Mark Gatiss

Unmade Movies: Hitchcock's The Blind Man
  • Unmade Movies: Hitchcock's The Blind Man

  • Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman's unfinished screenplay, completed by Mark Gatiss

    'Achingly tense scenes... and a masterpiece of a climax' Radio Times

    The annals of movie history are full of lost treasures - spectacular scripts from world-renowned writers that could have been classics, had they only been made. Now, for the first time, some of these forgotten gems have been brought to life, fully realised as vivid, cinematic radio productions. Scripted by major 20th Century writers, including Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller, Alfred Hitchcock and Dennis Potter, they star a host of A-list actors and feature richly evocative, atmospheric soundtracks.

    One of seven 'unmade movies' available on audio, The Blind Man is set in 1961, and features a famous blind jazz pianist, Larry Keating, who agrees to a pioneering surgical procedure: an eye transplant. The operation is a success, but his new eyes are those of a murdered man - and burned onto their retina is the image of his killer. Can Larry track him down before he strikes again?

    The proposed follow-up to North by Northwest, The Blind Man was to be set in Disneyland and star Jimmy Stewart - but Walt Disney refused permission, Stewart pulled out and Lehman dropped the project, leading to a 16-year rift with Hitchcock. Decades later, the unfinished script was rediscovered by producer Laurence Bowen in a research institute in Texas - along with extensive notes and letters between Hitchcock and Lehman. Completed and directed by Mark Gatiss, it stars Hugh Laurie (House) as Larry and Rebecca Front (The Thick of It) as Sylvia, with Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead) giving a masterly impression of Hitchcock as the narrator. Prepare to be blown away by this explosive new psychological thriller from the Master of Suspense...

    Production credits
    Written by Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman
    Completed and directed by Mark Gatiss
    Adapted for radio by Laurence Bowen
    Produced by Laurence Bowen and Peter Ettedgui
    Co-Producer: Laurent Bouzereau
    Original music by Blair Mowat
    Sound Design: Wilfredo Acosta
    A Feelgood Fiction production for BBC Radio 4

    Larry Keating - Hugh Laurie
    Sylvia Whitehead - Rebecca Front
    Victor Farmer - Nicholas Woodeson
    Jenny Stiles - Kelly Burke
    Mortie Levitt/Captain Barzoni - Andy Nyman
    Linda Whitehead - Hilary Connell
    Herman Graubner - John Guerrasio
    Dr McGraw - John Light
    Autograph Girl - Hollie Burgess
    Narrator, Alfred Hitchcock - Peter Serafinowicz

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31 October 2015

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    (p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Mark Gatiss is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He is known as a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and co-writer Jeremy Dyson. He has both written for and acted in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock, the latter of which he also co-created.

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