1 9 7 5 (UK)
1 x 30 minute episode
Mrs Amworth (the honey-voiced Glynis Johns), a vivacious and charming middle-aged lady, returns to her old hometown in a quaint, picturesque Wiltshire village and enlivens the local social set, presiding over neighbourly garden parties and card games.
Coincidentally, her arrival in the village also coincides with the outbreak of a dreadful epidemic among the locals, which drains the victims of blood.
John Phillips co-stars as Francis Urcombe, a student of the occult who suspects that Mrs A – who has a habit of sleepwalking – has something to do with the mysterious ailment which is draining the locals of their blood.
It transpires he is correct. Dear Mrs Amworth is a vampire and has been going around the village biting people.
Derek Francis also stars.
For such a short production, the storytelling – a Hugh Whitemore adaptation of a story by EF Benson directed by Alvin Rakoff for Harlech Television – is superb.
Originally aired on ITV Thursday 15 June 1978, at 9.30 pm, Mrs Amworth formed part of a six-part HTV anthology series of unrelated 30-minute episodes called Classics Dark and Dangerous. It’s a must-see for fans of the vampire genre.
Mrs Amworth was also later included in a recut film anthology titled Three Dangerous Ladies, along with The Mannikin and The Island.
Location shooting took place at Steeple Ashton Manor near Trowbridge, the home of Lord and Lady Long.
Lord Long and his family and friends appeared as extras in the garden party scene of the production.