Janet Munro and John Stride in Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest stars Janet Munro and John Stride in a compromised adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky. Updated to the 1960’s, the movie tried to have-its-cake-and-eat-it by promising X Certificate Sex in the advertising while downplaying the grittiness of Hamilton’s novel. It would be 40 years before the BBC could mount a more faithful adaptation.

Bryan Dick and Zoe Tapper in 20,000 Streets Under The Sky

However, the story behind Bitter Harvest is a fascinating one – a story of passion, betrayal and thwarted ambition. You can read more about it here.