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Casting the Runes 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | Episode aired 24 April 1979
Like Curse of the Demon (1957), this adaptation is only very loosely based on the original ghost story by M.R. James. However, it does feature eerie scenic views and is directed by Lawrence "Ghost Story For Christmas" Gordon Clark

Writers:

Clive Exton (adaptation), M.R. James (from a story by)
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Iain Cuthbertson ... Julian Karswell
Jan Francis ... Prudence Dunning
Bernard Gallagher Bernard Gallagher ... Derek Gayton
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ... Jean Gayton
Edward Petherbridge ... Henry Harrington
Christopher Good ... John Harrington
Patricia Shakesby Patricia Shakesby ... Elise Marriott
David Calder ... John Marriott
Jane Lowe Jane Lowe ... Joanna
Alan Downer Alan Downer ... Peter
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ... Wiggin
Christine Buckley Christine Buckley ... Housekeeper
Abdul Ali Abdul Ali ... Doctor
Simon Prebble Simon Prebble ... Newscaster
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Like Curse of the Demon (1957), this adaptation is only very loosely based on the original ghost story by M.R. James. However, it does feature eerie scenic views and is directed by Lawrence "Ghost Story For Christmas" Gordon Clark

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

The play is set in November 1978: an event in 1968 is referred to as having taken place 10 years earlier; the female lead's editor attends a bonfire party; the tax on her car expires on 31 January 1979; there is a reference to the 30th of the month being a Thursday, which was the case in November 1978. See more »

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Version of Mystery and Imagination: Casting the Runes (1968) See more »

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Interesting
2 January 2006 | by rjobrien_1943See all my reviews

Best known for the BBC 'Ghost Story for Christmas' series, Lawrence Gordon Clark directed this M.R. James adaptation for Yorkshire Television. Updated to the present day, 'Casting the Runes' is an atmospheric, often eerie tale marred by some basic flaws. The main character is now a TV journalist, who incurs a magician's wrath after mocking him in a documentary. Shot on a mixture of videotape and 16mm film, 'Casting the Runes' conjures a sense of the uncanny against a mundane backdrop. While the special effects are variable - to say the least - the show transcends its limited budget. That said, the script could have been stronger. A longer running time would have helped, with more character and narrative development. As things stand, the pace seems rushed towards the end and a strong cast is underused. The weak ending is both cheap and objectionable. Leading lady Jan Francis appeared in John Badham's 'Dracula' (1979) around the same time, as the ill-fated Mina. For all its faults, 'Casting the Runes' is worth a look, though good luck finding a copy.


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Language:

English

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24 April 1979 (UK) See more »

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