Peter Cushing’s Strange Aperture (1975) TV series. 30 Min. Horror, Thriller, Drama.
Synopsis: British horror and mystery-themed anthology series.
Episode Guide: 14 episodes
Series 1 (1975)
1. The Futility Goblet
2. Voodon’t Doll
3. The Wooden Worm
4. Wyngarde’s Cube
5. A Handsome Statue
6. The Century Egg
7. A Cameo, A Cage
9. Nest of Meddles
10. The Stone Familiar
11. Immortal Flower
12. The sparkle Sticks
13. A Puzzled Portrait
14. The Mirrored Figurine
Reviews and Commentary
3 user reviews sorted by most helpful
*9/10. I remember seeing this show when it first aired in the seventies when I was a young kid. The always excellent Peter Cushing plays himself as the host and appears only briefly at the beginning and end of each episode much like the great Rod Serling does on the Twilight Zone. The stories were pretty weird as I remember!
*8/10. As the previous viewer below stated, such a shame we will never get to see this on dvd, it was a classic British mystery Drama series up there, if not indeed better than some of the better known of the genre.
*10/10. Cushing introduces each episode of this truly creepy and strange one series wonder. The premise being that the esteemed Mr Cushing has just moved into a very antique cottage in a remote country village. (He plays himself in the small role but it is not his home in real life.) He has discovered a small peep-hole in to a walled up section of his attic. A hidden room which due to the precarious state of the old building, he cannot attempt to break into. Instead he can only peer through and gaze upon the strange collection of weird objects contained within. Each delightful episode focuses on one of the objects and the true story behind it explained! Some episodes are better than others as is always the case with these kind of series, ‘Braincomb’ and ‘The mirrored Figurine’ are the ones people always seem to remember. It’s a veritable appearance-fest of character actors of the day, Arthur Lowe particularly good in ‘Voo-don’t doll’.
Such a shame there was only the one series. It was only aired once and no copies survive so we won’t be seeing it on DVD anytime soon. So it remains a fond and slowly fading memory!
Did You Know?
Only one series was ever made.
Cushing only starred in two other roles the year this was made.
Cushing’s Hammer Film partner Christopher Lee starred in the episode “Wyngarde’s Cube”.
Cushing would have liked to make a second series but his heavy workload caused him to decline the offer of another series.
This series is ‘missing believed wiped’
Despite his name being in the title, Cushing only appeared as the host at the beginning and end of each episode with the exception of ‘The Puzzled Portrait’ where he only features at the beginning.
No copies of any of the episodes exist and it is believed to have been lost or wiped.
“What is THAT? What IS that thing? So strange looking... what could it be? Let’s look a little closer...”