This newly re-packaged and expanded Ghost Stories for Christmas 6-DVD box set from the BFI includes a total of 20 spine-tingling adaptations of the stories of M R James, plus three additional Ghost Stories for Christmas, broadcast by the BBC between 1968 and 2010.
Highlights include Jonathan Miller’s Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968), Lawrence Gordon Clark’s A Warning to the Curious (1972) and the Andrew Davies adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Signalman (1976).
These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be regarded as some of the most acclaimed and brilliant British TV titles of all time.
Cast and Crew: Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark. Starring Sir Michael Hordern, John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Peter Bowles, Peter Vaughan, Christopher Lee, Robert Powell and Michael Bryant. Adapted by Lawrence Gordon Clark, John Bowen, David Rudkin
Awards and Reviews:
‘These are some of the finest moments of British TV, from the era when our airwaves were the envy of the world…Their powerful scares and creeping unease are as potent now as they were decades ago.’ Phelim O’Neill, The Guardian
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Once the beeb used to show on Christmas eve back in the 70s and 80s great ghost stories and if you remember them they are all here with an inclusion of some new stories, a real blast from the past, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and you will too.... You can't beat a great ghost story at Christmas time...a must have....a great boxset indeed...
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I bought this purely for 'The Signalman' which doesn't appear to be available on its own. As it's a Christmas gift, I can't comment on the quality but there is a good selection of ghost stories to choose from and it's good value even if the only one worth watching turns out to be 'The Signalman' ! I can comment on the service though, and give zavvi.com 5 stars for speed of delivery.
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