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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 #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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