(1) Special offer
(2) During Barty's Party
(3) Buddy Boy
(4) Baby
(5) What Big Eyes
(6) The Dummy.

 

THE SIGNALMAN

The signalman - supernatural drama from Xmas 197622 Dec 1976 (rpt 1977, 1982, 1991, 2002, 2003) / BBC1 ("Ghost story for Xmas").

Writer: Andrew Davies (story by Charles Dickens) / Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark.

A passing traveller befriends a signalman who tells him that he is haunted by a spectre warning of impending disaster.

With Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd.

Ghost story for Christmas guide.

 

CHILDREN OF THE STONES  

10 Jan - 21 Feb 1977 (7 eps) / HTV.

Writer: Jeremy Burnham.

Children's supernatural drama series. A scientist and his son arrive in the village of Milbury. They discover that the locals are being held in a trance-state by the Lord of the Manor through the power of a neolithic stone circle.

With: Iain Cuthbertson, Gareth Thomas.

 

THE WITCHES OF PENDLE

1977 / BBC.

Writer: Barry Collins.

Historical drama about Witchcraft trials which took place in the north of England in 1612.

More details at EOFFTV.

 

THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER

1977 / ITV (HTV).

Writer: Julian Bond (based on a story by D H Lawrence).

A young boy is able to predict the winners of horse races while riding his wooden rocking horse.

With: Nigel Rhodes, Kenneth Moore, Angela Thorne, Peter Cellier.

 

SUPERNATURAL

Billie Whitelaw as Countess Ilona in  'Countess Ilona or The Werewolf reunion'11 Jun - 6 Aug 1977 (8 eps ) / BBC1.

Writers: Robert Muller, Sue Lake / Producer: Pieter Rogers.

Supernatural drama series. In order to join the "Club of the Damned", the prospective member must recount a spine-chilling tale based on a personal experience of the supernatural:

(1) The Ghost of Venice (2) The Countess Ilona (3) The Werewolf Reunion (4) Mr Nightingale (5) Lady Sybil (6) Viktoria (7) Night of the Marionettes (8) Dorabella.

With: Jeremy Brett, Robert Hardy, Sinead Cusack, Denholm Elliott, Ian Hendry.

Supernatural (jeremybrett.info)

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

1977 (rpt. 1993) / BBC.

Novel by Charles Dickens.

Period drama. Ebeneezer Scrooge realises the error of his ways after a visitation from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

With: Michael Hordern, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Lee, Zoe Wannamaker.

EOFFTV guide to "A Christmas Carol".

 

STIGMA

28 Dec 1977 ( rpt. 1978) / BBC1 ("Ghost story for Xmas").

Script: Clive Exton / Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark.

A family is menaced by a supernatural force, released when a nearby prehistoric site is disturbed.

With Peter Bowles, Kate Binchy.

Ghost story for Christmas Guide 

 

THE CLIFTON HOUSE MYSTERY

1978 (6 eps) / ITV (HTV).

Writers: Daniel Farson & Harry Moore / Directors: Hugh David, Jeffrey Milland, Terry Miller.

Children's drama series. A family move into an old house which turns out to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier.

With: Sebastian Breaks, Derek Graham, Ingrid Hafner, Elizabeth Havelock.

The Clifton House Mystery - EOFFTV guide.

 

THE GREAT ALBERT

1978 / ITV-ATV ("Scorpion Tales").

A boy hopes to find the answers to his problems in the pages of an antiquarian book written by a 16th century mystic.

With Lyn Farleigh, Kenneth Gilbert, Max Harris, Gwen Nelson, Paul Freeman, Diana Rayworth and Angela Galbraith.

 

AS QUIET AS A NUN

11 Apr - 27 Apr 1978 (6 eps) / ITV - Thames ("Armchair thriller").

Writer: Julia Jones (based on the novel by Antonia Fraser)/ Director: Moira Armstrong.

TV journalist, Jemima Shore, returns to her old convent school. She discretely investigates the suicide of a nun and reports of a ghostly apparition. But all is not what it seems.

With Maria Aitken as Jemima Shore.

 

COME BACK LUCY

23 Apr - 28 May 1978 (6 x 25 mins eps) / ITV - ATV.

Writers: Colin Shindler & Gail Renard (based on the book by Pamela Sykes) / Director: Paul Harrison.

