USA / ABC – Dan Curtis Productions / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 and 16 April 1974
Writer: William F. Nolan / Novel: Henry James / Music: Bob Cobert / Photography: Ben Colman / Producer and Director: Dan Curtis
This well cast version of Henry Jame’s much loved spine chiller was a shot on tape (and then given a film sheen look) two part TV movie that starred Lynn Redgrave in the lead role as governess Jane Cubberly who begins to believe that the two children in her care are very possibly possessed.
Always atmospheric, Turn of the Screw has been adapted many times for the big and small screen, not least in 1959 when Ingrid Bergman took the lead in her first TV role and again in 1961 as big screen movie The Innocents – this time starring Deborah Kerr. The BBC also mounted a very nice production in 2009.
LYNN REDGRAVE as Jane Cubberly
JASPER JACOB as Miles
EVA GRIFFITH as Flora
MEGS JENKINS as Ms Grose
JOHN BARTON as Mr Fredericks
ANTHONY LANGDON as Luke
BENEDICT TAYLOR as Timothy
JAMES LAURENSON as Peter Quint
KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT as Miss Jessel