Andrew Steele

The Man in Black (2009)

Series 1

1. The Tower

Ro and Zee head up to the top floor of a tower block though find the lift isn't working. Approaching their destination via the stairs, to rob an elderly resident, they find a sign warning them off continuing. They proceed and arrive at the door of the man, Mr. Fisher, who they know locally and turns up shortly after in the elevator. While in the flat, they discover that Fisher is odd and is able to get ahead of himself, and that his flat has strange quirks. Peering into a room, they discover a number of very old items which thye hope to sell for good money, including gold. Fisher appears and says that the stuff can't be sold as it doesn't want to leave. The pair soon become violent when trying to find out how much the items are worth, and coax out of him a large amount of money hidden away. Zee picks up an old sword, and ends up stabbing Mr. Fisher with it as the two prepare to leave. Removing the sword, Mr. Fisher's gasping breath says "thank you" leaving the two to run off. Realising they have forgotten their loot, Zee refuses and continues to head downstairs. However, they find themselves back at the flat door. Going into the flat, they discover that Mr. Fisher is no longer there and the flat is unaffected as though nothing has happened. Looking at the loot again, Zee works out that they are stuck in the tower forever.

2. Project Purple

Professor Maggie Shaw is heading home, but is stopped by a former partner who asks her to come and help him with her ex-husband Max, and now the victim of an accident. She is awoken the falling morning at an underground bunker with other doctors who were performing a dubious experiment before his brain shut down. Attempting to help, she struggles to get information about the experiment until a friend Oliver opens up Max's files. He reveals a recording of Max's final moments before the accident, in which Project Purple is revealed. This involves producing a sound - the Purple Sound - which allows control of a person but caused a shut down of the brain and is able to wipe the mind's of people. Tom discovers them, and agrees that she should now know the full story, and there are more than fifty other people affected in a similar way. The scientists attempt to restore brain function by playing an opposite sound, and use Max as the test subject, which works successfully. Once recovered, Maggie suggests that Max destroy his work for fear of it being misused but he refuses citing the various ways he believes it will improve humanity. Max allows Maggie to leave, knowing that she won't talk as does Tom who quits. However, in the car, Tom gets out to use the toilet and locks Maggie in the car before playing the Purple Sound.

3. The White Hare

A young couple, Caspar and Izzy, move to a rural area in search of a new life. On the way to their new cottage, they narrowly avoid a crash while trying to miss a hare running across the road. Out for a walk, they head to a nearby farm in search of milk and find the farmer and his niece, Kaddy, are rather hostile towards them. The following day and heading into town, Izzy experiences a similar hostility while at the shops. Returning home, they discover the dogs are loose and the farmer preparing to shoot. When the pair head out for a walk they get caught in a rain storm, having to take shelter in a ruined house. While in the house, the dogs chase a white hare out of the house resulting in more shots from the farmer when he continues to insist they are after his sheep. Back at home, Izzy believes that Kaddy is a witch due to an old legend surrounding hares though Caspar fails to believe her. The dogs escape again from the house, and on retrieving them they discover a dying sheep. Taking it back to the house, preparing to bury it, they find it coming back to life and begin to take care of it. Kaddy appears while Izzy is alone, and with Izzy convinced she is trying to get the dogs killed, she locks her in the bedroom. When Caspar returns, he finds that Kaddy has escaped through the window, but couldn't climb the fence before being eaten by the dogs.

4. Hide and Seek

Amelia Stowe is confined to bed with her eyes bandaged while recovering from a major operation to remove a brain tumour. She agrees to take part in psychiatrist Doctor Bewlay's experiment to unlock her early memories of sounds and conversations which involves spending time with a tape recorder in the room while being hypnotised. The following day, while reviewing the tapes, Doctor Bewlay and Amelia find the tape recorder has no recording. Her second session results in a voice appearing in the room who wants to play hide-and-seek and calls her Millie - a childhood name - as she recalls a memory from her childhood. Screaming out, Amelia tries to convince Nurse Sargent of the voice. Explaining to Doctor Bewlay that she heard the voice first in the dream, he suggests that the hypnosis could be bad for people who have been through previous traumatic events. Amelia is able to get Doctor Bewlay to perform another hypnosis session while she describes the events of her dream. Relaying the events, she describes a baby brother who she believes her family loves more than her. Amelia realises that Doctor Bewlay calls her Millie as she rips off her bandages. Nurse Sergant appears and while putting the bandages back on, tells her that Doctor Bewlay does not exist and the hospital has no psychiatric ward.

5. Bombers' Moon

Jarvis, Carr and Nisbet are soldiers trapped in a blizzard at a remote outpost in Afghanistan. The three are out of supplies, and a fellow soldier who headed out to find help has been missing longer than he should. They are also shut in with Corporal Rashid who they believe is bad luck. Worrying that they are sitting ducks, a voice is heard on the radio though a bad signal prevents them from communicating. In the confusion, Rashid pulls the pin on a rusty landmine which results in them having to manufacture a pin. Meanwhile, Corporal Keith who is navigating the blizzard begins to see and hear from an apparition of his young child. Back at the outpost, the soldiers see a bright light as Keith returns, having been shot and soon passes away. Jarvis heads out to fix the generator, and also begins to see an apparition of a model cut out of a newspaper that he treats as a girlfriend. When Carr questions his sanity, Jarvis kills him before using his metatarsal to secure the mine. As the enemy closes in on the outpost, Rashid attempts to sacrifice himself using the landmine.

Series 2

1. Phish Phood

2. Death Do Us Part

3. Flesh

4. Angels in Disguise

5. The Old Road

Series 3

1. Connect

2. The Printed Name

3. Lights Out

4. Uncle William's House

5. Perfect Home

Series 4

1. Containment

2. The Punt

3. The Beaten Track

4. Reunion

5. The New Boy