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An artist returns to the lake where many years ago he had a childhood sweetheart who drowned. Now she waits for the artist to keep his promise.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x3
Airdate: Friday July 21st, 1989

Director: Pat Robins
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Eli SharplinEli Sharplin
As Young Douglas
Jessica BillingsleyJessica Billingsley
As Young Tally
Sylvia RandsSylvia Rands
As Tally's Mother
Tina RegtienTina Regtien
As Margaret
Prue LangbeinPrue Langbein
As Douglas' Mother

Co-Guest Stars
Jim MoriartyJim Moriarty
As Life Guard
Main Cast


Painter Douglas returns home from overseas with his new wife Margaret. Margaret wants to know everything about him as they arrive at his childhood home and she looks around, Douglas remembers someone else who admired him as an artist once. As they walk around the area, Douglas says there's nothing else to see but she notices the nearby lake and asks Douglas to take her there...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Lake" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Weird Tales (May 1944).

Episode Quotes
Host: The long hot summers of childhood surround me in photos taken along the shores of Lake Michigan. Looking at them many years ago, I remembered when I built impossible cities out of sand and discovered that the lake could be a sorrow as well as a joy. When I finished writing this story at the age 22 I was in tears, and knew that at last I had become a writer.

Douglas: Crossing the ocean, and a gulf of time. Return to the haunts of childhood, and feelings both bitter and sweet. Though many years have passed, memories remain. Strange sorrow mingled with happiness when I came back with my new wife to the country where I was raised.

Changes from the short story:

* The flashback sequences are extended in the episode, helping to build the relationship between Douglas and Tally.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerGrahame McLean  |  Jonathan Goodwill
EditorJohn Gilbert (2)
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest  |  Frances Walsh  |  Di Rowan
Line ProducerNarelle Barsby
First Assistant DirectorGrahame McLean
Second Assistant DirectorCharlie Haskell
MusicMichelle Scullion
Make-upJean Palmer-Holmes
Key GripDennis Thompson
Location ManagerJonathan Tapley
Property MasterKirsty Clayton
Production CoordinatorNicky Saggers
GafferAdrian Hebron  |  Brendan Shadbolt  |  Neil Taylor
Director of PhotographyAlun Bollinger
Production SecretaryLesley Turner
Art DirectorRob Pearson
Post Production CoordinatorJohannes Konigstorfer
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorKit Rollings
Dubbing MixerChris Verburg  |  Mike Hedges
Sound RecordistKen Saville
Boom OperatorKim Shaw-Williams
Production AccountantAnne Marie Cormier  |  George Wilson (2)
Sound SupervisorJohn Neill  |  Kit Rollings
Assistant Film EditorChristine Jeffs
ContinuityChrissy Parker
Construction ManagerRobbo Outterside
Wardrobe SupervisorNancy Seaton
Still PhotographerGuy Robinson (2)
Assistant GripDeane Cronin
Costume AssistantJane Woodhill
Legal AdvisorLon J. Hall
1st Camera AssistantCameron McLean
Assistant Script EditorPenelope Sinclair
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