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The Purple Pileus 

Timid shopkeeper James Coombes fantasizes about killing his selfish, greedy wife Eveline. Then whilst walking in the woods he discovers the purple pileus, a toadstool with hallucinogenic ... See full summary »

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Adrian Shergold

Writers:

Graham Duff, H.G. Wells (short story)
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Episode credited cast:
Leanne Best ... Eveline Coombes
Mercedes Grower ... Jennie
Shaun Parkes ... James Coombes
Ray Winstone ... H. G. Wells
Stewart Wright ... Clarence Clint
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Timid shopkeeper James Coombes fantasizes about killing his selfish, greedy wife Eveline. Then whilst walking in the woods he discovers the purple pileus, a toadstool with hallucinogenic qualities, and, when he eats it, it makes him unusually masterful and happy again. He decides to carry on using it but unfortunately Eveline innocently eats some as well, with disastrous results. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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4 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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Little Dolly Daydream
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Written by Leslie Stuart
Performed by Leanne Best, Mercedes Grower, Stewart Wright, Shaun Parkes
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A Nightmare of an interpretation
22 April 2018 | by flwrestleSee all my reviews

HG Wells was a charming and entertaining writer. His short stories are well worth bringing to the screen. So why did this misguided series feel it was necessary to reimagine a sweet and fanciful story like the Purple Pileus into a dreary and pathetic horror tale? The casting is dreadful. Wells describes his characters elegantly, but the descriptions are all but ignored by the casting director; and the idea of an inter-racial couple in Victorian England is laughably embarrassing. But far worse is the ridiculous and pointless "shock" ending which, besides being completely predictable, is totally antithetical to the idea and point of Wells' charming fable of redemption. Go read the original short story and forget about this awful British piece of television trash.


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