I just read that the Troy Kennedy Martin, the screenwriter responsible for Edge of Darkness died earlier this week. I wanted to mark his passing because I think Edge of Darkness is one of the best things I have ever viewed on television. I was pretty young at the time but I remember being riveted by the tension and desperateness contained within the story line. It was perhaps also an awakening point for me regarding the vulnerability of our planet. If you haven’t seen it I can’t recommend it more highly. This is what Guardian blogger John Plunkett had to say:
Starring an understated Bob Peck and an under-rated Joe Don Baker, it began with a straight-laced northern policeman investigating the death of his activist daughter and turned into [an] exploration of Cold War paranoia and a plot to turn nuclear waste into plutonium. It was essential, unsettling viewing….
I also see that:
Just before his diagnosis with a brain tumour and lung cancer, Troy delivered four feature-length scripts for the global warming thriller Broken Light, inspired by James Lovelock’s Revenge of Gaia
I hope this work is picked up and that we see it on the screen sometime soon. Meanwhile here’s a flavour of the Edge of Darkness: