The Stone Tape (1972) Online
A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results...
|Complete credited cast:|
|Michael Bryant||-||Peter Brock|
|Jane Asher||-||Jill Greeley|
|Iain Cuthbertson||-||Roy Collinson|
|Michael Bates||-||Eddie Holmes|
|Philip Trewinnard||-||Stewart Jessop|
|James Cosmo||-||Cliff Dow|
|Neil Wilson||-||Sergeant Paterson|
|Michael Graham Cox||-||Alan|
|Hilda Fenemore||-||Bar Helper|
|Peggy Marshall||-||Bar Lady|
The bar helper recalls an African American soldier she met during WWII telling her that there were guppies in the wall of Taskerlands or maybe "duppies". In Carribean Folklore, a "Duppy" is a ghost or spirit, typically malevolent.
Writer Nigel Kneale based "Taskerlands" and the scientists who worked there on the BBC's research and development laboratory in an old country house at Kingswood Warren in Kingswood, Surrey.
According to Nigel Kneale on the DVD commentary, taping of the play went over allowed time so a number of the scenes had not been taped. The production was remounted but Michael Bates could not make the new dates, so his lines were given to Iain Cuthbertson.