BERGERAC - THE DIG

28 Jan 1990 / BBC1.

Writer: John Collee / Director: Geoffrey Sax.

An archaeological dig is being carried out on land reputed to be under an ancient Viking curse. Is this the reason for a series of misfortunes besetting those connected with the dig or is there a more rational explanation? Jim Bergerac investigates.

Starring John Nettles.

 

THE LORELEI

18 Mar 1990 / BBC2 ("Screen Two").

Writer: Nick Dunning / Director: Terry Johnson

Supernatural drama. A lonely teacher, on a walking holiday in Wales, attempts to alter the future after a series of premonitions.

With: Amanda Redman.

 

THE GREEN MAN

28 Oct - 11 Nov 1990 (3 eps) / BBC2.

Writer: Malcolm Bradbury (based on the novel by Kingsley Amis) / Director: Elijah Moshinsky.

Bibulous restauranteur Maurice Allington makes contact with the resident ghost of his country hostelrie.

With: Albert Finney, Michael Hordern, Josie Lawrence.

Review in the "Greenman".

 

TRULY MADLY DEEPLY

1990 / BBC2

Writer/Director: Anthony Minghella

A man returns from the dead to comfort his grieving lover.

With: Juliet Stephenson, Alan Rickman.

 

DO NOT DISTURB

17 Mar 1991 / BBC2 ("Screen Two").

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker.

One-off drama. An author of ghost stories invites a literary study group to her remote island home. But ancient supernatural forces are stirred up after a moonlit party.

With: Frances Barber, Peter Capaldi.

 

ANGELS

1992 / Granada

Writer: Tony Grisoni.

Fantasy drama. Three angels are sent to earth to save souls.

With: Tom Bell, Alfred Molina, Cathy Tyson, Niamh Cusack.

 

EMILY'S GHOST

1992 / Channel 4 (Children's Film Unit).

Writer/Director: Colin Finbow

Period drama. A precocious girl finds herself haunted by a ghost.

With: Anna Massey, Ron Moody , Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres

Children's Film Unit.

 

APPOINTMENT WITH FEAR - HOUSE OF GLASS

4 April 1992 / TVS.

Writer: Ian Stuart Black.

A ghost story.

 

MY FRIEND WALTER

1992 (2 x 43 min eps)/ ITV.

Director: Gavin Millar.

Children's ghost story. A young girl visiting London encounters the ghost of one of her ancestors - Sir Walter Raleigh. He returns with her to the family estate and exacts revenge on greedy creditors who are threatening to foreclose on a family debt .

With: Ronald Pickup, Prunella Scales, Polly Grant, Cooper Lawrence. 

 

GHOSTWATCH

31 Oct 1992 / BBC1 ("Screen One").

Writer: Stephen Volk.

Much-hyped supernatural drama posing as a live investigation into poltergeist activity. Several well known British TV presenters fronted the "show" adding to the deception and scaring many viewers.

With: Michael Parkinson, Craig Charles, Sarah Greene, and Mike Smith.

BBC Guide - Ghostwatch

Ghosts UK - Ghostwatch (How the series was made).

 

WITCHCRAFT

14 and 16 Dec 1992 (2 eps) / BBC2.

Writer: Nigel Williams / Director: Peter Sasdy

Supernatural thriller serial. A writer researching a film about a 17th century Witch-hunter finds the past coming disturbingly to life.

With: Peter McEnery.

Review of Witchcraft (The Times)

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE ELIGIBLE BATCHELOR

3 Feb 1993 (105 mins) / ITV.

Writer: T R Bowen (based on a story by Arthur Conan Doyle / Director: Peter Hammond.

Holmes is plagued by disturbing dreams which turn out to be a premonition of a case he is due to work on.

With JEREMY BRETT as Sherlock Holmes, EDWARD HARDWICKE as Doctor Watson.

 

HAUNTING HARMONY

1993 / ITV

Writer: Fiona McHugh / Director: Alvin Rakoff.

Supernatural drama. A young chorister makes friends with a ghost at an English cathedral school.

With: Nathanial Moreau, Jean Marc Perret.

 

THE HEALER

1994 (2 x 90 min eps) / BBC1.

Writer/Producer: G.F. Newman / Director: Mike Hodges

Drama serial. A doctor discovers that he has the gift of spiritual healing.

With: Paul Rhys.

Internet Movie Database (for full cast and production details).

 

PRESENT SPIRITS

Dec 1994 (25 mins) / Channel 4-Observatory Films.

Supernatural drama for children about a house haunted by a group of friendly ghosts.

 

SIREN SPIRITS

25 - 31 Dec 1994 (4 eps) / BBC2.

Producer: Leda Serena.

An anthology of supernatural tales from Asian, African and Caribbean women writers.

A guide to Voodoo in British film and TV - The Zone guide.

 

THE BLUE BOY

2 Jan 1995 / BBC2 ("Screen Two").

Writer & Director: Paul Munton / Producer: Kate Swan.

Supernatural drama. Joe and Marie Bonner are expecting their first child and decide to spend some time together in the Scottish Highlands. There Marie encounters the ghost of a boy who drowned in a nearby lake.

With: Emma Thompson, Adrian Dunbar.

Screenonline.

