Faber and Faber
Edge of Darkness contains the original scripts to the television serial of the same name.
Back Cover Blurb
One of the most ambitious and popular BBC drama series ever, Edge of Darkness received 6 BAFTA awards after it was first broadcast in 1985, and writer Troy Kennedy Martin's achievement in creating a 'green' vision of things to come makes an important text for the 1990s.
Ron Craven, a Yorkshire policeman, makes a private investigation into the circumstances of his daughter's mysterious death, and is drawn into an international nuclear network, whose deadly secret he feels compelled to expose in the interests of the human race.
The book contains all six episodes, with a detailed and challenging introduction by the author on the factual background to the series.
Edge of Darkness
6 × 50 Minutes | BBC2 | Colour
04/11/85 1: Compassionate Leave Troy Kennedy Martin
11/11/85 2: Into the Shadows Troy Kennedy Martin
18/11/85 3: Burden of Proof Troy Kennedy Martin
04/11/85 4: Breakthrough Troy Kennedy Martin
02/12/85 5: Northmoor Troy Kennedy Martin
09/12/85 6: Fusion Troy Kennedy Martin
- Edge of Darkness was one of the BBC's major triumphs during the 1980s, and proved so successful that the serial began a repeat run on BBC1 a mere ten days after the final episode was broadcast on BBC2. Critical acclaim followed, not least at the following year's BAFTAs when it won six awards, most prestigious of which were the Best Drama Series or Serial award and Bob Peck's Best Actor award.
A quarter of a century on from its original transmission and the influence of Edge of Darkness continues to be felt. Along with Paul Abbott's outstanding State of Play from 2003, it remains one of the yardsticks by which all new television thrillers are judged.
- A movie version of Edge of Darkness was released in January 2010, with the action being transposed to North America. Mel Gibson played the renamed Thomas Craven, with Ray Winstone stepping in to play the anglicised Darius Jedburgh after Robert De Niro pulled out shortly after filming began. As with the television version, it was directed by Martin Campbell, now best known for directing the likes of GoldenEye and Casino Royale.
- Away from Edge of Darkness, Troy Kennedy Martin's biggest contribution to UK television was in creating the police drama Z-Cars for the BBC. In various different formats, it ran for sixteen years, finally coming to an end in September 1978 after nearly eight-hundred episodes. Along the way it also spawned a number of equally successful spin-offs such as Softly Softly and Barlow at Large.
Other series on which he worked include Euston Films' The Sweeney (created by his brother, Ian Kennedy Martin) for which he also wrote the screenplay to the second spin-off movie, and the five-part adaptation of Angus Wilson's novel The Old Men at the Zoo, produced for BBC2 in 1983.
He died in 2009, aged 77.