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Nightfall #7: “Future Fear”

"Future Fear" cassette design from Durkin-Hayes Paperback Audio

This third outing by John Graham is the first of a couple NIGHTFALL episodes with a theme of devices that seem to receive signals from the future and the consequences experienced by those who decide to misuse them.

This is also the earliest episode in the series, chronologically, to be featured as a cover title in the Durkin-Hayes Paperback Audio release of NIGHTFALL in the 1990s (image left). These tapes are no longer made, but you can often find them for sale cheaply on eBay.

The episode was also one of four featured on the only CD set to be officially released by the CBC, Nightfall, Volume 1. CBC no longer sells this set, but it can be found occasionally for sale on-line.

"Future Fear" is an episodes you see on a lot of people's list of favorites because it's one of those tales that defines NIGHTFALL's style.


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Future Fear

Air Date: 8/15/1980
Writer(s): John Graham
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Frank Perry, Aileen Seaton, Neil Munro, Jeannie Elias, John Stocker, Elva Mai Hoover
Commercial Synopsis: A couple sees limitless opportunities for wealth and happiness when their television begins to show them the future. Their anticipation shortly turns to sickening horror and a terrible resolve when the visions of the future turn hideous and bloody.  (DHPA)


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Nightfall #4: “Hands Off”

Colin FoxThe second script by John Graham, "Hands Off" is an episode of many firsts when it comes to establishing some of NIGHTFALL's trademarks. It's the first episode to include a dismemberment sequence. It's the first episode to feature a murder. It's the first appearance of actor Colin Fox (photo left). And it's the first episode about the risks of science.

This is also an episode with a lot of violence in it. More than the first three episodes combined. There is one off-screen murder, one on-screen murder, an attack by a pack of dogs, and the dismemberment. But it's all relevant to the story, believe it or not. It's very rare for NIGHTFALL to be gruesome just for the sake of being gruesome, though I know some radio fans who would disagree with that.


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Hands Off

Air Date: 7/25/1980
Writer(s): John Graham
Production Location: CBC Toronto
Producer: Bill Howell
Featuring: Colin Fox, Jennifer Browne, Marian Waldman, Murray Westgate, Ruth Springford, Ken James
Commercial Synopsis: A scientist experimenting with hostility in animals accidentally spills some of the chemical he's using on his hand. Immediately, his wife flies into a rage and try as he might, he cannot wash the chemical off. After a series of hostile reactions, he's forced to take desperate measures.  (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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