Thriller The Lake of Darkness was shown as part of the Ruth Rendell Mysteries series. Staid accountant Martin Urban wins 1.8 million pounds on the lottery, being of a generous disposition he decides that he would like to help people in need by giving large chunks of it away, along the way he meets the beautiful Francesca and falls head first for her setting in motion a chain of events of murderous proportions. Meanwhile an old friend of Martin’s mother has reason to believe her son Finn has evil in his heart.
There’s a major sting in the tale as the story progresses and you start to realise where it is headed, especially when the highly sinister Finn’s role in the story is made plain.
As is befitting a script from Sapphire and Steel creator P.J. Hammond there was quite a spooky atmosphere here. Rendell’s novel was published in 1980 and Hammond carries over much of the flavour of it in his adaptation.
UK / ITV Network – Meridian – Blue Heaven – United / 1×120 minute episode / 1999 1 May – Monday 9.00pm
Writer: Peter J. Hammond / Novel: Ruth Rendell / Director of Photography: Ken Westbury BSC / Music: Amber Music / Costumes: Frances Tempest / Producer: Neil Zeiger / Executive Producer: Graham Benson / Director: Bruce McDonald
JEROME FLYNN as Martin Urban
SADIE FROST as Francesca
CAL MACANINCH as Finn
NICK REDING as Tim Sage
LIZ SMITH as Lena Finn
ERIC FLYNN as Mr Urban
MARTHA COPE as Caroline
JOHN BOSWELL as Mr Beard
JEAN RIMMER as Miss Watson
RENU SETNA as Dr Ghopal
ERIC FLYNN as Mr Urban
OMID DJALKI as Mr Kaiafas
JEAN CHALLIS as Mrs Gogarty
GILLIAN BARGE as Mrs Urban
HOLLY EARL as Lindsey
CAROLINE DEVLIN as Solicitor
KIEREN BHATT as Mrs Bhavnani
SOO DROUET as Woman at Door
FLAMINIA CINQUE as Kate
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