Occupying the world of spirits, kidnapping and old secrets, Le Fanu’s 1864 sensation novel is a chilling and ground-breaking psychological thriller.

Dramatised in three parts by Alan Drury.

The sinister Madame de Rougierre is employed as governess to the young Maud Ruthven, bringing with her a dark cloud of impending doom that hangs over the whole household. The governess eventually leaves, in possession of a dark secret, but that is not the end of her, much to Maud’s dismay.

Maud is later orphaned and sent to live with Uncle Silas, a man with a mysterious and scandalous past, and she once again meets Madame de la Rougierre, whose role in shaping Maud’s destiny becomes all too clear.