The Devil of Winterborne was the second story in BBV Productions' P.R.O.B.E. series. It was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Bill Baggs. It featured Caroline John as Dr Liz Shaw and Louise Jameson as Patsy Haggard.

Liz's assistant Louise Bayliss did not return and instead Terry Molloy featured as D.I. Burke, a policeman who assisted her and applied for a transfer to P.R.O.B.E. at the very end. The story introduced the characters of Andrew Powell and Christian and Gavin Purcell, all of whom would appear again in Ghosts of Winterborne, as well as Brian Rutherford who would play a larger role in Unnatural Selection.


When P.R.O.B.E. is summoned to investigate the savage murder of a retired headmaster, Liz Shaw is disturbed to find evidence of satanic rite near the scene of the crime.

She soon discovers a web of deceit and corruption that extends back in time, threatening the current occupants of nearby Winterborne School.

With P.R.O.B.E. under threat from within and the death toll mounting, Liz finds herself under increasing pressure from all sides to produce results...

The Devil of Winterborne is at large and only Liz can stop it!


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  • There were no lessons being taught because of Whitsun, a holiday that Barbara Taploe considered far too short to do anything in.
  • Luke mentions Claridge's, whose stationery his mother and father used to send hasty apologies alongside a cheque.
  • Liz was afraid of graveyards as a child and hated the rusty watering cans, stand pipes and the smell of decayed flowers. She would visit grandmother's grave where there was a fallen door nearby that she imagined was a poor man's grave. She imagined that if she got too close the door would fall into the hole and she would either see what was in there or fall in herself.

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DVD and Video releases[]

P.R.O.B.E Devil of Winterborne was released direct-to-video in 1995 by BBV. It was reissued on DVD in 2012 and is available to purchase from Galaxy 4.

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