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The Supernatural (1977)

Season 1 Episode 4

Mr. Nightingale

Aired Unknown Jul 02, 1977 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Mr. Nightingale
A prim Englishman visits Hamburg in the 1860s to conclude a business deal, and is plunged into horror and mystery.

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  • A repressed, neurotic Englishman (Jeremy Brett) becomes obsessed by a mysterious beauty (Lesley-Anne Down). Is she all she seems? Is he?

    A doppelganger story owing more to Poe's William Wilson than to Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, this was one of the series' weaker episodes. However, the casting of Jeremy Brett in the title-role makes good use of that very disturbing quality which he always seemed to have, even as a young man cast as dashing juveniles, and which he exploited so effectively in his great role as Sherlock Holmes. Handsome as he was, Brett never seemed quite right as a straightforward leading man - he was far better at sinister or tormented types, and is both as Mr. Nightingale. This is the only episode of the series where the storyteller fails to impress the the Club Of The Damned's committee - we have, in the closing moments, a hint of the dreadful fate that awaits unsuccessful applicants.moreless
Jeremy Brett

Jeremy Brett

Mr. Nightingale

Guest Star

Lesley-Anne Down

Lesley-Anne Down


Guest Star

Bruce Purchase

Bruce Purchase

Herr Otto Steekebeck

Guest Star

André van Gyseghem

André van Gyseghem

Sir Francis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mr. Nightingale: You see before you one who feels it incumbent upon himself to hoard what little strength he possesses. Indeed, even as I begin, I am already overcome by anxiety, lest I should be unable to conclude... Let me say at once that, of course, I am mad. So would you be, if you had undergone what I experienced. All of you! All of you!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Extras playing uncredited walk-ons in this episode were Leslie Weekes, Roy Pearce, Martin Grant, Charles Adey-Gray, Colin Thomas, Neville Ware, William Gossling and Garth Watkins.

    • The actress playing Frau Elyse is billed as "Susan Maudslay", not "Maudsley". There seems to be some confusion as to the correct spelling of her surname.

    • Although the end-credits list Donald Eccles as playing "Herr Steekebeck's father" (with the result that this information has also appeared subsequently in various reference-works), he in fact plays "Herr Topelius", who is specifically said in the course of the episode to be Herr Steekebeck's father-in-law.