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The Fear On 4 Radio Program

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BBC Radio 4 logo circa 1990



Radio Times teaser for Appointment with Fear the predessor to Fear On 4
Radio Times teaser for Appointment with Fear the predecessor to Fear On 4



January 1988 Radio Times illustration promoting The Snowman Killing
January 1988 Radio Times illustration promoting The Snowman Killing



March 1993 BBC Worldwide magazine illustration promoting The Yellow Wallpaper
March 1993 BBC Worldwide magazine illustration promoting The Yellow Wallpaper

Background

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been the greatest, most prolific, and wide ranging broadcasting system in the world for over 88 years. Launched from the early British Broadcasting Company, Ltd. (1922-1927), in 1927 Great Britain's first major broadcasting network reorganized as The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a government owned and operated Radio broadcasting network in the public service.

Almost from its inception, the BBC began airing every type of programming imaginable, including some of the era's finest dramatic presentations. Over the years of its evolution, the BBC has grown as sophisticated as its vast, worldwide audience. In addition, it has preserved and maintained one of the world's largest archives of Radio recordings. Over the years of the Golden Age of BBC Radio, thousands of dedicated listeners dutifully recorded and maintained their own archives of BBC programming. It's to those thousands of BBC fans that we owe a great deal of the original BBC recordings of the era, complete with original airchecks, presenters and announcements.

One of the BBC's dramatic strengths over Radio have been its thriller and supernatural dramas. Some of the more popular thriller series' from the BBC canon have been:

Appointment with Fear (1944-1949, then 1975)
The Price of Fear (1973 - BBC World Service)
Before the Screaming Begins (1977)
Haunted (1980 - BBC World Service)
Spine Chillers (1982)
Fear On 4 (1988 - BBC World Service; BBC Radio 4)
Midnight Tales (1990)
After Supper Ghost Stories (1992)
The Woman in Black (1993)

The above list is by no means comprehensive and doesn't include the literally thousands of thriller and supernatural dramas churned out over the various 'Play' programmes of the BBC over its long history.

In the U.S. the BBC's most enduring favorites in the thriller genre have been Appointment with Fear, The Price of Fear and Fear On 4. Appointment with Fear first aired during the World War II years and was later revived with a 1975 run featuring a presenter, 'The Man In Black' portrayed by Edward De Souza. Edward De Souza reappeared thirteen years later as The Man In Black to present the original run of Fear on 4, a series of late-night thrillers first aired over the BBC World Service, but ultimately intended for BBC Radio 4, hence the name. The BBC World Service also aired at least Series' 1 through 3 of Fear On 4 as The Man In Black.

BBC Radio 4 introduces Fear On 4 with The Man In Black

The BBC's Radio fans are some of the most loyal in the world, so it seemed natural to mate The Man In Black to BBC Radio 4's new late night thriller anthology for 1988. Edward De Souza returned to present the first series of twelve spine-tinglers. The character of The Man In Black, and indeed the original series of Appointment with Fear are very reminiscent of The Man in Black from our own long-running Suspense series over CBS. Joe Kearns, among others, portrayed the Man in Black as host to many of the early Suspense programs, and the theme music from Suspense seems uncannily like the introductory music for Appointment with Fear.

Clearly the concept of The Man in Black caught on far better with BBC listeners than with American audiences. Fear On 4 first aired almost eleven years after the 1975 revival of Appointment with Fear but Edward De Souza as The Man In Black remained so firmly ensconced in popular memory that there seemed no better presenter for the new thriller revival series than the scary 'old' master himself. And indeed, the ensuing years had given De Souza a bit more chill and foreboding in his voice than when he'd first presented Appointment with Fear.

