Post by allthingshorror on Apr 27, 2009 11:52:04 GMT
As if my head couldn't get any more cluttered, I've now got to get it around this:
The British dramatic anthology Tales of Unease was based on a trio of horror-story anthologies, edited by John Burke and published between 1960 and 1969. The series' seven half-hour installments used the cream of Burke's crop, inducing goose-bumps by using mood, atmosphere, and insinuation rather than outright "scare" tactics. Tales of Unease aired over London Weekend Television from October 30 to December 11, 1970.
Plus he also did a series called Late Night Horror with Robert Aickman that ran for one series from 19 April 1968.
Don't know what this channel would have bee for it though. Know anything about either of them, have copes (!!!) screengrabs etc...
Oh, and London Weekend Television existed at the time when all TV channels were regional and there were loads of them throughout the UK serving the different regions. So LWT served the London region, I had HTV (Harlech Television) where I lived, etc. I don't think I ever saw Tales of Unease as it probably only aired in the London region on LWT. I guess you'll be too young to remember all the old independent TV channels like that, Johnny!
BFI - could possibly watch them there, cost quite a bit. Wont do copies.
Hmmm, another thought. Now I know you're miles away from Bradford but the National Media Museum have a "TV Heaven" section where you can watch old programmes, so long as they have copies. Now, I'm wondering if their "sister" museum, the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), has the same kind of set-up? If so, if you're going to London some time, that might help? (but only if they have copies, of course)
Post by allthingshorror on Apr 27, 2009 15:21:37 GMT
If Dem say's that's ok - I'll tell all..
And triple fuck - John Burke was involved in ANOTHER TV series...
Burke was also a regular contributor to the likes of The Ghost Book series, and Herbert Van Thal’s Pan Book of Horror anthologies, with Party Games first appearing in the sixth collection (Pan Books, 1965). Alongside his own work, he was also a frequent editor of genre anthologies, the best known being the Tales of Unease collections that appeared between 1966 and 1976. Notably, the second volume of this series contained his own story Calculated Nightmare which later turned up as an episode of the six-part LWT thriller anthology Tales of Unease in late 1970. Shortly after this, Burke would also contribute scripts for another series of half-hour suspense stories broadcast under the umbrella title The Frighteners (LWT, 1972-73).
If anyone has a copy of the episode called "The Banger" then I'd LOVE to get a copy.... that episode is terrific, and I've been looking for it forever....
THE OLD BANGER... someone else who knows about this! This was written by actor Richardson Morgan, and starred Terence Rigby. It was I think slightly tongue in cheek. The BFI do hold a copy of this I'm sure.
There is the touch on the shoulder that comes when you are walking quickly homewards in the dark hours, full of anticipation of the warm room and bright fire, and when you pull up, startled, what face or no-face do you see?
Thanks for this great news. I've been catching up with some shows from Honor Blackman's Avengers series and keep feeling struck at what excellent work was done in this series--Britain really produced some exceptional material, generally on a shoestring, in the 1960s and 1970s.