 

GHOSTS

21 Jan - 25 Feb 1995 (6 x 50 min eps) / BBC1.

Producers: Ruth Baumgarten, Andre Molyneaux

An anthology of ghost stories:

(1) I'll be watching you (21 Jan 1995).
(2) Blood and water (28 Jan 1995).
(3) Massage (4 Feb 1995).
(4) Shadowy third (11 Feb 1995).
(5) Three miles up (18 Feb 1995).
(6) The chemistry lesson (25 Feb 1995).

 

CHILLER

9 Mar - 27 April 1995 (5 x 60 min eps) / ITV.

Producer: Lawrence Gordon Clark.

An anthology of supernatural dramas:

(1) Prophecy (9 Mar 1995). 
(2) Toby (16 Mar 1995).
(3) Here comes the Mirror man (30 Mar 1995).
(4) The man who didn't believe in ghosts (13 April 1995).
(5) Number 6 (27 April 1995).

 

JOHNNY AND THE DEAD

4 - 25 Apr 1995 (4 eps) / LWT.

Writers: Gerald Fox, Terry Pratchett, Lindsey Jenkins (based on a story by Terry Pratchett).

Children's drama series. Young Johnny Maxwell battles to save a local cemetery from greedy developers. He has unusual allies - the ghostly inhabitants of the cemetery themselves.

With: Andrew Falvey, George Baker, Brian Blessed, Jane Lapotaire.

 

BLISS

Oct 1995 (Pilot) then 11 Oct 1997 onwards (5 eps) / ITV.

Series Creator: Michael Stewart / Producer: Jacky Stoller

Cambridge-based researcher, Dr. Sam Bliss, and his assistant get involved in various off-beat scientific investigations. A paranormal slant is introduced in episode 2 when Sam's daughter has a psychic premonition of a crime scene.

With: Simon Shepherd, Sian Weber, Zoe Hart, Sarah Smart.

 

A PLEASANT TERROR: THE LIFE AND GHOSTS OF MR JAMES

22 Dec 1995 / ITV (Anglia).

Writers: Clive Dunn, Michael Cox / Director & Producer: Clive Dunn.

A documentary with some dramatised sections.

With: Michael Elwyn (as MR James). Narrated by Bill Wallis.

"Ghosts and Scholars" review.

 

THE DELTA WAVE

3 Jan - 6 Mar 1996 (10 x 25 min eps) / ITV.

Producer: Alan Horrox.

Children's drama series. Two children with supernatural powers volunteer for a research project. After the project closes down, they turn their talents to seeking out strange phenomena and combatting evil.

With: Robin McCaffrey, Ania Sowinski, John Stracey.

 

FRIGHTENERS

1997 (4 x 25 min eps) / ITV.

For children. Anthology of dramas with a supernatural theme.

 

FLOWERS OF THE FOREST

1997 / BBC2.

Writer: Michael Eaton / Director: Michael Whyte

A social worker intervenes in a case of possible ritual child abuse.

With: Lia Williams, Paulins Collins, Clive Russell
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SPRINGHILL

1997 (26 eps) / Channel 4.

Exec. Producer: Carolyn Reynolds

Supernatural "soap" set in Liverpool.

 

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

26 Dec 1997 (90 min) / ITV - Carlton.

Writer: Olivia Hatreed / Director: Crispin Reece

Period comedy drama. Set in the late 19th century, an American family moves into a stately home but the ghost of an aristocratic previous owner wants them out.

With: Ian Richardson, Celia Imrie, Rolf Saxon, Sarah-Jane Potts.

 

HEARTBEAT - Local Knowledge

25 Jan 1998 / ITV.

An episode in the popular, long-running rural Police drama series. Two local characters and rivals, Claude Greengrass and Nathaniel Clegghorn, claim that their properties are haunted - attracting the attention of paranormal investigators.

With: Nick Berry, Derek Fowlds, Bill Maynard, William Simons, Tricia Penrose, Gareth Thomas.

 

DANGERFIELD - HAUNTED

29 Oct 1999 (60 mins) / BBC1.

Creator: Don Shaw / Exec Producer: Chris Parr

Police medical drama series. Dr. Jonathan Paige offers comfort to a patient whose wife has just died under tragic circumstances. But the widower also maintains that his house is haunted by the ghost of a mysterious woman who was stabbed to death.

With: Nigel Havers, Jane Gurnett, Colin Baker.

 

LAST CHRISTMAS

22 Dec 1999 / BBC1.

Writer: Tony Grounds / Director: Adrian Shergold

A father returns from the dead to help his grieving son.

With: Philip Dowling, Pauline Quirk, Ray Winstone, Phil Daniels.

 

THE BILL - HAUNTED

23 Dec 1999 / ITV.

Writer: Tony Mulholland / Director: Chris Lovett.

Police drama series. Three detectives are assigned to stake out an old building, rumoured to be haunted. They pass the time by telling ghost stories.

 

TURN OF THE SCREW

26 Dec 1999 / ITV.

Writer: Nick Dear (based on a story by Henry James) / Director: Ben Bolt.

Period drama. A Victorian governess is employed to look after the master's two young charges at a country mansion. But the children seem to be affected by a malevolent ghostly presence.

With: Jodhi May. Pam Ferris, Colin Firth.

Turn of the screw - review .

Literature review.