Omnibus (1967–2003)
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Whistle and I'll Come to You 

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

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(story "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"), | 1 more credit »
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Ambrose Coghill ...
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Nora Gordon ...
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Freda Dowie ...
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A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village in Norfolk, he blows through an ancient whistle discovered on a beach, awakening horrors beyond human understanding. Written by Anonymous

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'Omnibus' was an arts programme that usually consisted of documentary material. This is one of the comparatively rare occasions when the entire programme was devoted to a single dramatisation, although there is a brief introductory voiceover describing the career and interests of M R James, on whose story the production is based. See more »

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The isolated headstone by the cliff's edge where Professor Parkins discovers the whistle is the exact same as the overgrown one seen in the foreground when he arrives at the cemetery. See more »

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Professor Parkins: There are more things in philosophy than are dreamt of in heaven and earth.
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Featured in MR James: Ghost Writer (2013) See more »

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Not great... but not terrible
1 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I received the DVD of Whistle And I'll Come To You as a gift; had I bought it, I might feel ripped off. A good story should have a beginning, middle and an end; this film is composed entirely, it seems, of middle. It has serious pacing issues (as I might say if I was from Hollywood), and the acting is quite over-the-top. The ending is disappointing, inconclusive and easily foretold.

So why not 1/10? The photography is very good, and the film does have roughly two and a half genuinely spooky moments. It's also good to see a film taking on such a challenging subject as the nature of apparitions, rather than just relying on frightening the audience. However, this doesn't rescue it.

I shall be getting hold of copies of "Ghostwatch" and "A Warning To The Curious" from the same series (BFI Archive TV), on the strength of the other two DVDs I received ("The Stone Tape", which was everything "Whistle..." was not, and "The War Game"). If you haven't got this one yet, I wouldn't bother. Wait for it to be shown on BBC4 again.


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