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The Stone Tape (1972)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Michael Bryant ...
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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Writer Nigel Kneale based "Taskerlands" and the scientists who worked there on the BBC's research and development laboratory in an old country house at Kingswood Warren in Kingswood, Surrey. 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 »


Alan: Taskerlands is full of rats. We used to play up there when I was a kid.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) See more »

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Greatest ever TV ghost story
7 September 2001 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

The writer who conceived this masterpiece, Nigel Kneale, is the most brilliant living writer of supernatural fiction. Were it not for the fact he has mainly written TV scripts, he would be hailed as the new Algernon Blackwood.

This BBC TV drama from the early 70s is one intelligent, subtle and utterly disturbing. It is very well directed and (mainly) well acted but it is the power of Kneale's genius as a writer that elevates it to greatness.

I understand it is soon to be (or is now?) available on a BFI DVD, well worth seeking out.

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