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Thriller: Possession (ITV 21 Apr 1973, Joanna Dunham)

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In Possession, the second episode of Thriller, a newly married couple move into a house in the country. Things are all very good at first but soon the wife is convinced that something strange is going on and that the house may in fact be haunted. Things get even more bizarre when a skeleton is discovered in the cellar by a builder. Matters come to a head and the couple decide to bring a medium in to investigate. It seems events are linked to a murder that happened in the house in 1953.

Fabulous! A strong atmosphere right from the beginning and one that helps set the Thriller house style – the country house, possible supernatural elements, the wayward scream, cut to an extreme close up and not to forget the final sting in the tale!

classic quote
“it’s got atmosphere, it’s definitely got atmosphere”

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UK / ITV Network – ATV – ITC / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 21 April 1973

Writer: Brian Clemens / Production Design: Henry Graveney / Producer: John Sichel / Director: John Cooper

Series: Thriller Season 1 Episode 2

cast
JOHN CARSON as Ray Burns
JOANNA DUNHAM as Penny Burns
HILARY HARDIMAN as Cecily Rafting
ATHOL COATS as Mr Filson
JAMES COSSINS as Kellet
RICHARD AYLEN as Inspector Miles
JACK GALLOWAY as Young Man
MARY ANN SEVERNE as Young Woman

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