Director Martin Campbell had developed a reputation for handling action thrillers with credits including The Professionals — , Minder — and Shoestring — Producer Michael Wearing had worked on Play for Today for which he had produced Alan Bleasdale 's The Black Stuff and which he and Bleasdale subsequently spun off into the highly acclaimed Boys from the Blackstuff He also produced the conspiracy thriller Bird of Prey Following Edge of Darkness he continued to be one of British television's most high profile and successful producers, appointed Head of Serials at the BBC between and where he was responsible for such programmes as Pride and Prejudice , Our Friends in the North and Dennis Potter's final two plays Karaoke and Cold Lazarus Walt Patterson , who acted as series adviser, was a leading commentator on nuclear affairs, best known for his book Nuclear Power Penguin, — He continues to contribute to the policy debate about energy and environmental issues.
The musical score was provided by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Clapton was approached to provide the score by producer Michael Wearing. Prince of Thieves and X-Men Craven listens to "The Time of the Preacher" when he is in Emma's room in the first episode.
It later emerges Jedburgh is familiar with the song and both he and Craven sing it on two occasions, the lyrics being significant. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation used the music to illustrate stories on the Chernobyl disaster the following year. Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen performed the movie's main theme with the National Philharmonic Orchestra during the 24 Nights period in and By , Kennedy Martin had written the first draft of what would eventually become Edge of Darkness — at this stage it was called Magnox a reference to the Magnox type of nuclear reactor and was about trade union problems in the nuclear industry.
A particular influence was the speech made by President Ronald Reagan on 23 March announcing the Strategic Defense Initiative SDI which, using ground-based and space-based systems, proposed protecting the United States from attack by nuclear missiles. The other major influence was the Gaia hypothesis, that the Earth is a single living system that self-regulates to maintain the optimum conditions for life, formulated by climate scientist James Lovelock and popularised in his book Gaia: A new look at life on Earth.
Kennedy Martin used the name GAIA for the environmental organisation Emma Craven was involved in and drew the notion for the black flowers seen at the serial's conclusion from a passage in Lovelock's book that describes a dark marsh grass that grew on the surface of the Earth trapping heat during a time when the planet was too cold to sustain life, simulated in Lovelock's Daisyworld model.
There was also use of contemporary stock footage, such as Robin Day 's interview with Margaret Thatcher and references to real persons like Michael Heseltine and places such as Sellafield, alongside the references to fictitious characters and places contained in the plot. The mystical dimension is provided by Emma's ghost while the mythic is provided by Craven himself and by Jedburgh and Grogan. However, some elements of Kennedy Martin's original vision persist in the final script: Shooting on Edge of Darkness began on 9 July  and ran for five months until 5 December Edge of Darkness tapped into a cultural zeitgeist of concern about nuclear power and nuclear warfare in the early to mid s.
Edge of Darkness continues to be well regarded to this day. Studies in Television , called it "the best police drama series ever made for television" and said that "its method of investigative drama can unravel some of the complexities of public life more truthfully than investigative journalism".
In , a Hollywood remake of the show was released in cinemas. Mel Gibson plays Detective Craven. The film is directed by Martin Campbell, who also directed the original. The soundtrack was also released as an album entitled Edge of Darkness. Troy Kennedy Martin's original script for episode one and the final scripts for episodes two to six of the serial were published by Faber and Faber in ; the script book also included an introduction by Kennedy Martin and two appendices — the first giving background to the story and the main characters and the second giving comments on the script by experts on nuclear power and police procedures.
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A detective is solving clues to find the truth behind some kind of cover up? Edge of Darkness thinks it's one of those films. Gibson goes to people, looking for answers. He gets little in return.
People are scared, there is something big going down and only MEL Gibson can stop it. For Craven, he has nothing left to loose. His only daughter died in his arms, he's not afraid to die.
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A bit of a revenge tale like Death Wish, but the Chinatown aspect of it sets it apart enough to make it enjoyable. Gibson throws on a Boston accent, nothing too irritating. There are a few scenes that you'll have to suspend reality for, like when someone gets hit by a car at the right place at the right time.
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A little far fetched just for the sake of shock value. Edge of Darkness is good enough to keep your attention for the running time, but not great enough to have you keep talking about it days later. It's a well made time waster for those looking for something that will entertain.
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