1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes
This seven-part Friday night anthology series from LWT was based on black humour, savage irony and matter-of-fact menace. These weren’t horror stories per se but were certainly intended to leave the viewer feeling uneasy.
A young art student takes a beautiful girl home after a dance but discovers that she is no longer on the pillion of his motorcycle.
Janet Lees Price
Two business executives – Harker (John Stratton) and Johnson (Michael Culver) – are trapped for the night on a deserted office floor by a disgruntled employee who has hacked the building management system. With no phones, no elevator and the air conditioning drying out their mouths and dampening their spirits, it’s a beautiful exercise in blackmail.
The Black Goddess
Working in a coal mine, Iestyn Morgan (David Lloyd Meredith) suspects that his fellow miner, Bill Rees (Ronald Lewis) is losing his mind as he often rambles about seeing ‘The Black Goddess’ – an evil spirit which haunts the workings demanding a human sacrifice. Bill’s talk becomes terrifyingly real when the two men are trapped in a pitfall.
David Lloyd Meredith
It’s Too Late Now
Inside a beautiful, isolated English country house, Sarah (Rachel Kempson) turns a key, locking her writer husband (Kenneth Keeling) in his windowless cell-like study after years of suffering dejection.
Frightened, yet amused by her first positive action in 20 years of marriage, she wonders what she will do when he realises his predicament. She will let him out, of course – or will she?
Penny (Tessa Wyatt) and Edward (Jeremy Clyde) are eager to purchase their dream house. However, the landlady (Eve Pearce) warns them about weird occurrences in one of the upstairs rooms.
Bad Bad Jo Jo
Louche and cynical, Kayo Hathaway (Roy Dotrice) has created a wildly successful comic strip featuring “Bad Bad Jo Jo”, a murderous hulking white racist, and his cackling mother.
Hathaway is about to go into tax exile but decides to entertain a couple of fans. The two fans like to dress up as the characters and act out their fantasies. Hathaway is their next victim.
The Old Banger
John (Terence Rigby) and Susan (Pinkie Johnstone) Partridge take their old car to a scrap yard, only to keep seeing it again in the streets they are using.