Dark Side of the Sun (BBC-1 1983 with Peter Egan and Emily Richard)


UK / BBC One / 6×55 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 September – 18 October 1983

Writer: Michael J. Bird / Music: Stavros Xarhakos / Producer: Vere Lorrimer / Director: David Askey

Paranormal drama serial Dark Side of the Sun began with famed photojournalist Don Tierney being killed whilst on Rhodes taking pictures for a forthcoming book. His wife Anne, also a photographer, travels to the island herself to try and get some closure on his death and also finish his book.

She is soon drawn into the strange world of the super rich Raoul Lavalliere who owns the lavish medieval “Kastello” (aka castle) on the island.

Helped by the scholar David Bascombe and psychiatrist Ismini Christoyannis, Anne slowly begins to realise that something highly sinister is going on with Raoul and that her life is in grave danger.

Another typically brilliant production from Michael J. Bird, great idea to get big name Patrick Mower in and then shock us with his death in the first episode, although he does remain a ghostly presence throughout the series. Once again, as in The Aphrodite Inheritance, the supernatural and ancient myths elements are very much to the fore.

Peter Egan as Raoul Lavalliere
Patrick Mower as Don Tierney
Emily Richard as Anne Tierney
Christopher Scoular as David Bascombe
Betty Arvaniti as Ismini Christoyannis
Michael Sheard as Von Reitz
Mark Barratt as Bodyguard Max
Dimitri Andreas as Andreas Seferis
Brian Attree as Bodyguard Simon