De Souza was in his early 40s when he first introduced The Man In Black, but clearly had a knack for portraying a far older and more ominous characterization. The ensuing eleven, then twenty-two years, as the series entered its fifth incarnation, only served to make De Souza's voice even more chilling. By Series Five, broadcast in 1997, De Souza's 'Man In Black' voice had become so identified with Fear On 4, that even though he didn't present the final series himself, his voice was used to announce each of the last five Fear On 4 programmes. Only in his mid-60s by then, De Souza continued a very busy career in Television and Film for the next twelve years.

The Man In Black character was by no means Fear On 4's most compelling feature, though De Souza's intros and expositions certainly leant a great deal to the ambience of the series. In fact it was the extraordinary writers that maintained Fear On 4's supremacy as one of Radio's finest spine-tinglers. This was, after all, a Radio revival series, but every bit in the spine-tingler, late night thriller mold from the era B.T.V. (before Television). Those were the days when one's mind and imagination informed the imagery of Radio dramatizations. And indeed with the lights down low or the only light the glow of a radio dial and perhaps a crackling fireplace, there was no better ambience to enjoy thirty minutes of terror. To that end, Fear On 4 far exceeded its portfolio.

Employing the finest writers of the 20th Century, Fear On 4 was like a compendium of the greatest suspense and horror fiction of the century. Roald Dahl, Arch Oboler, William Ingram, John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, Elizabeth Bowen, Stephen Gallagher and Guy Jenkin contributed many of the stories. BBC veterans Bert Coules and Nick Fisher were well represented. Bram Stoker's short story, The Judge's House was adapted by John Keir Cross. The dramas were marvelously performed by British casts from all over the U.K., often alternating back and forth between Edinburgh, Scotland and London on a regular basis.

For anyone who's heard some of the thousands of BBC drama showcases over the years, it's clear that Fear On 4 had a very high bar of quality to meet to satisfy BBC audiences around the world. But meet--and exceed--that bar, it did. The sound engineering, incidental scoring, direction, pacing, and performances showcased some of the finest thriller dramatizations in BBC history. The series holds up so well today that BBC 7 routinely airs rebroadcasts of Fear On 4 to rapt audiences of the 21st Century.

After five series' spanning ten years, one last send up of Fear On 4 aired on February 15, 1999 with The Blood of Eva Bergen--but minus any reference to The Man In Black. Apparently one more series of Fear On 4 was not to be. But fast forward only two years and first BBC Radio 4, then BBC 7 began airing several rebroadcasts of the series. Sadly, sometime around 1991, the BBC clipped Edward De Souza's intros from a few of the archived recordings and a couple of the recordings have yet to be rebroadcast. The very best exemplars of the series are the original, recorded-as-broadcast programs from the original runs, with Edward De Souza's introductions and expositions fully intact.

Sadly, one must be careful these days to make sure of the integrity of circulating recordings. Commercial OTR and OTR trading being what they've deteriorated to, many commercial sources and forums simply slap the original air date on a 2001 to 2010 BBC Radio 4 or BBC 7 rebroadcast of Fear On 4 and pass it off as an original 'as-broadcast' recording. There are literally tens of thousands of such bogus recordings in wide circulation now, much to the detriment of the hobby. The easiest way to tell if you've got an original set or the bogus, back-dated set is by listening to Programme No. 3 from Series 1. In the close, the contemporary presenter cautions the listener that Edward De Souza's intro and exposition are missing, due to having been denatured from the recording sometime around 1991. A small matter to some, absolutely vital to others, both the originals and BBC 7's rebroadcasts are supremely well engineered and digitally transcribed. We're in the camp that prefers the original, as-broadcast recordings.

Irrespective of the source, Fear On 4 stands as one of the finest anthologies of the thriller genre ever to air. It was indeed a revival series, but it was conceived and produced every bit in the spirit of the great spine-tinglers of the mid-20th Century. And indeed, the majority of its selections come from the Golden Age era of Radio. All in all an essential addition to any vintage Radio collection, irrespective of its vintage.

