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A Ghost Story for Christmas

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For many years the BBC had a tradition of showing a dramatisation of a classic ghost story at Christmas. This tradition is being continued this year with Whistle and I’ll Come to You being shown tonight staring John Hurt. An adaptation of the same classic MR James story was shown in 1968 staring Michael Hordern beginning the tradition

Although the first story went out as a Omnibus program, A Ghost Story for Christmas became an annual event:

71 The Stalls of Barchester (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
72 A Warning to the Curious (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
73 Lost Hearts (1, 2, 3, 4)
74 The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1, 2, 3, 4)
75 The Ash Tree – all by MR James
76 The SignalMan by Charles Dickens (1, 2, 3, 4)
77 Stigma by Clive Exton
78 The Ice House by John Bowen
79 Schalcken The Painter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) (Another Omnibus)

The series was then revived in 2005 with two more MR James stories:
05 A View from a Hill (1, 2, 3, 4)
06 Number 13 (1, 2, 3)

There was also:
07 The Haunted Airman (a film version of The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley originally premiered the previous year)
08 Crooked House an original drama series by Mark Gatiss

BBC MR James documentary (1, 2, 3).


Written by Fearful Symmetry

December 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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