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A Fatal Inversion 

After Adam inherits a country house from his great uncle, he and his friend Rufus decide to spend the summer there instead of abroad. An odd assortment of 'house guests' turns up through ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Douglas Hodge ...  Adam 3 episodes, 1992
Jeremy Northam ...  Rufus 3 episodes, 1992
Rachel Joyce Rachel Joyce ...  Anne 3 episodes, 1992
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ...  Marigold 3 episodes, 1992
Saira Todd Saira Todd ...  Zosie 3 episodes, 1992
Gordon Warnecke ...  Shiva 3 episodes, 1992
Michael Simkins ...  D.C. Stretton 3 episodes, 1992
Angharad Thomas Angharad Thomas ...  Abigail 3 episodes, 1992
Lowri Thomas Lowri Thomas ...  Abigail 3 episodes, 1992
Julia Ford ...  Vivien 2 episodes, 1992
Janet Steel Janet Steel ...  Lily 2 episodes, 1992
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ...  Alec Chipstead 2 episodes, 1992
Jane Wymark ...  Meg Chipstead 2 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Inspector Winder 2 episodes, 1992
Clara Salaman ...  Mary / ... 2 episodes, 1992
Philip Glenister ...  Young Detective 2 episodes, 1992
Laura Smith Laura Smith ...  Baby / ... 2 episodes, 1992
Shirley Dixon ...  Mrs. Strawson 1 episode, 1992
Victoria Little Victoria Little ...  Rose 1 episode, 1992
Ian Bailey Ian Bailey ...  David 1 episode, 1992
Liz Kettle Liz Kettle ...  Doctor 1 episode, 1992
Tim Wylton ...  Lewis Verne-Smith 1 episode, 1992
Philippa Gail Philippa Gail ...  Beryl Verne-Smith 1 episode, 1992
Simon Beresford Simon Beresford ...  Julian Benson 1 episode, 1992
Lisa Coleman ...  Office Girl 1 episode, 1992
Ruth Sheen ...  Forensic Scientist 1 episode, 1992
Alan Gilchrist Alan Gilchrist ...  Drug Addict 1 episode, 1992
Ben Chaplin ...  Matthew 1 episode, 1992
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ...  Woman 1 episode, 1992
Nick Haverson ...  Police Constable 1 episode, 1992
Jeff Nuttall Jeff Nuttall ...  Evan 1 episode, 1992
Peter Attard ...  Pearson 1 episode, 1992
Joshua Cann Joshua Cann ...  Andrew 1 episode, 1992
James Aubrey ...  Dr. Swiftson 1 episode, 1992
Nicholas Le Prevost ...  Robin Tatian 2 episodes, 1992


After Adam inherits a country house from his great uncle, he and his friend Rufus decide to spend the summer there instead of abroad. An odd assortment of 'house guests' turns up through different means and it's an uneasy mix at best. A decade afterwards, the bodies of a young woman and an infant are discovered in the woods behind the house. As the police investigate, they naturally look to Adam as former owner of the house, and what happened all those years before starts to catch up with him. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

10 May 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le manoir du secret See more »

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Technical Specs


(3 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rufus Fletcher: Adam's playing lord of the manor, he just sacked the gardener.
Mary Gage: Well I don't think he should have let him go! You have to keep this house up, cherish it for your great-uncle's sake.
Rufus Fletcher: Oh yes, please! I would like to become a member of the Grown-Ups Club, please rush me a subscription form and a prospectus for a musty afterlife.
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Haunted a nine year old
28 September 2001 | by LoopinoSee all my reviews

I looked for this for a long time, as I could only remember the plot, and none of the authors or writer...and I only realised after I recognised Douglas Hodge when he was in the Caretaker on stage, that i got my lead...

This was an excellently atmospheric dramatatisation about indulgence, abuse, decay and guilt and the past catching up. It was wonderfully scripted and acted...and there was something really chilling about that house and those grounds...

I remember watching this when i was nine, wrapped in a blanket on cold winter's nights..and it gave me nightmares for weeks afterwards...but i didnt mind that....

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