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Dead Head
Format Drama
Created by Howard Brenton
Starring Denis Lawson
Lindsay Duncan
George Baker
Simon Callow
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 4
Running time 50 Minutes
Original channel BBC2
Original airing 1986

Dead Head was a four-part political crime thriller scripted by Howard Brenton, the author of The Romans in Britain. Juxtaposing 1930s film noir style and costume with contemporary London settings, it aroused controversy due to sexually explicit scenes (notably one where the hero, imprisoned in a barn, was seduced by a female captor wearing only wellington boots). It was directed by Rob Walker [1].

Petty criminal Eddy Cass (Lawson) receives a mysterious box that proves to contain the head of a young woman. This involves Cass in a conspiracy by the British security services to frame him for the crimes of a sadistic serial murderer of prostitutes, who is eventually revealed to be a member of the British royal family (a plot akin to Jack the Ripper conspiracy theories).

It was repeated in the UK during July 2007 on the Sky Arts channel.


  • Details of episodes [2] Action TV episode guide


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