Forgotten Shows of My Nonage #2: Highcliffe Manor
I think of this as the Last Bit of Unrecovered Information Excavated from My Memory. Some months ago, out of curiosity I began looking up obscure tv shows from my childhood online…and finding them, which is a real thrill. I was a tv addict as a child, six plus hours a day. Some of what I’ll be sharing were hit shows that have since been forgotten. Many others (often ones I was quite devoted to) were rapidly cancelled, but I always remembered them.
Sometimes the memory became vague, however. I literally struggled for MONTHS to recall any detail about the show that is the subject of today’s post, other than that it was a campy Gothic horror/ murder mystery parody set in an Old Dark House. Eventually, after months, a face came into focus. Then, months after that I remembered the name that went with the face: a familiar enough face on tlelevision in the 1970s: Audrey Lander. From there, it was easy enough to sleuth my way to Highcliffe Manor, which ran for all of six episodes in 1979. The show had a very large cast, including Ernie Hudson, five years before Ghostbusters, and Stephen McHattie, fresh off his high profile stint as Jake Pasquinel in Centennial.
Here’s a vintage promo for the show: