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If you love dark fiction you’ll already be acquainted with the works of M.R James. Maybe you read his short tales as a schoolchild or watched the excellent BBC Ghost Story for Christmas adaptations in the 1970s. Maybe you even caught these readings by Robert Powell on TV as part of the Jackanory strand when they aired.
I only have a vague memory of the series myself, though I’m familiar with the tales. So it was a real treat to listen to Robert Powell bring these ghost stories to life.
Originally broadcast in 1986 these five ghostly tales are collected for the first time on this newly issued DVD from BFI as part of their Gothic season. Each 14 minute episode (15 minutes for The Ash Tree) is interspersed with small vignettes of action lifted from the page. Although these playlets don’t really add much to the storytelling they »
Agatha Christie's Poirot: ITV, 8pm
The final curtain is coming down on David Suchet's Poirot as he takes on his last case in the series finale. The Belgian detective and Captain Hastings return to Styles, where the two first met on a case 30 years ago.
Poirot discovers that a murderer is afoot in the house, and must use all that he has left to solve the case.
The Tunnel: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
The remake of The Bridge is now mid-series as detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clemence Poesy) plan on using teenage Sophie to help catch the killer, who is exploiting a sick young man.
In order to find Veronica's whereabouts, Chuks takes Stephen Beaumont's computer.
Crackanory: Dave, 10pm
The Grand Slam Of Darts | Agatha Christie's Poirot | Tudor Monastery Farm | 24 Hours In A&E | Bouffants, Beehives And Bobs: The Hairstyles That Shaped Britain | Misfits | The Culture Show: Gaga – The Mother Monster | Crackanory
The Grand Slam Of Darts
7pm, Sky Sports 1
The two rival professional darts organisations come to Wolverhampton for this annual celebration of loud shirts and equally outlandish skill. It's a Pdc event but the best players from the rival Bdo competition can take part, although they haven't had much luck: since the tournament began in 2007, a Pdc player has won every year, with Phil Taylor the most frequent victor. Raymond van Barneveld was triumphant last time, and Taylor being Taylor, he'll be out to reclaim his crown this year. Lanre Bakare
- Lanre Bakare, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Ben Beaumont-Thomas
We at Thn love our Disney movies. And with Frozen, the 53rd animated feature film, looming ever closer, Thn takes a look back at its forebears, from 1937′s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, through the wilderness years of the 1970s to the Disney Renaissance of the ’90s.
This week, Beauty And The Beast.
In the beginning, there was Snow White, which proved to be a turning point in the history of the company, and of animated motion pictures as a whole. Whilst casting the net for more traditional tales to retell, Disney considered Beauty and the Beast but despite returning to the project in the 1950s, the project was deemed to challenging and dropped again- although some, notably Peter M. Nichols of The New York Times, speculate that Disney »
- Rob Burch
The sad news broke today (Monday, February 18) that actor Richard Briers has died, following a battle with lung disease. Perhaps best known for his role in '70s BBC sitcom The Good Life, Briers had a long acting career that spanned five decades and included both dramatic and comedic roles.
His extensive theatre work, which included a number of Shakespearean roles, later extended into cinema when he appeared in nine of Kenneth Branagh's films including 1993's Much Ado About Nothing, 1996's Hamlet and most recently 2006's As You Like It - but it is in the arena of television that Briers is perhaps best remembered.
Digital Spy pays tribute to Briers - who passed away at the age of 79 - and recalls his best-known roles below:
The Good Life (1975-1978)
To many fans, Briers will always be Tom Good, the amiable former draughtsman who turned his back on the »
Bernard Cribbins has criticised the current state of children's television in the UK. The veteran actor - who previously starred in a number of classic kids' TV shows including The Wombles and Jackanory - said that shows today are too "fast and noisy". He also said that current shows drop intelligent storytelling for the "gratuitous" use of CGI graphics. The 84-year-old told BBC News: "You can't help but notice how children's TV has changed." Cribbins will return to children's TV in CBeebies show Old Jack's Boat, which begins today (January 21). He said: "It's all very fast and noisy now I think. You think of the gentleness of Jackanory, somebody would walk onto the set, sit down and say 'hello I'm going to tell you about Ratty and Mole and the Wind in the Willows' (more) »
- By Tom Eames
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