The Supernatural (1977)

Season 1 Episode 1

Ghost of Venice

Aired Unknown Jun 11, 1977 on BBC
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Ghost of Venice
A famous Victorian actor who may have dark secrets in his past goes to Venice and meets a mystery woman.

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  • An Englishman in 19th-century Venice meets a mystery woman from his past and gradually becomes convinced that she is, in fact, a ghost.

    This was not the best of episodes to have as a series opener, but it was good enough to make one want to see more of this series. Robert Hardy, who must have done a thousand acting roles for the BBC over the last fifty years, is well cast as the arrogant Englishman whose imperial confidence is greatly undermined by a love affair with a woman who may be a ghost - and who may want him to join her in a world other than the one he knows. The Venetian setting is entirely conveyed by stylised studio sets, suggesting that someone on the show had seen the 1947 movie The Lost Moment, with which this has a few thematic similarities (although that movie eschewed any supernaturalmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Club Chairman: Is it, then, gentlemen, that the life of an actor is so ephemeral a thing that, only ten years after his retirement, we speak of him as if he were already dead?

    • Leonora: You must remember, my dear, that all life is a joke and that what happens after it is funnier still.

    • Adrian Gall: You are very insolent, whore. Do you imagine that you know me?
      Stella: I think, signor, that you believe that you know me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Employed as extras for uncredited walk-ons in this episode were Tessa Billyeald, Kay Zimmerman, Leonte Palette, Caroline le Grand, Lola Morrice, Ina Clare, Unity Grimwood, Alan Vicars, David Wynn, Ray Jones, Tim Devlin, Martin Baker, Brian Jacob, Robin Sherringham, Jack Eden, Martin Grant, Charles Adey-Gray, Colin Thomas, Philip Grant, Bill Gossling and Garth Watkins.

    • In this opening episode, the rules and workings of "The Club Of The Damned" are described at the outset. Series creator Robert Muller claimed in a promotional interview that there really had been such a club in Victorian London, and that his own grandfather had been one of its members.