Ray Winstone ( Robin of Sherwood ) is a muscle-bound cockney version of Edwardian Science Fiction writer HG Wells . He narrates and bookends a series of thirty-minute short films based on stories by Wells himself.
A young medical student makes a deal to become the heir of Mr Elvesham (Michael Gambon - Harry Potter ), an aging philosopher. But is the deal too good to be true? What is Dumbledore really plotting?
A young artist needs a muse for inspiration. He needs to paint an original portrait of St Catherine so he can get into Art College. His girlfriend ( Antonia Fraser , a person of colour) is neglected and unhappy about his inability to earn a living. St Catherine, on the other hand, offers to help him create a masterpiece at the mere cost of his soul. Which one will he pick?
For the second week running, a woman of colour is included in the cast. This is remarkably Polically Correct for a story set a hundred years ago. However, one suspects that this will never be good enough for the PC Brigade because the characters are both defined by their relationship with a white heterosexual male!
Professor Porkins of the Royal Society of Entomologists has an arch-rivalry with Professor Appsley (Rupert Graves - ). This boils over when Porkins publishes sub-standard work about a moth, and Appsley writes a damning review of it. Then Porkins drops dead from the shame.
Appsley finds himself haunted by a strange moth. However, only he can see it.
The author HG Wells must have been familiar with the work of his fellow Victorian, Lewis Carroll . It seems that the use of halucination-inducing substances must have been more open prior to the Twentieth Century. Ironic indeed that we refer to modern draconian anti-drug laws as Victorian!