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The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery  -  23 December 1974 (UK)
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The Reverend Justin Somerton, a scholar of Medieval history, and his protégé Lord Peter Dattering are visiting an Abbey library. Studying a stained glass window they uncover clues leading to a treasure hidden by a disgraced Abbot.

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Michael Bryant ...
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Peggy Aitchison ...
Landlady
Virginia Balfour ...
Lady Dattering
Anne Blake ...
Local Lady
Sheila Dunn ...
Mrs. Tyson
John Herrington ...
Abbot Thomas
Paul Lavers ...
Peter, Lord Dattering
Frank Mills ...
Mr. Tyson / Father Dominic
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The Reverend Justin Somerton (Michael Bryant), a professor of Medieval History, is approached by a former pupil - Lord Peter Dattering (Paul Lavers). Dattering fears that his widowed mother is being exploited by a couple of charlatans posing as mediums and offering her the chance to commune with her late husband. Somerton agrees to attend one of their séances and outwits the fraudsters. Somerton tells Dattering of the research he has been conducting into the history of a monastery and shows him a book which details the exploits of a former Abbot - and of the treasure he is reputed to have hidden somewhere within the catacombs of the monastery. The two find a number of clues to the location of this treasure, not just in the Latin texts but in a stained glass window. They ignore the warning that the treasure is protected by a guardian - shaking Somerton's rational beliefs to the core. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Slightly disappointing adaptation of the MR James story. In my opinion it lacks the uneasy atmosphere of many of the other Ghost Stories for Christmas and much more could have been done to build up a sense of dread and horror. Having said that it is worth watching and is a decent way to spend a winters afternoon.


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