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After placing his ailing wife Alice in a care home elderly academic James Parkin goes to stay at a wintry out-of-season hotel which they used to visit together. Walking on a deserted beach ... See full summary »
Horror legend Christopher Lee hosts and narrates a series of four half hour ghost stories all based on stories by M.R. James. 'The Stalls of Barchester', 'The Ash Tree', 'Number 13' and 'A ... See full summary »
In order to authenticate some historical papers in a cathedral town, Oxbridge academic Anderson stays at a local hotel in room 12, initially disregarding the lack of a number 13 as ... See full summary »
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 »
While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'.
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.
Lawrence Gordon Clark
A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.
Lawrence Gordon Clark
Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he ... See full summary »
Lawrence Gordon Clark
For this the sixth of the BBC's "A Ghost Story for Christmas" series we are presented with an adaptation of a Charles Dickens story rather than one by M.R. James. A traveler (Bernard Lloyd) sees a railway signalman (Denholm Elliott) in a lonely location. The signal box is situated between two steep sided hills close to the entrance to a tunnel. The traveler, shielding his eyes from the glare of the sun with one arm, waves to the signalman and cries out "Hallo, Below There". But he is puzzled when the railway worker not only does not reply to him but actually seems to be afraid of him. When the traveler reassures him that there is nothing to fear about him, the signalman welcomes the stranger into his signal box and begins to tell him a remarkable story. Written by
The hat of the Traveller is of a slightly earlier period than the rest of the costumes in the film. Whilst accurate for the time judging by his cravat and collar he is fairly well-to-do, and by 1900 the high bowler was more lower class wear. See more »
This 40-minute gem is currently available as a filler feature on the DVD of HARD TIMES, part of a Dickens set containing many BBC classic productions. Because of the popularity of A Christmas Carol, many readers forget that Dickens churned out many other ghost stories for periodicals, and this is one of the best. It's a simple two-man show for the most part, with Denholm Elliott doing a working-class character: a railroad signalman haunted by apparitions that always predict an upcoming disaster. The claustrophobic set (a small signal tower near a railroad tunnel in a narrow "cut") is perfect for the story. The camera is used effectively, with a variety of angles and some nicely-planned shots. The only factor that dates this production to the 1970s is the use of cheesy electronic music effects from time to time. Otherwise it's a timeless, thoughtful classic short subject. Sure, you can predict how it's going to end; but you still want to wait and see how Dickens (and the director) bring it off.
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