Omnibus (1967–2003)
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Whistle and I'll Come to You 

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Miller

Writers:

M.R. James (story "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"), M.R. James | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Hordern ... Professor Parkins
Ambrose Coghill Ambrose Coghill ... Colonel
George Woodbridge ... Hotel Proprietor
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Proprietress
Freda Dowie ... Maid
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Storyline

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village in Norfolk, he blows through an ancient whistle discovered on a beach, awakening horrors beyond human understanding. Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1968 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

'Omnibus' was an arts programme that usually consisted of documentary material. This is one of the comparatively rare occasions when the entire programme was devoted to a single dramatisation, although there is a brief introductory voiceover describing the career and interests of M R James, on whose story the production is based. See more »

Goofs

The isolated headstone by the cliff's edge where Professor Parkins discovers the whistle is the exact same as the overgrown one seen in the foreground when he arrives at the cemetery. See more »

Quotes

Professor Parkins: There are more things in philosophy than are dreamt of in heaven and earth.
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Connections

Featured in MR James: Ghost Writer (2013) See more »

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The quintessential version of the classic ghost story
17 September 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

M.R.James's ghost story is a justified classic, with a memorable story and characters and a resolutely chilling atmosphere that sticks with you even on multiple readings. This is the quintessential version of this wonderful story, not only maintaining the chilling atmosphere but also the story's ambiguity, and it is far superior over the hugely disappointing(both as an adaptation and on its own merits) 2010 version despite John Hurt. Here, the production values are great, with good locations and settings and the photography has a thankfully cinematic feel to it rather than feeling stage-bound. I loved the silences and the sparse dialogue that further enhanced the atmosphere already there, and the narrative is as coherent as ever. Michael Hordern is truly excellent here too. Overall, wonderful and a must for any other fans of the story. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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