BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas (Box Set) DVD
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Produced in 1968-2006
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Broadcast in the dying hours of Christmas Eve, A Ghost Story for Christmas was a much-loved fixture in the BBC’s seasonal schedule during the 1970s. Viewers awaited each sinister instalment with anticipation and its enduring appeal gave rise to a revival in the 2000s, when three more episodes were produced. This definitive collection finally brings all of the 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' episodes together, along with a number of essential extra features.
Amongst the 12 films in the collection are nine adaptations of tales by MR James – the acknowledged master of the modern English ghost story - including Jonathan Miller’s brilliant Whistle and I’ll Come to You and Lawrence Gordon Clark’s A Warning to the Curious. Other films include Clark’s superb adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Signalman and two original stories: Stigma and The Ice House.
These adaptations are accompanied by a selection of special features, including three previously unreleased episodes of the BBC’s Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee series, and newly filmed introductions with director Lawrence Gordon Clarke (Harry’s Game).
Contains Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968, Jonathan Miller) and Whistle and I’ll Come to You (2010, Andy de Emmony), The Stalls of Barchester (1971, Lawrence Gordon Clark), A Warning to the Curious (1972, Lawrence Gordon Clark), Lost Hearts (1973, Lawrence Gordon Clark), The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974, Lawrence Gordon Clark), The Ash Tree (1975, Lawrence Gordon Clark), The Signalman (1976, Lawrence Gordon Clark), Stigma (1977, Lawrence Gordon Clark), The Ice House (1978, Derek Lister), A View from a Hill (2005, Luke Watson) and Number 13 (2006, Pier Wilkie).
Length: 480 mins
Cat No: BFIVD964
Format: DVD Colour
- Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling discuss the 1968 version of Whistle and I'll Come to You (2012, 3 mins)
- Introduction to the 1968 version by horror writer Ramsey Campbell (2001, 16 mins)
- MR James’ original story read by Neil Brand (2001)
- Ramsey Campbell reads his own MR James inspired story ‘The Guide’ (2001)
- Filmed introductions with director Lawrence Gordon Clark
- Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee – ‘The Stalls of Barchester by MR James’, 'A Warning to the Curious by MR James’ and ‘Number 13 by MR James’(Eleanor Yule, 2000, 3 x 30 mins)