Mystery and Imagination
This highly acclaimed anthology series presented a selection of Gothic tales by major 19th century writers. Among the adapted works featured in this collection are Robert Louis Stevenson’s nihilistic The Suicide Club, Sheridan le Fanu’s Uncle Silas, Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula and a commendably faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A distinguished cast includes Ian Holm (Chariots of Fire), Denholm Elliot (Indiana Jones), Patrick Mower (Callan) and Freddie Jones (The Elephant Man), who gives an astonishing performance as the demented barber, Sweeney Todd.
This release contains every remaining episode of Mystery and Imagination and brings together all six of the feature-length teleplays produced by Thames Television between 1968 and 1970 alongside the two remaining ABC-produced episodes from 1966.
• The Fall of the House of Usher and The Open Door – the two remaining, complete episodes produced by ABC in 1966 (Disc Four)
• An extract from Casting the Runes – all that exists from this 1968 ABC episode (Disc Four)
• Extensive image gallery (Disc One)
• Episode guide booklet by Archive TV historian Andrew Pixley