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
  • Views: 44
  • Language: En

Mark Gatiss


John Hurt

James Parkin

Pip Torrens

Squire Richards

Julian Sands

Dr. Hal Burns

Andy Nyman


David Ryall

Mr. Paget

Gemma Jones

Alice Parkin

Robert Hardy


Rachael Stirling

Julia Jugg

David Calder

John Marriott

Tom Burke

Edward Jenkins

Clive Swift


Greg Wise

Professor Anderson

Paul Freeman

Mr. Harrington

Scott Handy

Sqdn Ldr Peter Enfield

Michael Hordern

Professor Parkins

Peter Bowles


Derren Brown

Sir Roger Widdowson

Jean Marsh

Lady Constance de Momery

John Lebar

The Abomination

Charles Gray


Iain Cuthbertson

Julian Karswell

Mark Letheren

Dr. Fanshawe
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