Shadows Of Fear

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For the resident Brits, the Talking Pictures channel (sky channel 328) are showing Shadows of Fear, an anthology series from 1971 on Tuesdays at 4am. These hour long episodes cover a range of fear inducing situations, but (I believe) without straying into the paranormal. We're only on episode 2 so far, but episode 1 looked at the fear of being burgled. Episode 2, the fear of a missing child and unraveling family situation.

Episode 1, 'Did you lock up?', had a nice twist in the tail (and featured a young Mark 'Taggart' McManus).

Episode 2, 'Sugar and Spice' was a deeply unpleasant story, that you can see coming a mile off, but certainly blindsided me a couple of times. Horrible atmosphere of creepy unease as it unfolds - with Sheila Hancock. Well worth watching!

Has anyone else seen these? I enjoyed the first two, do the rest of the series stand up?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_of_Fear
 

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I've heard about it and read about it a little in TV genre magazines. But haven't seen it although it looks like good viewing. The title is very catchy Shadows Of Fear!
 

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For the resident Brits, the Talking Pictures channel (sky channel 328) are showing Shadows of Fear, an anthology series from 1971 on Tuesdays at 4am. These hour long episodes cover a range of fear inducing situations, but (I believe) without straying into the paranormal. We're only on episode 2 so far, but episode 1 looked at the fear of being burgled. Episode 2, the fear of a missing child and unraveling family situation.

Episode 1, 'Did you lock up?', had a nice twist in the tail (and featured a young Mark 'Taggart' McManus).

Episode 2, 'Sugar and Spice' was a deeply unpleasant story, that you can see coming a mile off, but certainly blindsided me a couple of times. Horrible atmosphere of creepy unease as it unfolds - with Sheila Hancock. Well worth watching!

Has anyone else seen these? I enjoyed the first two, do the rest of the series stand up?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_of_Fear
Thank you, I'll go for that! :D
It rings a bell so perhaps I saw it first time around. Some HUGE stars were in it.

There were some brilliant horror/supernatural shows back then. 'Menace' included the chilling 'Boys and Girls come out to Play' which I saw once and remember in sharp detail. Perhaps it'll turn up again.
 

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I don't remember it at all :( There's some interesting discussion of the series here; eleven years ago though it has much about how it's all missing!

https://missingepisodes.proboards.com/thread/5666/bbc-menace-girls-boys
Yup, I searched around for it years ago with no joy.

The admirable BBC adaptation of M.R. James' Lost Hearts was shown around the same time and is still available. Terrifying.
I didn't understand the premise at the time but realise now that it's what's behind nearly every loopy world-domination conspiracy fantasy.

James knew. o_O
 

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Thank you, I'll go for that! :D
It rings a bell so perhaps I saw it first time around. Some HUGE stars were in it.

There were some brilliant horror/supernatural shows back then. 'Menace' included the chilling 'Boys and Girls come out to Play' which I saw once and remember in sharp detail. Perhaps it'll turn up again.
Great stuff, hope the rest of the run holds up! I was quite surprised at some of the names that appeared.

Never heard of Menace, but that sounds a cracker
 

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There's also the excellent 1990s BBC series Ghosts, some episodes of which which can be caught on YouTube.
Brutally scary! o_O
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Watching Shadows Of Fear: The Death Watcher from 1971, starring John Neville.

About halfway through. Pants-cacking imminent.

Back when this was first on TV I was a teenager reading my father's books on exactly the same sort of subject, of proving the existence of life after death. I don't think I saw the programme at the time but it was topical.
 

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Watching Shadows Of Fear: The Death Watcher from 1971, starring John Neville.

About halfway through. Pants-cacking imminent.

Back when this was first on TV I was a teenager reading my father's books on exactly the same sort of subject, of proving the existence of life after death. I don't think I saw the programme at the time but it was topical.
That was a corker! Couple of nasty moments, and a great final scene
 
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