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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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Landlady
Virginia Balfour ...
Lady Dattering
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Mrs. Tyson
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Abbot Thomas
Paul Lavers ...
Peter, Lord Dattering
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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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A chilling experience
22 November 2002 | by (Berry Pomeroy, England) – See all my reviews

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas is in part a sort of quasi-detective tale and also a ghost story. The setting of the story makes it very atmospheric, as it is set in a monastery building with a 'heavy' almost oppressive style of architecture.

It is a programme where someone who was adamant that ghosts are mere fiction, comes to find the most chilling encounter, while obtaining the hidden treasure of Abbot Thomas. The effects, although now far surpassed, are chilling, and especially with the tar like substance that bubbles under the door and from out of the hole where the treasure lay.

It has an open ending, for you to decide what happens (how obvious it may seem) and I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. It is a thing with M.R. James and the programmes made of his works, that you wish you had never seen them before, so that you can have the excitement of seeing them for the first time and not know what happens.


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