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Late Night Horror: The Bells of Hell (BBC-2 1968 with Michele Dotrice and Ronald Hines)

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UK / BBC-2 / 1×22 minute episode / Friday 17 May 1968 @ 11.15pm

Writer: Hugh Whitmore / Story by Robert Aickman / Producer: Harry Moore / Story Editor: Richard Davis / Designer: Richard Wilmot / Director: Naomi Capon

Series: Late Night Horror / Episode 5 of 6

Spooky drama. Three months after their marriage Phrynne and Gerald Banstead spend some time at picturesque East Anglian pub The Bell, deserted apart from the owners Mr and Mrs Pascoe and the strange Commander Shotcroft, the Bansteads soon find out they are in for a night of terror.

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Repeated on BBC-1 on 5 December 1969. The production is no longer in existence but in 2002 Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson of The League of Gentlemen mounted a radio version with George Baker and Barbara Shelley as The Bansteads. 1 of 6 productions that went under the Umbrella title Late Night Horror.

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Michele Dotrice as Phrynne Banstead
Ronald Hines as Gerald Banstead
Pauline Letts as Mrs Pascoe
Keith Pyott as Commander Shotcroft
Jerold Wells as Don Pascoe
Lindsay Kemp as Gravedigger/Ealing Dancer
Gavin Campbell as Ealing Dancer/voice recording
Dancers were George Rutland, Robin Sherringham, Aubrey Wolfson, Roy Simpson, Bob Anthony, Jack Birkett


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