Series Derivatives:

Appointment with Fear [BBC]; Fear On Four [BBC]; The Man In Black [BBC]; The Man In Black [U.S.]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Revival Thriller Dramas
Network(s): BBC Radio 4
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Series 1: 88-01-03 01 The Snowman Killing
Series 2: 89-01-15 01 SNIpe-3909
Series 3: 90-12-27 01 The Yellow Wallpaper
Series 4: 92-12-24 01 Gobble, Gobble
Series 5: 97-09-04 01 Net Suicide
1999: 99-02-15 The Blood of Eva Bergen
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Series 1: 88-01-03 to 88-03-20; BBC World Service; Twelve, 30-minute programmes; Sundays
Series 2: 89-01-15 to 89-04-09; BBC Radio 4; Thirteen, 30-minute programmes; Sundays
Series 3: 90-12-27 to 91-02-21; BBC Radio 4; Eight, 30-minute programmes; Sundays
Series 4: 92-12-24 to 93-02-11; BBC Radio 4; Eight, 30-minute programmes; Sundays
Series 5: 97-09-04 to 97-10-16; BBC Radio 4; Five, 30-minute programmes; Sundays
Syndication: The BBC
Sponsors: Sustaining
Director(s): Gerry Jones, Martin Jenkins, Adrian Mourby, Peter Fozzard, David Blount, Marion Nancarro, Adrian Bean, Marilyn Imrie, Jeremy Howe
Principal Actors:
Recurring Character(s): 'The Man In Black' [Edward De Souza]
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) J.C.W. Brook, Roald Dahl, W.W. Jacobs, Nick Warburton, W.F. Harvey, Bert Coules, Stephen Gallagher, E.F. Benson, William Ingram, Stephen Dumstone, Arch Oboler, Stanley Elin, Graeme Fife, David Buck, Katherine Nicholas, Robert Westall, Gwen Cherrell, Elizabeth Bowen, Nick Warburton, John Wyndham, Martyn Wade, James Saunders, Bram Stoker, Charlotte Parkins Gilman, Guy Jenkin, Basil Copper, John Pirto, Stuart Kerr, Paul Burns, Ray Bradbury, Denise Sims, John Graham, John Duquemin, Gregor Grice, Paul Sirett, Aubrey Woods, Stephen Wyatt, Colin Hadyn Evans, Nick Fisher, Judy Upton

Adapters: Jill Brooke, Patrick Galvin, John Keir Cross, Michael Bakewell, James Saunders, Colin Haydn Evans, Stephen Wyatt, Elizabeth Troop, Pat Hooker, Waly K. Daly, Brian Sibley
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Edward De Souza [Presenter]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
47
Episodes in Circulation: 47
Total Episodes in Collection: 47
Provenances:

Hickerson Guide, the Radio Times, and the BBC Radio Shows site.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the BBC Radio Shows site and the Radio Times.

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Our own archived recordings of Fear On 4 are from the first three runs over BBC's World Service and the 4th and 5th series over BBC Radio 4. Most of our archival recordings contain the BBC World Service aircheck and all of them carry Edward De Souza's wonderful Man In Black intros and expositions. We maintain our own set of the BBC Radio 4 and BBC 7 rebroadcasts as well for comparison purposes only. We prefer the original recorded-from-air broadcasts of Fear On 4. Yes, its a revival series and not specifically from the Golden Age of Radio, but its lineage can be traced to the original Appointment With Fear broadcasts during World War II and for that reason alone, we view Fear On 4 as an authentic exemplar of the Golden Age of Radio's many thriller and supernatural dramas.

OTRisms:

We don't misrepresent any of the recordings in our vast archive of BBC exemplars. When absolutely necessary, we include some of the 21st century rebroadcasts of BBC dramas of the 20th century to provide continuity within our various collections of BBC drama. But as soon as we uncover an authentic first generation transcription or recorded from air recording we replace the rebroadcasts. This is a personal preference and, for us anyway, maintains the integrity of our BBC collection.

