Echoes of Louisa

1981 | United Kingdom

Gail Renard's unusual ghost story set in modern and Victorian times, Echoes of Louisa was a somewhat darker than usual tale in the children's television drama strand. The tale begins in 1876 where 15 year-old Louisa Hallam (Amanda Kirby) is expectantly awaiting the return of her soldier brother, Anthony (Jeremy Nicholas). However, when her brother returns he strikes up a friendship with another girl, Allegra (Lucinda Bateson), sending Louisa into a jealous rage. The story then moves forward to 1981. Whilst exploring the grounds of historic Thornaby Hall in Rutland, Allie Burr hears laughter coming from the grounds deserted stables. At first she believes the Hall to be haunted, but Allie, an exact double of Allegra (a dual role for Bateson), soon becomes witness to the true-life events of 105 years ago as Louisa sets out in a cruel and pitiless manner to rid herself of the rival for her brothers affections. Ultimately, Louisa is doomed to fail and this sometimes-disconcerting tale ends with her falling to her death. 

Gail Renard is a Bafta award-winning television writer and performer. Her work includes BBC, ITV and C4 comedy and children’s series, as well as books, films and stage plays. Her TV work includes a 1978 adaptation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five for Southern Television and a writer for Chucklevision. Among her published books is John Lennon: Give Me A Chance, based on her true story of sneaking into John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Bed-In for peace to get an interview for her school newspaper.

Published on December 9th, 2018. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.