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Cult TV Essentials: Dark Season

Dark Season was written by Russell T Davies and centres around a normal English school, but all is not what it seems! It was broadcast by the BBC in 1991 and consists of six twenty-five minute episodes, the two linked three-part stories tell the adventures of three teenagers and their battle to save their school and their classmates from the actions of the sinister Mr Eldritch. It is noteworthy for co-starring a young Kate Winslet in her first major television role.

CAST

Marcie Hatter – Victoria Lambert

Reet – Kate Winslet (Titanic)

Thomas – Ben Chandler

Miss Maitland – Brigit Forsyth

Mr Eldritch – Grant Parsons

Behemoth – Marsha Fitzalan

Miss Pendragon – Jacqueline Pearce

PLOT

The first three episodes begin with third year secondary school girl Marcie and her two fifth year friends Tom and Reet becoming suspicious of the sinister Mr Eldritch,  a bleached-blonde millionaire who arrives at the school claiming to be its benefactor; donating computers to every student.whose computer company arrives at the school and distributes free computers to all the pupils.

Investigating Eldritch is the ever-inquisitive, wise beyond her years third former Marcie, who with her fifth form friends, Reet and Thom, uncovers a plot to that doesn’t just threaten the pupils of the school, but the whole human race!

However, the second three episodes tell of the actions of Miss Pendragon, who works for Eldritch and is attempting to revive the massive, secret Behemoth computer from its long-hidden location beneath the school.

With Eldritch exposed, the second three episodes tell of the actions of Miss Pendragon, who works for Eldritch,  Marcie, Tom and Reet arrive back at the school to find a team of blonde archaeologists digging up the playing field. But since when, as Marcie points out, have archaeologists used mechanical diggers? Miss Pendragon is attempting to revive the massive, secret Behemoth computer from its long-hidden location beneath the school.

At the end of the BBC novelisation, there are indications that Davies had ideas or interest in a potential third adventure using the same characters. A single paragraph describing the opening of an amusement arcade concludes with “…but that’s another story.”

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