A Ghost Story for Christmas (1971)

A Ghost Story for Christmas is a strand of annual British short television films originally broadcast on BBC One from 1971 to 1978, and later revived in 2005 on BBC Four. With one exception, the original instalments are directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and the films are all shot on 16 mm colour film. The remit behind the series was to provide a television adaptation of a classic ghost story referencing the oral tradition of telling supernatural tales at Christmas. Each instalment is a separate adaptation of a short story, ranging from 30 to 50 minutes in duration and each featuring well-known British actors such as Clive Swift, Robert Hardy, Peter Vaughan, Edward Petherbridge and Denholm Elliott in the title roles. The first five are adaptations of ghost stories by M. R. James, the sixth is based on a short story by Charles Dickens and the two final instalments are original screenplays by Clive Exton and John Bowen respectively. An earlier black-and-white 1968 Omnibus adaptation of M.R. James's Whistle and I'll Come to You, directed by Jonathan Miller, is often cited as an influence upon the production of the films, and is sometimes included in the canon. The series was revived by BBC Four in 2005 with a new series of annual adaptations.

Release Date: 1971-12-24
Seasons: 1
  • Language: English
Jennifer Higham
Jennifer High...
Ruth
Rachael Stirling
Rachael Stirl...
Julia Jugg
Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
Alice Parkin
John Lebar
John Lebar
The Abomination
Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss
Curator
David Calder
David Calder
John Marriott
Scott Handy
Scott Handy
Sqdn Ldr Peter Enfield
Robert Powell
Robert Powell
Himself
Philip Jackson
Philip Jackso...
Bloxham
Sophie Thompson
Sophie Thomps...
Carol
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Julian Rhind-...
Noakes
John Hurt
John Hurt
James Parkin
Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy
Pip Torrens
Pip Torrens
Squire Richards
Andy Nyman
Andy Nyman
Duncalfe
Michael Hordern
Michael Horde...
Professor Parkins
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Ellio...
Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman
Mr. Harrington
Samuel Barnett
Samuel Barnet...
Billy
Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Jean Marsh
Jean Marsh
Lady Constance de Momery
Maurice Denham
Maurice Denha...
Mark Letheren
Mark Letheren
Dr. Fanshawe
John Arthur
John Arthur
Coil
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