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Number 13 (2006)

In order to authenticate some historical papers in a cathedral town, Oxbridge academic Anderson stays at a local hotel in room 12, initially disregarding the lack of a number 13 as ... See full summary »

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Pier Wilkie

Writers:

Justin Hopper (adaptation), M.R. James (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Greg Wise ... Professor Anderson
Paul Freeman ... Mr. Harrington, Cathedral Archivist
David Burke ... Gunton, Hotel Landlord
Tom Burke ... Edward Jenkins
Charlotte Comer ... Alice
Anton Saunders ... Thomas
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In order to authenticate some historical papers in a cathedral town, Oxbridge academic Anderson stays at a local hotel in room 12, initially disregarding the lack of a number 13 as provincial superstition. During the night, noise conspires to keep him awake and the historian is astonished to come face to face with door number 13. Continuing his work, a history of a reformation era witchcraft scandal emerges. The nocturnal disturbances escalate, leading Anderson with no choice but to open the door to room number 13... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC 4 [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (UK) See more »

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Version of Mystery and Imagination: Room 13 (1966) See more »

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A rousing finale!
31 May 2019 | by ebeckstr-1See all my reviews

Suffers in the first 3/4 and over the closing credits from an abysmal, ineffectual score which misses every opportunity to create suspense or a creepy atmosphere. In fact it is so sedate it creates the opposite effect: the air of a mellow British country drama rather than an MR James ghost story.

However, the episode is well redeemed in the last eight or ten minutes, during which it is very creepy, with an effective accompanying score, and rendering in fine fashion the sense of camaraderie and shared goal that characterizes the original story, when the lead characters come together in fear to solve the mystery. Despite the shortcomings of much of the first part of the episode, Number 13 is well worth watching if only for the denouement.


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