CORONAVIRUS EDITION: In light of Coronavirus worries, it’s opportune to discuss BBC’s classic post-apocalyptic series, SURVIVORS (1975), in which Chinese scientists unleash an engineered virus, triggering a pandemic, and wiping out all but a remnant who remain to rebuild. This episode goes out in the spirit of facing such fears and scenarios from the safe distance of fiction and with wishes for the health and well-being of all who might listen.
We usher in 2020 with talk of the Dan Curtis (1973) and BBC (2007) productions of FRANKENSTEIN. These adaptations are a study in contrast: we’re given a gothic treatment by Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis, while BBC updates the core story for the biological engineering age of stem cell research. Happy New Year, everyone!
It was a modern means of keeping alive the old tradition of telling scary stories during the Christmas season. Although the series has been revived in recent years, the run spanning 1971- 1978 represents BBC’s original strand of supernatural tales, starring classic actors such as Denholm Elliott and the directing talents of Lawrence Gordon Clark and bringing to life the works (chiefly) of M.R. James and Charles Dickens. It’s BBC’s Ghost Stories for Christmas, just in time for the holidays. On this episode, we explore the 1977 offering, STIGMA, starring Kate Binchy, and we’re joined by special guest contributor, Anthony D.P. Mann of Bleak December.