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5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping, 9 Nov 2012
This review is from: Escape into Night - The Complete Series (DVD)
I first watched "Escape into Night" as a thirteen year old in April/May 1972,it lodged in my mind & has been there ever since.
When I viewed it again 40 years later I realised that it was my favourite childhood TV program,beating stiff competition such as "Do Not Adjust Your Set","Top Cat","Robinson Crusoe" etc.
The story is of Marianne,bedridden for several weeks by an accident,who sketches in her drawing book to relieve the boredom of her situation.Using an ancient pencil found in an old workbox,she draws a rickety house & Soon after Marianne has a vivid dream about a very similar house.She makes a connection between the dream & her drawing...things start to escalate as she adds more to the drawing (including the figure of a boy & later,stone "guards" each with a single eye).
In her dreams she meets the boy,who is called Mark & they develope a somewhat strained friendship:co-incidently back in her ordinary life she has a teacher,Miss Chesterfield,who also has "Mark" as a pupil.
As things progress,dreams & reality entwine,becoming increasingly dangerous for Marianne & Mark as the need to escape the house becomes more urgent.

The direction was slow paced,but this allowed the characters to develope & a chilling air of underlying menace was achieved.
The cast was excellent,particularly Vikki Chambers who's portrayal of Marianne was remarkable - I especially liked the "roses" scene,featuring Marianne & Miss Chesterfield.
To be honest,you could remake this 20 times & not improve on it - I didn't care for "Paperhouse" a more recent adaptation,it seemed rather flat in comparison.

Nostalgic rather than dated,this strange,complex & engaging TV series is a delightful oddity that puts much of today's bland TV slurry to shame.
What a pity the original colour version was junked - inexcusable!
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