Shadows (TV series)
Shadows is a British supernatural television anthology series produced by Thames Television for ITV between 1975 and 1978. Extending over three seasons, it featured ghost and horror dramas for children.
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Producers||Pamela Lonsdale (series 1 & 3) |
Ruth Boswell (series 2)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||Thames Television|
|Original release||3 September 1975 –|
1 November 1978
Series 1 (1975)Edit
|The Future Ghost||Roger Marshall||Leon Thau||3 September 1975|
|Staying in a London hotel in 1875, Julia is awoken by the voice of a girl from a nearby room. On entering she discovers a girl who is ill in a 1970s-style room with unusual appliances. While she is in there, a fire breaks out and the room she had been staying in is burned to a shell. The next morning, the landlady is shocked to find Julia alive and well, but insists that no such room exists. Julia surmises that she was saved by a ghost from the future.|
|After School||Ewart Alexander||Audrey Starrett||10 September 1975|
|Two schoolboys in a Welsh mining village find themselves locked in the school after hours. A series of supernatural events occur and they discover an old skull hidden away. Bringing it out into the open and giving it a resting place, the doors open and they leave.
Starring: Gareth Thomas, Rhys Powys and Lyn Jones
|The Witch's Bottle||Stewart Farrar||Vic Hughes||17 September 1975|
|Arriving at her Uncle's house, Jill becomes obsessed with the story of a witch who was killed there.
Starring: Georgina Kean, Wendy Gifford, Neville Barber and Jasper Jacob
|The Waiting Room||Jon Watkins||Stan Woodward||24 September 1975|
|Sue and Gerry find themselves stranded in an old waiting room at a railway station. They find themselves back in 1925 and witness a train crash. On returning to 1975, they find the same events beginning to play out.|
|An Optical Illusion||Tom Clarke||Peter Webb||1 October 1975|
|Karen, Dawn and Phil are visiting a Tudor mansion and decide to stay the night. They begin acting strangely as the former occupants of the house begin to take them over.|
|Dutch Schlitz's Shoes||Trevor Preston||Stan Woodward||8 October 1975|
|A man with strange powers named Mr Stabs arrives at a house with his servant. On finding an old bank robber's shoes, he begins to take on his character until the bank robber himself returns from the grave.|
|The Other Window||Jacquetta Hawkes, J. B. Priestley||Darrol Blake||15 October 1975|
|A man brings home a distorting lens and places it on the window. One by one his children begin to see visions of the past through it. Claiming it to be impossible, he finally sees it himself and orders the people within to leave them alone. The lens promptly melts.|
Series 2 (1976)Edit
|The Dark Streets of Kimballs Green||Joan Aiken||Stan Woodward||28 July 1976|
|A girl, living unhappily in a foster home, seeks magical assistance from a king of Ancient Britons.|
|Time Out of Mind||Penelope Lively||Audrey Starrett||4 August 1976|
|A girl imagines herself as a maid in a Victorian doll's house.|
|The Inheritance||Josephine Poole||Peter Webb||11 August 1976|
|A retired gamekeeper tells his grandson about the horn dance.|
|Dark Encounter||Susan Cooper||Leon Thau||18 August 1976|
|A man, evacuated from London to the country as a child, returns to face his fear.|
|Peronik||Rosemary Harris||Vic Hughes||25 August 1976|
|A schoolboy relives the quest of a Grail knight.|
|The Eye||Ewart Alexander||Neville Green||1 September 1976|
|A house is haunted by a blind Greek man named Stratos.
Starring: John Sanderson, Julia Lewis, Murray Brown
Series 3 (1978)Edit
|Eleven O'Clock||Ewart Alexander||Joe Boyer||20 September 1978|
|A man and his daughter wait for a homing pigeon in a French farmhouse.|
|The Rose of Puddle Fratrum||Joan Aiken||Neville Green||27 September 1978|
|A television producer visits a village in Dorset to find an ex-ballerina.|
|And Now For My Next Trick||PJ Hammond||Michael Custance||4 October 1978|
|An old magician learns a new trick.|
|The Boy Merlin||Stewart Farrar (story by Anne Carlton)||Vic Hughes||11 October 1978|
|Young Merlin is in danger from a Saxon lord.|
|The Man Who Hated Children||Brian Patten||Neville Green||18 October 1978|
|An old man plots to vandalise a park and blame it on children.|
|The Silver Apple||Roy Russell (story by Philip Glassborow)||Gabrielle Beaumont||25 October 1978|
|Two princes are given a quest for magic to save the kingdom.|
|Honeyann||Fay Weldon||Pamela Lonsdale||1 November 1978|
|A girl is employed as a maid in a manor house dominated by a tyrannical nanny.|
In 1976 and 1977 Shadows was nominated for the Harlequin BAFTA TV Award under the category of Drama/Light Entertainment. The series missed out on winning on both occasions, to Ballet Shoes and The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop respectively.
A 1979 TV series, The Boy Merlin, was based on the third series episode of the same name.
"Shadows: The Complete First Series" was released on DVD in the UK on 1 November 2010 by Network, with the sixth episode Dutch Schlitz's Shoes being included on the Ace of Wands DVD boxset as an extra due to it featuring the Mr. Stabs character. Series 2 was released in June 2011.
In other mediaEdit
A tie-in book, The Best Of Shadows was released by Corgi in 1979. It featured adaptations of seven episodes: The Dark Streets of Kimball's Green, The Inheritance, Eleven O'Clock, And Now For My Next Trick, The Rose of Puddle Fratrum, The Eye and The Man Who Hated Children.