2 More Days Until Halloween, 2012: MURRAIN (1976)

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I’ll just quote from Stephen Thrower’s blog:

“Murrain” (an archaic term for plague or blight) is a challenging, intelligent, atmospheric made-for-TV drama by Nigel Kneale, about the inexorable spread of irrational fear in a small rural community. It has a few minor problems – some stiff acting in its first fifteen minutes, and the same tendency to shoutiness that also marred Kneale’s The Stone Tape – but these are negligible. Written with an open mind, and a willingness to confront both the dangers of superstition and the arrogance of modernity, it’s a gripping example of the kind of thought-provoking drama that used to turn up, virtually unheralded, on British television in the 1970s. It was commissioned by ATV (Associated Television, a Midlands-based company with studios in Birmingham and Elstree), and played various ITV regions in 1975 as one of a handful of dramas under the umbrella title “Against the Crowd” (other episodes were written by Fay Weldon, Kingsley Amis, and one of the best scriptwriters for The Avengers, Roger Marshall).

http://youtu.be/0ddfVZiWKU8

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