A team of scientists eager to discover a new recording medium take over a brooding gothic mansion recently bought and renovated by their employers, Ryan Electrics. On moving in, however, they find that one vital room remains unfinished, and that the builders refuse to work there. Claims of strange noises and feelings of unease are dismissed as nonsense by all except the psychically sensitive Jill (Jane Asher). However the scientists soon discover that the renovation work on the mansion is only skin-deep, and that something lies hidden beneath the stonework of the building, something ancient and malevolent...
Special Features Scripts of 'The Stone Tape' and 'The Road (1963)' (DVD-Rom) Author Nigel Kneale in Conversation with Film Critic Kim Newman Interactive Menu Scene Access
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Post by andrew martin on Jun 22, 2005 16:36:46 GMT
I'd assume design (it's pretty hard to tell these things...). The BBC actually has two copies (i.e. digital dubs of two separate 2" spools). One of these was actually a salvage dub of the original tx tape, made in 1977 - presumably someone viewed it for research or some other reason and noticed a technical problem with the tape. The other 2" tape (which was discovered in the early 90s, can't remember where it came back from but it *might* have been Ireland) was a BBC Enterprises dub made in 1974 (so it was sold abroad somewhere!)