Children's drama. Lucy, after the death of her aunt and guardian, falls under the influence of a ghostly spirit from the past– a young girl called Alice.

With: Emma Bakhle as LUCY, Bernadette Windsor as ALICE, Phyllida Law as AUNT GWEN etc.

More information at Little Gems.

 

TARRY DAN, TARRY DAN, SCARY OLD SPOOKY MAN

1 May 1978 (50 mins) / BBC2

Paul Curran in 'Tarry Dan, Tarry Dan, scary old spooky man'Writer: Peter McDougall / Director: John Reardon / Producer: Frank Hatherley

Supernatural drama set in a coastal village in Cornwall. A young man, Jonah, starts to have unsettling dreams about a historic battle which was fought in the vicinity. He is also being followed by a strange old man, known locally as Tarry Dan.

With: Paul Curran.

Tarry Dan (eofftv)

 

THE MOON STALLION

15 Nov - 20 Dec 1978 (6 eps) / BBC1.

Writer: Brian Hayles / Director: Dorothea Brooking.

Children's fantasy drama series. A family get caught up in the search for a mythical Celtic horse, the Moon Stallion, reputed to have magical powers. Only Diana, their blind, but psychic, daughter knows the truth - that the horse is part of a legend and cannot be harnessed merely to satisfy worldly ambitions.

With: Sarah Sutton, David Haig, Caroline Goodall.

 

THE ICE HOUSE

25 Dec 1978 (rpt. 1982) / BBC1 ("Ghost story for Xmas").

Writer: John Bowen / Director: Derek Lister.

Supernatural goings-on at a health spa.

With John Stride.

Ghost story for Christmas guide

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

25 Dec 1978 / HTV.

Music by Norman Kay.

Operatic version of the Dickens classic - with Sir Geraint Evans as Scrooge and Ryland Davies as Bob Cratchit.

 

BOY MERLIN

1978 (Pilot episode) and 1979 / ITV.

Writer: Stewart Farrar.

Children's fantasy drama series.

With: Donald Houston, Margaret John, Brian Marshall, Ian Rowlands.

 

MACBETH

4 Jan 1979 / ITV.

Writer: William Shakespeare / Director: Philip Casson.

Macbeth is driven to murder his rivals following a prediction by three witches. But be is haunted by the ghost of one of his victims.

Starring: Ian McKellen (as Macbeth), Judi Dench (as Lady Macbeth), John Woodvine (as Banquo).

Macbeth (BFI screenonline)

 

CASTING THE RUNES

24 Apr 1979 (50 mins) / ITV ("Plays for pleasure").

Writer: Clive Exton (based on a story by M R James) / Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark.

A TV journalist unwittingly acquires an ancient rune from a black magician which curses the owner with premature death. Her only chance of survival is to pass it back to the originator without him noticing.

Starring: Ian Cuthbertson, Jan Francis.

 

SAPPHIRE AND STEEL

1979-82 (34 eps) / ITV (ATV).

Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as the time travelling aliens in 'Sapphire and Steel'Creator: P.J. Hammond.

Sci-Fi fantasy drama series. Two time-travelling aliens with supernatural powers investigate irregularities in the space-time continuum.

With: Joanna Lumley (as Sapphire), David McCallum (as Steel).

Fan website - Sapphire and Steel.

 

THE OMEGA FACTOR

13 Jun - 15 Aug 1979 (10 eps) / BBC1.

James Hazeldine as journalist Tom Crane in 'The Omega Factor'Story: Jack Gerson / Director: George Gallacio.

Supernatural adventure series. Psychic journalist Tom Crane is assigned to investigate paranormal phenomena.

With: James Hazeldine, Louise Jamieson, John Carlisle, Brown Derby etc.

The Omega factor.

 

SCHALCKEN THE PAINTER

28 December 1979 / BBC2 ("Omnibus").

Writer/Director: Leslie Megahy (Story by Sheridan Lefanu).

Supernatural period drama based on the life of 17th century artist Gottfried Schalcken.

With: Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham.

Screenonline.

 

SAINT JOAN

30 Dec 1979 / BBC2.

Writer: George Bernard Shaw / Director: Jane Howell / Producer: Louis Marks.