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Starring Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray, this fourth series of supernatural horror stories comprises eight original half-hour episodes.
1. 'The Enigma of Dorian Gray' by Roy Gill. Salford, 1968. Dorian returns to one of his former universities, having been summoned by his old friend, Adam Notting. Instead he is greeted by BEAUTY: the product of Notting's research into artificial intelligence. But is BEAUTY all it seems to be? And what of the BEAST?
2. 'Freya' by Sam Stone. Scandinavia, 1974. After rescuing a young woman from the middle of a desolate forest, Dorian realises they're not alone. There's something else in the woodland with them - something following them - and it won't give up until it's finally tracked them down.
3. 'Human Remains' by James Goss. London, 1998. To alleviate a typical bout of boredom, Dorian decides to have his appendix removed - again - and checks himself into "a very nice private hospital". However, upon his recovery, he sees a hideous creature stalking the wards. Is it just a side effect of the drugs, his mind playing tricks...or is there something more sinister going on at Melrose Hospital?
4. 'His Dying Breath' by George Mann. London, 1929. The Bright Young Things of the city are living life to the full when a series of unusual murders strikes the capital. It isn't long before Dorian finds himself singled out as a suspect and has to clear his name. But how do you prove your innocence when the killer might not even be human?
5. 'Banshee' by Xanna Eve Chown. County Meath, 1900. After one of Dorian's friends acquires a house on the Emerald Isle, Dorian travels with him to Ireland to inspect the estate. There they find a house in disrepair...and a supernatural tenant desperate to vacate the premises.
6. 'The Abysmal Sea' by David Llewellyn. Greece, 1974. In a last-bid attempt to save their flagging relationship, Dorian Gray and Alyssa Symes embark on a simple sailing holiday in the Aegean. But the deep, still waters hide a terrible danger, and they may end up losing more than just each other.
7. 'Inner Darkness' by Mark B. Oliver. Iceland, 2009. When a mission to finally see the northern lights turns sour, Dorian finds himself stranded in the middle of nowhere. It is only after the kindness of one of the locals that he is rescued and learns that there may be more to the local legends than meets the eye.
8. 'The Living Image' by Matt Fitton. England, 1949. A chance encounter on a train propels Dorian into the lives of Mr and Mrs Moore. To him their lives are ordinary, mundane: the kind of lives he's always striven to rise above. However, the grass is always greener....
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By Kevin Boone on 01-16-18
I couldn't suspend disbelief this much
Dorian Gray, the dissipated young anti-hero of Oscar Wilde's story, is still kicking around after a hundred years, being basically immortal and getting into trouble. The stories are thought-provoking, although not all that original, and the voice acting is pretty good. The overall production sounds like the original BBC radio series A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- which would have been a firm complement in the 90s; now a bit less so.
In the end, though, willing suspension of disbelief only goes so far. The basic plot premise is just too silly to hang anything except a comedy script on, and this isn't particularly amusing.