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Bad Seed, The

The original ‘evil eight-year-old’ chiller adapted from the eponymous play, which has inspired Nick ‘Yea verily, I did see an ass with six heads, cobber’ Cave, countless ‘dark’ comedy writers, and the MPPC to change the ending to a morally-rigid ‘crime doesn’t pay’ punchline, complete with a bizarre round of post-credits corporal punishment. Top that, League of Gentlemen!



  1. Tom Ronson

    January 11, 2022 at 2:17 am

    There was also a made-for-TV remake in the 1980s, which nobody seems to have a good word for. Wouldn’t mind seeing it again, actually, although there’s every probability that it’s cobblers.

  2. George White

    January 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Patty McCormack, the Bad Seed herself played Anne Fourmile in the US remake of George and Mildred, the Ropers. Jeffrey Tambor was Geoffrey.

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