Cult TV Essentials

The December Rose

The December Rose was a six-part “WonderWorks” presentation produced by BBC television production in association with Friday Productions Ltd. It ran for six episodes  between march and April 1986. It concerns a young chimney sweep, Barnacle Brown (Courtney Roper-Knight), who gets caught up in an international conspiracy, and finds murder and intrigue aboard the ship “The December Rose.” Tony Haygarth (Kinvig) also stars as  Tom Gosling.

The series opens in the mysterious Victorian Docklands where a small boat is floating in the water close to the London docks. Two people are in the boat, however one is dead or close to it.  The other is cloaked in black.

Inside the dead man’s hand is a small locket. The locket is prized out of the dead hand before the body is tossed overboard into the water. Attached to the body is a stone weight which quickly descends to the bottom of the water…

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