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* OhCrap: Margaret makes the connection that Hendrick's house is like a temple, and his dinner table is being treated like an altar, just as she and her daughter are eating at there with Hendrick.

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* OhCrap: Margaret makes the connection that Hendrick's house is like a temple, and his dinner table is being treated like an altar, just as she and her daughter are eating at there with Hendrick.

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* OhCrap: Margaret makes the connection that Hendrick's house is like a temple, and his dinner table is being treated like an altar, just as she and her daughter are eating at there with Hendrick.


* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Except for a few interior location shots, and some interiors masquerading as exteriors.

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* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Except for a few interior location shots, and some studio interiors masquerading as exteriors.



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* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Except for a few interior location shots, and some interiors masquerading as exteriors.


* PillarOfLight: Appears at specified times each night when the roof of Hendrick's attic dining room is opened. It supposedly consists of psychic energy from a network of ley-lines, which brainwashes people by extracting their sins and beaming them to a distant black hole.

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* PillarOfLight: Appears at specified times each night when the roof of Hendrick's attic dining room is opened. It supposedly consists of psychic energy from a network of ley-lines, which brainwashes people Hendrick's dinner guests by extracting their sins and beaming them to into space. It's implied that the process originally worked in reverse, beaming positive energies into the village from a distant supernova. But then the supernova collapsed into a black hole.hole...


* PillarOfLight: Appears at specified times each day when the roof of Hendrick's attic dining room is opened. It supposedly consists of psychic energy from a network of ley-lines, which brainwashes people by extracting their sins and beaming them to a distant black hole.

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* PillarOfLight: Appears at specified times each day night when the roof of Hendrick's attic dining room is opened. It supposedly consists of psychic energy from a network of ley-lines, which brainwashes people by extracting their sins and beaming them to a distant black hole.

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* PillarOfLight: Appears at specified times each day when the roof of Hendrick's attic dining room is opened. It supposedly consists of psychic energy from a network of ley-lines, which brainwashes people by extracting their sins and beaming them to a distant black hole.


* ComputerEqualsTapedrive: Hendrick uses computers to track the black hole with which the stone circle must be aligned when he uses it. The computers are kept in the cellar of a dis-used church and are shown as typical 1970's tape drive.

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* ComputerEqualsTapedrive: Hendrick uses computers to track the black hole with which the stone circle must be aligned when he uses it. The computers are kept in the cellar of a dis-used church and are shown as typical 1970's tape drive. Matthew first suspects that there's a computer in the church when he sees Hendrick carrying some of the large tape reels out of it.

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** Lampshaded by Gareth Thomas in a DVD interview accompanying the series.


* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest (Hendrick, this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai this time, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), the villagers turn to stone (and the painting might imply the Brakes always fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]

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* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest (Hendrick, this time"), time), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai this time, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), the villagers turn to stone (and the painting might imply the Brakes always fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]


* LegacyCharacter: A creepy in-universe example. The Brakes, Hendrick and Dai all seem to be fulfilling roughly the same role in the circle's recurring events. And at the end, we see "Sir Joshua Litton" arrive in Milbury... who's identical to Hendrick.

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* LegacyCharacter: A creepy in-universe example. The Brakes, Hendrick and Dai all seem to be fulfilling roughly the same role roles as their predecessors in the circle's recurring events. And at the end, we see "Sir Joshua Litton" arrive in Milbury... who's identical to Hendrick.



* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), the villagers turn to stone (and the painting implies the Brakes always fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]

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* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", (Hendrick, this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, (Dai this time, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), the villagers turn to stone (and the painting implies might imply the Brakes always fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret, who bond first over being widowed, then as the conspiracy starts aiming for them.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret, who bond first over being widowed, and then as the conspiracy starts aiming for them.


* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), the villagers turn to stone (and the painting implies the Brakes "always" fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]

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* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), the villagers turn to stone (and the painting implies the Brakes "always" always fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]


It is implied that the events in the village repeat in a time loop with similar characters performing the same actions over and over. The link between Dai and the Barber-Surgeon is described above. Also, Matthew has a picture which depicts the end of the sequence (a man and boy escaping the circle while others are turned to stone). The final scene in the drama is the arrival of Joshua Litton at the manor house. He bears a remarkable resemblance to the missing Hendrick.

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It is implied that the events in the village repeat in a time loop with similar characters performing the same actions over and over. The link between Dai and the Barber-Surgeon is described above. Also, Matthew has a picture which depicts the end of the sequence (a man and boy escaping the circle while others are turned to stone). The final scene in the drama is the arrival of Joshua Litton at the manor house. He bears a remarkable resemblance to the missing Hendrick.
Hendrick...

In 2014, Jeremy Burnham wrote ''Return To The Stones'', a sequel novel set in the present day. Matthew takes his son Tom back to visit Milbury. These days, his father Adam is living in the manor house...



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret, who bond over both being widowed.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret, who bond first over both being widowed.widowed, then as the conspiracy starts aiming for them.


