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A View from a Hill (2005)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Horror | TV Short January 2005
In fact Dr Fanshawe is not on holiday. As an archaeologist, he has been engaged by the squire to catalogue a private collection of local artefacts.

Director:

Luke Watson

Writers:

Peter Harness, M.R. James (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ... Dr. Fanshawe
Pip Torrens ... Squire Richards
David Burke ... Patten
Simon Linnell Simon Linnell ... Baxter
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How different Fanshawe's holiday might have been had his trusty binoculars not broken. The Squire's archaic pair prove strangely bewitching, but is everything they see to be believed? And why does their very mention fill the elderly butler with dread? He looks like he's seen a ghost, or worse. Perhaps Fanshawe should have consulted the old man before venturing up Gallows Hill. Some stones are better left unturned, and questions of the dead should remain the secrets of the past, because sometimes the dead answer back... Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Horror

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Not Rated

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Excellent
1 March 2006 | by BlueDragonSee all my reviews

I must confess to not having read the original M R James story although I have read many of his other supernatural tales. I've also seen most of the previous BBC Christmas Ghost Stories and this one, in my opinion, surpasses most of them, only equalling The Signalman.

I can't really fault A View From a Hill - the direction and 'mood' is perfect, as is the acting, lighting and, of course, the story and writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this and can only hope for more of this quality from the same director and production team. I understand that the BBC plan to make some more (not necessarily based on M R James stories) so that's promising.

10/10


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