Artemis 81 (BBC-1 1981 with Hywel Bennett and Ingrid Pitt)

UK / BBC One / 1×185 minute episode / Broadcast 29 December 1981

Writer: David Rudkin / Film Cameraman: David Jackson / Design: Gavin Davies / Producer: David Rose / Director: Alastair Reid

Scifi drama. A young student gets caught up in a mighty battle between the forces of good and a terrible chain of evil. Writer David Rudkin had a habit of writing incredibly dense material exploring the nature of pagan man, most notably this production and Penda’s Fen. This was originally slated to be a co-production with TV Denmark.

Hywel Bennett as Gideon Harlax
Dinah Stabb as Gwen Meredith
Dan O’Herlihy as Von Drachenfels
Sting as Helith
Anthony Steel as Trsitram Guise
Margaret Whiting as Laura Guise
Roland Curram as Asrael
Ingrid Pitt as Hitchcock Blonde
Ian Redford as Jed Thaxter
Sevilla Delofski as Magog
Mary Ellen Ray as Sonia
Cornelius Garrett as Pastor
Siv Borg as Pastor’s Wife
Sylvia Coleridge as Gorgon Scholar
Daniel Day Lewis as Exhibitioner