The reprehensible practice of relabeling BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 7 rebroadcasts of 20th century recordings simply to make them appear to be authentic, recorded-from-air recordings is simply dishonest. There's no need to mince words about it. If that offends you, we're sorry. We prefer to call them as we see them. We're Radio preservationists, not liars. We leave the lying to the overwhelming majority of commercial OTR purveyors who engage in all manner of monkey business to prop up their services, 'reputations', 'credentials', and, most importantly, cash-flow.

A word about Episode and Series numbering for BBC dramas: in a word, they do it differently. We're sorry if that doesn't meet the OTTER log's cookie-cutter approach, but that's simply how it is. Recurring BBC series' didn't air contiguously over multiple seasons as they almost always did over American Radio. There have often been several months or even years between series' of popular BBC Radio features. Therefore, and quite logically, they're numbered sequentially within their respective series: such as Series 1, Episode 1, Series 2, Episode 2, etc. Several popular conventions for numbering BBC Radio series have evolved over the years. Similar to the conventions for numbering chronological Television broadcasts the world over, they're identified as, for example: 1x01, denoting episode 1 of season or series 1, or the easier 101 denoting episode 1 of season or series 1 and 201 denoting epsiode 1 of season or series 2, etc. This is a fairly simple convention--and it's employed the world over for both BBC Radio and conventional Television episodes.

BBC broadcasts over the years require a far more nuanced approach than that applied to the overwhelming majority of OTR collections. Series 3 of Fear On 4 is a representative example. Airing almost a year and a half after Series 2, one of its broadcasts, "Invitation to The Vaults" was postponed until February 21, 1991. Hence it aired last in the series, though it's still Episode No. 4 of Series 3. That nuance, among many others, is lost on those collecting only the BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 7 rebroadcasts from the BBC's massive archival recordings. And indeed, the presenters of the rebroadcasts don't always convey those nuances when introducing rebroadcasts. But that omission doesn't change the historical facts behind the original broadcast. Just saying. . . .

We do not believe The Hairy Hand of Dartmoor to be a Fear On 4 revival exemplar. Unfortunately, all circulating exemplars of this program have no full introduction or aircheck identifying the service over which it was broadcast--or whether is was characterized as among the Fear On 4 canon. We include it in the log below for continuity's sake only.


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The Fear On 4 Program Log [Series One]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
88-01-03
101
The Snowman Killing
Y
[BBC World Service run 'The Man In Black']

88-01-03 Radio Times
The Snowman Killing by J.C.W. Brook. A Young mother's fear is intensified by her children's fascination with an eyeless snowman. With Imelda Staunton as Anne Makepeace
88-01-10
102
William And Mary
Y
88-01-10 Radio Times
William and Mary by Roald Dahl dramatised by Jill Brooke. William is made an offer he can't refuse, then
wishes with all his heart that he had. Except, of course, he has no heart.
88-01-17
103
The Monkey's Paw
Y
88-01-24
104
Music Lovers
Y
88-01-31
105
The Beast With Five Fingers
Y
88-01-31 Radio Times
The Beast With Five Fingers by W.F. Harvey dramatised by John Keir Cross. Horror arrives in a small box left to a distinguished scientist in a will.
88-02-07
106
Every Detail But One
Y
88-02-07 Radio Times
Every Detail But One by Bert Coules. A strange voice bursts into Jenny's life. A voice making demands that can set Jenny on a journey to terror - and beyond.
88-02-14
107
By The River, Fontainebleau
Y
88-02-14 Radio Times
By the River, Fontainbleau by Stephen Gallagher. A young painter's obsession with a potential model leads him into a world of degradation and self-disgust.
88-02-21
108
The Face
Y
88-02-21 Radio Times
The Face by E.F. Benson, dramatised by Michael Bakewell. In a lonely hotel a woman, terrified and praying for release from mounting fear, is told all will be well - but it isn't and she stands the prospect of coming face to face with the final terror.
88-02-28
109
Mind Well The Tree
Y
88-02-28 Radio Times
Mind Well the Tree by William Ingram. Aunt Hestor's bequest of an old border mansion worries David Hollis, but his wife is captivated by the spirit of their new home. Literally.
88-03-06
110
Fat Andy
Y
88-03-06 Radio Times
Fat Andy by Stephen Dunstone. Many years ago, Fat Andy was involved in a certain crime, a crime that now comes back to haunt him. Andy prays to God to save him from a mounting horror - but are prayers enough and is God listening?
88-03-13
111
A Day At The Dentist's
Y
88-03-13 Radio Times
A Day at the Dentist's by James Saunders based on an idea by Arch Oboler. A Man gradually relaxes in a dentist's chair unaware that the dentist is bent on a dreadful revenge.
88-03-20
112
The Speciality Of The House
Y





