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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Haunting of the New

A manor tires of the debauchery that occurs within its walls and burns itself down. When its owner rebuilds it, the manor refuses to let anyone occupy it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x8
Airdate: Friday September 15th, 1989

Director: Roger Tompkins
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Richard ComarRichard Comar
As Charles

Co-Guest Stars
Sheila HammondSheila Hammond
As Duchess
Main Cast


Charles is woken up at 5 a.m. in the morning by a call from Nora, an old friend. She's at Greenwood and asks him to drive 200 miles up and meet her there right away. She insists he come right away and tells him that he can have the house... if the house likes him...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Haunting of the New" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Vogue (October 1, 1969).

Episode Quotes
Host: This is a postcard from a friend overseas which caused me to write "The Haunting of the New." A postcard: not a stumped lion, or a robot dinosaur, or a toy xylophone, but an airmail postcard, yes. Because it told about an old house in a far place on a strange night. A house that died and came alive again, and here's how it happened.

Nora: When I was 18 and came into my money, I didn't believe in conscience or guilt. Do you? No. Never. But conscience is real. And guilt collects. Oh yes, it collects, Charlie. The house is like a large person, collecting too.
Charles: Bosh.
Nora: It's not bosh, it's facts. A thousand lovely men have army trooped through my arms and through that house. Five hundred parties have rattled those windows, haunted those attics, warmed ten score of beds. Brimmed that pool with licentious swimmings in gin and flesh. And a thousand midnights, and a thousand doors. And I don't believe there's ever been a happy person in that house, Charlie.

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
Line ProducerNarelle Barsby
First Assistant DirectorBrian Wickstead
Second Assistant DirectorCharlie Haskell
MusicClive Cockburn
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripHamish McIntyre
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerAnnie Dodman
Property MasterViv Kernick  |  Ros Herbison
Production CoordinatorNicky Saggers
GafferGordon Renwick  |  Brett Mills  |  Brendan Shadbolt
Director of PhotographyStuart Dryburgh
Production SecretaryLesley Turner
Art DirectorMike Kane (1)
Post Production CoordinatorJohn Harcourt  |  Johannes Konigstorfer
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorKit Rollings
Special EffectsKevin Chisnall
Dubbing MixerMike Hedges  |  Chris Verburg
Sound RecordistKen Saville
Boom OperatorKim Shaw-Williams
Production AccountantAnne Marie Cormier  |  George Wilson (2)
Assistant Film EditorChristine Jeffs
ContinuityPat Robins
Construction ManagerJacks Gibbs
Wardrobe SupervisorMargot Lindsay
Assistant GripWayne Birmingham  |  Barry McGinn
Costume AssistantJane Woodhill
Legal AdvisorLon J. Hall
1st Camera AssistantMark Hantler
Assistant Script EditorPenelope Sinclair
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