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Late Night Horror is a BBC horror series shown over six 25-minute episodes. An anthology of short horror stories.[1][2] The series was canceled after six episodes due to complaints from viewers, the majority of the series is lost.[3][4]

Late Night Horror
Late Night Horror (BBC Title Card).jpg
Late Night Horror title sequence
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Harry Moore
Running time25 minutes
Original networkBBC Two
Picture formatPAL
Original release19 April (1968-04-19) –
24 May 1968 (1968-05-24)




# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Viewing Figure
1"No Such Thing as a Vampire"[1]Paddy RussellRichard Matheson11 April 1968 (1968-04-11)1.8 million[5]
Alexis the wife of Dr Cheria mysteriously falls ill, it's believed by the villagers that she is a victim of a vampire. One night she awakes screaming with blood running from two marks down her neck.
2"William and Mary"[6]Richard MartinRoald Dahl18 April 1968 (1968-04-18)Unknown
A radiologist discoveres a way of preserving the brain after the body has died.
3"The Corpse Can't Play"[7]Paddy RussellJohn Burke25 April 1968 (1968-04-25)0.8 million[8]
Ronnie's party is going well but his mother Alice is waiting on husband Tom returning from the office to help supervise. The doorbell rings but instead of Tom its the Simon Potter, a strange little boy that Ronnie doesn't like. Simon knows some unusual and horrifying variations of children's party games.
4"The Triumph of Death"[9]Rudolph CartierH. Russell Wakefield2 May 1968 (1968-05-02)0.95 million[10]
Miss Pendleham has resided in a crumbling Elizabethan mansion for many years with rumours that the mansion is haunted.
5"The Bells of Hell"[11]Naomi CaponRobert Aickman9 May 1968 (1968-05-09)1.0 million[12]
After three months of marriage Phrynne and Gerald Banstead stay at the Bell Inn, a picturesque pub in East Anglia. When they arrive the place seems to be all but deserted apart from the lonely sound of a church bell.
6"The Kiss of Blood"[13]Richard MartinSir Arthur Conan Doyle16 May 1968 (1968-05-16)Unknown
Lady Sannox is one of the most beautiful and richest women in London. She becomes a mistress of Douglas Stone, a eminent surgeon. Her husband Lord Sannox watches this affair and seeks his swift revenge.

Archive StatusEdit

Only one of the six episodes of the series survives in the BBC Archives, previously all episodes were lost until the return of "The Corpse Can't Play" by Kaleidoscope/British Film Institute.[14] The episode was screened 16 December 2017 at Missing Believed Wiped.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Late Night Horror: No Such Thing as a Vampire". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Late Night Horror (TV series)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b BBC Breakfast News (Television). BBC News. 16 December 2017. Event occurs at 1:22.32. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ "BFI event celebrates discovery of long lost TV programmes". BBC News. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Late Night Horror: 01: No Such Thing As A Vampire" (PDF). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Late Night Horror: William and Mary". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Late Night Horror: The Corpse Can't Play". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Late Night Horror: 03: The Corpse Can't Play" (PDF). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Late Night Horror: The Triumph of Death". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Late Night Horror: 04: The Triumph of Death" (PDF). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Late Night Horror: The Bells of Hell". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Late Night Horror: 05: The Bells of Hell" (PDF). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Late Night Horror: The Kiss of Blood". BBC Genome. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  14. ^ "LATE NIGHT HORROR". Kaleidoscope. Retrieved 16 December 2017.

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