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Friday, 22 February 2008 08:48

Edge of Darkness

Nuclear terrorism leads to a decade-defining environmental message ...

 

UK (BBC) - 1985 - 6 episodes (60 mins) – Colour

01. Compassionate Leave
Guests
: David Fleeshman (Jones), Sean Caffrey (McCroon), Alan Starkey (Muntsey), Bill Stewart (Dingle).
Plot: After his daughter is murdered, policeman Ronald Craven’s own personal investigation into her death leads him to discover her hidden life as a radical environmental activist.
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Director: Martin Campbell

02. Into the Shadows
Guests
: David Fleeshman (Jones), Tim McInnerny (Terry Shields), Paul Humpoletz (Elham), Bill Stewart (Dingle), Anthony Douse (Carlisle).
Plot: As the police continue their search for his daughter’s killer, Craven crosses paths with security services in pursuit of a classified file on Emma and her activities with Gaia.
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Director: Martin Campbell

03. Burden of Proof
Guests
: David Fleeshman (Jones), Allan Cuthbertson (Chilwell), Tim McInnerny (Terry Shields), Roy Heather (Lowe), Paul Humpoletz (Elham), Bill Stewart (Dingle), Struan Rodger (Mac).
Plot: With the police eager to close the file on Emma, Craven is called as a witness when IIF comes under scrutiny at Westminster, after American interests make a bid to acquire Northmoor.
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Director: Martin Campbell

04. Breakthrough
Guests
: Sean Caffrey (McCroon), Patrick Godfrey (Oakley), Tony Matthews (Toby Berwick), Jo Ross (Miriam Berwick), Allan Cuthbertson (Chilwell), Matthew Guinness (Menzies).
Plot: Suffering a breakdown after confronting Emma’s killer, Craven becomes more determined than ever to breach MI5 security, and find a route through the mine shafts into Northmoor.
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Director: Martin Campbell

05. Northmoor
Guests
: Trevor Bowen (Childs), Brian Croucher (Conners), Allan Cuthbertson (Chilwell), Sarah Martin (Polly Pelham), Paul Williamson (Bewes).
Plot: As the government enquiry into IIF continues, Craven and Jedburgh follow in the footsteps of the Gaia team, making their way into Northmoor to find evidence of the hot cell.
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Director: Martin Campbell

06. Fusion
Guests
: David Jackson (Colonel Lawson), Anne Scott-Jones (Jemima), Sean McCarthy (Nallers), Jeremy Child (Minister).
Plot: Knowing that time is running out, and feeling responsible for recovering the plutonium, Craven sets out to track down Jedburgh who has decided to settle the score with Grogan.
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Director: Martin Campbell

 

REGULAR CAST
Bob Peck
as Ronald Craven
Joe Don Baker as Darius Jedburgh
Joanne Whalley as Emma Craven
Charles Kay as Guy Pendleton
Ian McNiece as Henry Harcourt
John Woodvine as Assistant Chief Constable Ross
Jack Watson as James Godbolt
Kenneth Nelson as Jerry Grogan
Hugh Fraser as Robert Bennett
Zoe Wanamaker as Clementine

 

Posted in Episode Guides
Friday, 22 February 2008 07:41

Edge of Darkness

Does playing with nukes bring about the end of the world as we know it ...

 

UK - 1985 - 6 episodes (60 mins) - colour

Written by Troy Kennedy Martin, the creator of Z Cars, in response to the political shifts of the early 1980s. With England moving closer to becoming a nuclear state, and the United States changing their strategy from the notion of mutually assured destruction to the idea that a nuclear war was winnable, Edge of Darkness introduced a Green perspective that elevated the drama from what could have been a one-sided rage against the nuclear machine.

After witnessing the murder of his politically-active student daughter, Yorkshire police detective Ronald Craven starts a private investigation that draws him into a wide-reaching conspiracy involving state security services and sinister big business, conspiring to gain the high ground in the race for absolute nuclear power.

The multi-layered storytelling, already rife with mystic and mythical undertones from Arthurian Romances to the Knights Templar and the culture of Enlightenment, expertly introduced James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis which treated the planet as a self-regulatory, complex super-organism, maintaining the optimum condition for life, satisfying many people's need to re-evaluate their relationship with nature.

Edge of Darkness received such critical plaudits and public applause that a repeat screening was scheduled almost immediately after its initial broadcast. Winner of six Bafta awards, and voted number 15 in the British Film Institute's poll of All Time Top 100 Television Programmes, it proved to be a defining moment in television drama.

 

REGULAR CAST
Bob Peck as Ronald Craven
Joe Don Baker as Darius Jedburgh
Joanne Whalley as Emma Craven
Charles Kay as Guy Pendleton
Ian McNiece as Henry Harcourt
John Woodvine as Assistant Chief Constable Ross
Jack Watson as James Godbolt
Kenneth Nelson as Jerry Grogan
Hugh Fraser as Robert Bennett
Zoe Wanamaker as Clementine

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