Dead of Night

Season 1 Episode 1

Exorcism

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Aired Unknown Nov 05, 1972 on BBC
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  • A wealthy professional couple arrive at their equally wealthy friends' country cottage.However, not everyone who'd lived in this cottage had been quite so well-to-do.....

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    This tale is remarkable on every level.

    It's one of three existing episodes of the BBC'S 'Dead of Night' series and widely regarded as the best of the series' single 1972 run.

    This episode has aired on UK television just this Christmas-past and for many, including myself, this is a first viewing.

    It's a dark tale and it's well-acted by the four protagonists.

    The exorcism in question is that of the telling of the suffering of three people living in the cottage many years before , retold through the current lady of the house via her possession by the long-deceased mother of two, who had starved to death with her children at her side whilst the rich of the town ate like kings.

    So, with the title thus explained I will impart my thoughts.

    This story is very powerful and the four actors do a great job portraying the path to despair and to an eventual enlightenment in the old cottage.

    The BBC does ghost stories perhaps like no other and in the seventies they were arguably at the peak of their power.

    The acting is flawless and you get a real sense of each person's increasing , though individual, despair and terror.

    The possession of the lady of the house is remarkably powerful and very moving as she imparts the thoughts of the long dead impoverished mother-of-two from scores of years before whilst on the couch.

    The revelation of the corpses of the three deceased to the party of four, again is very powerful and more powerful yet is the fact that these ,at first, somewhat arrogant well-to-do ,middle-aged people achieve their 'salvation' through the taking of their lives ,achieving the house's and it's poor ,poor inhabitants' (of years ago's) exorcism.

    The story ,perhaps unsubtly , is a tale of the 'dangers' of greed and a damning critique of the British class system but this tale is so , so much more and it's moving in a way that no TV today could even start to approach.moreless

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