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The Lingering Terror of the Original ‘The Woman in Black’

14 October 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Woman in Black

Written by Nigel Kneale, based on a novel by Susan Hill

Directed by Herbert Wise

Aired on ITV on December 24, 1989

My first memories of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black were not from the long-running stage play nor the recent film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Instead, my first memories of the classic ghost story were through the TV spots for the UK adaptation that were so chilling, they caused many sleepless nights. 23 years later, it is now time to lay those ghosts to rest.

First broadcast on Christmas Eve, 1989, though rarely repeated since, The Woman in Black stars Adrian Rawlins as Arthur Kidd (the name was changed from Kipps for the adaptation), a young lawyer who is sent to the small town of Crythin Gifford to overlook the sale of Eel Marsh House after the recent death of its owner, Mrs. Drablow. Upon arriving in Crythin »

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