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A man rebels against a government that has tried to ban imagination by recreating Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x5
Airdate: Friday August 17th, 1990

Director: Lee Tamahori
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Patrick MacneePatrick Macnee
As Stendahl
Ian MuneIan Mune
As Pikes
Stuart DevenieStuart Devenie
As Garrett (as Stewart Devinie)

Co-Guest Stars
Des Kelly (1)Des Kelly (1)
As Dr. Steffans
Des Kelly (1)Des Kelly (1)
As Dr. Steffans
Susan WilsonSusan Wilson
As Miss Pope
Susan WilsonSusan Wilson
As Miss Pope
Alice FraserAlice Fraser
As Miss Blunt
Alice FraserAlice Fraser
As Miss Blunt
Main Cast


Government agents go through the libraries, burning works of fiction including Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher...

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Episode Quotes
Bigelow: Is it everything you wanted, Mr. Stendahl?
Stendahl: Yes.
Bigelow: Is it desolate and terrible?
Stendahl: Very terrible.
Bigelow: The walls are bleak?
Stendahl: Amazingly so.
Bigelow: The sedge, we dyed it, you know. Is it properly hideous?
Stendahl: It's beautiful.

Stendahl: There's always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the past, afraid of the future, afraid of themselves.

Garrett: Now suppose you tell me about this place, Mr. Stendahl.
Stendahl: It's a haunted castle, if you like.
Garrett: I don't like, Mr. Stendahl. I don't like.

Stendhal: In this house, copper bats fly in make-believe attics. Brass rats scuttle in plastic cellars. Robot skeletons rattle in dreary closets.
Garrett: Robot skeletons?
Stendhal: Vampires, wolves, phantoms. Done with chemicals and ingenuity.

Garrett: Mr. Stendahl, what exactly is going on here?
Stendahl: Murder.
Garrett: Murder?
Stendahl: Murder most foul!

Garrett: What are you doing?
Stendahl: I'm being ironic. Never interrupt a man when he's being ironic. It's not polite.

Changes in the short story:

* The short story is set on Mars. No mention is made of Mars or the censors' recent arrival in the episode.
* Due to budgetary constraints, an android witch kills Garrett, rather than a sophisticated robot ape.
* Also due to budgetary constraints, Stendahl's collection of androids only includes human figures from Poe's story. In the short story, he uses all manner of fantastical creatures: Santa Claus, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, giant mice, and so on.
* Finally, due to budgetary constraints, Stendahl and Pike simply ride away from the House of Usher. In the short story, the building collapses into the ground, emulating the end of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerLarry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Pamela Meekings-Stewart
Production DesignerRick Kofoed
CastingFrances Walsh  |  Mary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest
First Assistant DirectorGary Ryan
Second Assistant DirectorWi Rakete
Make-upSarah Anderson (2)
Key GripAndy Reid (2)
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerMartin Walsh (3)
Production CoordinatorKaren Gleave  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Assistant EditorKirsten Muxlow
Post Production SupervisorRoss Chambers
GafferSteve Latty
Director of PhotographyWarrick Attewell
Production SecretarySarah Bailey
Art DirectorMark Robins
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorGrant Lawrey  |  Don Paulin
Dubbing MixerMike Hedges  |  John Neill
Boom OperatorGrant Lawson
Production AccountantAnne Marie Cormier  |  Maureen Zust
Extras CastingLorae Parry
Film EditorOwen Ferrier-Kerr
Wardrobe AssistantHilary Niederer
Production ExecutiveMarie Watson
Unit ManagerAlex Collins (2)
Music DirectorLouis Natale
ContinuityBarbara Morris (2)
Focus PullerJames Cowley
ComposerCharles Cozens
Wardrobe SupervisorGlenis Foster
Still PhotographerMartin Stewart
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