The Daughters of Jerusalem: Scandalous goings-on at that hotbed of vice and depravity, the Kembleford Women's Institute. Father Roland Eager, the young locum curate deputising for Father Brown while he recovers for a broken leg, treats the ladies to a viewing of his film, Educating The African Orphan made during his recent missionary trip to Swaziland, except some blighter switches the cannisters. The Flower Of Virginia is not quite the nature documentary the ladies are used to.
BBC1 currently repeating series 2, Monday - Friday, 14.15 - 15. 00. Forthcoming episodes include The Curse of Amenhotep (hexed mummy casket), The Invisible Man (the circus comes to Kembleford), The Last Man (cricket is murder), The Lair of the Libertines (Ronni Ancona organises kinky sex games for rich hedonists) and the ominous sounding The Three Tools of Death.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
The Father Brown repeats on BBC1 continue to throw up the occasional 'supernatural' and/ or horror gem. In The Shadow Of The Scaffold, a prolific murderer disposes of his victims on the farm. Hungry pigs ain't fussy eaters.
Enjoying "The Whistle in the Dark" with it's M. R. James theme....
I looked back through this thread and saw The Avengers mentioned. There was, so far as I am aware, only one episode where real supernatural forces were hinted to have been at work. "Warlock," from Honor Blackman's first series, was intended to introduce the character of Mrs (possibly also Dr) Cathy Gale. It featured Peter Arne as a bookshop owner who was the head of a "black magic circle." A high point was the inspired, exotically entrancing dance movements of Pat (aka Patsy) Spencer as black magus Cosmo Gallion's acolyte Julia.
The character of Cosmo Gallion showed up in one of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen effusions. I thought Arne's performance in the role was outstanding.
"Warlock" is also notable as having been the work of perhaps the only female scriptwriter ever hired by The Avengers. She was Doreen Montgomery. I have been able to find out very little about her. One of the books I have read about the production unit states that her regular job was as a publicist, and one source said that she came up with the name "Emma Peel," but I seem to recall that another source gave the credit elsewhere.
The anarchic comedy series The Young Ones had some very surreal moments, but in one episode the boys borrow a video recorder and rent a horror film. Later, a mysterious package arrives and when it is opened it contains a vampire from South Africa, played by Alexei Sayle. I think the episode is called 'Nasty'. In another episode, Neil thought that the house had been infested by a poltergeist, though I don't think it was anything supernatural in the end, and that element may have been only a minor part.