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closer to rosemary's baby than the wicker man i thought.
on 13 January 2014
John Bowens' best work I think........firstly the two main protagonists are well matched , norah is oxford educated , worldly and quick-witted , not your usual ''scream-queen'' at all! Mr fisher is self-educated , cunning and calculating.
mrs vigo is like a village ''headwoman'' but occasionally slips up , on a few occasions giving norah a clue as to her fate.
Like john bowen's other work it is very wordy and detailed , so there is extra information to be gleaned of repeated viewing , even on my third viewing I still picked up the odd extra detail.
I invite fans of this production to try watching ''rosemary's baby'' and see that in fact rosemary was quite clever , she worked out pretty much the whole scheme but in the end was led along to the horrible end as norah was.
robin redbreast really ignited my interest in ''folk horror'' so I have a few recommendations for lovers of this sort of stuff.
1/ ''play for today'' - ''a photograph'' by john bowen : mrs vigo is played by Freda bamford again and is really evil in this one , you could think of this as a sequel to robin redbreast , a slow start but the climax of this play is quite shocking , highly recommended if you can find it.
2/ ''murrain'' - by nigel kneale : a vet discovers a suspected witch living near by when he pays a call to a farmer. excellent drama , again a great companion piece to robin redbreast and a photograph. ( to be found as a extra on the ''beasts'' dvd. )
3/ ''here's a health to the barley mow'' - bfi : about 6 hours of folk traditions from throughout the uk , wonderful footage and documentaries and its all real !
I do think that ''robin redbreast'' is the best folk shocker ever made for television , I've watched it so many times now I know fishers dialog by heart.......
the small screen has gems to offer though they are thin on the ground , so for those fans of ''blood on satans claw'' , ''night of the demon'' , ''night of the eagle'' , ''the wicker man'' etc .......''robin redbreast'' is a treat !