* LegacyCharacter: A creepy in-universe example. The Brakes, Hendrick and Dai all seem to be fulfilling roughly the same role in the circle's recurring events. And at the end, we see "Sir Joshua Litton" arrive in Milbury... who's identical to Hendrick.



* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), turning the villagers to stone and preventing the completion of the ritual, then they escape.

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* StableTimeLoop: The village seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), turning the villagers turn to stone (and the painting implies the Brakes "always" fail to save the Smythes), and after preventing the completion of the ritual, then they escape. [[CosmicHorrorStory And it all starts over.]]



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret - one of

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret - one of
Margaret, who bond over both being widowed.


Eventually it becomes obvious that Hendrick has been using the power of the stone circle to brainwash the villagers. Matthew and his father trick Hendrick into using the power of the circle on himself. They manage to escape, but the force of the circle turns the rest of the villagers to stone. When they wake up the next day, they find that the villagers are back, but are subtly altered. Dai is now a tinker instead of a poacher and the curator of the village museum and her daughter are now American instead of British.

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Eventually it becomes obvious that Hendrick has been using the power of the stone circle to brainwash the villagers. Matthew and his father trick Hendrick into using the power of the circle on himself. They manage to escape, but the force of the circle turns the rest of the villagers to stone. When they wake up the next day, they find that the villagers are back, but are subtly altered. Dai is now a tinker instead of a poacher and Margaret Smythe, the curator of the village museum museum, and her daughter Sandra are now American instead of British.



* AffablyEvil - Rafael Hendrick (played by Iain Cuthbertson) is always polite and friendly as he progresses his plans.
* ComputerEqualsTapedrive - Hendrick uses computers to track the black hole with which the stone circle must be aligned when he uses it. The computers are kept in the celler of a dis-used church and are shown as typical 1970's tape drive.
* LeyLine - The Stone Circle harnesses the power of ley lines.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard - Hendrick needs exact timing to harness the power of the Stone Circle. To that end, his house is filled with clocks all driven from a single atomic clock. Before he brainwashes them, he leaves Matthew and his father locked in a bedroom with the Professor's equipment, This includes an oscilloscope that they use to speed up all the clocks.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine - Before brainwashing them, Hendrick invites his victims to dinner. This includes Matthew and his father, who already know what he is doing and have tried to escape.
* MrExposition - a number of scenes involve Prof Brake and Margaret (the curator) in the village museum discussing astronomy, archaeology, geology or ley-lines.
* StableTimeLoop - although involving different people, it is implied that the events in the village repeat.
* TakenForGranite - in the final episode, the villagers get turned to stone by the power of the circle.
* {{Telepathy}} - Matthew finds that he has a telepathic ability to see what they are experiencing if he is holding one of their possessions. He uses this to experience the brain-washing of Margaret and her daughter Sandra.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill - Hendrick wants to make the villagers perfect by removing their ability to make mistakes.

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* AffablyEvil - AffablyEvil: Rafael Hendrick (played by Iain Cuthbertson) is always polite and friendly as he progresses his plans.
* ComputerEqualsTapedrive - ComputerEqualsTapedrive: Hendrick uses computers to track the black hole with which the stone circle must be aligned when he uses it. The computers are kept in the celler cellar of a dis-used church and are shown as typical 1970's tape drive.
* LeyLine - LeyLine: The Stone Circle harnesses the power of ley lines.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard - LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Hendrick needs exact timing to harness the power of the Stone Circle. To that end, his house is filled with clocks all driven from a single atomic clock. Before he brainwashes them, he leaves Matthew and his father locked in a bedroom with the Professor's equipment, This includes an oscilloscope that they use to speed up all the clocks.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine - NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Before brainwashing them, Hendrick invites his victims to dinner. This includes Matthew and his father, who already know what he is doing and have tried to escape.
* MrExposition - MrExposition: a number of scenes involve Prof Brake and Margaret (the curator) in the village museum discussing astronomy, archaeology, geology or ley-lines.
* StableTimeLoop - although involving different people, it is implied that the events in the StableTimeLoop: The village repeat.
seems to be caught in something between this and a GroundhogDayLoop - in every iteration, the priest ("Hendrick", this time"), gradually turns all the villagers into "happy ones", then the man and the boy (Adam and Matthew Brake this time) somehow escape after discovering what was going on due to the death of the man in the Sanctuary (Dai, or the Barber-Surgeon in an earlier iteration), turning the villagers to stone and preventing the completion of the ritual, then they escape.
* TakenForGranite - TakenForGranite: in the final episode, the villagers get turned to stone by the power of the circle.
* {{Telepathy}} - {{Telepathy}}: Matthew finds that he has a telepathic ability to see what they are experiencing if he is holding one of their possessions. He uses this to experience the brain-washing of Margaret and her daughter Sandra.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill - TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Hendrick wants to make the villagers perfect by removing their ability to make mistakes.




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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Adam and Margaret - one of

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