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A full list of the stories
on 12 May 2011
Broadcast in September/October 1975, I found this to be another enjoyable childrens drama series, which features a collection of uncomplicated and entertaining 25-minute supernatural/ghostly stories. As another reviewer has already mentioned, some stories are better than others, but overall this is a good series.
This Thames TV production is reminiscent of some of HTV West's childrens TV productions of the same era. Some of the stories are provided by such esteemed writers as J.B. Priestley, Trevor Preston and Roger Marshall.
This Network release features all seven, series one episodes. Picture and sound quality are very good, no subtitles. The only extra is a short picture gallery.
Here is a list of the episodes, with synopsis (which features on the inside of the DVD case).
*THE FUTURE GHOST - The year is 1875, and Julia Pittman arrives in London hoping to find work as a nurse. Staying in a friend's hotel, she believes she is safe: but as thick fog descends, a voice in the night awakens her, calling her out of her room... and into another world.
Featuring Jane Wymark, Bernadette McKenna, Daphne Slater and John Nettleton.
*AFTER SCHOOL - Bryn Haffes is an ordinary comprehensive school in a Welsh mining village. But when Poodle and Seth are kept behind after school, they find themselves in the grip of a power that they cannot explain.
Featuring Gareth Thomas, Rhys Powys and Lyn Jones.
*THE WITCH'S BOTTLE - Jill might never have discovered the strange powers in her possession had she not gone to stay at her uncle's country cottage. What was the secret of the dead oak tree? And why is the mysterious Catherine so concerned about Jill?
Featuring Georgina Kean, Wendy Gifford, Neville Barber and Jasper Jacob.
*THE WAITING ROOM - Sue and Gerry miss the last train from Burberry Halt and must take shelter for the night in an eerie old waiting room.
Featuring Jenny Agutter, Paul Henley, George Innes and Beth Harris.
*AN OPTICAL ILLUSION - Karen, Dawn and Phil are exploring a Tudor mansion, but the visit turns into a nightmare as the house and its strange inhabitants take over....
Featuring Pauline Quirke, Richard Willis, James Cossins and Susan Parriss.
*DUTCH SCHLITZ'S SHOES - The devilish Mr Stabs sets out with his cringing servant, Luko, to find the black glove of Mendoza. Unfortunately, they also acquire the shoes of the infamous Chicago gangster, Dutch Schlitz... with calamitous results.
Featuring Russell Hunter, Barry Stanton, Gordon Gostelow, Ron Pember and Kenneth Caswell.
*THE OTHER WINDOW - An ingenious lens seems to offer a vivid glimpse of another age. But is it possible to defy the laws of space and time?.
Featuring Sophie Ward, John Woodvine, Roy Jacobs, Gwyneth Strong and Aimee Delamain.