The Fear On 4 Program Log [Series Two]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
89-01-15
201
SNIpe-3909
Y
[BBC World Service run 'The Man In Black']

89-01-15 Radio Times
Snipe 3909 by Graeme Fife. The telephone can be a vital lifeline in our lives. A lifeline, however, that can become horribly tangled. With Hannah Gordon as Mary.

Announces
The Dead Drummer as next
89-01-22
202
The Dead Drummer
Y
89-01-29
203
The Dispossessed Daughter
Y
89-02-05
204
St Austin Friars
Y
89-02-12
205
Dreaming Of Thee
Y
89-02-19
206
The Horn
Y
89-02-26
207
The Journey Home
Y
89-03-05
208
Hand In Glove
Y
89-03-12
209
His Last Card
Y
89-03-19
210
Survival
Y
89-03-26
211
Soul Searching
Y
89-04-02
212
A Child Crying
Y
89-04-09
213
The Judge's House
Y





The Fear On 4 Program Log [Series Three]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
90-12-27
301
The Yellow Wallpaper
Y
[BBC World Service run 'The Man In Black']

90-12-27 Radio Times
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Parkins-Gilman. A sick woman spends hours alone in her room. The patterns on the wallpaper disturb her - but is her fear merely the product of a fevered imagination.
91-01-03
302
Green and Pleasant
Y
91-01-03 Radio Times
Green And Pleasant by Bert Coules. A man rings a phone-in programme and claims he has kidnapped the rock star Sarah Lovecraft, to teach her a lesson about environmental issues.
91-01-10
303
The Monkey's Revenge
Y
91-01-10 Radio Times
The Monkey's Revenge by Guy Jenkin. A scientist thinks he has made a major breakthrough in his work on human mortality. If he is right, Man could live for ever. Unfortunately his research requires a number of dead monkeys.
91-01-17
--
Postponed
--
[Postponed until 91-02-21]
91-01-24
305
The Edge
Y
91-01-31
306
Dead Man's Boots
Y
91-01-31 Radio Times
Dead Man's Boots by William Ingram. An estate agent persuades Richard and Myra Duncan that a 19th century terraced house in south London is a bargain. The Duncans buy it - and get more than they expected.
91-02-07
307
A Routine Operation
Y
91-02-14
308
Dance In The Underworld
Y
91-02-14 Radio Times
Dance In The Underworld by Stuart Kerr. Victor has to make an agonising decision - whether or not to give permission for the life-support machine that keeps his son alive to be switched off. Five years later the decision still haunts the family.
91-02-21
304
Invitation To The Vaults
Y
91-02-21 Radio Times
Invitation To The Vaults by Basil Copper. An unscrupulous literary agent robs a widow of her
husband's letters, the publication of which will make his fortune - and ruin her life. She plans her revenge.





