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  • David Warner as Harry Crow
  • Terry Molloy as Professor Dunning
  • Stephen Thorne as Billy Banter, PC Stripe and Trevor the Golfer
  • Ewan Bailey as Montague Blake, Solomon Winters, Chief Inspector Fang, Thornton Tremayne, Sergeant Dogge, BBC Radio Announcer and Newspaper Seller
  • Lizzie Roper as Iris Binns, Doreen Bradshaw (Brown Owl) and Mavis 'May' Sputum
  • Cicely Giddings as Lily Wighton, Ethel Snatch, Little Wendy and Megan the Receptionist
  • Scott Brooksbank as Chung Chang, Inspector Boot, Peregrine Villiers, Rev. Hector Snipe and Geoff the Golfer
  • David Bickerstaff as Horace Sprout, 'Appy 'Arnold, Gideon Hill, Wally Webber and Compton Wetherby
  • David Benson as David Devant, Alexander Chetwode Caulfield-Browne, Brian the Bingo Caller, Colin the Compere and Bert the Bus Driver
  • Phil Rose as A. K. "Bunny" Cheesewright


  • Written by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris
  • Produced and directed by Simon Barnard
  • Music by Edwin Sykes
  • Post-production by Martin Johnson
  • Design and artwork by Garen Ewing
  • Recorded at Moat Studios, London


Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) is finding the business of single-handedly saving Great Britain from the forces of darkness rather taxing.

And Lionheart? Lionheart is missing.

When the only clue to his disappearance seems to lie in a twenty-year-old murder investigation, Dunning turns to the one man who might have the answers: Lionheart’s erstwhile colleague Harry ‘Thumper’ Crow (David Warner).

Harry doesn’t hold with supernaturalism, but over the next few days he’s going to see some very strange things indeed: a string of murdered magicians, a dead music-hall star come back to life, and a pensioner from the depths of hell.

Can Crow and Dunning find Lionheart? A terrible truth awaits, as they unearth the long-buried secrets of THE MAGIC CIRCLE.


The cast
Terry and David
Scott, Cicely and Lizzie
Lizzie and Ewan

“An episode of the Scarifyers is like a literary Saturday morning cartoon—think Sherlock Holmes teaming up with Scooby Doo in the tweedy England of the 1930s. Featuring spotless sound effects and music, this instalment finds Professor Dunning teaming up with Harry ‘Thumper’ Crow to battle the spirit of a 1920s music hall star, among other lost souls, as they search for their dear missing friend and colleague, Detective Inspector Lionheart. Art imitates life as this episode also serves as a fitting tribute to the wonderful character actor Nicholas Courtney (1929-2011)."

"There’s an intriguing and atmospheric adventure at the heart of the script, while the foregrounding of Lionheart does justice to the much-loved (Nicholas) Courtney, leading to a surprising – and genuinely moving – conclusion... a tribute that’s respectful, but far from sombre. Just the way he’d have liked it."

“The Magic Circle is a well-produced, beautiful sounding, totally gripping story that drips with jokes so bad they’re good. The acting is right on the button, and as a way of moving the series on after the loss of Courtney, it does it admirably and touchingly. Basically, it’s really good."

Starburst Magazine

“There is a touch of magic about The Scarifyers and this outing offers an emotional twist in its tale... There is no doubt that all involved in this fine production respected and loved Nicholas (Courtney), and the treatment of his character's memory really does reflect that.”
Nebula One

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