Edge of Darkness for me at least is one of the best Television dramas ever. It's as simple as that. Edge of Darkness was first transmitted in 1985, a couple of years before I left school and almost to the year before the Chernobyl accident.
The basic idea that Troy Kennedy Martin had was absolutely perfect for the time frame in which it was transmitted. It was the height of the cold war, and the tensions were at their height between The US and Soviet Union.
I won't go through the plot, as this will ruin it. Just buy it and watch Masters of their game at their peak. Sadly Bob Peck who played Ron Craven is no longer with us as Cancer robbed us of a fine actor.
One thing though, this is not a program to watch while accompanied by a can of Beer. You certainly need a clear head, and it's six hours long in total.
There are rumours of Martin Campbell will be doing a new version of this screenplay, based on current events. This seems to have gone quiet which may be a good thing as I am a real believer in 'if it aint broke don't fix it'.
This is one DVD you must own if you are passionate about Drama. The bit with Jedburgh at Gleneagles is both funny (although very darkly so) and horrifying.
Oh last thing too, the score. This is a collaboration between Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. This score really really sets the tone of the whole piece and richly deserved it BAFTA award for best soundtrack. This partnership went on to further success in the Lethal Weapon series of films.