The Dark Side of the Sun

Report on the BBC production from 'The Stage', February 1983.

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Contemporary feature from Australian publication Look and Listen [Nov 1984]
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The Dark Side of the Sun was also a topic discussed on the BBC's Points of View series at the time of its transmission.
The following transcript courtesy of Michael Flowers.

Barry Took: Good evening. This week we'll be concentrating on music and drama.

Two things the BBC do well, and which get a lot of reaction from you. Here's some of your views on The Dark Side of the Sun, first Miss P. Hinman of Winton, Manchester. She calls it:

Miss P Hinman (letter extract): The best mystery serial the BBC have produced since the good old days of 'The Frog', 'The Scarf' and 'The Mask of Alexis' (and that’s going back a bit!)

Barry Took: It is, into the mists of time, and Miss Hinman also says:

Miss P Hinman (letter extract): It is certainly a vast improvement on 'Who Pays the Ferryman?'

Barry Took: Jennifer Robson of Hednesford in Staffordshire wouldn't agree and asks for a repeat of Who Pays the Ferryman? and says of The Dark Side of the Sun:

Jennifer Robson (letter extract): I felt I must put pen to paper to congratulate the Beeb on giving us the best mystery thriller for ages. First class story, first class locations and what an excellent cast, especially Peter Egan, who is superb (and gorgeous!)

Barry Took: If you say so. Not all of you were as ecstatic. Here's G. Campbell of Paddockwood [?]:

G. Campbell (letter extract): I have just watched 90 seconds of the B.B.C.1 programme "Dark Side of the Sun." The first 60 seconds featured the strange death of a young man presumably stealing from a fortress-like house. Unfortunately this promising beginning was followed by a short conversation in the next 30 seconds which featured the words:

Barry Took: Now eyes shut, and hands over ears, here come the words:

G. Campbell (letter extract): 'sod' and 'bloody' in a completely unnecessary context. At this point I switched OFF.

Barry Took: But G. Campbell continues his letter:

G. Campbell (letter extract): Can you ask the producer if he feels that these words are essential to the conversation, or are they merely included to offend and insult.

Barry Took: But then G. Campbell goes on to answer his question

G. Campbell (letter extract): I fear that many of our programmes use them simply to cover their poor command of good descriptive words.

Barry Took: Bullseye! Bill Turner of Slough writes:

Bill Turner (letter extract): I'd like to tell you about the obsession I have - The wobbling fringes of Mrs. Ann [sic] Tierney in the Greek thriller "Dark Side of the Sun".

Barry Took: Sounds like the title of a drama serial itself, doesn't it? [puts on deeper voice] 'The Wobbling Fringes of Mrs. Ann Tiernery'. Anyway, let's hear more of Bill Turner's obsession.

Bill Turner (letter extract): In the episode of October 4th, in the bedroom scenes, [still of Emily Richard inserted] her fringe was an inch above her eyebrows, over morning coffee [still of Emily Richard inserted] her fringe reached down to meet her eyebrows, and during conversations with Mr. Lavalliere the fringe went up and down like a yo-yo!! Please explain.

Barry Took: There's no known explanation.

(There was, as we now know, - Emily Richard actually had short hair and wore a wig to play Anne Tierney.)
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