#GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHING! Peter Cushing played some fine villains, cool, cruel, calculating and often ruthless... but there is one that is often forgotten. Back in 1973 there was a television series that became quite compulsive viewing in the UK on a Saturday night. As it was produced by the now defunct Anglia television company, it also lead the way in 1979, for their highly successful, Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected'. Even though it's material was often inferior to 'Great Mysteries', it's 'Unexpected' that is often remembered. 'Orson Welles Great Mysteries' was originally transmitted between 1973 and 1974, with a run of 26 episodes. It had some very good writers and directors, namely Alan Gibson (Dracula AD, Silent Scream, Satanic Rites) Peter Sasdy (Nothing But The Night).
THE SERIES WAS an anthology of different tales. Each episode was introduced by Orson Welles, in big hat and opera cloak! He topped and tailed each story, though never appeared in them. The episode, 'La Grande Breteche' was broadcast, just once in the UK on Saturday 22nd September 1973. It starred Peter Cushing as the Count Gerard De Merret and Susannah York as his wife, Countess Josephine. What Cushing gives us, is a quite terrifying performance. As with all the stories in this series, they were chosen for their punch, sting or twist at the end. Needless to say, Cushing doesn't disappoint! We'll be sharing this episode during next Sunday's #GETTHECUSHINGITSCUSHING! Don't miss it!
IT'S SUNDAY! SO IT'S #GETTHECUSHIONITSCUSHING DAY!
MEANWHILE, above for those who fondly remember the show, here is John Barry's atmospheric theme, that opened every show....
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