Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: Escape Into Night

Adapted from adaptation of Catherine Storr’s novel Marianne Dreams, Escape Into Night was a six-part British television serial for children made by ATV for ITV that was broadcast from 19th April 1972 to 24th May 1972. It was directed by Richard Bramall.

The show deals with a young girl called Marianne (Vikki Chambers), a young girl who is bedridden with a long-term illness. She draws a picture to fill her time, and finds that she spends her dreams within the picture she has drawn.

As time goes by, she becomes sicker, and starts to spend more and more time trapped within her fantasy world, and her attempts to make things better by adding to and crossing out things in the drawing make things progressively worse. Her only companion in her dreamworld is a boy called Mark (Steven Jones), who is also a long-term invalid in the real world.

The novel was later adapted into a 1988 film, Paperhouse.



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