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The Dark Island (BBC 1962 TV Series)

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The Dark Island (BBC 1962 TV Series)

The Dark Island was a scifi series that aired on BBC in 1962.

In scifi series The Dark Island  a crofter discovers a strange torpedo on the isolated island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. A naval team from a nearby rocket range arrives to deal with the threat, but their efforts lead to a startling discovery. The “torpedo” comes with a full DIY spy kit with an international eel, including an East German pair of binoculars. Who murdered Grant, and why?.

All The Facts

Ian McLeod, a local crofter on the isolated island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, discovers a strange torpedo there (Bryden Murdoch). A naval team from a nearby rocket range, led by security guard Nicolson (Robert Hardy), arrives to deal with the threat, but their efforts to neutralize it lead to a startling discovery.

The “torpedo” comes with a full DIY spy kit with an international feel, including an East German pair of binoculars, British and Swedish currency, a Finnish passport, and US service pattern revolvers.

A government security officer named Grant (Francis Matthews) joins Nicolson in the investigation.

He comes to a sticky end, leaving Nicolson with a lot of unanswered questions: What is Doctor Glenville (Michael Barrington), doing in the islands? Who murdered Grant, and why?

There was also a BBC Radio broadcast on Radio 4 in the lat 1960’s.

Who Was In It

Robert Hardy (Nicolson), Francis Matthews (Grant), Angela Browne (Mary Somers), Cyril Luckham (Brigadier), Bryden Murdoch (Ian McLeod), William Sherwood (Colonel Jamieson), Michael Golden (Swanson), Edward Jewesbury (George Hammond), Denis Holmes (Major Williams), Walter Carr (Davy McNeil)

Production Details

UK / BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / 1962