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1.4 – The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Cover art for The Lighthouse

Two newly-weds plan to renovate and move into a lighthouse. They arrive there with the architect to discuss the changes to be made and to plan their new life. The lighthouse, however, is haunted by ghosts of the past. Sapphire and Steel are called to the site to stop Time breaking out, but the quickly building electrical storm, coupled with the encroaching time-storm mean that their lives are all in danger. Who is the old man who warns of danger? What is the history between the newly married man and his architect? What went on between the man and his father and who is the middle aged artist who asks young gay men to model for him? And how does it all tie together?

This episode can quite easily be added to a list of Marmite episodes – for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Marmite is a yeast based spread sold in the UK and the advertising tag line explains that you either “love it or hate it”. There are a couple of other episodes which evoke the same sort of feelings in the fans, but this was the first. It is penned by Nigel Fairs and he has been absolutely interwoven with the revival of this classic British series.  The story is a fairly straightforward one, but it is complicated by the fact that it is fragmented and we deal with 4 or more different story lines taking place at different points in time with no real cues as to who the characters are or at what point in time we are meeting them.

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