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Shadow on the Earth 

Two brothers growing up in a small Scottish mining town become convinced the albino man living in their street is an alien. Influenced by science fiction films and the religious bigotry ... See full summary »

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Chris Bernard

Writer:

David Kane
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Hickman Sam Hickman ... Billy Wilson
Billy Hartman Billy Hartman ... Jim Wilson
Billy McElhaney Billy McElhaney ... Eddie Brogan
Gerry Slevin Gerry Slevin ... Grandad Wilson
Sheila Grier Sheila Grier ... Bunty Wilson
Andrew Barr Andrew Barr ... Flint
Craig Smith Craig Smith ... Alex Wilson
Dale Martin Dale Martin ... Sammy Brogan
Andrew Dallmeyer Andrew Dallmeyer ... Mr. Morris
Steven McNicoll Steven McNicoll ... Derek Brogan
Kate Sandison ... Alice Johnson
Bridget McCann Bridget McCann ... Mrs. Stone
Laura Elizabeth Smith Laura Elizabeth Smith ... Mary Davidson
Billy Marr Billy Marr ... Eric Grady
Robert Patterson Robert Patterson ... Bus Conductor
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Two brothers growing up in a small Scottish mining town become convinced the albino man living in their street is an alien. Influenced by science fiction films and the religious bigotry around them, they begin to persecute him, until one day actually get to know him. Written by David Kane

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1988 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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BBC Screenplay See more »
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Color
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A gem
23 August 2006 | by booklinedroomSee all my reviews

Brilliant, brilliant film. I didn't see this when it was first shown on television but when it was repeated a friend recommended it so I caught up with it. It captures childhood so well, the way in which children know things but can't make sense of them because the gaps haven't been filled in yet. The audience can see perfectly well what is happening with the adults but the children can't. The child actors are so good and the setting isn't glamourised, 1950s Scotland as I remember it. It's one of those pieces that is so vivid one immediately suspects it's biographical, although of course it may not be.

I taped it off the TV and watched it again and again, but I've given away my VCR so I wish they would release it on DVD, or that the BBC would show it again so that I could record it onto DVD. It's a genuine classic.


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