Episode 1 - "Into the Circle"|
Adam Brake, a brilliant young astrophyisicist, and his young son, Matthew
are driving to the village of Milbury, in order that Adam can carry
out some research work. Excited, Matt points to the landmarks as
they approach the strange village, the hill, and the stone circle
which surrounds the village. A moment of chill takes Matt as they
cross the circle boundary. Suddenly, there is something in the road! Adam steps on the brake.
It looks like a huge sarsen stone, just for an instant. The car
stops just in time. It is the figure of a lady.'Quod non est simulo de simulaque quod est'
The lady in question is Mrs Crabtree, the housekeeper of the cottage
where Adam and Matt are to stay while in Milbury. She shows them
into the cottage, and asks about the strange boxes which had arrived
the day before. Adam explains to her that they are scientific kit,
and that he hopes to measure the magnetic fields of the stones in
the village. Mrs Crabtree seems puzzled and shocked.
Matt sees a strange girl at the window of the cottage. He dashes
out to find her, but she is gone.
Matt suggests that he shows Mrs Crabtree a painting that he has
brought with him. The painting depicts a frightening prehistoric
event with people in a circle turning into stone and a bright light
beam shooting up into space. Mrs Crabtree faints when she sees it,
dropping the tea tray she was bringing.
As they rush to revive her, a resonant voice greets them. It is
Mr Hendrick, Lord of the Manor, and their landlord. He ushers
Mrs Crabtree to fetch more tea, and she says 'Happy Day' to him.
He asks what happened and they show him the picture. He seems
agitated, and asks about it. Matt comments on the similarity
between the painting and the landscape. Also there is a strange
Hendrick remarks how futile the statement is, 'I deny the existence
of that which exists.' Adam sends Matt out to explore the village
so he can talk with Hendrick.
At the door, he meets Bob, who invites him to come a bike ride
around the village. As they ride off, a strange bedraggled poacher
watches them through a telescope. Back at the cottage, Adam and Hendrick chat about Matt, and how
he is coping with his mother's death. Hendrick makes strange
comments on how they should stay on in Milbury indefinitely.
Meanwhile, Matt and Bob race through the village on their bikes.
A truck appears to hit Bob, but when Matt opens his eyes, it has
vanished, and Bob is unhurt.
They go into the shop, and Bob gets
them ice-cream. He puzzles over the way they say 'happy day' to
each other. He meets the girl he had seen through the window
earlier. She tells them that they need new people, and then runs
off again. Bob explains that she is Sandra, and her mother runs
the museum. Bob tells him 'she isn't a happy one'. Matt is puzzled.
Hendrick takes Adam over to the village pub and introduces him
to Margaret Smythe, the curator of the museum. Hendrick toasts
to 'old times, and new'.
Next morning matt arrives at the village school. He gets into a
fight with Kevin Lyle, who explains that he had to check if he was
human. Matt is still confused. 'Not one of them?' Kevin asks,
pointing to the other children at the high table. Lessons begin,
and Matt realizes that the standard of maths is way above even his
head. The teacher gives Matt, Sandra, Kevin, and another boy Jimmo,
some easier work. Matt is not happy.
Adam arrives at the museum to meet Margaret. She shows him the
exhibits of the museum, and they talk about the possibility of
ley lines in the village. Adam doesn't believe in them, of course,
being a scientist. But there are 53 ley lines in the village,
and there are 53 stones left standing.... Margaret admits that
she is lonely in the village, since her husband died. She is glad
Adam is there now.
Lessons over, the children come out of the classroom. Kevin sees
on the noticeboard that he has been dropped from the football team.
He is angry, and when Bob argues with him, Kevin thumps him on the
chin. Bob seems unhurt : 'see? it didn't solve anything'
Back at the museum, Margaret and Adam talk about the stones, and
about the barber-surgeon who had been found buried under one of
the stones. Margaret asks him if he will... touch one of the stones
for her, just to see if he's the kind of man she thinks he is.
Amused, he goes out with her to the stones, and as he touches it his
body is wracked with energy, strange images in his mind, and he
flies through the air landing in a pile on the ground.
Meanwhile, Matt is riding home from school. As he approaches a
gate, the old poacher jumps out and surprises him. He crashes
his bike into the fence.
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