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The Ghost of Greville Lodge (2000)

TV-PG | | Family, Mystery | 6 October 2000 (UK)
Inquisitive teenage orphan James is invited to stay at his uncle's country mansion. He explores the property and discovers the house holds many mysterious secrets.

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Jon Newman ...
James Greville
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Sarah
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Social Worker
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Great Uncle
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Billyboy
Stephen Lyons ...
Radio Announcer
Howard Coggins ...
Durban
Billy Smith ...
Ben
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James' Father
Rebecca Weeks ...
Midge
Emma Powell ...
Clara
Martin Neville ...
The Vicar
Clive Montellier ...
The Butler
Daphne Neville ...
Mrs. Rolphe
Laura Coats ...
1939 Servant
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A modern day ghost story for the whole family! Teenager James Greville has lived in children's homes his whole life, so he is surprised when a Great Uncle invites him to his country manor for a holiday. He spends most of his time alone exploring the sprawling Greville Lodge and soon discovers that the Lodge has many secrets, including doors to the west wing which have been sealed shut. One night James wakes up to find himself in front of one of the doors and this time it opens! Through the doors, the mysteries of Greville Lodge are revealed. Written by <Justquinn@aol.com>

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Nicholas Wilde's source novel "Down Came A Blackbird" is somewhat darker in tone. James, who is only thirteen, is a petty criminal sent to the country while his mother recovers from an alcoholic coma, and initially plans to rob his great-uncle before running away. See more »

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The story takes place in the two weeks before Christmas, yet all the trees and undergrowth are in full leaf. See more »

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Cheap and derivative, but it could be worse
27 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE GHOST OF GREVILLE LODGE is another British ghost story aimed at young audiences. Apparently based on a novel, it's an entirely derivative work about a troubled young man who comes to stay at an ancestral home and soon finds himself dreaming memories of past events from half a century previously.

The story has much in common with the likes of MOONDIAL, FROM TIME TO TIME, TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE, and THE CHILDREN OF GREEN KNOWE, and dare I say it, is a bit of a rip-off. Everything feels derivative and familiar. Even worse, it's also a very cheap film that looks like it was made for TV, although the IMDb doesn't indicate that this was so.

The big surprise here is that THE GHOST OF GREVILLE LODGE turns out to be not bad, despite all the problems. The plot keeps you watching and the social and class issues raised remain interesting. The historical milieu is particularly of interest, but one of the best things about the production is the setting of Chavenage House in Gloucestershire. This old building has plenty of atmosphere and ends up a character in itself. Casting wise, the film is adequate, hugely benefiting from the presence of a pair of old timers, George Cole and Prunella Scales, who make a nice double act. This might not be the best of its type, but it's an amiable timewaster all the same.


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