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The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery  -  23 December 1974 (UK)
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Lady Dattering
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Peter, Lord Dattering
Frank Mills ...
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Treasure
30 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Formula had by now set in. Perhaps this is the fault of James? I've only read one of his stories, which was short. 'Treasure' is a bit boring, truth be told, although blessed with the meticulous direction of the great Lawrence Gordon Clark and his gift for the off beat observation. Special mention to the photography in this series, which is never less than resonant of both past and pastoral heritage.

Once again a member of clergy or academia, through detective work, is after some buried treasure which will have some sort of supernatural guardian attached. I think in Lost Hearts (my favourite of all time), it was arcane knowledge that was sought after, leading to hubris and eventual downfall.

Nothing new here then, and a rare miscalculation from Clark in having a cackling Abbot at a moment of cloying terror. However, the ending is one of the best. Chilling indeed!


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