a ghost story for christmas

The Signalman

Paul Childs explores The Signalman, the 1976 episode of A Ghost Story for Christmas adapted from Charles Dicken’s tale, and ponders the inescapability of fate…

Signalman

The Stalls of Barchester

The first official episode of the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas series was an adaptation of the M.R. James’ story, The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral. Lee Broughton explores the film in detail…​

the stalls of barchester

Martin’s Close

Mark Gatiss returned to M.R. James for 2019’s A Ghost Story for Christmas, adapting the writer’s 1911 tale, Martin’s Close. Graham Williamson explores the episode…

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The Stalls of Barchester

The Stalls of BarchesterRead Lee Broughton’s essayThe Stalls of BarchesterRead Richard Higson’s essay Previous Next Illustration reproduced by kind permission of Rich Phillips

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The Ice House

With Lawrence Gordon Clark having absconded to ITV, Derek Lister took the reins for what became the final film in the original run of the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas. Jon Dear explores The Ice House…

the ice house - a ghost story for christmas

Martin’s Close

Peta Stamper’s companion piece to Graham Williamson’s essay on the BBC’s A Ghost Stories for Christmas episode explores M.R. James’ as a story and place of visitations, retribution and doubt…

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