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Complete credited cast:
Peter Brock
Jill Greeley
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Roy Collinson
Eddie Holmes
Reginald Marsh ...
John Forgeham ...
Philip Trewinnard ...
Stewart Jessop
Cliff Dow
Neil Wilson ...
Sergeant Paterson
Christopher Banks ...
Michael Graham Cox ...
Hilda Fenemore ...
Bar Helper
Peggy Marshall ...
Bar Lady


A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results... Written by Anonymous

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25 December 1972 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


According to Nigel Kneale on the DVD commentary, taping of the play went over allowed time so a number of the scenes had not been taped. The production was remounted but Michael Bates could not make the new dates, so his lines were given to Iain Cuthbertson. See more »


Near the end of the film, as Jill climbs the staircase and holds the railing, you can see how the supposedly stone wall stretches where it's attached to the railing. See more »


Roy Collinson: These walls are a lot older than the rest of the house. They've just been - built onto. In fact, they must have been knocked down and rebuilt and generally messed about a lot in the last thousand years. Oh, yes. The foundations might be Saxon.
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Referenced in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap: Part 1 (2009) See more »

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Getting the Willies
18 November 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing the original television showing of The Stone Tape at the tender age of 11 and the vivid memory is of being scared out of my wits. I have never seen it since,I don't think it has ever been repeated except the following Christmas,why I don't know. Early BBC productions may be notorious for thier flimsy sets and low budget productions but the acting skillsbase and quality of material has always remained second to none and this is no exception. Nigel Kneale is a master of his trade and this script (which is well worth downloading before viewing the play)shows why.The idea is original and the viewer(or reader) just cant help but engage thier imagination.No monsters,no fancy special effects(although it does get noisy!) ..just good,honest story-telling at its best. I gave it a 10(well worth it) By the way if you get the chance see Woman in Black,also by Kneale.

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