Dead Head (TV series)

Dead Head is a four-part crime thriller scripted by Howard Brenton.[1] It juxtaposed 1940s film noir style and costumes with contemporary London settings. It was directed by Rob Walker.[2]

Dead Head
Created byHoward Brenton
Directed byRob Walker
StarringDenis Lawson
Lindsay Duncan
George Baker
Simon Callow
Leonie Mellinger
Composer(s)Richard Hartley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes4
Producer(s)Robin Midgley
Running time50 Minutes
Original networkBBC2
Original release15 January 1986 - 5 February 1986


Petty criminal Eddy Cass (Lawson) receives a mysterious box that proves to contain the head of a young woman. This involves Cass in a conspiracy by the British security services to frame him for the crimes of a sadistic serial murderer of prostitutes.

Critical reception

The Times called it an "intriguing tale," though "neither a pleasant thriller to watch nor to contemplate"; while The Guardian thought it had "lashings of panache and style"; and writing in 1996, the Evening Standard called it the "only British series that came close to Twin Peaks jocular malice."[3]

Home media

The series was released on DVD in the UK on 15 April 2013.[4]


  1. "Dead Head". 15 January 1986. p. 59 via BBC Genome.
  2. "Anything for England (1986)". BFI.
  3. Burton, Alan (31 January 2018). "Looking-Glass Wars: Spies on British Screens since 1960". Vernon Press via Google Books.
  4. "Dead Head". 15 April 2013 via Amazon.
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