The Fear On 4 Program Log [Series Four]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
92-12-24
401
Gobble, Gobble
Y
92-12-31
402
The Next In Line
Y
93-01-07
403
Dark Feathers
Y
93-01-14
404
Playing God
Y
93-01-21
405
Vicious Fish
Y
93-01-28
406
Hellhound On My Trail
Y
93-02-04
407
Hearing Is Believing
Y
93-02-11
408
Life Line
Y





The Fear On 4 Program Log [Series Five]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
97-09-04
501
Net Suicide
Y
97-09-24
502
Tapping
Y
97-10-02
503
Chimes of Midnight
Y
97-10-09
504
Making Sacrifices
Y
97-10-16
505
Tissue Memory
Y





The Fear On 4 Program Log [Revivals]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
99-02-08
601
The Hairy Hand of Dartmoor
Y
[No Fear On 4 Aircheck or ID announced]
99-02-15
602
The Blood of Eva Bergen
Y






The Fear On 4 Radio Program Biographies




Edward 'Teddy' De Souza [Eduardo de Sousa]
(The Man In Black)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1932--)

Birthplace: Hull, Yorkshire, England, U.K.

Education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Radiography:
1961 Marriage Lines
1975 Appointment with Fear
1988 Fear On 4
Edward De Souza circa 1962 from Phantom of The Opera
Edward De Souza circa 1962 from Phantom of The Opera

Edward De Souza as Sheik Hosein from the James Bond thriller The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Edward De Souza as Sheik Hosein from the James Bond thriller The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Edward De Souza circa 2007
Edward De Souza circa 2007

Edward De Souza, a very well known Welsh actor to British audiences, was born in Yorkshire in 1932. Still quite active to this day, De Souza has enjoyed an extraordinarily successful and critically-acclaimed career on the Stage, over BBC Radio, in Film and on Television.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, De Souza is perhaps more widely recognized by BBC Radio fans as the voice of 'The Man In Black' from both the Appointment With Fear revival series from the mid-1970s and the Fear On 4 series from the 80s and 90s. De Souza's chilling introductions and expositions in both radio thriller revival series' were part and parcel of both series' ongoing success. One of BBC Radio 4 and BBC 7's most requested rebroadcasts, both series have aired--and re-aired--almost continuously from 2001, forward. De Souza also acted in several of the Fear On 4 programs over their ten-year run. He's also fondly remembered for his Radio and Television appearances as Miles in the popular Marriage Lines (1961-1966) with Prunella Scales of Fawlty Towers fame.

But of course Edward De Souza's dramatic career can't be measured by two popular, long-running appearances over BBC Radio. Indeed, Edward De Souza was one of Great Britain's finest character actors. A strikingly handsome young actor, most of De Souza's early leads or supporting roles came in romantic adventures, historical retrospectives and even science-fiction and horror features.

Most often seen on British Television in ITV features, De Souza was a workhorse over ITV, appearing in virtually every ITV feature in one role or another for almost 20 years, such as A Tale of Two Cities (1957), The Avengers (1963-1968) and The Troubleshooters (1968-1969) . Dr. Who fans will remember him for his lead in the only Dr. Who episode (Mission to the Unknown) to not feature a Dr. Who in the cast. During his last years in Television De Souza was seen by American audiences in many of the epic mini-series' and action - adventures over BBC and Thames Televsion such as Rumpole of the Bailey (1982), Sapphire and Steel (1982), After Henry (1989), and ultimately in thirty-eight episodes of Coronation Street (2008-2009.

In Film, De Souza's work for Hammer Films was highlighted by starring roles in Kiss of The Vampire (1963) and The Phantom of The Opera (1962). De Souza had a supporting role in the 1977 James Bond thriller The Spy Who Loved Me and, coming full circle, appeared in the 1996 feature Jane Eyre.

Now semi-retired, De Souza enjoys reflecting on his career, graciously answering fan inquiries and lending his green thumb to a nearby bank of the Thames. But for Radio fans the world over, this kind, gentle, gracious man will always be most fondly remembered as the man who scared the bejezzuz out of them in Appointment With Fear and Fear On 4. There's a sublime irony in that. One surely not lost on Edward De Souza.



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