Archive for October, 2011

Nightfall #18: “Ringing the Changes”

Douglas CampbellAs this was going to be NIGHTFALL's first Halloween episode, Bill Howell wanted to do it up right. So they produced, as Luther Kranst puts it in the introduction, "a special love story, for lovers of all ages": Robert Aickman's "Ringing the Changes". Apparently, it's a cult classic among fans of the horror genre – I had never heard of it prior to encountering this production – and is pretty faithful to the original story.

Gerald and Phrynne Halstead (Banstead in the original short story) – played by the late Douglas Campbell (photo left) and Nicky Guadagni, respectively – arrive at the quiet seaside town of Holyhaven, where they have rooms reserved at the Bell Hotel. Unfortunately, everyone in the town – from the stationmaster to the manager of the hotel – seems to think they've arrived at the wrong place. Surely no one would visit Holyhaven on October 31st. It just doesn't happen. It shouldn't happen. But it has, and the Halsteads are about to find out what it is the town is so desperate to keep secret.

Incidentally, playwright Jeremy Dyson – with Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss – adapted "Ringing the Changes" into a BBC Radio Four radio play that aired exactly twenty years after Cherrie's, on Halloween, 2000.


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Ringing the Changes

Air Date: 10/31/80
Writer(s): P. Norman Cherrie (based on the short story by Robert Aickman)
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Douglas Campbell, Nicky Guadagni, Ruth Springford, Sandy Webster, Graham Haley, Eric House
Commercial Synopsis: An older man with a beautiful young wife is honeymooning in a seaside town on the very night when the dead are annually raised from their graves by the ringing of the town's church bells.  (NPR)


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Nightfall #17: “Last Visit”

Gerard Parkes

Here is yet another episode involving people lost while driving. However, the couple in this story have more to worry about than where they left the Chevette.

On their way to their daughter's to meet their new grandson, the Lundens (Nonnie Griffin and Frank Perry) are forced by the terrible Newfoundland fog to stop at the Eternity Cove Hotel and Lounge. Eternity Cove: where the mirrors and the fog play tricks on you and the population seems to be made up of just one man.

Gerard Parkes (photo left), better know to many people as Doc on the American version of the Muppet series Fraggle Rock, plays the mysterious Tom, the innkeeper. And the hitchhiker. And the RCMP desk officer.


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Last Visit

Air Date: 10/24/80
Writer(s): Ray Will
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Frank Perry, Nonnie Griffin, Gerard Parkes
Commercial Synopsis: The Newfoundland coast and a couple in a car in the fog late at night combine to create some terrifying circumstances in this bizarre play, especially when the couple meets a recurring stranger.  (NPR)


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Nightfall #16: “Buried Alive”

Buried Alive - Durkin-Hayes Paperback Audio coverThis is John Graham's fourth contribution to the series, though the best of his episodes is yet to come.

In this story, Don Franks portrays The Great Santini, a hypnotist with a daring plan to defraud his insurance company of $500,000 by faking his own death and allowing himself to be buried alive. Unfortunately for Santini, his two assistants have no intention of digging him up.

In this production, Bill Howell returns to using some of the interstitial music that made "Welcome to Homerville" so intense. He also employs some very creepy modernized organ music of the style heard in many old-time radio shows.

"Buried Alive" is one of 30 or so episodes that made their way into the Durkin-Hayes Paperback Audio cassette series (image left) back in the 90s.


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Buried Alive

Air Date: 10/17/80
Writer(s): John Graham
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Paul Mills
Featuring: Don Franks, Lally Cadeau, John Stocker, Frank Perry
Commercial Synopsis: The Magnificent Santini enters a deep trance, is declared dead, the insurance company pays – and he splits the money with his wife. It's a great plan, if she digs him up after the funeral. Santini's been down there for a while and nothing's happened. Maybe she's got ideas of her own.   (DHPA)


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In Memoriam: Sudsy Clark

Sudsy ClarkEwan "Sudsy" Clark passed away June 23rd from complications due to aggressive colonic cancer. Clark produced two of the most unusual episodes of the series — #89, "A Glaze of Perfect Beauty" and #94, "Walter's Dog" — at CBC Halifax in 1983.

An obituary and short biography are available on the Boot Hill blog.

Nightfall #15: “Special Services”

Linda SorensonHere we have another story about the perils of health care, but this time it's about the dangers of private clinics. Private clinics that cater to very wealthy, very important clients. And when one of these needs an organ transplant, the donor could be anyone of us. Whether we're willing or not.

Featuring Linda Sorenson (photo left) as Diane Katten and Colin Fox as Dr. Cornell.

This is the first episode not produced by Bill Howell, but is the first of three to be produced by Paul Mills. These days Paul runs a small recording studio out of his home in an eastern suburb of Toronto.

One of the interesting points in this episode, for me, is the casual way in which the staff of the clinic go about their jobs. Their computer tells them who is a match for their important client. That person is lured to the clinic, in some cases by involving them in an accident, and the requisite organ(s) taken from them. Without their consent. After all, these clients are far more important!

The music is also one of my favorites. The piece that trails off at the end of the play is quite often used to great effect in the series. I would love to get my hands on the stock music albums they used on this show, but I can't imagine there's any way to find out what they were. I have never heard these cues used anywhere else.


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Special Services

Air Date: 10/10/80
Writer(s): Martin Kinch
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Paul Mills
Featuring: Linda Sorenson, Budd Knapp, Colin Fox, Marian Waldman, Gordon Thomson, Grant Roll
Commercial Synopsis: The premise is an elite hospital which provides organ transplants for its wealthy and powerful patients, and its donors aren't always the willing kind.  (NPR)


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