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On his deathbed vicar Rant makes a secret confession to his niece Mary Simpson. Some twenty years later young librarian William Garrett is asked by elderly John Eldred to locate a book called 'The Tractate Middoth' but a mysterious cloaked figure takes the book from the shelves and Eldred panics and leaves. On a second attempt to find the book Garrett is confronted by the mysterious borrower, a rotting ghost, the encounter causing him to faint. He goes to the seaside to recover and, by coincidence, stays with Mrs Simpson and her daughter. He learns that she is the cousin of Eldred, who cheated her out of an inheritance when Rant died though a will in her favour was actually made and hidden in the pages of the Tractate Middoth . Eldred finally obtains the book but Rant, witnessed by Garrett, exacts vengeance from beyond the grave. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Where there's a will
27 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From actor, writer and director Mark Gatiss is an adaptation of a short ghost story from M R James whose previous ghost stories used to be a staple at BBC adaptations in the 1970s around Christmas.

Gatiss better known as a performer with The League of Gentlemen and as writer on Doctor Who and Sherlock is an aficionado on horror and Victorian literature.

This is short simple, spooky tale. It has very little by way of tricks or fancy visual gimmicks. You have familiar British stalwarts from Roy Barraclough, Una Stubbs to John Castle with Sacha Dawan playing an earnest Librarian in 1950s set Oxbridge whose disposition gets rather nervous after a spectral encounter when looking for a book in Hebrew.

Some might find the adaptation flat or uninspiring but it misses the point. Its a throwback to the old days when you had a plain ghost story told in a straightforward manner and still provides a few chills.


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