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1 x 60 minute episode
Set in fog-filled 19th-century London and filmed using chromakey with live characters against drawn backgrounds (courtesy of Errol Le Cain), this eerie Faustian Christmas special concerns Mr Dennis Fast (Mike Gwilym), a solicitor’s clerk consumed by loneliness and envy.
By day, his imaginative mind concentrates on the small print of legal documents and he is renowned for drawing up strangle-tight agreements and contracts, but by night – over a glass or two of port – this same imaginative mind is given even greater rein as he dreams of power and riches while spying on his neighbours.
His dreams are never likely to come true until a strange, shabby, tramplike creature called Mr Fishbane (Cyril Cusack) takes up residence in the basement of his apartment building.
The two exchange a contract to gain Mr Fast the future he craves – but the past in the shape of his own flesh and blood threatens those dreams and turns them into nightmares.
11-year-old Jonathan Byatt co-stars as the young Dennis Fast.
The production – based on a 1972 novel by Leon Garfield and adapted for television by Ian Keill – included over 250 specially commissioned paintings and was directed by Andrew Gosling.
It aired on BBC2 at 6:05 pm on Boxing Day 1982.
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