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The Dark Is Rising
BBC Dramatisation of the Susan Cooper novel

This night will be bad and tomorrow will be beyond imagining. It's Midwinter's Eve, the day before Will's eleventh birthday. But there is an atmosphere of fear in the familiar countryside around him. This will be a birthday like no other. Will discovers that he has the power of the Old Ones, and that he must embark on a quest to vanquish the terrifyingly evil magic of the Dark. This is an adaptation of the second book in the series collectively entitled "The Dark is Rising".

Dramatised by David Calcutt. Will - James Walmsley; Merriman - Ronald Pickup;wWith Struan Rodger, Geoffrey Banks, Carolyn Backhouse, Leo Conville, Hilary Attenborough, Susannah Tresilian , Richard Derrington, Susan Jeffrey, Mary Wimbush, Kathryn Hunt, Gerry Hinks and Tina Gray. Music by Martin Allcock. Directed by Nigel Bryant.

1 - The Waking. Will Stanton wishes for snow on his birthday, but has not bargained on the frightening adventures which will come with it...
2 - The Learning. This is no ordinary Christmas for Will.
3 - The Betrayal. The Dark seals off the village with ice and driving snow.
4 - The Hunting. The Lords of the Dark close in for the kill, and only one power can now equal theirs.

The quality of these episodes varies.

  1. 1 of 4 (13Mb)
  2. 2 of 4 (12.9Mb)
  3. 3 of 4 (12.6Mb)
  4. 4 of 4 (13Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.