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The Witch
Survivors, episode 19 (2.6)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Denis Lill   IMDB   Charles Vaughan
John Abineri   IMDB   Hubert Goss
Lorna Lewis   IMDB   Pet Simpson
Ian McCulloch   IMDB   Greg Preston
Celia Gregory   IMDB   Ruth Anderson
Gordon Salkilld   IMDB   Jack Wood
Tanya Ronder   IMDB   Lizzie Willoughby
Stephen Dudley   IMDB   John Millon
Delia Paton   IMDB   Mina
Catherine Finn   IMDB   Peggy
Terence Williams   IMDB
Jack Ronder   IMDB
Synopsis and Greg are attempting to get the nearby water mill working again. It is hard work as many of the community members including Jenny and Arthur are away on a salt collecting trip.

John and Lizzie watch Mina, an eccentric lady who lives in a hut at the edge of the Whitecross settlement with her baby, make her way to the farmhouse to see Pet. Once there she gives Pet the baking she's done.

On her way back home she is met by Hubert, who is clearly interested in her. She gives him the brush off but he doesn't seem to get the message. Later he invites himself into her home and is found there by Lizzie and John who are delivering flour. He tells them to keep away from Mina as she cooks children in her oven. On her return Mina wonders why the children are acting strangely with her.

Later she goes to the banks of the nearby stream to collect clay and is met by Jack and Peggy (another member of the community). They also thinks she is strange and are wary of her. Back home she makes some clay marbles and a small clay man which she calls Hubert as a joke and puts them in the oven. That night, Hubert knocks on Mina's door. She is scared and forces him to leave by throwing things at him. He falls and hurts his leg.

The next day during a visit from the children Mina shows them what she ahs baked. As she lifts up the clay man, its leg falls off, and the children flee from the hut in terror. They run into Hubert who is now walking with a stick after the previous night's incident. Now even more scared they run to tell Ruth, Pet and Peggy, believing Mina to be a witch.

Hubert tells them that Mina threatened him the night before and reminds them that the cows have not been producing milk recently, that their potato crop had not sprouted and that Mina had given Pet some strange herbs.

Pet becomes convinced that there is something seriously wrong with Mina. Pet is worried about the safety of Mina's child, so she visits her, keeping her talking while Peggy steals away her baby. She is startled to find that Mina making a clay model head of Charles. Mina promptly destroys the model which disturbs Pet further.

When Mina finds her baby missing she confronts Peggy and Pet. Peggy melodramatically keeps Mina at bay by wielding a crucifix.

Charles arrives on the scene and admonishes Pet and Peggy for their hysteria. He ensures Mina retrieves her child and she leaves.

Ruth and Charles visit Hubert and learn of the rumours he has been spreading. They also find out that the cows have been dry because he had left them unattended with their calves. Charles then visits Mina to apologise on behalf of the others.

Mina wants to leave the settlement but he persuades her to stay. Greg threatens to expel Hubert from the community if he does not make things right with Mina.

Hubert visits her and in his tactless way manages to scare Mina even more. When Pet and Peggy go to apologise, they find her home empty. A party decides to search the woods for her.

Unfortunately with flame torches held aloft the search has the look of a witch hunt! It is Hubert who finds her hiding in the old mill. She is scared and knocks him out with a piece of piping. Greg finds her shortly afterwards and comforts her.

Mina returns home and Pet and Peggy make their peace with her. Hubert is sentenced to hard labour for his part in events, grinding corn until the mill is operational again.

By Andy Priestner
The Witch does not deserve its incredibly poor reputation. Some of the performances of the regulars are a little over the top as they feel their way into their roles in this first recorded episode of the second series, but there is still much to enjoy here.

Delia Paton plays Mina with conviction. Her scenes with Charles are especially worthy of note as their is an obvious chemistry between both the actors and their characters. John Abineri's trouble stirring Hubert has now been firmly...

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