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Nightfall #14: “The Stone Ship”

The Stone ShipAnother one of my favorite adaptations, again by the late Len Peterson: William Hope Hodgson's "The Stone Ship".

This one is a very faithful adaptation of the original short story and the cast are all first season veterans, led by Chris Wiggins.

Ghost stories are one thing. Sea stories are another. Combine them and you have Hodgson. Since hearing this episode, I have read most of his stories and they're all pretty creepy. Many of them would make excellent radio adaptations. There's just something about the loneliness of the sea – whether it be on a three-masted schooner or a steam freighter – that lends itself to tales of the unusual and supernatural.

It happens that my radio drama troupe, The Post-Meridian Radio Players, performed this story in 2007 and it remains one of our most-remembered productions. After you listen to the original, feel free to download and listen to our live production.


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The Stone Ship

Air Date: 10/3/80
Writer(s): Len Peterson (based on the short story by William Hope Hodgson)
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Chris Wiggins, Arch McDonnell, Eric House, Graham Haley
Commercial Synopsis: Twenty days out of London, and well into the tropics, the crew of an old windjammer, the Alfred Jessop, sails in to the last resting place of a ghostly ship of solid stone. A story about the rocky graveyard of the sea and its petrifying effect on a tough old captain and crew.  (NPR)


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Nightfall #9: “The Body Snatchers”

Graham Haley

This is one of my favorite adaptations. It's creepy, it's shocking and it's one of the show's best period pieces.

This episode features Graham Haley (photo left), who appears in many episodes, but who also penned two of the series' more interesting adaptations: "The Room" and "Mkara", both originally written by South African radio drama personality, Michael McCabe. (Haley might be better known to the geek crowd as the voice of Pyro in the 1990s animated X-Men series.)

McEnaney's adaptation is very true to the original Stevenson story, with a couple of exceptions. The episode tells Fettes' tale of the original events, but leaves off the prologue where Fettes has an unpleasant encounter with MacFarlane decades later at an inn, which triggers Fettes' telling of the tale to one of his friends. Also different is a scene added by McEnaney which introduces the character of Jane Galbraith, the barmaid whose suspiciously-fresh body is later brought to the school by Burke and Hare.


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The Body Snatchers

Air Date: 8/29/1980
Writer(s): Frank W. McEnaney (based on the short story The Body-Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson)
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Neil Munro, Graham Haley, Robert Christie, Richard Donat, Sean Mulcahy, Wendy Thatcher, Michael Wincott, Eric House
Commercial Synopsis: An adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic by Frank W . McEnaney, set in Edinburgh, 1828, where the infamous Burke and Hare are providing suspiciously fresh corpses to the local medical school.  (NPR)


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Nightfall #2: “The Monkey’s Paw”

Len PetersonOf NIGHTFALL's 100 episodes, almost 1/3 were adaptations of both popular and obscure short stories. This week's offering is arguably the best of these, penned by one of Canada's foremost playwrights, the late Len Peterson (photo left). It's the definitive example of the old adage "be careful what you wish for."

This was the first of five adaptations written for NIGHTFALL by Mr. Peterson (not including the elusive "Dreamy", which wasn't a NIGHTFALL episode at all, but which included many of the show's regulars and aired in its time slot). I had a chance to meet and interview Mr. Peterson in 2004 and I hope to write up that interview at a future date. (I'm also pleased to say that this was one of the first NIGHTFALL plays my radio drama troupe, The Post-Meridian Radio Players, performed live).

So now, sit back and enjoy the first of NIGHTFALL's  many adaptations.


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The Monkey's Paw

Air Date: 7/11/1980
Writer(s): Len Peterson (based on the short story by W.W. Jacobs)
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Ruth Springford, Eric House, Chris Wiggins, Michael Wincott, Graham Haley
Commercial Synopsis: A British Army Sergeant-Major returns from years of service in India with more than just the usual military yarns.  (NPR)


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Nightfall #1: “Love and the Lonely One”

31 years ago tonight, CBC Radio aired the first episode of NIGHTFALL. In celebration of that event, we offer you that first program. Enjoy…the Edge!


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Love and the Lonely One
Elva Mai Hoover

Air Date: 7/4/1980
Writer(s): John Graham
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Elva Mai Hoover (photo right), Jay Bowen, John Stocker, Mignon Elkins, Graham Haley
Commercial Synopsis: As a lark, a pair of medical students steal the corpse of an old lady from an anatomy lab, but they soon discover that the joke's on them. (NPR)


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