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Series / Dark Season

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Normal is for the comatose. If I am to teach you two anything, where ever you are, whoever you are, there is always a strangeness in things. You just have to know where to look.

Dark Season was a children's Science Fiction Television Serial of just 6 episodes that broadcast on The BBC 14th November to 19th December 1991. It was written by Russell T Davies and had Victoria Lambert, Ben Chandler and a young Kate Winslet as the heroes Marcie, Thomas and Reet. Marcie is a very intelligent 12 year old girl who is the leader of a small group of friends.

The series had two stories each of three parts.

In the first story Mr Eldritch, owner of Abyss Modems unexpectedly donates computers to the gang's school. A computer for every classroom and an Abyss Personal Computer for every child to take home with them.

In the second story a team of archaeologists arrives at the school, but are rather secretive about their work.


This series provides examples of:

  • Devil in Plain Sight: Mr Eldritch's car has the number plate NEME515, so you would think someone would suspect.
  • Genre Savvy: One of Marcie's main attributes. She can recognise a children's sci-fi plot when one is happening around her, and knows what to do about it.
    Marcie (while crawling through an Air-Vent Passageway): Marvellous, I'm a cliché.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The irises of the Mind Controlled girl turn pale, no one seems to notice this, but perhaps that is because she starts glowing.


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